Caroline O’Donnell is the Edgar A. Tafel Professor of Architecture and director of the M.Arch. program at Cornell University. Her research and teaching areas are in ecological and contextual design, as well as in nonlinear materiality.
She is a licensed architect and sole principal of CODA, and winner of MoMA/PS1’s Young Architects Program in 2013 with the project Party Wall, which used skateboard offcuts and leftover steel. See co-da.co Opens an external link for more information.
O’Donnell was the editor of the Cornell Journal of Architecture issues 8–10 and founding editor of Pidgin magazine. Her first book, Niche Tactics: Generative Relationships between Architecture and Site, was published by Routledge in April 2015.
O’Donnell has previously taught at Harvard GSD and at the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture at The Cooper Union. From Northern Ireland, she received her B.Arch. (specialization in bioclimatics) from the Manchester School of Architecture, England; and her M.Arch.II from Princeton University.