Linda Pollak

Design Critic in Urban Planning and Design

Linda Pollak is a principal of Marpillero Pollak Architects (MPA), a member of the NYC Design+Construction Excellence Program. MPA’s NYC public projects include Elmhurst Branch Library, Queens Plaza, the James Baldwin Outdoor Learning Center, New Stapleton Waterfront, Staten Island Children’s Museum Environmental Structures, Outdoor Classrooms for NYC Parks, and Learning Gardens for branch libraries in Brooklyn and Queens.  MPA projects have received awards from the Architects Newspaper, the Center for Active Design, Architizer, the Chicago Athenaeum, the American Institute of Architects, the American Society of Landscape Architects, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Environmental Design Research Association, and others.

Linda is co-author, with Anita Berrizbeitia, of Inside Outside: Between Architecture and Landscape, and author of essays in books including Reconstructing Urban Landscapes, Landscape Urbanism Reader, Large Parks, and Case: Downsview, and journals. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Storefront for Art and Architecture and the Advisory Board of the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation, and is a Contributing Editor for Places and Lotus International.  Her research on architecture and urban landscape has been recognized with grants and fellowships from the American Academy in Rome, the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, the Graham Foundation, the Burden Foundation, the Wheelwright Fellowship in Architecture, and the Milton Fund of Harvard University.

Linda is currently Adjunct Professor at The Cooper Union. She has taught at RISD and University of Pennsylvania, and was a member of the faculty of Architecture at Harvard Graduate School of Design from 1992 to 2004.