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Peter Macapia

Adjunct Associate Professor - CCE


Peter Macapia is an artist and architect, founder and director of the experimental labDORA (Design Office for Research and Architecture) in New York and Paris. He started labDORA in 2003 after receiving his PhD from Columbia where he was the recipient of the Presidential Fellowships. His interests involve the problem of geometry in the age of computation, the geometry and topology of matter/energy relations, and the possibility of an elastic density in the contemporary metropolis, for which he has received numerous research grants. He has won distinction in competitions and collaborated with engineers from Ove Arup and Buro Happold as well as artist-in-residencies. His work and writings have been published internationally in Log, Huffington Post, Monitor, A+U, Architectural Review, Architectural Record, Interior Design, Pin-Up and others. Macapia's projects Dirty Geometry 1 and Dirty Geometry 2 were acquired by the FRAC Centre in Orleans France in 2007. Recently Macapia's Pavilion Seroussi, has been shown throughout France as part of the Dentelles d'architectures exhibition, which includes Nouvel, FOA, and Philip Morel. Macapia's work has been exhibited in Basel, Miami, New York, Chicago, London, Paris, and Los Angeles including the recent solo shows titled Swarm, Ship of Theseus, Skullcracker, and The Birth of Physics. His work on Dirty Geometry, including the Dirty Geometry Pavilions, will be published in 2011 by the FRAC titled Architectures experimentales,1950-2010. Macapia began teaching at Columbia in 1999 and has since taught in both art and architecture at Sci-Arc, Pratt Institute, Parsons School of Design, the Ecole Special d'Architecture, Malaquais, TU Delft, School of Visual Arts and others.

B.F.A., Rhode Island School of Design;
M.A., Harvard University;
Ph.D., Columbia University: