New Affiliates is an award winning New York-based design practice led by Ivi Diamantopoulou and Jaffer Kolb. We learn through building, experimenting with forms and materials to blur the lines between volume, structure, decoration and surface. Alongside commissioned work, we look to initiate projects and collaborations that focus on matters of reuse within a context of material excess, particularly as it relates to current standards of practice.
We have completed a range of work from interiors to ground-up projects alongside a series of collaborations with institutions including New York's Jewish Museum, the Shed, and the Canadian Center for Architecture. We have exhibited in venues from Storefront for Art and Architecture to the Venice Architecture Biennale and the Onassis Cultural Center, and our work has been published in numerous design magazines internationally.
// Ivi Diamantopoulou
Ivi Diamantopoulou is a licensed architect in Europe and an AIA International Associate, with over a decade of experience in designing and realizing built work. Prior to New Affiliates she worked in Europe and the United States, most recently as an Associate at MOS Architects in New York. Alongside practice, she frequently teaches design, history and theory of architecture. She holds a Master of Architecture from Princeton, where she was awarded the Suzanne Kolarik Underwood Prize for excellence in design and the Stanley J Seeger fellowship; and a Diploma with honors in Architecture and Engineering from the University of Patras in Greece.
// Jaffer Kolb
Prior to founding N/A, Jaffer Kolb worked as a designer in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles for a range of international studios. He teaches architecture around New York and was the 2015 Muschenheim Fellow at the University of Michigan's Taubman College. Previously he worked on the 13th Venice Architecture Biennial under David Chipperfield and before that was the US editor for the Architectural Review. He holds a Master of Architecture from Princeton University, a Master of Urban Planning from the London School of Economics, and a Bachelor of Arts in Film Studies from Wesleyan University.