Elizabeth Martin-Malikian is an Associate Professor of Architecture at Kennesaw State University, College of Architecture and Construction Management (formerly Southern Polytechnic State University) in metro-Atlanta, where she coordinates the thesis advanced core sequence including thesis: 1) prep, 2) research and 3) studio. In addition to thesis, Liz's teaching focus is urban design, 3rd year studios and materials & methods. Prior to that Liz served as the Paul Rudolph Visiting Professor of Practice at Auburn University’s School of Architecture.
Originally from New York, Liz lived in California for eighteen years. Early on in her career, Liz worked on international projects starting in the office of Mark Mack on the Fukuoka Housing project and immediately following graduate school for Frank Gehry. While in Los Angeles, she worked for over fifteen years specializing in large-scale projects, commercial and residential design. With the Jerde Partnership, her design work included a complex multi-use development called Core Pacific City in Taipei as the Project Architect. Liz also contributed to monthly urban review and design workshops with the local Taiwanese government and executive architect, resulting in a 12-year Urban Plan that created city-building policies for growth starting with, and based on, the CPC project. Domestically, Liz was the project designer for The Fremont Street Experience in Las Vegas.
Liz chaired the American Institute of Architects California Council (AIACC) Monterey Design Conference and locally, is actively involved in Atlanta’s public art as the co-chair of the Metropolitan Public Arts Coalition [MPACT]. While on professional research leave in fall 2014, Liz was a research affiliate at the American University of Beirut exploring Hedonistic Urbanism: The Complexities of Power, Policy and Place in Postwar Beirut (1990-2015). In Lebanon, Liz also curated a Pop-up Studio-X Beirut for Columbia University’s global networking program creating an educational forum to explore the future of the city. Made-up of local practitioners, academic scholars and neighborhood activists, the studio-x forum worked as a global network for sharing ideas and projects about the built environment in postwar Beirut. Conceived by former Dean Mark Wigley, Studio-X is organized as a think-tank with labs all over the world and is considered by many to be a possible new model for design education, addressing the most important questions facing our shared world central to the idea of beyond boundaries.
Liz graduated with a M.ARCH in 1991 from the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) in Los Angeles and with a B.ARCH in 1987 from Tulane University in New Orleans. Her masters thesis research exploring music and architecture is published as Pamphlet Architecture 16: Architecture as a Translation of Music. Currently, Liz is pursuing research at the University of Edinburgh exploring postwar reconstrution in Beirut.