Oana Stanescu

Design Critic in Architecture

Oana Stanescu is a Romanian Architect, co-founder of Family and the Friends of Plus Pool non-profit.

Family, founded by Dong Ping Wong and Oana Stanescu, designs environments with the simple purpose of making cities better places to live. The New York based office is composed of architects, designers and strategists currently working on an array of civic, cultural, commercial and residential projects around the world. Regardless of type or scale, we believe that buildings, like the people that live and work within them, can actively contribute to making the environments all around us more productive, inspirational and awesome.

Family's work has been celebrated in the New York Times, Forbes, Madame Figaro, Architect Magazine, New York Magazine, Mark, Time magazine and Cultured. Oana previously taught at MIT and GSAPP Columbia University and is also a frequent critic at Yale University, GSD, MIT in addition to lecturing in places like AIA Memphis and The University of Memphis, University of South Florida, University of Arizona, Women in Design – Denver, Neocon and AIA Chicago or Design Miami.