University of Calgary

Ana Karinna Hidalgo

  • Doctoral Student


PhD candidate in Environmental Design at the University of Calgary, Canada. She obtained her bachelor's degree in Design (2001) and her master's degree in Higher Education and Educational Research (2009) at the Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador (PUCE). During that period, she also obtained a diploma as Specialist in Urban Environmental Management (2008) from the Latin American Institute of Sciences, Peru. Later on, she earned a master's degree in Planning (2013) at the University of Calgary. Her doctoral dissertation consists of proposing urban design principles for the design of restorative streets that promote mental health and release stress and mental fatigue. The theoretical and methodological framework of her research connects urban design theory, methodology and history, biophilic design, environmental psychology and experimental design. She has presented her past and current research in local and international conferences in North America and Latin America.

Ana Karinna has worked for the academia, private sector and social organizations. As an assistant and later associate professor at PUCE (2001-2011), she supervised undergraduate and graduate thesis; her research focused on the History of Design in Ecuador. From 2003 to 2011, she also was a lecturer and final project advisor in the Faculty of Communication and the Faculty of Interior Architecture at the University of the Americas in Quito, Ecuador. From 2013-2017 she worked as research and graduate teaching assistant at the University of Calgary while completing her doctoral dissertation.



Book chapter

Hidalgo, A. K. (2008). Ecuador. In S. Fernández & G. Bonsiepe (Eds.), Historia del Diseño en América Latina y El Caribe. (pp. 160–171). Sao Paulo: Editora Blucher.

Conference Proceedings

Hidalgo, A. K. (2014). Biophilic Design, Restorative Environments and Well-Being. In J. Salamanca, P. Desmet, A. Burbano, L. Geke, & J. Maya (Eds.), The Colors of Care. Design and Emotion 2014. 9th International Conference (pp. 535–544). Bogota, Cali & Medellin: Ediciones Uniandes.

Hidalgo, A. K. (2014). Urban streets: towards a psychological restorative function. In 2nd Future of Places International Conference on Public Space and Placemaking (Ed.), Streets as Public Spaces and Drivers of Urban Prosperity. Academic Session Papers 2014 Part II. (pp. 240–258). Stockholm: Ax:son Johnson Foundation.

Conference Proceedings Abstracts

Cahill, Susan; Goopy, Suzanne; Hidalgo, Ana; McCoy, Liza; Rudd, Annie; Schwartz, Dona;  Truman, Emily; Walsh, Christine; St. Denis, Natalie. (2017). Visual Explorations of Calgary as Place ( symposia ). Journal of Transport & Health. 7. S53. 10.1016/j.jth.2017.11.087. 

Hidalgo, A.K. (2016).  Fascinating Streets for Winter Cities. In, NPC2016, The Northern Planning Conference, Planning for the New North. (p. 38).  Whitehorse, Yukon: Yukon Land Use Planning Council.


Panel-reviewed abstract

Hidalgo, A. K. (2014). The influence of street design on people’s well-being. In J. Carney, AICP, & K. Cheramie (Eds.), EDRA45NewOrleans Proceedings (p. 422). McLean, VA: The Environmental Design Research Association.


Blog entry

Hidalgo, A.K. (2018, March 3). My Space is Gree: The Importance of Personalization and Biophilia in the Workplace [Blog post]. The Monocle - The Graduate College at University of Calgary. Retrieved from

Magazine article

Hidalgo, A. K. (2006, December). Una visión desde el Diseño (A perspective from Design). Revista Foro Universitario PUCE SD 4, 12–13.

Photograph of Ana Karinna Hidalgo


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