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Xavier Costa



Research Focus

  • Architecture
  • Urbanism
  • Design
  • Art

Xavier Costa-Guix is Professor at Northeastern University, where he has also served as founding dean of the College of Arts, Media and Design.

Currently, Dr. Costa serves as a Council Member of the Academia Europaea in London, and has acted as advisor to the Aga Khan Foundation in Geneva and the Pritzker Award in Chicago. He has also recently held the position of visiting scholar at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and at ETH ZМ_rich.

He previously served as dean of Pompeu Fabra University’s Elisava School of Design and Engineering in Barcelona between 2002 and 2010, in partnership with the University of Southampton in the UK. At the same time, he served as director of the Metropolis Graduate Program at the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC), a program focusing on an interdisciplinary approach to contemporary cities.

Dr. Costa has held academic and research positions at Harvard University, Cornell University, Columbia University, the Architectural Association in London, and the University of Pennsylvania, among others; he served as curator for the Mies van der Rohe Foundation, La Biennale in Venice, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the Museu d‰ЫЄArt Contemporani de Barcelona. He holds a PhD and MS degrees in the history and theory of art and architecture, and historic preservation from the University of Pennsylvania, as well as a MArch from the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC) and a BA in Art History from the College of Geography and History at the University of Barcelona.

His research has been published in many journals, including AA Files, Daidalos, Lotus International, Werk, Bauen + Wohnen, and Quaderns. Some of his main publications include Ai Weiwei: Find Something You Can Use (Mies van der Rohe Foundation, 2010), Wiel Arets: Works, Projects, Writings (Princeton Architectural Press, 2002), Josep LluМ_s Sert in New York (Museum of Contemporary Art of Barcelona, 1997), Situationists: Art, Politics, Urbanism (with Libero Andreotti, Museum of Contemporary Art of Barcelona, 1996).

Courses Taught

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  • ARTE 2511
  • ARCH 6330
  • ARCH 5310
  • ARCH 1320
  • ARCH 4850
  • ARCH 3370
  • ARCH 2340
  • ARCH 6340,

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