Distributed Architecture is a design and research practice  run by Catherine Ahn and Fabrizio Furiassi. The office is committed to creating participatory and instigative processes that bring equity, diversity and inclusion into the built environment. Distributed Architecture is based in New York and is a recipient of the Columbia GSAPP Incubator Prize 2021-2022.

Catherine Ahn is an architectural designer and researcher based in New York and Seoul. She has over ten years of professional experience in cultural, residential, and hospitality projects at SITE and Obra Architects. Catherine graduated in architecture at Princeton University SoA and the Cooper Union. She was a research fellow at the Institute for Public Architecture in New York where she investigated new modes of community engagement with industrial stakeholders in Newtown Creek. Catherine has recently completed research projects on construction and demolition waste, environmental justice, and collective design pedagogy at the Women’s School of Planning and Architecture (WSPA) with the Princeton Mellon Initiative.

Fabrizio Furiassi is an architect, researcher and educator who teaches architectural history/theory and design studio at Parsons School of Design in New York. Over the last ten years, he has collaborated internationally with architecture firms, cultural institutions, and enlightened clients to disseminate critical design culture. Fabrizio holds master’s degrees from Columbia University GSAPP and La Sapienza University of Rome. He was a research fellow at the Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design in Moscow, and currently is pursuing a PhD in Urban Studies at the University of Basel, sponsored by the Swiss National Science Foundation. Fabrizio’s doctoral thesis traces the urbanization of Sicily during Italy’s postwar building boom, elucidating the social and spatial impacts of the Mafia’s concrete developments. An introduction to the project was  published in Log 53: Why Italy Now?

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