Luciana Varkulja is an architect and urban designer with 15 years of experience who has been working on projects in the US and internationally (Latin America, Africa and Asia), as a freelancer and collaborator. Since her graduation from the School of Architecture at the University of São Paulo, in Brazil, she had the opportunity to work on a wide variety of project types and scales, from furniture design to large institutional and civic buildings, urban design projects and master plans. With a technical background that dates back to her collaboration at an engineering firm in São Paulo, she has kept a straight connection with the art world through set design, exhibitions, installations and films. After working in the field for a few years, she went back to academia for a Masters in Architecture from Columbia University, in New York City.
Ms. Varkulja has worked on projects from schematic design through completion, always wearing multiple hats during that process, from designer role to project management support, coordinating the process internally to the office as well as with clients and consultants. She worked as a Senior Designer at AECOM and SOM and as a Project Designer at Allied Works Architecture. She taught at Columbia University, Otis College of Art and Design, Cal Poly Pomona and is currently a Lecturer at USC School of Architecture in Los Angeles, where she will be coordinating and teaching the Graduate School’s Housing Studio Program.