Cathrine Veikos is an associate professor of Architecture and the chair of the Interior Design Program at California College of the Arts. Her scholarship engages issues related to the design of surfaces, image theory, and representation, including the nature and use of ornament and the production of perceptual and atmospheric effects.
Articles on this research and on the phenomenon of “Sheer Opacity” in contemporary practice have been published in the Journal of Architectural Education and the Brazilian publication, ARQTEXTO. Her book, Lina Bo Bardi: The Theory of Architecture Practice (Routledge, Taylor & Francis, 2013) introduces a translation of the architect’s thesis on pedagogy, which highlights the value of collaborative work, interdisciplinarity, and a design methodology that is predicated on the serious observation of the habits and patterns of life.
Lina Bo Bardi provokes us to reflect on design education today, on the relevance of theory, the advantages of history, and ultimately on the caliber and constitution of future professionals in the discipline and the work that they will be prepared to contribute to the built environment.
Veikos is a registered architect and worked in the offices of Roland Simounet, Jean-Paul Viguier (Paris), and for Bruce Graham at Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (Chicago) before becoming principal of atelier4Architecture (a4A), an international firm she cofounded in 1999.
She is the recipient of a Cass Gilbert Fellowship at the University of Minnesota College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, a Rotch Traveling Studio Scholarship, and an award from the Graham Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts.
Before joining CCA's faculty, Veikos was an assistant professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design, where she taught design studios and advanced seminars and was the coordinator of the second-year Design Studio and the visual studies sequence in the graduate program. She also taught at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Tulane University, Parsons in Paris, and at Harvard University.