Lydia is an architect, engineer and scholar, currently an Assistant Professor of Architecture and the Director of the Master of Science Program at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), as well as a professor and senior research associate at RPI’s Center for Architecture, Science and Ecology (CASE) in New York.She holds a Diploma in Architecture and Engineering from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece, a SMArchS in building technology from MIT and a PhD in history and theory of architecture from Princeton University. Her research focuses on the intersections of architecture, technology and environmental politics and more particularly on recycling material experiments, theories of waste and reuse, as well as closed and self-reliant systems and urban environments.
Prior to teaching at RPI, Kallipoliti was an Assistant Professor at Syracuse University and an Assistant Professor Adjunct at Columbia University [GSAPP] and at the Cooper Union, where she also served as a Senior Associate at the Institute for Sustainable Design. At the Cooper Union, she also held the position of the Feltman Chair in Lighting, leading an off-grid lighting installation for New Museum’s
Ideas City Festival and the World Science Festival in New York.
Lydia is the recipient of several awards including a silver medal in the W3 international awards for digital innovation in environmental awareness, an honor at the 14th Webby Awards from the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, a Grant from the Graham Foundation, a Grant from the New York State Council for the Arts, an Honorable Mention from the independent jury of the Shenzhen Biennial, the Marvin E. Goody award for the creative use of materials, a Fulbright scholarship, the Lawrence Anderson Award for the creative documentation of architectural history, the Benjamin Menschel Faculty Grant, the Woodrow Wilson Fellowship and the High
Meadows Sustainability Fund.
She is the author of more than fifty articles and research papers published in magazines and books including Log, Architectural Design, Praxis: Journal of Building + Writing, Domus, Volume, ArchPlus, Future Anterior, The Cornell Journal of Architecture, Thresholds, 306090, Pidgin, TJE, Architecture in Greece, Buildings and Landscapes, The Journal of Architectural Education and several books. Her work has also been exhibited in a number of international venues including the Venice Biennial, the Istanbul Design Biennial, the Shenzhen Biennial and the Royal Academy of British Architects.
Lydia is the founder of EcoRedux, an innovative online open–source educational resource documenting the history of ecological experimentation in the twentieth century [www.ecoredux.com]. She is also the curator and designer of the exhibition EcoRedux: Design Remedies for a Dying Planet”, which has traveled globally including the Byzantine Museum of Art in Athens Greece, Columbia University, the Cooper Union and the Disseny Hub of Barcelona in Spain. Her recent research project “Closed Worlds” was an exhibition that opened at the Storefront for Art and Architecture in February 2016; it was reviewed by Wired magazine, Dissegno Daily, The Observer, ViCE the Creator’s Project and the Architect’s Newspaper. Closed Worlds is also a forthcoming book by Lars Muller publishers and the recipient of ACSA’s annual award for Creative Achievement in 2017.
Lydia is a registered architect in Europe and a member of the Technical Chamber of professional architects in Greece, where she has built a number of residences and outdoor spaces, parks and environments. She is the founder of ANAcycle thinktank, a design, research and writing practice based in Brooklyn, NY [www.anacycle.com].