Judith Di Maio: The Facts and Essential Trajectories

Cornell in Rome Fall 2019 Lecture Series

Judith DiMaio was the dean of New York Institute of Technology's School of Architecture and Design from 2001–16. She is a licensed architect and educator.

DiMaio holds an M.Arch. from Harvard University, a B.Arch. from Cornell University, and a B.A. from Bennington College. In 1977, DiMaio won the Rome Prize in Architecture and was subsequently awarded a Fulbright-Hays Scholarship. In 2009 the American Academy invited her to be the first Colin Rowe Resident.Others who have held that title include Michael Graves, Frank Gehry, Sir James Stirling, Zaha Hadid, Henry Cobb, and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberg.

Throughout the 1980s, DiMaio was a senior designer at Kohn, Pedersen, and Fox. As a private practitioner in New York City, she was commissioned by Yale Properties of Yale University to be part of the design team redeveloping downtown New Haven. Other special projects include a pavilion at Seaside, Florida; a schematic design for a condominium complex in Perth, Australia; and most recently, a dormitory feasibility study for the University of Kumasi in Ghana. In 2017 she was invited to be a partner in the prestigious design firm Bruce Nagel and Partners located in Westhampton, New York City, and Rome. Two of her designs for villas are currently under construction.


"The lecture format is a somewhat unconventional format for me.

The facts are five in number that had a tremendous impact on my trajectories. The first: I knew at 16 I wanted to be an architect, and I never wavered from that course though my journey was never a straight line. The four other significant facts or encounters will be highlighted in my talk.

Trajectories: In effect, these are derived from the facts and how they interwove to become the essential trajectories for my output as an architect, educator, and design strategist."

~Judith DiMaio

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