Lydia Kallipoliti

Lydia Kallipoliti is an award-winning architect, engineer, writer and curator, currently an Assistant Professor of Architecture at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) and at RPI’s Center for Architecture, Science and Ecology (CASE) in New York. Previously she was an Assistant Professor at Syracuse University, 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 on the intersection of cybernetic and ecological theories is presented in a variety of media including online digital platforms, lexicons, databases and archives, exhibitions and holographic animations, with the scope of engaging a wide audience in what she calls ‘immersive scholarship.’ Her work on ecological design is widely recognized.

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, a Grant from the Graham Foundation, a Grant from the New York State Council for the Arts, an Honorable Mention from the independent jury of the Shenzhen Biennial, 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 work has been published internationally 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, TJE, Architecture in Greece, Buildings and Landscapes, The Journal of Architectural Education and several edited books. Her work has also been exhibited in a number of international venues including the Venice Biennial, the Istanbul Design Biennial, the Shenzhen Biennial and the Royal Academy of British Architects.

Kallipoliti is the founder of ANAcycle design and writing studio in Brooklyn, New York. 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. 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. Her most recent projects is Guinea Pigs exhibited at the 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial and “Closed Worlds”, an exhibition that opened at the Storefront for Art and Architecture in February 2016 and was reviewed by Wired magazine, Dissegno Daily, The Observer, ViCE the Creator’s Project and the Architect’s Newspaper.

The exhibition “EcoRedux: Design Remedies for a Dying Planet”, has traveled globally including the Byzantine Museum of Art in Athens Greece, Columbia University, the Cooper Union and the Disseny Hub of Barcelona in Spain. EcoRedux is also a special issue of Architectural Design magazine (AD) published by Wiley & Sons in January 2011, edited by Kallipoliti.

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 the upcoming book Closed Worlds, Or, What is the Power of Shit by Lars Muller Publishers.