My name is Katherine Malishewsky and I’m a recent graduate of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation with a Masters degree in Historic Preservation. I also received my undergraduate degree in architecture from the University of Florida in 2009.
I am very curious and passionate about exploring the possibilities of architecture. From research and publication, to restoration and contemporary design and construction, understanding the built environment and redefining boundaries has become the focus of my career.
*portfolio available upon request
Kamen Tall Architects. P.C., New York, NY, US, Junior Architect
Prudon and Partners, New York, Junior Architect
• Produce construction drawings and design proposals for new work in existing residential projects
• Create overall layouts, models, and design details
• Document, catalog, and assess preliminary conditions of buildings and furniture for restoration
• Prepare applications for Certificate of Appropriateness to the New York Landmarks Preservation Commission
• Edit articles for Docomomo (The Documentation and Conservation of building, sites and neighborhoods of the Modern Movement) journals and publications
• Representative projects include the Norman House by William Lescaze and the Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church
Columbia University, New York, NY, US, Masters, Historic Preservation
During my studies at Columbia, which involved a highly personalized curriculum that I designed to address my desire for exploration, I was able to learn about different perspectives involving both nontraditional and traditional methods for historic preservation. One of my favorite courses used Arduino sensors (which are used in smart phones and Wii game consuls) to explore methods of virtual interaction in historic spaces, and also to address the possibility of using these sensors to test for otherwise undetectable conditions in existing buildings. Additionally, my Masters thesis addressed functionality and user perspective by questioning methods of preservation for architecture that fails conceptually before it fails physically. Incorporating design with preservation, I focused on preserving a lineage of “Houses of the Future” by designing an exhibit at Epcot’s Future World that created an interactive history of architectural artifacts originally intended to express visions of the future.
University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, US, Bachelors, Architecture/Design
The four year bachelors of design program at the University of Florida has a strong focus on developing hand drawings and models, focusing on digital skills once a strong understanding of the foundations of architecture are established. Having a chance to study abroad in Italy and Paris, France, the program was very encouraging of curiosity and exploration.