Lindsey Wikstrom is the recipient of the SOM Foundation 2016 Travel Research Fellowship for Architecture.
Lindsey received her Master of Architecture Degree in May 2016 from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Preservation and Planning (GSAPP) where she was awarded the Charles McKim Prize for Excellence in Design, a Visualization Award for innovative use of immersive media, and the Avery 6 Award presented by her peers for work that questions the standards of architecture and promises to change the profession. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture Degree from Arizona State University, received in May 2010.
For her independent research topic, “An Immersive Catalogue of Housing Systems,” Lindsey will visit key architectural sites in Europe, Asia and North America where, “the living environment is a product of a convergence of markets, demand and social vitality.” In a comprehensive visual report of the systems, occupants, and typologies, the catalogue will be formatted and disseminated for the public. Interviews with individuals who have critically engaged in rethinking the role of domestic space and urban housing, along with occupant interviews, will be an “immersive experience,” providing a “tangible cross cultural basis to speculate on the history and viability of distinct forms of housing.”
Lindsey has worked in multiple architecture firms before co-founding LeeLABS, a company in Brooklyn, NY where she is based. What began as an effort to synthesize digital tools typically used in architecture, mass customization, and traditional methods of making, grew into a practice of understanding and representing the impacts of design at global and local scales.
For the last two years, she has worked with architects, activists, scholars, and educators in a coalition called Who Builds Your Architecture?, examining the links between labor, architecture and the global networks which form around building buildings. In 2015, she participated in a workshop in Shenzhen interrogating the future of urban development in rural areas, where she presented her findings at the International Low Carbon City Forum. Her passion for research and teaching as it relates to architecture has brought her again to Shenzhen where she is now co-teaching a workshop focused on mapping social activation in unmapped urban villages. At the completion of her fellowship, Lindsey intends to pursue her architecture license.