The Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA) announced Kathy Velikov, professor of architecture and associate dean for research and creative practice at Taubman College, as the Society Award for Leadership recipient. The ACADIA Board of Directors gives the award to recognize extraordinary contributions and service to the ACADIA community. Velikov served as ACADIA President from 2018-2020 and Vice President from 2021-2022.
The jury’s citation stated, “This award recognizes the significant role that Kathy Velikov has played in ACADIA’s leadership and as a voice in the computational design community. Kathy is an exceptionally dedicated scholar who has brought invigorating and refreshing perspectives to the conference and the organization overall, demonstrating true community leadership.”
Velikov is a licensed Architect and founding partner of the research-based practice rvtr. Her work investigates and experiments with the intertwinements across architecture, the environment, technology, and sociopolitics through design methods that mobilize systems-based approaches and computational design. Her work ranges from material prototypes that explore environment-aware behavioral building skin assemblies, to high-performance building design, to research on urbanism, infrastructure, and territorial practices explored through techniques of mapping and analysis, speculative design propositions, installations, and writing.
She is co-editor of Ambiguous Territory: Architecture, Landscape, and the Postnatural (Actar, 2021) and co-author of Infra Eco Logi Urbanism (Park Books, 2015). Both projects have been developed as traveling exhibitions co-curated and co-produced by Velikov and exhibited in galleries in New York City, Ithaca, Charlottesville, Toronto, Montreal, New Haven, Knoxville, and Ann Arbor.