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LECTURE: Amale Andraos

Monday, January 25, 2021

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

This lecture is being held via Zoom. CLICK HERE to register and gain access!


“Water Works”

Water Works builds on the long and varied history of water infrastructure as it has defined the organization of society and the evolution of architecture. It reconsiders the capacity of water to recast how we understand what is architectural, what is urban, and what is natural. Originally shown as an exhibition at Musea Brugge, Water Works features projects from WORKac’s past seventeen years of practice, using the theme of water to illuminate new encounters between the aqueous, the architectural, and the urban. The project extends an invitation to consider architecture as more than its technical performance, to re-read its relationship to the world across scale, culture, and context, and to imagine new possibilities for how the discipline can conceptualize and iterate alternate futures.

About Amale Andraos | WORKac
Dean, Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture

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.