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2009-2010

Wallenberg Studio Lecture: Dan Wood and Amale Andraos

01/22/10
A+A Auditorium (Rm 2104)
Art + Architecture Building

WORK Architecture Company (WORKac) was founded in 2003 by Amale Andraos and Dan Wood. Based in New York, WORKac strives to develop architectural and urban projects that engage culture and consciousness, nature and artificiality, surrealism and pragmatism. The practice has international roots; the partners have lived and worked in Europe, the Middle East and Asia – and WORKac’s staff is drawn from different cultures and countries, harnessing difference as inspiration.

WORKac is involved in projects at all scales, ranging from a masterplan for the new BAM cultural district in Brooklyn, to a single family villa in Inner Mongolia, China. Recent completed projects include the installation ‘Public Farm 1’ at PS1/MoMA and, the new headquarters for Diane von Furstenberg; current work includes the new Kew Gardens Hills Library in Queens, the extension of the Clark Art Institute at Mass MoCA, a new Children’s Museum for the Arts and the first Edible Schoolyard New York City with Alice Waters’ Chez Panisse Foundation. In addition, WORKac’s entry for the redesign of Hua Qiang Bei Road, Shenzhen, was recently awarded first place in an international competition.

In 2009, WORKac was honored at the White House as Finalist for a National Design Award. In 2008, the firm was identified by Icon Magazine as one of the 25 most-influential new architecture firms in the world, winning numerous awards, including several AIA Merit Awards, three “Best of” awards, and a MASterwork Award from the Municipal Arts Society.

The practice is supplemented by the partners’ academic involvement. Together they teach at Princeton University, focusing on the relationship between ecology and urbanism. This research is the subject of their book ’49 Cities’, published in 2009 by the Storefront for Art and Architecture.

Amale Andraos received her B.Arch from McGill University in Montreal and her M.Arch from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. She is a visiting professor at Princeton University’s School of Architecture and has taught at numerous institutions including Harvard and Columbia Universities, the University of Pennsylvania, the Parsons school of design and the American University in Beirut. Andraos was born in Beirut, Lebanon. She has lived in Saudi Arabia, France, Canada and the Netherlands prior to moving to New York in 2002. She currently serves on the Architectural League of New York’s board of directors.

Dan Wood, AIA, LEED received his BA at the University of Pennsylvania and a Masters degree from Columbia University. Wood is an Adjunct Professor at Princeton University’s School of Architecture. He has taught at the TU Delft, the Cooper Union. Columbia University and the Knowlton School of Architecture at Ohio State University where he served as the Trott and Baumer visiting studio professor of Design. He has lived in Paris and for many years in the Netherlands before moving to New York in 2002. Wood is originally from Rhode Island.


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