Dean, GSAAP, Columbia University
Principal, WORKac, New York
Online Lecture: “Water Works"
MAY 12, 2021 19:00 EET
The Stavropoulos Foundation Lectures
Amale Andraos is the Dean of the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. Andraos is committed to design research and her writings have focused on climate change and its impact on architecture as well as on the question of representation in the age of global practice. Her recent publications include We’ll Get There When We Cross That Bridge (Monacelli Press, 2017), Architecture and Representation: the Arab City (Columbia Books on Architecture and the City, 2015) co-edited with Nora Akawi, 49 Cities (Inventory Press, 2015), and Above the Pavement, the Farm! (Princeton Architectural Press, 2010) in collaboration with Dan Wood.
Andraos is co-founder of WORKac, a New York-based firm that focuses on architectural projects that reinvent the relationship between urban and natural environments. WORKac was recently named the #1 design firm in the United States by Architect Magazine and has also been recognized as the AIA New York State Firm of the Year. WORKac has achieved international acclaim for projects such as the Miami Museum Garage in Miami’s Design District, The Edible Schoolyards at P.S. 216 in Brooklyn and P.S. 7 in Harlem, a public library for Kew Gardens Hills, Queens, the Stealth Building in New York and a new student center for the Rhode Island School of Design. Current projects include a large-scale residential development in Lebanon, the Beirut Museum of Art in Lebanon, a new public library for North Boulder Colorado and new offices for a headquarter bank in Lima, Peru.
Andraos has taught at numerous institutions including the Princeton University, Harvard University, and the American University in Beirut. She serves on the board of the Architectural League of New York, the AUB Faculty of Engineering and Architecture International Advisory Committee, and the New Museum’s New INC. Advisory Council, in New York.
WORKac was founded in 2003 by Principals Amale Andraos and Dan Wood. Together, Andraos and Wood lead the 15-person firm, based in New York City. WORKac creates architecture, landscape and master-planning concepts. We are committed to sustainability and go beyond its technical requirements, striving to develop intelligent and shared infrastructures, and a more careful integration between architecture, landscape and ecological systems.
WORKac was rated the number one design firm in the US in Architect Magazine’s list of the top 50 architecture firms in 2017, and was the 2016 AIA NYS Firm of the Year. The firm has achieved international acclaim for projects such as the Edible Schoolyard at P.S.216 in Brooklyn - awarded ‘Best Green Design Initiative’ by the NY Municipal Art Society and a Design Citation from the AIA NY State, the New Holland Island Cultural Center Masterplan, which received an AIA NY Award for Urban Design, and the Blaffer Art Museum at the University of Houston, winner of the City of Houston Best College Campus Building and an AIA Houston Merit Award. The recently completed Kew Gardens Hills Library received a 2018 AIA NY award and a MASterworks Award for Best Civic Amenity.
Current projects include a new NET ZERO public library for Boulder, CO, a new public library for DUMBO in Brooklyn, a new office building in San Francisco, and a masterplan for 62 new villas and amenities on a waterfront site in Lebanon which is currently in construction.
In addition to leading WORKac, Andraos and Wood are also educators. Andraos is currently Dean of the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University and Wood has held professorships at University of Toronto, Columbia University, University of Pennsylvania, Yale University, Princeton University, Ohio State, UC Berkeley.