Amale Andraos: “Architecture as Diplomacy”

October 30, 2014.
Part of the MIT Department of Architecture Fall 2014 Public Lecture Series titled “Experiments in Architecture”

Amale Andraos is Dean of the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation and a Principal of WORKac, which she founded in 2003 with Dan Wood. WORKac has achieved international recognition for projects such as the Centre de Conferences in Libreville Gabon, the New Holland Island Cultural Center masterplan in St Petersburg, Russia and the Edible Schoolyard at PS216, Brooklyn. Andraos has taught at numerous institutions including Princeton, Harvard, the University of Pennsylvania, and the American University in Beirut. Andraos is committed to research and publications and is currently working on the Third Edition of 49 Cities, which rereads visionary cities through an ecological lens. Her recent work explores the question of representation by re-examining the concept of the ‘Arab City.’ Andraos was born in Beirut, Lebanon. She has lived in Saudi Arabia, France, Canada, and the Netherlands prior to moving to New York in 2002. She serves on the board of the Architectural League of New York, the Advisory Board of the Arab Center for Architecture in Beirut and is a member of the faculty steering committees for the Columbia Global Centers | Middle East and the Columbia Global Centers | Turkey.