Luciana Varkulja


MSAAD, Columbia University

Luciana Varkulja is a registered architect and urban designer in Brazil, who has been living and working in the United States since 2006. While still in São Paulo, working as an exhibition designer for the Museum of Contemporary Art, she was awarded a grant to be part of the Design Department's team at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, specifically collaborating with the design of the DADA exhibition. Soon after that she moved to an architecture and urban design firm from Washington, where she spent 4 years working on various projects, from concept design to construction documents. Ms. Varkulja has a technical background that dates back to her work at an engineering firm in São Paulo, but has kept a straight connection with the art world through stage design, exhibitions, installations and films. She graduated with a Master of Architecture from Columbia University, where she was awarded the prestigious William Kinne Traveling Fellowship Prize for the research project "From Temporary to Permanent: Social Engagement in the Urban Environment".

She was a contract architect at LTL Architects, contributing to the redesign of a New York City icon, the Coney Island Pier, as part of the reconstruction effort following Hurricane Sandy. Prior to that, she worked with Columbia University on the concept design and renovation of the space for the new Studio-X site in Johannesburg, South Africa. For three years, from 2013 to 2016, she was a project architect at Allied Works Architecture in Portland, Oregon.

Ms. Varkulja has held teaching positions at the Corcoran School of the Arts & Design in D.C, at Columbia University/ Barnard College in New York City, at Otis College of Art and Design in LA and Cal Poly Pomona. She currently lives and works in LA.

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