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Luciana Varkulja

Luciana Varkulja
Senior Lecturer
Teaches In

M.Arch, Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation;
B.Arch, School of Architecture and Urban Design, FAU-USP, University of São Paulo


Luciana Varkulja is a registered Architect and Urban Designer in Brazil, with 15 years of experience, who has been working on projects in the US and internationally (Latin America, Africa and Asia) under her practice uma architecture & design, founded in 2002, and as a collaborator. Since her graduation from University of São Paulo, in Brazil, she had the opportunity to work on a wide variety of project types and scales, from furniture design, brand identity, environmental design and domestic space to institutional buildings, transportation and urban planning. With a technical background that dates back to her collaboration at an engineering firm in São Paulo, she has kept a straight connection with the art world through set design, exhibitions, installations and films.

Ms. Varkulja has worked on projects from schematic design through completion, always wearing multiple hats during that process, from designer role to project management support, coordinating the process internally to the office as well as with clients and consultants. She is currently working with the Design for Dignity Committee at the AIA LA, addressing the urgent housing crisis and the shortage of options for affordable models. Luciana Varkuljahas taught and is currently a visiting juror at Columbia University and Cal Poly Pomona. She is a Lecturer at USC School of Architecture and a Senior Lecturer at the Architecture/Landscape/Interiors Department at Otis College of Art and Design, where she teaches Design Studio.

  • AIA Portland Chapter Awards, Award for Design Excellence (2015). PNCA. Design Team: Allied Works Architecture
  • NYCity Design Commission, Award for Design Excellence (2013). Steeplechase Pier. Design Team: LTL Architects
  • Columbia University GSAPP, William Kinne Traveling Fellowship Prize (2012)
  • AIA DC Chapter Awards, Award for Design Excellence (2010). Union Station Bicycle Transit Center. Design Team: KGP Design Studio
  • Design Within Reach, 1stPrize, Design Competition Paulistano Uncovered, Washington, DC (2009)
  • Lampadia Foundation, Fellowship, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC (2005 / 2006)
  • Biennial Foundation, Honorable Mention, Poster Design, 25th International Biennial of São Paulo (2001)
  • CNPQ Capes, Scientific Initiation Scholarship - Brazilian Ministry of Education, University of São Paulo (1997 / 1998)
  • PLOT. ‘Learning from Chefs: an Architectural Manifesto’. COOKBOOK. Spring 2019
  • Arquitectura Viva. ‘Ina’, Dillon Phillips and Luciana Varkulja at Luke’s Gallery in Portland. By Silvia Perea, 2016
  • Deste Foundation. Collecting Architecture publication and exhibition at the DESTE Foundation. Athens, Greece, 2012
  • Abstract Columbia University. Studio project selected for GSAPP publication, 2012
Clients/Employment History:  
  • AECOM, Los Angeles CA, Senior Designer, 2018 
  • SOM, Los Angeles CA, Senior Designer, 2017
  • Allied Works Architecture, Portland OR, Project Architect / Designer, 2013-2016
  • LTL Architects, NYC, Contract Project Architect, 2013
  • KGP Design Studio, Washington, DC, Project Architect, 2006-2010
  • National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, Designer, 2005