Catherine Ahn

Catherine Ahn, RA, is an architect and researcher, based in New York City, with over ten years of international work experience in cultural and residential projects at SITE, Obra Architects, and Andrew Franz Architect. Catherine holds an MArch degree from Princeton University and BArch degree from the Cooper Union. Her Master’s thesis, A Porous Poche, explored the relationship between demolition debris, environmental justice, and architectural form, and was awarded the Butler Traveling Fellowship and the Suzanne Kolarik Underwood Prize. She is currently investigating new methods of participatory design through co-leading, with Fabrizio Furiassi, a collaborative youth design workshop for their joint project Uni(wi)fied: Community-owned Wi-Fi Structures for Harlem. She has been researching community engagement in architecture through her 2020 fellowship on Newtown Creek’s industrial communities at the Institute for Public Architecture, and through her project on the collective design pedagogies of the Women’s School of Planning and Architecture (WSPA, 1975-1981) for the Princeton Mellon Initiative. Catherine was a unit tutor at the 2022 Architectural Association Visiting School Seoul, and has served as a teaching assistant at Princeton University and the Korea National University of Arts.