Lydia Xynogala

Assistant Professor

Lydia Xynogala holds an M.Arch from Princeton University, a B.Arch from The Cooper Union and a BSc from the Bartlett, UCL. Her work explores relations between material properties, sites and cultural narratives at various scales; it is articulated in experiments, constructions and writings. Current projects include a landscape development with new and remodeled buildings on a Mediterranean island, concrete prototyping, repurposing standard wall assemblies, as well as research on chemistry and the built environment.

Her professional experience includes working as project designer for architecture practices in New York, London and Barcelona. As a design coordinator she was in charge of the Princeton Global Forum and curated the Resilient City exhibition in Shanghai. Xynogala is faculty at The Cooper Union where she has taught undergraduate and graduate studios and seminars. She has also taught at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and conducted an urbanism workshop in Athens for Princeton University.

Xynogala’s work has been presented at the Van Alen Institute, RH Gallery, Society of Architectural Historians, Chemical Heritage Foundation, History of Science Society and published in include Kerb Journal, Pidgin, Eoculus, Wallpaper and Loftlife. Her book Dark Ecology of Magnitogorsk was published by Princeton University. She has exhibited in New York, Valencia, Seoul and Shanghai. Xynogala is the recipient of the Irma Giustino Weiss Thesis Prize, the George Leslie Prize for Design and the Humanities Prize at Cooper Union and the Stanley Seeger Fellowship at Princeton

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