Laura Kurgan tackles subjects from the American prison system to global migration through a unique practice that blends cutting-edge data visualization strategies with architectural expertise.

Laura Kurgan

Laura Kurgan is the Co-Director of the Spatial Information Design Lab (SIDL) in the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University, where she also teaches architecture. Her work ranges from investigating the ethics and politics of geography and mapping, to the visualization of urban and global data using digital technologies. Her recent research includes a multi-year SIDL project on “million-dollar blocks” and the cost of American incarceration, as well as a collaborative exhibition on global migration and climate change. Kurgan has exhibited at the Cartier Foundation in Paris, the Venice Architecture Biennial, MACBA in Barcelona, the ZKM in Karlsruhe, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. In 2009, Kurgan was awarded a United States Artists Rockefeller Fellowship.

Born 1961 in South Africa.
Lives and works in New York, NY.