Reimagining a no river. LA River by Ballman Khapalova

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Peter Ballman, Dasha Khapalova. Ballman Khapalova

Ballman Khapalova. New York based Ballman Khapalova are architects who strive to merge the intimate and the urban through imaginative structures, forms, events, and activities that transform the way a city can see itself. Their urban work in neglected and desolate areas develops opportunities to introduce new spaces of play, art, performance, recreation, reflection, healing, and debate that can allow residents and visitors alike a chance to experience and envision a street, neighborhood, riverbank, or city in a new way.

Drawing on extensive experience in design and construction, they select and manage a highly capable team of contributors from the early stages of the design process, ensuring an integrated and feasible design that is physically, environmentally, and logistically achievable without compromising its visionary promise.

Dasha Khapalova is a registered architect in New York and Nebraska.  She has worked in the offices of Deborah Berke Partners, Barkow Leibinger, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (NYC), and OBRA Architects, and is currently a Visiting Critic in the Department of Architecture at Cornell University where she teaches design studio and representation courses. Previously she has also taught at Pratt Institute, and she is a recipient of the Gabriel Prize Fellowship.

Khapalova received her Master of Architecture II degree from Harvard GSD in 2012 where she was awarded the Kevin V. Kieran Prize for highest academic achievement. Her undergraduate studies were divided between Cornell University and The Cooper Union, where she received her Bachelor of Architecture degree in 2007 and was awarded the AIA Henry Adams Certificate of Merit as well as the John Q. Hejduk Scholarship.

Peter Ballman is a construction manager and architect.  Working with Sciame Construction since 2009 he has worked on some of the most unique and complex buildings in New York City, integrating the demands of site, design, logistics, engineering, cost and scheduling with the needs of public institutions, private developers, and city agencies.  This experience informs a customized approach for every project that integrates design, execution and project delivery, prioritizing quality, durability and longevity.

As an architect he has worked in the offices of Kohn Pederson Fox, Himma Studio, and Barkow Leibinger.

Ballman holds a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from Reed College (2000) and a Bachelor of Architecture from the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture at The Cooper Union (2008). He has served as a Visiting Critic at Cornell University, where his teaching in design studios and seminars focused on construction technologies, and has taught an integrated design studio at Pratt Institute.  



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