Lydia Kallipoliti

Associate Professor

Lydia Kallipoliti is an architect, engineer and scholar. She holds a Diploma in Architecture and Engineering from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (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. Prior to Cooper Union, Kallipoliti was an Assistant Professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute where she directed the MSArch Program, an Assistant Professor at Syracuse University and an Assistant Professor Adjunct at Columbia University [GSAPP] and at the Cooper Union, where she served as a Senior Associate at the Institute for Sustainable Design, and as the Feltman Chair in Lighting. Her research focuses on the intersections of architecture, technology and environmental politics and more particularly on recycling material experiments, theories of waste and reuse, as well as closed and self-reliant systems and urban environments.  

Kallipoliti is the author of the online book History of Ecological Design for Oxford English Encyclopedia of Environmental Science (2017), the editor of “EcoRedux”—a special issue of Architectural Design magazine (AD, 2011)—and the author of the book The Architecture of Closed Worlds, Or, What is the Power of Shit (Lars Muller Publishers/Storefront for Art and Architecture, 2018), which was a finalist for the Cornish Family Prize among all publications in design, art and architecture in 2018 by the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne. “Closed Worlds” was also an exhibition originally commissioned by the Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York and traveled to WUHO Gallery in Los Angeles and the University of Technology Sydney Art Gallery. It was reviewed by Wired, Dissegno Daily, Abitare, The Observer, VICE, Archinect, The Architect’s Newspaper, and was the recipient of ACSA’s annual award for Creative Achievement in 2017.

Kallipoliti is the recipient of several 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, grants from the Graham Foundation, the New York State Council for the Arts, The Onassis Foundation, an Honorable Mention from the Shenzhen Biennale, 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, the High Meadows Sustainability Fund and design awards from The Architect's Newspaper. Recently, she was recognized as a Leading Innovator in Sustainable Design in BUILD’s 2019, 2020 and 2021 Design & Build Awards.

She is the author of more than fifty articles and research papers published in magazines and books including Log, Architectural Design, Praxis: Journal of Building + Writing, Domus, Volume, ArchPlus, Future Anterior, The Cornell Journal of Architecture, Thresholds, 306090, Pidgin, e-flux architecture, Strelka magazine, TJE, Architecture in Greece, Buildings and Landscapes, The Journal of Architectural Education and several books. Her work has also been exhibited in a number of international venues including the Venice Biennial, the Istanbul Design Biennial, the Shenzhen Biennial, the Onassis Cultural Center, the Oslo Architecture Trienalle, the Royal Academy of British Architects, the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, the Design Hub in Barcelona and the London Design Museum. 

Kallipoliti is the Head Curator, along with Areti Markopoulou of the upcoming Tallinn Architecture Biennale with the theme “Edible, Or, The Architecture of Metabolism.”

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Portrait photo by Carmen Maldonado.


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