Professor of Architecture
Xavier Costa is Professor of Architecture at Northeastern University, where he 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 Harvard Graduate School of Design and at ETH Zürich.
He served as dean of Elisava Design School at Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona between 2002 and 2010. In this role, he oversaw the creation 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, Xavier Costa created a system of international master’s degree programs. At the same time he served as director of the Metropolis Graduate Program in Architecture and Urban Studies at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, a program focusing on an interdisciplinary approach to architecture and the contemporary city.
Professor Costa has held academic and research positions at Harvard University, ETH Zurich, Cornell University, Columbia University, and the Architectural Association in London; 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; and given scholarly lectures in Zurich, Budapest, Cyprus, and Helsinki. He holds a PhD and MS degrees in architecture and historic preservation 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.
His research has been published in many journals, including AA Files, Daidalos, Lotus, Arquitectura Viva, Werk, Bauen + Wohnen, and Quaderns. Some of his main publications include Coup de Dés. A Symposium on Mediterranean Cities (Mies van der Rohe Foundation, 2011), Ai Weiwei at the Pavilion (ACTAR, 2010), Wiel Arets: Works, Projects, Writings (Princeton Architectural press, 2002), Josep Lluis Sert: Architect in New York (MACBA, 1997), Situationists. Art, Politics, Urbanism (MACBA, 1996).