The Design Observer Group

Posted 08.04.11

Pratt Institute

Dagmar Richter Joins Pratt Institute

Left: Dagmar Richter. [Photo by Zachary Tyler Newton] Right: Higgins Hall, home to the Pratt Institute undergraduate architecture department. [Photo by Rene Perez]

Educator, designer and author Dagmar Richter has been hired as chair of Pratt Institute's undergraduate architecture department. Her appointment will begin on January 2, 2012.

Richter has been a teaching professor and chair of architecture at Cornell University's College of Architecture, Art, and Planning. She was previously a professor of architecture and urban design at UCLA, and has held professorships at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Rhode Island School of Design, Cooper Union, Columbia University, and the Art Academy in Berlin and in Stuttgart.

Richter is the principal of DR_D, a design research practice in Berlin and Los Angeles, known for its inventive design approach and research-oriented experiments. Her work focuses on rethinking methods of architectural design in a global economy and a high-speed cultural forum, produced with rapidly evolving computerized technology. Her design work has garnered numerous prizes and awards, including second prize for the design of the National Library of Denmark in Copenhagen and a first prize for an office-park design for the Shinkenshiku Membrane competition in Japan.

Her work is the subject of two monographs: XYZ: The Architecture of Dagmar Richter (Princeton Architectural Press, 2001) and Armed Surfaces: Architecture and Urbanisms 5 (Black Dog Press, 2003). Her work has been exhibited internationally including shows at the Louisiana Art Museum in Copenhagen, the Centre Pompidou in Paris and the Armand Hammer Museum in Los Angeles.

Richter was educated at the University of Stuttgart, the Royal Art Academy in Copenhagen (where she received a master's degree in architecture) and the Städel School in Frankfurt. She is a resident of Ithaca, New York; Santa Monica, California; and Berlin.

Pratt's undergraduate architecture department is a five-year bachelor's of architecture degree program, offering a thorough foundation in architecture that integrates critical thinking, design, technology, building, representation and social responsibility.

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