Alfredo Brillembourg (*1961 in New York) received his Bachelor of Art and Architecture in 1984 and his Master of Science in Architectural Design in 1986 from Columbia University. In 1998, he founded the Urban-Think Tank (U-TT) collective as an informal multi-disciplinary research group in his home in Altamira, Caracas. In 2001, Brillembourg invited Hubert Klumpner to co-found the U-TT NGO and later in 2007 to co-found the U-TT company in Caracas, Venezuela. In the following years, Brillembourg expanded the U-TT activities through numerous partnerships and several still-active U-TT offices. He has been a professor at the Central University of Venezuela, Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture and Planning, and from 2010 to 2019 at ETH Zurich.