Alex Mergold: Playing with Fire

Architecture Department Fall 2008 Lecture Series

Aleksandr Mergold cofounded Austin + Mergold, an architecture, landscape, and design practice, with fellow Cornell alumnus Jason Austin in 2007. Mergold is also a founding partner of MERA, a multi-disciplinary design practice established in 1997 in New York City specializing in interior, product, and graphic design. Mergold received his Bachelors of Architecture from Cornell University, where he received the New York Chapter AIA and the Charles Goodwin Sands Memorial medals, and his Master of Architecture from Princeton University. After working for several large architecture firms (Perkins Eastman Architects, Swanke Hayden Connell Architects) he joined the New York office of Pentagram—an international design and architecture practice. At Pentagram, Mergold worked on a variety of projects, including the Arizona Cardinals Stadium with Peter Eisenman, the Harley Davidson Museum, and the Philip Johnson Glass House National Preservation Trust. Mergold taught design and architecture at Parsons The New School for Design; Listaháskóli Íslands–Iceland Academy of the Arts; he is currently a visiting critic at Cornell.