Diana Agrest is a practicing architect in New York City. She is a principal of Agrest and Gandelsonas Architects, which was founded in 1980. She also has her own firm, Diana Agrest Architect in New York City.
Agrest is well known for her unique approach to architecture and urban design working both in practice and theory and their interrelation. She has been involved in the design and building of projects in the USA, Europe and South America, ranging from houses and interiors to residential buildings, institutional buildings, urban design projects and master plans, since 1975. Her projects and buildings have received numerous awards. She was the Design Director of the Des Moines Vision Plan. The Bronx South Community Center at Melrose Houses, recently competed in NYC, has won numerous awards including the New York Municipal Arts Society MASterwork award for the best new building in the city; the New York State chapter of the American Institute of Architects Excellence In Design Award; and the New York City chapter of the American Institute of Architects Excellence In Design Award; and the New York Council Society of American Registered Architects Design Award of Merit.
Her work has been exhibited in museums, universities, and art galleries in USA, Europe, South America and Asia where she has also lectured extensively. Both her work and writings have been widely published nationally and internationally in journals, books and newspapers including: Progressive Architecture, Architectural Record, Architecture and Urbanism, Architecture d’Aujourdhui, Architectural Design, De Architect, Planning, Lotus, Oppositions, Architectural Digest, HG, Design Quarterly, Assemblage, Quaderns, Summa, Casabella, The New York Times, Le Figaro, Clarin, La Nacion, etc. She is presently on the Advisory Board for the Encyclopedia of Twentieth Century Architecture published, by Fitzroy Dearborn.
Agrest is a Professor of Architecture, proportional time, at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Arts. She has taught at Columbia University, at Princeton University, both as full time faculty and as a Visiting Professor, and has been a Bishop Professor at Yale University. From 1972 to 1984 she was a Fellow at The Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies in New York, where she was also the Director of the Advanced Design Workshop in Architecture and Urban Form. She was an organizer of the conference "Inherited Ideologies: A Re-Examination," at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Fine Arts in 1995.
Diana Agrest received her Diploma Architect from the School of Architecture and Urbanism, University of Buenos Aires in 1967. She did post-graduate work at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes VI Section and at the Centre de Recherche d’Urbanisme in Paris 1967-1969. She is a registered architect in the State of New York, a member of the American Institute of Architects and the Architectural League, and is an American Citizen.