Karen Bausman

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B.Arch., The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, School of Architecture

Karen Bausman was the Eliot Noyes Professor of Architectural Theory at Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD), and the Eero Saarinen Visiting Professor of Architectural Design at Yale University. She is the only American woman to have held both honorary teaching chairs. She taught an Advanced Architectural Design studio at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Preservation, and Planning (GSAPP) from 1990 to 2004.


Recipient of the Rome Prize, Karen Bausman is a research-based visual artist, architect and theorist of architecture and urbanism. She has researched, published, and exhibited her work extensively over her academic and professional career. She first garnered international recognition with her Performance Theater for Los Angeles, which won the Progressive Architecture Award from Architecture magazine, marking the first time a woman leading a design practice was recognized with the honor. This breakthrough commission and other works that push the boundaries of structural and visual poetry formed the basis of “Karen Bausman Supermodels,” a solo exhibition of her building designs and working methods at Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD).

Her design research has been supported by a Rome Prize Fellowship from the American Academy in Rome, two New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships in Architecture (NYFA), the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the New York State Council for the Arts (NYSCA), Creative Time, Artists Space, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

She is principal of Karen Bausman + Associates, where she is committed to design excellence and the creation of architecture, cities, and landscapes of enduring quality and ecological soundness. Under her design leadership, her office, KB+A, is the current holder of multiple, multiyear Design Excellence contracts as part of New York City's ambitious effort to bring new ideas, technology, and environmental soundness to the design of city-financed buildings and infrastructure in New York. Her expertise is currently being applied to numerous large-scale coastal building projects at waterfront sites in The Bronx and Manhattan. Among her most notable private commissions are the global headquarters for Warner Bros. Records (Interior of the Year) and Hamlin Library and Chapel.

Academic Influence named Karen as one of the top women leaders in STEM in 2020. She co-leads Wind Power New York City. She co-established the research consortium with fellow faculty member Maria Sieira at Pratt Institute through a 2020 Pratt grant to focus on the cultural and design implications of wind power in New York City. She co-established Wind Power NYC Archive at Pratt. She has led multiple Research Topics units investigating the potential of wind power related architectural infrastructure and energy landscape integrations across New York City waterfront sites.

She has been an Adjunct Associate Professor of Architecture since 2015.