Xavier Costa is Professor at Northeastern University, where he has served as founding dean of the College of Arts, Media and Design between 2010 and 2014. This academic year, Dr. Costa is a visiting researcher at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and at ETH Zürich.
He was dean of Pompeu Fabra University’s school of design and engineering in Barcelona between 2002 and 2010. In this role, he oversaw the creation of a new graduate school, including a doctoral program. In partnership with the Winchester School of Art at the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom and the University of Dalian in China, Xavier Costa created a system of international graduate programs. At the same time, he served as director of the Metropolis Graduate Program at the Technical University of Catalonia, a program focusing on an interdisciplinary approach to the contemporary city.
Dr. Costa has held academic and research positions at Harvard University, Cornell University, Columbia University, and the University of Pennsylvania; he served as curator for La Biennale in Venice, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona. He holds a PhD and MS degrees in the history and theory of art and architecture, and historic preservation from the University of Pennsylvania. He also holds a professional degree from the Technical University of Catalonia and a BA in art history from the University de Barcelona.
His research has been published in many journals, including AA Files, Daidalos, Lotus International, Werk, Bauen + Wohnen, and Quaderns. Some of his main publications include Ai Weiwei: Find Something You Can Use (Mies van der Rohe Foundation, 2010), Wiel Arets: Works, Projects, Writings (Princeton Architectural Press, 2002), Josep Lluís Sert in New York (Museum of Contemporary Art of Barcelona, 1997), Situationists: Art, Politics, Urbanism (with Libero Andreotti, Museum of Contemporary Art of Barcelona, 1996).