Inhabiting the Margins of Contemporary Rome
Ersela Kripa and Stephen Mueller are founding partners of AGENCY, an award-winning research and design practice established by in New York City in 2006. By drawing on a wide range of design technologies and research initiatives, the practice works to establish the architect as a tactical operator in an increasingly urbanized, and globalized world. AGENCY engages contemporary global culture through a range of commissioned architectural projects, speculative proposals, urban research, film, and photography. In each project, the practice strives to identify and capitalize on what makes each client, site, or social context truly unique, taking advantage of circumstance to propose new modes of living.
The partners have recently completed research and design for their upcoming book, entitled 'Elements of a Tactical Urbanism,' which catalogs and extrapolates successful design and development tactics in informal environments throughout the world. AGENCY is the winner of the 2010 ONE PRIZE, an international design competition for creating productive green space in cities hosted by Terreform 1. The practice's work has been exhibited internationally, most recently through invited participation at the 12th International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennale, Sofia Architecture Week, Eme3 International Architectural Market in Barcelona, and SUPERFRONT Gallery in Los Angeles.
Ersela holds a Bachelor of Architecture with honors from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, and a Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University. Stephen holds a Bachelor of Architecture with Distinction from the University of Kansas, and a Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University.
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