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Studio-X Global Network


The label “Studio-X” refers to Columbia Graduate School of Architecture’s advanced laboratories for exploring the future of cities serving as a new kind of international workshop in which students and professors from around the world can think together.

Each Studio-X is organized around the traditional setting of the design studio found in architecture schools all over the world: a simple open loft-like space that fosters collaborative exploration, an empty room that welcomes new people and new ideas.  

“If we don’t think about the future in and with all the transformative regions of the world, then we are not thinking about the future. – Mark Wigley, Dean Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation

The organization of the open space keeps changing as an array of tables, chairs, computers, and screens is rearranged depending on which teams are using it and which events are taking place.

This central workspace is supplemented by: a book gallery and reading room that displays unique research publications from around the different Studio-X locations not found in a typical bookstore; an interactive video interface showing what is happening in the other Studio-X spaces in real time; a gallery space displaying unique exhibitions curated locally or between Studio-X spaces; a space for public lectures; a meeting room for more private discussions or video-conferencing; a kitchen/coffee shop; and offices for the staff or visiting scholars/designers.

Each Studio-X is a cultural center that supports close personal interactions between people that might not normally be together. At the same time, the space is equipped with the latest technology to take advantage of Columbia’s expertise in digital design and data visualization to draw on the widest array of global resources and communicate ideas to the widest possible audience. The local director of each Studio-X acts as the curator of a continuous array of projects, workshops, lectures, seminars, symposia, exhibitions, and performances with a small staff helping to tie the daily operations of the space to the surrounding city. In key moments, all the Studio-X spaces would be linked in a single real-time global workshop allowing unprecedented bursts of creativity.


Curator: Nora Akawi
5 Moh’d Al Sa’d Al-Batayneh Street
King Hussein Park
P.O. Box 144706
Amman 11814, Jordan

Director: Li Hu
A103, 46 Fangjia Hutong,
Andingmen Inner Street,
Dongcheng District
Beijing, China, 100007

Director: Rajeev Thakker
Kitab Mahal
192, D N Road
Fort Mumbai 400 001

Co-Director: Geoff Manaugh
Co-Director: Nicola Twilley
180 Varick Street, Ste. 1610
New York, New York 10014

Director: Pedro Rivera
Praça Tiradentes, 48
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Co-Curator: Magu Bueno
Co-Curator: Ligia Nobre
Revolving locations

Curator: Daisuke Hirose
Shibaura House
3-15-4 Shibaura, Minato-ku
Tokyo, Japan 108-0023

Selva Gürdoğan, Director
Pürtelaş Hasan Efendi Mh.
Meclis-i Mebusan Cd No:35,
Beyoğlu, Turkey
Director Mpho Matsipa
280 Fox Street (Corner Fox/Kruger), 
The Maboneng Precinct Johannesburg
South Africa