Lydia Xynogala


Lydia Xynogala holds an M. Arch II from Princeton, a B. Arch from The Cooper Union and a BSc from the Bartlett. At Cooper, she was awarded the Irma Giustino Weiss Prize for exceptional creative potential, the George Leslie Prize for Design, and the Humanities Prize. At Princeton she received the Stanley Seeger Fellowship for urban research in Athens.

Her professional experience includes work for architecture firms in the United States and in Europe such as Miralles Tagliabue in Barcelona. In 2012 she worked as a coordinator and instructor for the Princeton workshop Reclaiming Eleonas in Athens, Greece. In 2013 she was the event designer and program coordinator of the interdisciplinary Princeton Fung Global Forum on questions of urbanism that took place in Shanghai, China; this included curatorial work for the exhibition Resilient City.

At Cooper Lydia Xynogala has taught in the 4th year Landscape studio and in the graduate program. She has also conducted a seminar on the intersections of chemistry and the built environment. She has presented her research at the Van Alen Institute and RH Gallery in New York as well as at the Society of Architecture Historians Meeting in Detroit. Her work has been published in Kerb Journal (RMIT Australia), Pidgin, Wallpaper and Loftlife and exhibited at the Center for Architecture in New York and at the Colegio de Arquitectos in Valencia.

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