Luciana Varkulja



M.Arch, Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation B.Arch, School of Architecture and Urban Design, FAU-USP, University of São Paulo

Luciana Varkulja is a registered Architect and Urban Designer in Brazil, with 15 years of experience, who has been working on projects in the US and internationally (Latin America, Africa and Asia) under her practice uma architecture & design, founded in 2002, and as a collaborator. Since her graduation from 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.

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 has taught and is currently a visiting juror at Columbia University, Otis College of Art and Design and Cal Poly Pomona. As a lecturer at USC, she teaches and currently coordinates the 2nd year graduate design studio.

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