Amale Andraos is the Dean of the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, committed to design research. Her writings have focused on climate change and its impact on architecture, as well as on the question of representation in the age of global practice. Andraos is the co-founder of Workac, a New York–based firm that focuses on architectural projects that reinvent the relationship between urban and natural environments. Workac was recently named the #1 design firm in the U.S. by Architect magazine and has also been recognized as the AIA New York State Firm of the Year.
Workac has achieved international acclaim for projects such as the Miami Museum Garage in Miami’s Design District; The Edible Schoolyards at P.S. 216 in Brooklyn and P.S. 7 in Harlem; a public library for Kew Gardens Hills, Queens; the Stealth Building in New York; and a new student center for the Rhode Island School of Design. In her lecture at Cornell, Andraos will highlight