Decolonising Performative Architecture Seminar Series: “Think Global, Act Local” Farzana Gandhi, New York Institute of Technology – School of Architecture and Design, Monday, March 8, 2pm GMT | Online

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When: Monday, 8th of March at 2pm GMT

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The seminar is organised by Paolo Cascone, Yota Adilenidou and Maddalena Laddaga in the frame of Architecture and Environmental Design DS3A “Decolonising Performative Architecture” seminar series.

Farzana Gandhi is Registered Architect in New York and a LEED Accredited Professional. Her architecture and planning practice, Farzana Gandhi Design Studio, focuses on sustainable and socially conscious solutions, both locally and abroad. Recent work includes a primary school in Senegal, Africa; community visioning and streetscape design in East Harlem, NY; resiliency strategies and NYCHA campus connectivity in Inwood, NY; and replicable, modular infrastructure for Puerto Rico. Farzana is most interested in how widespread social impact can be achieved at the intersection of architecture and its environmental, cultural, and socioeconomic framework. Her deep commitment to community outreach is driven by deep inquiry, investigation, and integration. Early this year, Farzana also cofounded Collective Infrastructures, a multidisciplinary design lab confronting complex societal challenges with unique comprehensive response. To build a community based on social and environmental resiliency, the team creatively coordinates a rethinking of social, economic, cultural, environmental, educational, medical, and technological infrastructures in disaster hit and/ or disadvantaged neighbourhoods. Farzana frequently lectures about her work, which has been recognised globally through publications, exhibitions, awards and honours. Farzana is also tenured Associate Professor of Architecture at the New York Institute of Technology, where she teaches across the design studio and visualisation sequence and pursues multidisciplinary design research focused on social impact design. Farazana earned a Master in Architecture with Distinction from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. At the University of Pennsylvania, she graduated Phi Beta Kappa with Bachelor of Arts in Architecture, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish with Distinction. 

Principal, Farzana Gandhi Design Studio | Associate Professor of Architecture, New York Institute of Technology 

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