Dallas Architecture Forum Lecture Series: Amale Andraos
Amale Andraos is the Dean of the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. Andraos is a co-founder of WORKac, an architectural firm based in New York that focuses on architectural projects which re-invent the relationship between urban and natural environments. Since the founding of WORKac, principals Amale Andraos and Dan Wood have achieved international acclaim for projects such as the recently completed master plan for the New Holland Island Cultural Center in St. Petersburg, Russia, Wieden+Kennedy’s 50,000 sq ft., three-story New York offices, the Blaffer Museum in Houston, Texas, the Children’s Museum of the Arts in Manhattan and the Edible Schoolyard at P.S. 216 in Gravesend, Brooklyn. Currently, in Africa the firm is building its winning competition entry for a new 20,000 square meter Conference Center in Libreville, Gabon. Targeting LEED Gold certification, the project is expected to be completed soon and will host diplomatic meetings, including the next African Union summit for heads-of-state. In addition, the firm is currently designing a second Edible Schoolyard at P.S. 7 in East Harlem and exploring the future of work, art, and technology with the design of a new home for the Eyebeam Art + Technology Center in downtown Brooklyn.
Andraos has taught at numerous universities including the Princeton University School of Architecture, the Harvard Graduate School of Design, the University of Pennsylvania Design School and the American University in Beirut. Her recent design studios and seminars have focused on the Arab City, which has become the subject of a series of symposia entitled Architecture and Representation held at Studio-X Amman and at the university’s New York campus. Her publications include the recent 49 Cities, a re-reading of 49 visionary plans through an ecological lens; Above the Pavement, the Farm!; and the forthcoming Architecture and Representation: The Arab City. Amale Andraos received her Master’s Degree from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University and her B.Arch from McGill University in Montreal.