who

Kouki Mojadidi is a licensed U.S. Architect and an alumna of The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art.  Practicing architecture since 2000 in New York City and Afghanistan, every project, for Kouki, establishes the importance of creative conceptual thinking as a process essential for implementing socially conscious projects in areas of conflict, natural disaster, and reconstruction.  She has led complex design projects through all phases of development, from concept to implementation to create an inclusive architectural practice aiming to bridge implementing partners, builders with the community.  For Kouki, socially conscious design is taking architecture beyond objectification; recognizing architecture to be more than a static physical reality. She implements projects that not only strive for exceptional design and construction but endeavors to strengthen the weakened threads of architectural practice pivotal to the fabric of society.

Currently, Koukaba Mojadidi is Design Principal at The Department of Small Works concentrating on projects to create innovative solutions in the hardest hit areas of the world and rebuilding for communities in need. The projects range from emergency shelters to long-term sustainable reconstruction projects to economic development.

With UNESCO, she spearheaded and managed the first-of-its-kind, socially conscious, International design competition for a Cultural Center in Bamiyan Province near the UNESCO World Heritage Site. She assembled and managed a jury of world-renowned architects to select the winning proposal from over 1,000 entries submitted from 117 countries.

As Chief Architect for the Emergency Development and Infrastructure Department Program (EDID) at IOM, Koukaba Mojadidi managed, while building national capacity, an architecture and engineering team to implement over $40M of donor-funded projects focusing on community stabilization within post-conflict Afghanistan. Koukaba was the lead architect who communicated with donors, construction personnel, government officials and outside organizations to coordinate activities, resolve issues, conflicts and exchange information; she served as a liaison between administrators and construction personnel; conferred with government officials and provided consultation to assure compliance with rules and regulations concerning financing, planning and construction of facilities.