AGENCY: Hackable Infrastructure

Cornell in Rome Fall 2010 Lecture Series

AGENCY is a design and research practice in New York City founded by Ersela Kripa, an architect, and Stephen Mueller, an architectural designer. Kripa and Mueller are the recipients of a 2010–11 Rome Prize in Architecture from the American Academy in Rome. The partners are 2010 joint fellows in Architecture/Environmental Structures from the New York Foundation for the Arts, and recipients of a joint residency fellowship at the MacDowell Colony in 2009, where they completed research and design for their upcoming book, Elements of a Tactical Urbanism.

Kripa has served as an invited guest critic for design reviews at Columbia University, Washington University, Pratt Institute, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, and the University of Kansas, among other notable institutions. Ersela holds a bachelor of architecture from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, and a master of science in advanced architectural design from Columbia University, where she was the recipient of a Kinne Travel Fellowship for sponsored research in architecture and urbanism.

Mueller has taught architectural design studios and seminars in leading graduate and undergraduate universities across the U.S., including coteaching a studio with Kathryn Dean at Columbia University in 2008. He holds a bachelor of architecture from the University of Kansas and a master of science in advanced architectural design from Columbia University, where he was the recipient of the Lucille Smyser Lowenfish Memorial Prize, and a Kinne Travel Fellowship for sponsored research in architecture and urbanism.