Lydia Kallipoliti

Assistant Professor

Dr. Lydia Kallipoliti is an architect, engineer and theorist, currently an Assistant Professor of Architecture (tenure-track) at Syracuse University and an Assistant Professor Adjunct at The Cooper Union. Previously she was an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia University [GSAPP], where she taught graduate design studios and directed Columbia’s global networking programs in Greece, and at The Cooper Union, where she taught thesis, design studios, history/theory seminars and environmental technology. At The Cooper Union, she served as a Senior Associate at the Institute for Sustainable Design, where she led Rockefeller’s Innovation Grant for a sustainable city block in collaboration with FabNYC; she also served as the Feltman Chair in Lighting leading an off-grid lighting installation for New Museum’s Ideas City Festival and the World Science Festival in New York.  She teaches seminars on material culture, history of technology and theories of waste and reuse, as well as closed and self-reliant systems and urban environments. Her research focuses on recycling material experiments and the intersection of cybernetic and ecological theories in the twentieth century.

Kallipoliti is the recipient of numerous awards including a silver medal in the W3 international awards for digital innovation in environmental awareness, an honor at the 14th Webby Awards from the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, the Marvin E. Goody award for the creative use of materials, a Fulbright scholarship, the Lawrence Anderson Award for the creative documentation of architectural history, the Benjamin Menschel Faculty Grant, the Woodrow Wilson Fellowship and the High Meadows Sustainability Fund.

Her design work has received awards in several international architectural competitions, and has been exhibited worldwide at the Royal Institute of British Architects, the Biennial Miami+ Beach, the Venice Biennale, the Design Museum of Barcelona (D-Hub), the Biennale of Young Greek architects, the Madrid ARCO, the 5th National Exhibition of Greek Architectural Work and the 'Non-Standard Praxis' digital design conference. Her theoretical work has been published internationally in magazines and books including Log, Architectural Design, Praxis: Journal of Building + Writing, Domus, ArchPlus, Future Anterior, The Cornell Journal of Architecture, Thresholds, 306090, Pidgin, TJE, Architecture in Greece, Buildings and Landscapes, The Journal of Architectural Education, Routledge’s Urbanism Reader and presented in lectures at Yale University, Harvard University, Brown University, the University of British Columbia, Arizona State University, Auburn University, the University of Waterloo various ACSA meetings, annual meetings of the Society of Architectural Historians (SAH), the CUNY center in NY, the New School for Social Research in NYC and Princeton University.

Kallipoliti is the curator and designer of the exhibition “EcoRedux: Design Remedies for a Dying Planet”, which has been traveled globally including the Byzantine Museum of Art in Athens Greece, Columbia University, The Cooper Union and the Disseny Hub of Barcelona in Spain. Parallel to the exhibition, Kallipoliti developed and founded EcoRedux as a non-profit organization -- an innovative online open–source educational resource documenting the history of ecological experimentation in the postwar period and its potential creative reuse in contemporary design culture. EcoRedux is also a special issue of Architectural Design magazine (AD) published by Wiley & Sons in January 2011, edited by Kallipoliti.

She worked as a project architect for dECOi architects/MIT Digital Design Group between 2002 and 2005, and as a principal project architect for the Athens Olympics 2004 between 2000 and 2002. She is a registered architect in Europe and a member of the Technical Chamber of professional architects in Greece, where she has built a number of residences and outdoor spaces, parks and environments. Her most recent architectural projects include the design and construction of a public national park with a series of high-rise observatories in Athens’ new sealine development for Faliron on Renzo Piano’s master plan.

Kallipoliti holds a Diploma in Architecture and Engineering from A.U.Th in Greece, a SMArchS in design and building technology from M.I.T, as well as a Master of Arts and a PhD from Princeton University. She is the author of two upcoming books, Mission Galactic Household: The Resurgence of Cosmological Imagination and 99 Cloud Ecologies: Environmental Architecture from “Object” to “System” to “Cloud.”


Projects & Links

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.