In the lecture “Shape-shifting” O'Donnell will discuss the work from her practice, CODA, which engages with changes of state, material misuse and perceptual trickery. From the MoMA PS1 Pavilion Party Wall to more recent work which develops material efficiency and reuse, the lecture will explore a range of interpretations of 'dynamic' architecture.
ABOUT CAROLINE O'DONNELL
Caroline O'Donnell is the Edgar A. Tafel Associate Professor and director of the M.Arch. program at Cornell University, where she teaches studios and seminars on themes of environmentally responsive architecture and material reuse. She is the principal of the design practice CODA, and the winner of MoMA/PS1's Young Architects' Program in 2013 with the project Party Wall. Other recent projects include Urchin, a pavilion for the Cornell Council for the Arts Biennial in 2016; and Confluence, a bridge and boardwalk for Peterborough, New Hampshire. O'Donnell is the editor of the Cornell Journal of Architecture and former founding editor of Pidgin magazine. Her first book, Niche Tactics: Generative Relationships between Architecture and Site, was published in April 2015.
O'Donnell was born in Athlone, Ireland, and raised there and in Derry, Northern Ireland. She received her B.Arch. from the Manchester School of Architecture, England with a specialization in Bioclimatics; and her M.Arch. from Princeton University. Before teaching at Cornell, O'Donnell taught at the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture at The Cooper Union and worked at KCAP Architects and Planners in Rotterdam, Netherlands, and at Eisenman Architects in New York City, where she was the project leader for several projects including the Hamburg Library and the Pompei Santuario Railway Station.