Cathrine Veikos

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Cathrine Veikos is a professor of Architecture at California College of the Arts. Her scholarship engages image theory, representation and issues related to the design of surfaces, including the nature and use of ornament and the production of perceptual and atmospheric effects. She is author of the book, Lina Bo Bardi: The Theory of Architectural Practice (Routledge, Taylor & Francis, London, 2013, New York, 2014),  a translation and introduction to the writing of the Italo-Brazilian architect, Lina Bo Bardi (1914-1992). She teaches design studios and seminars in the Interior Design and Architecture Programs at CCA. She was the chair of the Interior Design Program from 2012-2018. 

Veikos has published research on the phenomenon of “Sheer Opacity” in contemporary practice and in Bo Bardi’s Museum of Art in São Paulo (MASP) in the Journal of Architectural Education and in the Brazilian publication, ArqTEXTO. Other work on Bo Bardi highlights the architect’s contributions to  pedagogy, the value of collaborations between art and architecture, interdisciplinarity, and a commitment to a design methodology that is predicated on the serious observation of the habits and patterns of life. 

Veikos was recently invited to contribute to "Material Ideologies," a symposium organized by Princeton University School of Architecture and to Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, a 2016-2017 initiative led by the Getty to explore Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles. Her work on the shared design ethos of Lina Bo Bardi and Albert Frey is featured in the exhibition and catalogue, Lina Bo Bardi and Albert Frey: Search for a Living Architecture, produced by The Palm Springs Art Museum as part of the Getty set of exhibitions. 

For the centennial celebration of Bo Bardi in 2014, Veikos was invited to the international symposium, Lina Bo Bardi 100 at the Architekturmuseum der Technischen Universität München. She published her essay on Bo Bardi's iconic building, SESC- Pompeia (1977-86), in São Paulo, Brazil, in the catalog produced for the exhibition, Lina Bo Bardi 100: Brazil’s Alternative Path to Modernism (Hatje Cantz Verlag, Ostfildern, 2014). She reviewed "Precise Poetry: Lina Bo Bardi's Architecture,"  a film by German director, Belinda Rukschcio, for the Journal of Architectural Historians in 2017.  

Veikos is the recipient of three Cass Gilbert Fellowships 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, she was an assistant professor at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Design, where she taught design studios and advanced seminars and was the graduate program coordinator for the second-year Design Studio and the visual studies sequence. She taught previously at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Tulane University, Parsons in Paris, and at Harvard University.

Veikos is a registered architect and worked in the offices of Roland Simounet (Paris), Jean-Paul Viguier (Paris), and for Bruce Graham at Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (Chicago) before becoming principal of atelier4Architecture (a4A): Ecology, Design and New Media. At SOM, Veikos focused on innovative exterior wall and lobby design. a4A, New York-Detroit-Paris, was launched with the opportunity to envision a 60,000sf expansion of the Motown Historical Museum in Detroit. Its inter-disciplinary scope includes a winning competition entry for the ParcBIT “Tele-Village" in Mallorca, townhouses in Liege, Belgium (Europan 3) and CIMAquitaine©, France, a proposal for a sustainable multimedia teleworking community solicited by the European Commission on Telecommunication and Environment (DGXIII, & DGXI).