Lydia Kallipoliti

Lydia Kallipoliti

Visiting Faculty, Princeton SoA



Lydia Kallipoliti is an architect, engineer and scholar and an Associate Professor at the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of the Cooper Union in New York. Prior to the Cooper Union, Kallipoliti was an Assistant Professor and the Director of the MSArch Program at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, an Assistant Professor at Syracuse University and an Assistant Professor Adjunct at Columbia University [GSAPP] and at the Cooper Union, where she also served as a Senior Associate at the Institute for Sustainable Design, and as the Feltman Chair in Lighting.  She was a Visiting Fellow at the Canadian Center of Architecture, the University of Queensland in Australia, as well as a Visiting Professor at the University of Technology Sydney. Her research focuses on the intersections of architecture, technology, and environmental politics and more particularly on recycling material experiments, theories of waste and reuse, as well as closed and self-reliant systems and urban environments. 

Kallipoliti is the recipient of 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, Grants from the Graham Foundation, an Honorable Mention from the Shenzhen Biennale, the Marvin E. Goody award for the creative use of materials, a Fulbright scholarship, various awards for research from the Architect’s Newspaper, the Lawrence Anderson Award for the creative documentation of architectural history, the Benjamin Menschel Faculty Grant, the Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, the High Meadows Sustainability Fund and the ACSA award for creative achievement. Her design and research thinktank ANAcyclewas recognized as a Leading Innovator in Sustainable Design in BUILD’s 2019 & 2020 Design & Build Awards; in 2023 it received gold and bronze medals from Design Educates Awards.

Kallipoliti is the author of the The Architecture of Closed Worlds, Or, What is the Power of Shit (Lars Muller Publishers, 2018), the History of Ecological Design for Oxford English Encyclopedia of Environmental Science (2018), Histories of Ecological Design; An Unfinished Cyclopedia (Actar, 2023) and the editor of EcoRedux, a special issue of Architectural Design magazine (AD, 2010), as well as Edible, Or, The Architecture of Metabolism(forthcoming Actar, 2024). She is also the author of articles and research papers published in magazines and books including Log, Architectural Design, Praxis: Journal of Building + WritingDomus, 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 books. Her design work has been widely exhibited in the Venice Biennial, the Istanbul Design Biennial, the Shenzhen Biennial, the Oslo Architecture Trienalle, the Onassis Cultural Center, the Lisbon Triennale, the Royal Academy of British Architects, the Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York and the London Design Museum.  Recently, she was Head Co-Curator (with Areti Markopoulou) of the 2022 Tallinn Architecture Biennale.

Kallipoliti holds a Diploma in Architecture and Engineering from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, a Master of Science [SMArchS] in design and building technology from MIT and a PhD in history and theory of architecture from Princeton University.