Julio Gaeta has a PhD in Theory, History and Architecture Criticism from the Federal University of Porto Alegre, Brazil, and is a licensed architect from the Faculty of Architecture in Montevideo, Uruguay.

Since 1985, he combines his professional practice with academia, working as an architect, professor and researcher focusing on architecture and the city.

In 1991, he founded ELARQA, a research center and publishing house writing on topics related to architecture and the city. Through ELARQA, he has written and edited over a hundred texts about architecture and urban topics.

He is a member and Artistic Creator of the FONCA-CONCACULTA—the Mexican National System of Artistic Creators—, receiving a four-year grant in 2007 and a three-year grant in 2011.

He is Mexico’s Academic Director in Future City Managers and 21st Century Housing Laboratory, joint programs between the Iberoamerican University and the Polytechnic University of Catalonia.