Xavier Costa

Dean and Professor of Architecture, College of Arts, Media and Design

As founding dean of the College of Arts, Media and Design, Dr. Costa works to build on the college’s strengths in the fields of art, media and design to advance a global, interdisciplinary vision for the college and lead it to achieve that vision.

A world-renowned architect, Dr. Costa joined Northeastern in 2010 from Elisava Design School at Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, where he had served as the dean since 2002. In this role, he oversaw the development of a graduate school with 24 programs, including a doctoral program in design. In partnership with the Winchester School of Art at the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom and the University of Dalian in China, Dr. Costa created a system of international master’s degree programs. At the same time he served as the chair of the Metropolis Graduate Program in Architecture at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, a program focusing on an interdisciplinary approach to architecture and urban studies.

Dr. Costa has held academic positions at Cornell University, the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of North London; served as a curator at La Biennale in Venice and the Museum of Modern Art in New York; and given scholarly lectures in Zurich, Budapest, Cyprus, and Helsinki. He holds MS degrees in architecture and historic preservation, as well as a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. He also holds a professional degree from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya and a BA in art history from the Universitat de Barcelona.

Dr. Costa has received widespread academic and research recognition, including Fulbright scholarships and awards as part of the European Union’s Culture 2000 and Fifth Framework programs. He is the chief curator of architecture and art programs for the Mies van der Rohe Foundation in Barcelona. He also serves on the advisory committee of Carnegie Mellon University’s Remaking Cities Institute and has served on the academic committee of the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois in Chicago.