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Hana Kassem Addresses “Why Architecture (Really) Matters” at the Buenos Aires Architecture Biennial

The Design Principal’s lecture complemented the firm’s installation of KPF Making as it explored architecture’s larger influence in our ever-changing, global landscape.

On October 17th, Hana Kassem discussed the impact of the built environment on people and communities, unpacking issues of density, wellness, mobility, sustainability and data analytics.

Hana referenced KPF’s global practice as well as her own work in Latin American for the Faria Lima Corporate Towers in São Paulo and the Barão de Tefé office building in Rio de Janeiro. She is also leading the design team for NYCHA Red Hook Houses, which focuses on rebuilding, resiliency and sustainability as it improves dated public housing and infrastructure. KPF’s short film concerning the project, titled “Resiliency + Heart,” can be found here.

Hana is a member of the AIANY Board serving as Director of Design Excellence. She has also served as co-chair of the Global Dialogues committee, organizing various panel discussions throughout the year on a number of design, technical, and urban planning topics. She also serves as a member of the Van Alen Institute’s Board of Trustees, a not-for-profit that uses design to catalyze positive change in cities.

Since 1985, the Bienal Internacional de Arquitectura de Buenos Aires – or International Architecture Biennial of Buenos Aires – fosters cross-cultural dialogue through presentations and exhibitions held by world-renowned architects. The event lasted from October 15th through 20th, with keynote speakers scheduled for October 15th through 18th. Find more information about the Biennial here.