Stephanie Lin

Assistant Professor Adjunct

Stephanie Lin is the founder of Present Forms, a design practice based in Brooklyn, NY that engages in built and speculative projects at the scales of environments, installations, and objects.The work aims to bring direction and focus to how we navigate the public realm, uncovering the complexities of geometric and material optics as the mediums for new perceptual frameworks.

Stephanie Lin is a founding member of Office III, a design collective with Sean Canty and Ryan Golenberg. The collective was a finalist for the 2017 MoMA PS1 Young Architects Award and completed a new Welcome Center on Governors Island in New York City in 2017. They have exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY), Storefront for Art and Architecture (New York, NY), and the A+D Architecture and Design Museum (Los Angeles, CA).

Stephanie received her Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley, and her Master of Architecture with Advanced Placement from Harvard University where she received the Faculty Design Award and the AIA Merit Certificate. She has taught architecture studios at UC Berkeley, The Cooper Union Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture, Pratt Institute School of Architecture, and the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. 

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