RISE 2019 Conference

Transforming University Engagement In Pre- and Post-Disaster Environments: Lessons from Puerto Rico

Fatima Olivieri




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A native of Puerto Rico, Fátima attended the University of Puerto Rico School of Architecture from which she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Design in 2008. She pursued a Master of Architecture at the University of Virginia graduating in 2010 with honors.

Fátima is an Associate at the Philadelphia-based, research and planning firm KieranTimberlake. Since joining the firm, Fátima has worked on award-winning projects including the Consortium for Building Energy Innovation at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, and the renovation of Harvard Dunster House. Fátima is currently an Associate for New York University’s new 181 Mercer, an academic, mixed use building combining academics, athletics, performing arts, and student and faculty residences. She spearheads the design and construction of the building’s lobbies, Commons, and theatres.

Fátima helped formalize KieranTimberlake’s Community Involvement (KTCI) group, which collaborates with nonprofit organizations on pro-bono initiatives. She has worked on numerous projects with KTCI including most recently leading a collaboration with the University of Minnesota and Instituto Nacional de Energia Y Sostenibilidad Isleña (INESI) in Puerto Rico for post-Hurricane Maria resiliency efforts.

Additionally, Fátima is an active member of the design community, lecturing at national conferences such as Living Future, Facades+ and DesignPhiladelphia and sitting on the AIA Philadelphia Design Committee. Her writing has appeared in a variety of online publications. Fátima has taught architectural courses at her alma mater, University of Virginia, and Temple University and has been a visiting critic at other universities, most recently University of Minnesota and the University of Pennsylvania.