Andres Lepik is a curator for architecture exhibitions and author of publications. His recent book Moderators of Change presents contemporary examples of social engagement in architecture on a global scale and explores various strategies for how design can actively influence underserved communities. Andres’ research focuses on three main areas: rural neighborhoods in developing countries, informal cities and new stategies for shrinking cities.
Andres worked for many years as a curator and head of the architecture collection for the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin. He organized a series of large-scale architecture exhibitions with Renzo Piano in 2000, followed by Content. Rem Koolhaas and AMO/OMA in 2003 and Oswald Matthias Ungers in 2006 that instigated a new dialogue among contemporary architects with the building by Mies van der Rohe. With his strong interest in architectural history he also worked on the exhibition Mies in Berlin (co-organized with MoMA) presented in 2001-2002 in Karl Friedrich Schinkel’s Altes Museum in Berlin. Andres was employed from 2007 to 2011 as a curator in the Architecture and Design Department of The Museum of Modern Art, New York. He worked there on numerous acquisitions for the collection, was involved in the Young Architects Program at PS1 and recently presented the exhibition Small Scale, Big Change. New Architectures of Social Engagement. The well received exhibit was accompanied by a book of the same title. His recent focus is on using the museum exhibition as an active platform to engage visitors in contemporary issues of architecture and to contribute as a curator in changing the public perception of architecture and its social relevance.
As a Loeb Fellow, Andres plans to explore the history and theory of social engagement in architecture in the 20th Century, from Modernism to contemporary practice.