Amale Andraos is Dean of the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation at Columbia University, in New York City, USA.
She has taught at numerous universities including Princeton University School of Architecture, Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD), University of Pennsylvania Design School and American University in Beirut. Her recent design studios and seminar have focused on the Arab City, which has become the subject of a series of symposia entitled “Architecture and Representation” held at Studio-X Amman in 2013 and at the university’s New York campus in 2014.
Her publications include the recent 49 Cities (Workac, 2016), a re-reading of 49 visionary plans through an ecological lens; Above the Pavement, the Farm! Architecture & Agriculture at Public Farm 1 (Princeton Architectural Press, 2010); and Architecture and Representation: the Arab City (Columbia, 2016).
Amale Andraos is a co-founder of WORKac, a 35-person architectural firm based in New York that focuses on architectural projects that re-invent the relationship between urban and natural environments. Since the founding of WORKac in 2003, principals Amale Andraos and Dan Wood have achieved international acclaim for projects such as the recently completed master plan for the New Holland Island Cultural Center in St. Petersburg, Russia, Wieden+Kennedy’s New York offices, the Blaffer Museum in Houston, Texas, the Children’s Museum of the Arts in Manhattan and the Edible Schoolyard at P.S. 216 in Gravesend, Brooklyn.
The firm is also building its winning competition entry for a new Conference Center in Libreville, Gabon. Targeting LEED Gold certification, the project is expected to be completed in 2016 and will host diplomatic meetings, including the next African Union summit for heads-of-state. In addition, the firm is currently designing a second Edible Schoolyard at P.S. 7 in East Harlem and exploring the future of work, art, and technology with the design of a new home for the Eyebeam Art + Technology Center in downtown Brooklyn.
She holds a BArch from McGill University in Montreal, Canada and a Master of Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design.