Lydia Kallipoliti is an architect, engineer, and scholar, currently an Assistant Professor of Architecture at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the Center for Architecture, Science and Ecology in New York. She holds a Diploma in Architecture and Engineering from AUTh in Greece, an SMArchS from MIT, and a PhD from Princeton University. Kallipoliti is the founder of EcoRedux (, an innovative, online, open-source educational resource, and ANAcycle thinktank (, a research and writing practice of immersive scholarship. She is the editor of a special issue of Architectural Design published in 2011 and the author of the forthcoming book Closed Worlds, Or, What Is the Power of Shit? Her work has been exhibited in a number of international venues, including the Venice Biennale, the Istanbul Design Biennial, the Shenzhen Biennial, the Royal Academy of British Architects, and the Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York. Kallipoliti is the recipient of an honor at the 14th Webby Awards, grants from the Graham Foundation and the New York State Council for the Arts, an Honorable Mention at the Shenzhen Biennial, a Fulbright scholarship, and the ACSA annual award for Creative Achievement.