Liz Martin-Malikian

Liz Martin-Malikian

Atlanta, GA, US



Liz Martin-Malikian has an extensive background in practice spanning nearly three decades. Prior to joining academia, she worked as  a project manager and senior designer for The Jerde Partnership, a global architecture firm, where her design work included Taipei, Taiwan’s multi-use development Core Pacific City. Liz also contributed to monthly urban review and design workshops with local Taiwanese government officials and architects, resulting in a 12-year urban plan. She was the project designer for the Beursplein in Rotterdam, Netherlands and the Fremont Street Experience in Las Vegas. In 2006, she was the recipient of the Atlanta AIA/YAF Emerging Voices Award.
She joined the former Southern Polytechnic State University, now KSU, in August 2006 and has since become an integral part of the architecture department’s thesis advanced core sequence. For her leadership coordinating thesis, Liz was awarded the 2018-19 AIA/ACSA Practice and Leadership Award that honors best practice examples of highly effective teaching, scholarship, and outreach in the areas of professional practice and leadership. Since 2006, Liz  has been teaching Environmental Technology I: Systems Selection & Materials examining the critical role of materials and methods for the design and construction of buildings. The course’s primary focus is on materials and systems, their properties and connections, and their intrinsic relationship to structural systems and environmental performance. Students will develop a fundamental understanding of: the relationship of materiality to construction systems and techniques, how building materials are manufactured, and how a material’s modular form, dimensions and intrinsic qualities influence the design process. As the P.I., Liz was awarded the PCI Foundation Curriculum Development Grant for $100,000 spread over 4-years.  Prior to arriving at KSU, Liz served as the Paul Rudolph Visiting Professor of Practice at Auburn University’s School of Architecture.



Kennesaw State University, Marietta, GA, US, Professor, Chair of Thesis

Aug 2006 - current

Columbia University Global Networking Center, Beirut, LB, Curator

Sep 2014 - May 2015

Auburn University, Auburn, AL, US, Paul Rudolph Visiting Professor of Practice

Aug 2004 - Jul 2006


Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), Santa Monica, CA, US, MArch, M.ARCH.

Sep 1990 - Jan 1992

Tulane University, New Orleans, LA, US, BArch, B.ARCH.

Aug 1982 - May 1987


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