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Kristy Balliet

  • Associate Professor, Architecture Section
231 Knowlton Hall

Kristy Balliet is an associate professor of architecture at the Knowlton School. 

Kristy Balliet is principal of Balliet Studio, a design and research practice. She is also the co-founder of the BairBalliet, a design collaborative and co-chair of the Possible Mediums Project. From 2006-2011, Balliet was an assistant professor at The University of Applied Arts, Vienna in Studio Greg Lynn. She has co-edited the book Massive Attack, IoA Sliver Lecture Series-Selected Friends and Enemies, published in 2015. In 2010, she co-edited and published Visual Catalog: Greg Lynn’s Studio.

Kristy Balliet amplifies volume through rigorous relations of thickness, depth and spatial sequencing. Projects focus on the interior figure and its accomplice poche. She weaves together overlapping geometries that delineate enclosure and entice with the allure of space beyond. In insisting that volume is a medium, not simply the leftover space within or around mass, Balliet celebrates volumetric depth and strategic interior-exterior distinctions.

She was recently selected to exhibit work with Kelly Bair of BairBalliet at the US Pavilion of the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale and is currently working on a forthcoming book The Possible Mediums Project to be published in 2017. Balliet received her B. Arch from Philadelphia University and her M. Arch from the UCLA Department of Architecture and Urban Design.

Balliet’s work is invested in volumetric exploration and architectural mediums. She has lectured and exhibited work in San Diego, Philadelphia, Skopje, Vienna, Innsbruck, Berlin, Ann Arbor, Halifax, Tallinn and Los Angeles.

Recent Work

The Next Port of Call

An architectural infill proposal for Detroit must transcend the idea of physical growth by considering ways to develop continuity between moments of urban vibrancy and moments of vacancy. With a neighborhood of low, light-industrial buildings to the north and empty land along the Detroit River to the south, the site exemplifies the tenuous relationship between the built and unbuilt. Our proposal for the site comprises a number of architectural interventions in the existing George W. Young Post Office as well as an array of new structures in the open space between the building and the river. It defines gradients of densification, from residential to industrial, through a loose composition of solids and voids that not only changes one’s perceptions of built space but also acknowledges the value of the spaces, or vacancies, in between.