Academic journal article Human Ecology

COMPREHENSIVE VISION: Architect Lori Kupfer '86 Puts People First

Academic journal article Human Ecology

COMPREHENSIVE VISION: Architect Lori Kupfer '86 Puts People First

Article excerpt

Whether she is designing facilities for universities, re-envisioning a restaurant or renovating a private residence, you can be sure of one thing: Lori Kupfer '86 is always thinking about "textures, color, lighting and to connect spaces to a greater social, historical or exterior context."

Kupfer, as a New York City-based architect, says her goal for each of her projects is to create "a comprehensive vision... that is distinctive and creates a supportive and inspired environment."

Plenty of people enjoy her approach--and the outcomes. Kupfer has worked on a variety of large-scale projects for clients that include Marymount Manhattan College, Nyack College, Metropolitan College of New York, Peninsula Hotel New York and Tavern on the Green. She knows that every project is comprised of a team of people working together to create something valuable. In both her work relationships and in her designs, she aims to "respect everybody involved in bringing a project to life."

Before enrolling as an undergraduate at Cornell, Kupfer participated in one of the university's summer programs for high school seniors. She took a drawing class with artist Zevi Blum, who took her under his wing and helped her find her direction. Kupfer says she "didn't know how to take my love of art and drawing and sculpture and turn it into something professional." Blum introduced her to the fields of interior design and architecture, and opened her mind to a world of possibility.

With Blum's encouragement, Kupfer enrolled in the College of Human Ecology with a focus on interior design. …

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