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Kathy Velikov


Kathy Velikov is an Associate Professor of Architecture at the Taubman College of Architecture & Urban Planning, University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI, USA.

She teaches design studio, courses in urbanism, ecology and technology, and is the co-coordinator of the Master of Science concentration in Material Systems.

Kathy Velikov is a licensed architect and a Founding Partner in the research-based practice RVTR. Founded in 2007 and with offices in Ann Arbor and Toronto 2007, RVTR has served as a platform for exploration and experimentation in the agency of architecture and urban design within the context of dynamic ecological systems, infrastructures, materially and technologically mediated environments and emerging social organizations. The work ranges in scale from that of the regional territory and the city, to high performance buildings, to full-scale installation-based prototypes that explore responsive and kinetic envelopes that mediate energy, atmosphere and interaction.

She is also a co-founder of the Metropolitan Futures Group, a trans-disciplinary design consortium comprised of internationally-recognized researchers and designers across different University of Michigan academic units that was established to address the problem of the notable absence of design in policy processes that affect the organization, form and materiality of constructed environments; and, therefore, issues concerning quality of life.

She holds an MA in the history of art and architecture from the University of Toronto, and a Professional BArch and BES from the University of Waterloo, Canada.

She was the Oberdick Fellow at Taubman College (2006/07), and has previously held teaching appointments at the University of Toronto and the University of Waterloo. She has spent over ten years in practice as a project architect and senior designer on urban masterplans, institutional buildings, private residences, and design competitions; and has also spent a number of seasons working with archaeological teams in Carthage, Tunisia.

Critical writing and projects have been published in Volume, [bracket] Goes Soft, MONU, Leonardo, International Journal of Architectural Computing, New Geographies Journal, Journal of Architectural Education, and in books published by MIT Press, Routledge, Taylor and Francis, Princeton Architectural Press and Jovis Verlag. She is co-author of Infra Eco Logi Urbanism, A Project for the Great Lakes Megaregion, a monograph of RVTR’s speculative urban research (Park Books / University of Chicago Press, 2015). The accompanying solo exhibition has traveled to the Centre de Design de l’UQAM in Montreal, the Paul Crocker Gallery, Toronto, Yale School of Architecture Gallery in New Haven, the University of Michigan’s Liberty Gallery in Ann Arbor and the Ewing Gallery at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

She received the Professional Prix de Rome in Architecture from the Canada Council for the Arts, an Architecture Magazine R&D Award, and the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Award of Excellence for Innovation in the Practice of Architecture.

Kathy Velikov was a Moderator of the Workshop “Territorial Scale” at the 5th International Forum for Sustainable Construction dedicated to “Infrastructure Space” held April 7-9, 2016 in Detroit, USA.

Last Updated: April 16, 2016
Ann Arbor, MI, USA
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