Libertad Figuereo

Adjunct Instructor - Department of Urban and Regional Planning
libertad@buffalo.edu - Hayes Hall - 716-829-5900

Adjunct Instructor - Department of Urban and Regional Planning
libertad@buffalo.edu - Hayes Hall - 716-829-5900

Libertad Figuereo headshot.

Libertad is a graduate of the University at Buffalo with a Master of Urban Planning and Graduate Certificate in Historic Preservation. Libertad provides a nontraditional background that offers an interesting perspective to the work that she pursues. Libertad had an early interest in forensic pathology and became a part of the Miami-Dade County Medical Examiner’s Department as a student intern. Working in one of the largest departments in the nation, Libertad was able to examine the investigative process of the deceased through the lens of both the medical professional and the legal justice system that collaborated together every step of the way. When entering college, Libertad pursued psychology and criminology to answer questions about human behavior that naturally evolved from her investigations of crime and unnatural deaths. She attended the University of South Florida where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in both psychology and criminology.

Her undergraduate experience allowed Libertad to adjust her focus to serving those who lived in need and gained experience in the field of social work working with a range of populations with behavioral and physical health issues as well as housing instability and chronic homelessness. After working for an extended period in the field of social work addressing the various needs of individuals, she became interested in the effects of the built environment on human behavior. Combined with her long time admiration for architecture, this interest led her into her current field of study, urban planning and historic preservation, as a bridge between both the social and built environments.