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Kathy Velikov

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Kathy Velikov is Associate Professor of Architecture at the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan where she teaches design studio, courses in urbanism, ecology and technology and is the co-coordinator of the Master of Science concentration in Material Systems. She was the 2006/07 Oberdick Fellow at Taubman College, and has previously held teaching appointments at the University of Toronto and the University of Waterloo. Kathy is a licensed architect in the State of Michigan and the Province of Ontario, and a founding partner in the research-based practice RVTR. She holds an MA in the history of art and architecture from the University of Toronto, and a Professional BArch and BES from the University of Waterloo. Prior to founding RVTR, Kathy spent over ten years in practice as a project architect and senior designer on urban masterplans, institutional buildings, private residences, design competitions, as well as archaeological sitework. She is a registered architect in the state of Michigan and the province of Ontario.

Founded in 2007, RVTR serves as a platform for exploration and experimentation in the agency of architecture and urban design within the context of dynamic ecological systems, infrastructures, materially and technologically mediated environments and emerging social organizations. The work ranges in scale from that of the regional territory and the city, to high performance buildings, to full-scale installation-based prototypes that explore responsive and kinetic envelopes that mediate energy, atmosphere and social interaction. These operational scales are tied together through a methodology that entails an ecological approach; one that assembles around each project a multiplicity of agents, forces and contexts and actively uses these multivalent and sometimes contradictory agents to drive new potentials for the work.  

Her design and writing has been published and exhibited widely, and the work has received numerous awards. Awards include the Professional Prix de Rome in Architecture from the Canada Council for the Arts, an Architecture Magazine R&D Award, the Journal of Architectural Education Best Design as Research Article, and Architizer A+ Architecture + Sound Jury Award, the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Award of Excellence for Innovation in The Practice of Architecture, an OAA Award of Excellence, and the Architectural League of New York Prize for Young Architects + Designers. Writing and projects have been published in Leonardo, International Journal of Architectural Computing, Journal of Architectural Education, New Geographies Journal, eVolo, Volume, [bracket] Goes Soft, MONU, and in books by MIT Press, Routledge, Taylor and Francis, Princeton Architectural Press and Jovis Verlag. Infra Eco Logi Urbanism, a book on the speculative urban research of RVTR, was published by Park Books in 2015.