Ada Tolla

Architect / Italy; United States / LOT-EK

Ada Tolla has a Master’s degree in Architecture and Urban Design from the Universita’ di Napoli, Italy, and completed postgraduate studies at Columbia University, New York. Besides heading her professional practice, LOT-EK, she currently teaches at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation and Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Department of Architecture. She also lectures at major universities and cultural institutions globally.

Ada Tolla and Giuseppe Lignano have achieved high visibility for their sustainable and innovative approach to construction, materials, and space and through the adaptive reuse (“upcycling”) of existing industrial objects and systems not originally intended for architecture. They are also recognized for the use of technology as an integral part of architecture, for addressing transformability in architecture, and for integrating aspects of art and architecture.

LOT-EK’s work has been published in national and international publications, including the New York Times, the London Times, the International Herald Tribune, the Wall Street Journal, Wallpaper*, Domus, A+U, Interior Design, Wired, Surface, Metropolis, Graphis, and more.

LOT-EK’s first monograph, Urban Scan, was published by Princeton Architectural Press in 2002. Mixer: Installation and Assembly Manual: LOT-EK Architecture was released by by Edizioni Press in 2000; and LOT-EK: Mobile Dwelling Unit was published by DAP in 2003.

Ada Tolla was recently recognized as a United States Artists (USA) Booth Fellow of Architecture and Design. Nominations are made each year by U.S. arts leaders and practitioners, critics, and scholars, of artists they believe show an extraordinary commitment to their craft.

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