Laura Kurgan

Laura Kurgan is an Associate Professor of Architecture at the Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation at Columbia University, where she directs the Visual Studies curriculum, and the Center for Spatial Research. She is the author of Close Up at a Distance: Mapping, Technology, and Politics (Zone Books, 2013).  Her work explores things ranging from digital mapping technologies to the ethics and politics of mapping, and the art, science and visualization of data.  From 2004 - 2015, she founded and directed the Spatial Information Design Lab at GSAPP. Her work has appeared at the Cartier Foundation in Paris, the Venice Architecture Biennale, the Whitney Altria, MACBa Barcelona, the ZKM in Karlsruhe, and the Museum of Modern Art.  She was the winner of the United States Artists Rockefeller Fellowship in 2009.

Juan Francisco Saldarriaga

Juan Francisco Saldarriaga is a Mellon Research Scholar at the Center for Spatial Research and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Architecture and Urban Planning at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University. His research happens at the intersection of data, GIS, urbanism, architecture and the humanities and he teaches graduate level seminars on mapping, advanced GIS and data visualization. Juan's work has been featured in the New York Times, Metropolis Magazine, the NACIS Atlas of Design, The Atlantic Cities, ArchDaily, BRIC Arts and Media House, The Funambulist and Columbia University's Abstract. He is also a member of the Group for Experimental Methods in the Humanities at Columbia and can also be found on Twitter @juanfrans or at Github at juanfrans.

Dare Brawley

Dare Brawley is Program Administrator at the Center for Spatial Research. Her research interests include open data and public policy, digital pedagogy, and the politics of mapping. Prior to joining CSR, she worked as Research Analyst for Energy and Environment Programs at Regional Plan Association (RPA). While at RPA she led research efforts in resilience and scenario planning for “The Fourth Regional Plan,” a set of analyses, projections, and policy recommendations about the future dynamics of the Greater NYC urban system. She holds a BA in Architecture with a double concentration in Physics and the Ethics of Data Visualization from Barnard College. Her work has been exhibited and published by the Storefront for Art and Architecture, The Architectural League, the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, Columbia University's Abstract, and in Interboro Partner’s The Arsenal of Inclusion and Exclusion.

Grga Basic

Grga Basic is an architect and Associate Research Scholar at the Center for Spatial Research. His research interests include critical and narrative cartography, and metrics of human impacts on Earth’s ecosystems. Prior to joining CSR, Grga was a researcher at Harvard’s Urban Theory Lab where his work investigated land use and land cover allotments of the extreme territories, and urbanization processes of the Arctic – with a particular focus on the offshore resource extraction.

Grga holds a Master in Design Studies degree with a concentration in Urbanism, Landscape and Ecology from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Grga’s at the GSD explored the temporal and spatial dimensions of spent nuclear fuel containment. He also holds a Master of Architecture degree from the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, having previously studied at the Faculty of Architecture in Zagreb. His award-winning master thesis on the dynamics of ecological footprints was exhibited at the 5th International Architecture Biennale in Rotterdam in 2012. 

Michelle McSweeney