Daniel Meridor


Daniel Meridor is an Adjunct Faculty at the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture at the Cooper Union, currently teaching in the M.ArchII and the B.Arch programs, as well as leading “Transient Boundaries”, a seminar exploring the concepts of transience in Architecture. He has been serving as an invited juror at TAU, Columbia, UPenn, City College, NYIT and Pratt Institute. Daniel studied architecture at Tel Aviv University, Israel, VIU, Venice, Italy and The Cooper Union, New York where he received his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Architecture, Theory, History and Urbanism.

His approach to architecture comes from a questioning of edges as potential spaces to be challenged. In his work, he searches for ways to distort perceived boundaries and formulate new potentials for malleable delineations, both physical and virtual. 

In 2005 Daniel won the Benjamin Menschel Fellowship, awarding him with recognition for his research, and allowing him to go independently to live in and study the mentality and patterns of nomadic living in the desert. The result was a proposal for alternative dwellings that respond to a non-static perception of attachment to the land. In the pursuit of realizing this project, he participated in local government negotiations, presented the issue in several forums both in Israel and the US, and showcased it in an exhibition called “Centrifugal Tendencies” at Cooper Union, in the AIA Center for architecture New York, and in the AIANYS convention. For this project he won the Irma Giustino Weiss prize for demonstrating an exceptional potential for creative achievement. In addition, Daniel was given the American Institute of Architects, Henry Adams Medal and Certificate of Merit, The Cooper Union Alumni Association Award, for Service and Leadership, and was the recipient of a grant to live and study in Venice Italy based on his interest in Islamic influences on architecture in Venice.

Daniel worked in the office of Diane Lewis architect in New York before establishing StudioDMeridor+, where he has been working on several projects in the US. As part of his interest in the capacity of technology to challenge construction methodologies, he co-invented and built a mobile tool for the construction field, which has been showcased around the country, and chosen by Google–for its innovative approach to construction and technology–to participate in Project Tango, an initiative aimed at utilizing new ways of constructing space-in-movement through mobile devices. 

In order to expand the working field of his architectural endeavors, he has produced drawings, paintings, montages and writings, which have been exhibited and published across different mediums, and has teamed up with artists to work on projects of varying scales: from designing a portal and coats, to an exhibition pavilion. He co-edited a book of Cooper Union’s Students projects ‘Open-City: An existential approach’, appeared in interviews for Metropolis Magazine, Yedioth Ahronot America and the Architects Newspaper, as well as participated in various competitions, on his own and as a collaborator, continuously applying and testing his theories. 

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