Grid Off/Lights On is a collaborative project between two architecture professors, a visiting researcher at the Institute of Sustainable Design, seven engineering students, one architecture and one art student at the Cooper Union.


Lydia Kallipoliti, Assistant Professor Adj. The Cooper Union/ Columbia University, Senior Associate, Cooper Union Institute of Sustainable Design

Dr. Lydia Kallipoliti is a practicing architect, engineer and theorist, currently teaching design studios, environmental technology and history/theory courses at the Cooper Union and at Columbia University in New York. She holds a Diploma in architecture and engineering from AUTh in Greece, a SMArchS in building technology from MIT and a PhD from Princeton University. Her research focuses on material experimentation, recycling and the intersection of cybernetic and ecological theories in the twentieth century. Kallipoliti is the editor of “EcoRedux: Design Remedies for a Dying Planet,” a special issue of Architectural Design (AD) magazine and the founder of EcoRedux, an innovative online non-profit educational resource for ecological experiments in the postwar period. EcoRedux online received an honor at the 14th International Webby Awards and a silver medal in the W3 awards by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. Her design and theoretical work has been published internationally including Log, Domus, Praxis, Architectural Design, the Journal of Architectural Historians, Thresholds, Abitare, Pidgin, 306090 and other publications. Kallipoliti is Cooper Union’s Feltman Chair in Light Studies. She is also currently building an outdoor programmed infrastructure at Renzo Piano’s Faliron coastline development for Athens in Greece.

Martha Giannakopoulou, Practising Architect, Visiting researcher and critic, The Cooper Union Institute of Sustainable Design

Martha Giannakopoulou graduated from the Architectural Association in London-AADipl and was awarded the “The William Glover award”. In 2003 she founded IF-[ untitled ] architects,a London- Athens based architectural studio. The studio’s work comprises a broad spectrum of cultural and social contexts on architectural as well as international development project in countries such as UK, Greece, Japan, India, Indonesia, Zambia and Rwanda. Works have been shortlisted in 2010 and 2011 for the -YAYA Award- Young Architect of the Year Award in the UK, exhibited at the Biennale of Young Greek Architects in 2010 and published in various Greek and European magazines. She has also lectured on Collaborate community design and urban sustainability in various architectural and humanitarian conferences in Athens and London. Currently, after being awarded the Fulbright scholarship, she is a visiting researcher and Critic at the Cooper Union Institute of Sustainable Design working on the Sustain Rockefeller Innovation Grant.

Katerina Kourkoula,  Professor Adjunct, The Cooper Union

Katerina Kourkoula received her Bachelors of Science from the Bartlett School of Architecture (U.C.L.) , her Bachelors and Maters of Architecture from The Cooper Union.She has been awarded the The Irma Giustino Weiss Prize for demonstrating exceptional potential for future achievement. She was also awarded the AIA School Medal and The Certificate of Merit for the excellence in the study of Architecture and was a recipient of the AIA Heritage Ball and the Onassis Foundation Scholarships. Katerina is an Adjunct faculty at the Cooper Union where she has been teaching design studio since 2011. Katerina has worked for Henley Halebrown Rorrison Architects in London, Lot-Ek in NY and has collaborated with Divercity architects in London and Kokkinou-Kourkoulas architects in Greece. Since 2008 she has been working on her own residential projects in Greece and renovation projects in NY. Her work has been publicized in the New York Times, Eoculus, Contract Magazine and NY1, and in exhibition in New York, Athens and Barcelona.

Engineering Students:
Alyssa Davis
Laura Quan
Natalia Zawisny
Stephanie Borchers
Simon Khuvis
WooJong Kim
Anna Kramer
Architecture Students:
Shiori Sasaki
Art Students:
Glory Day Correw

Special Collaborator:
Andreas Theodoridis is a practicing architect and engineer with more than ten  years of experience in building and fabrication. He is the principal of 207×207 architects based in Athens in collaboration with Stella Nikolalaki. He has participated in a number of architectural exhibitions and venues including the Venice Bienalle and the Design Hub of Barcelona in Spain. Theodoridis was a visiting critic at Columbia University’s Global Networking in Thessaloniki, a visiting researcher at the Cooper Union Institute of Sustainable Design and a guest juror at several design studios at Columbia University, the Cooper Union and Pratt Institute. He is currently an MS candidate in Environmental Systems Management at Pratt Institute, where he has been awarded the Green Infrastructure Fellowship.

Toby Cumberbatch, Professor of Engineering, The Cooper Union
Karl Schulz, Student Fellow at the Cooper Union Institute of Sustainable Design
David Bergman, Architect FIRE & WATER LIGHTING
Betsy Imershein, Director FABnyc


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