Olympia Kazi

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Visiting Assistant Professor Grad Center for Planning okazi@pratt.edu 718.399-.4340 p Brooklyn Campus, Higgins Hall North 2

Personal URL

http://www.vanalen.org/

Biography

Olympia Kazi is currently the Executive Director of the Van Alen Institute; prior to this post she directed the Institute for Urban Design, a New York-based non-profit, from 2007 to 2009. Under Kazi’s leadership, the Institute for Urban Design broadened and reenergized its mission with an intense series of symposia, public events, and publications. Kazi’s last project, “Urban Design Week,” was a recipient of the Rockefeller Foundation’s 2009 Cultural Innovation Fund. Before assuming her role as director of the Institute for Urban Design, Kazi worked as a critic and curator of architecture in Milan and New York. Educated as an architect at the University of Florence, Italy, Kazi served as Junior Curator at the Milan Triennale before moving to New York to become a Fellow of Architecture and Urban Studies at the Independent Study Program, Whitney Museum of American Art. A member of the Exhibition Committee of the Architectural League of New York and an advisor to Urban Omnibus, Kazi has served as architecture editor of Wound magazine and has written for The Architect’s Newspaper, Architectural Design, and the Skira Yearbook.