Frank Mandell

Frank Mandell

New York, NY, US



Frank Mandell is an architect–in–training based in New York. He completed his BA at Bard College in 2013, MA at Centre for Research Architecture, Goldsmiths, University of London in 2014, and M.Arch at Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation in 2020. Frank has previously collaborated with a number of design, arts, and research practices in New York, and most recently worked with 2x4, on the first new casino on the Las Vegas strip since the financial recession of 2008. His work has been exhibited at exhibitions in London, New York, and Beirut.

He is the recipient of several awards, including the Ali Jawad Malik Memorial History/Theory Honor Award, the Buell Center Paris Prize (for the project "Toxic Entanglements"), the Percival and Naomi Goodman Fellowship (for the project ""), and others.



Columbia University, New York, NY, US, Graduate Teaching Assistant

Supported Craig Schwitter in “AT5: Integrated Design, Urban Scale” — Coordinated lectures, critic meetings, and reviews for 12 instructors and 80 students — Prepared drawings and site analysis — Supported students with learning GIS, project development, and graphic representation — Trained critics in using Zoom after the course transitioned online

Jan 2020 - May 2020

2x4, New York, NY, US, Design Intern

Produced renderings, elevations, diagrams, and models for wayfinding systems, an interior renovation, and an outdoor installation — Developed design directions for Las Vegas casino project in SD phase and Cornell Milstein Hall bathroom renovation

May 2019 - Aug 2019

N H D M Architecture + Urbanism, New York, NY, US, Project Assistant

Developed research for Seoul Biennale 2019 exhibition, “Interim Urbanism: Youth, Dwelling, City” — Edited content and text for drawings, models, and presentation

May 2019 - Jul 2019

Columbia University, New York, NY, US, Graduate Teaching Assistant

Supported Reinhold Martin with redevelopment of the GSAPP Visual Resources Collection (VRC) — Edited archival images — Developed new research contributions prioritizing projects outside of the western architectural canon

Aug 2018 - May 2019

Columbia Books on Architecture and the City, New York, NY, US, Editorial Assistant

Edited an unpublished volume of essays on architectural Functionalism in Mexico and Latin America by Luis Carranza

Jun 2018 - Sep 2018

Organization for Spatial Practice, New York, NY, US, Project Assistant

Developed stage design for artists SOPHIE and Oneohtrix Point Never for venues Park Avenue Armory and Elsewhere in New York, and the Barbican and Heaven in London — Fabricated large inflatable installations, and operated during performances — Selected as an artist-in-residence at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s EMPAC

Feb 2018 - Aug 2018

Arthur Ross Architecture Gallery, New York, NY, US, Gallery and Fabrication Assistant

Supported curator with research, editorial, and archival work for Frida Escobedo’s “No. 9” and Arakawa + Gins’ “Eternal Gradient”— Fabricated exhibition furniture and materials — Developed concept and design for archival video installation, GSAPP TAPES

Sep 2017 - May 2018

Richard Mosse, New York, NY, US, Studio Manager

Managed construction of a 10,000 SF interior renovation; hired all subcontractors, managed crew of 8-10 builders for 18 months, purchased materials — Point of contact between tenant, owner, and builders — Assisted production and design development of video installation, “Incoming” — Managed digital production team — Conducted viewings, curatorial, and institutional acquisitions meetings

Aug 2015 - Dec 2016

Arakawa + Gins Reversible Destiny Foundation, New York, NY, US, Architecture Intern

Developed curatorial direction, design, and materials for archival exhibitions — Assisted with design development for experimental hotel and shrine projects — Prepared diagrams, presentations, and research for client meetings — Maintained archival drawings, paintings, models, and installations

Nov 2014 - Aug 2015


Columbia University, New York, NY, US, MArch, GSAPP

Aug 2017 - May 2020

Goldsmiths, University of London, London, GB, Masters, Centre for Research Architecture

Sep 2013 - Sep 2014

Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, US, Bachelors, Languages & Literature

Sep 2009 - May 2013


Buell Center Paris Prize, 1st Place

The studio project that most successfully complies with, interprets, and/or critically extends the terms and spirit of the 2015 Paris Agreement. Special consideration is given to work that combines the social, technical, political, and symbolic implications of the climate accord in an architecturally specific fashion, at multiple scales.

For the project, "Toxic Entanglements"


Ali Jawad Malik Memorial History/Theory Honor Award, Award

This prize is given to a single student in recognition of high quality of work in the history/theory sequence.


Percival and Naomi Goodman Fellowship, Grant

The purpose of the Percival & Naomi Goodman Fellowship is to enable the recipient to carry out a project of social significance related to the interests of Percival Goodman.

For the project, ""


William Kinne Fellows Traveling Prize, Grant

This award is granted on the merit of proposals submitted for travel abroad incorporating the study of architecture, including planning and other specialized aspects of architecture.

For the project tentatively entitled, "Matumbawe Msikiti"


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