Paty is a global leader in promoting sociability and social well-being in built environments. She has an interdisciplinary background in architecture, urban design, ethnography and engagement. She has worked in Mexico, Canada and Australia focusing on how the design of the city can bring people closer together and build trusting and meaningful relationships. During her PhD, she developed a participatory and interdisciplinary methodology to design urban parks promoting social cohesion and during her postdoctoral research designed an inclusive methodology for urban policy design.
Paty is currently the research director and housing expert at Happy City. She led Happy Homes, a multi-year research-action project resulting in a powerful toolkit to boost social well-being in multi-unit housing. Paty brought together over 40 interdisciplinary experts to develop policy and design recommendations that address barriers keeping stakeholders from designing sociable homes. Paty enables breakthrough co-creation sessions by providing a safe and respectful collaboration space and promoting a human-centered design approach where the participants are at the center of all decision-making stages.