WORKac was founded in 2003 by Principals Amale Andraos and Dan Wood. Together, they lead the 20-person firm, based in New York City. WORKac creates architecture and master-planning concepts. They are committed to sustainability and going beyond its technical requirements, striving to develop intelligent and shared infrastructures, and a more careful integration between architecture, landscape and ecological systems.
WORKac was recently rated the no. 1 design firm in the US in Architect Magazine’s list of the top 50 architecture firms, and was the 2016 AIA NYS Firm of the Year. The practice has achieved international acclaim for projects such as the Edible Schoolyard at P.S.216 in Brooklyn, the New Holland Island Cultural Center Masterplan, and the Blaffer Art Museum at the University of Houston. WORKac current projects include a masterplan for 50 new villas on a waterfront site in Lebanon. In the US, WORKac is designing a Student Center for Rhode Island School of Design, a new library for North Boulder, CO, and a completely off-the-grid house in Arizona.
Amale Andraos is a principal of the firm and the dean of the Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. She is recognized as an architecture thought leader and lectures widely. She has taught at numerous institutions including the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and the American University in Beirut.
She serves on the board of the Architectural League of New York, the World Economic Forum Global Cities and Urbanization Council and is a member of the faculty steering committee for the Columbia Global Centers in the Middle East.
Dan Wood co-founded WORKac with Amale Andraos. His publications include 49 Cities, a re-reading of 49 visionary urban plans through an ecological lens, and Above the Pavement the Farm! co-authored with Amale Andraos. Wood has taught extensively, recently holding the Frank Gehry International Visiting Chair in Architectural Design at the University of Toronto. He previously held the 2013-14 Louis I. Kahn Chair at the Yale School of Architecture, and the Friedman Professorship at UC Berkeley.