Rothstein, Karla

Karla Rothstein

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  • University of Maryland School of Architecture
  • Columbia University's GSAPP
  • Moscow Institute of Architecture
  • Eidgenossische Technishche Hoschschule

Years of practice

1985– (estimated)


  • Latent Productions

Related websites


Early life and education

Karla Rothstein is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Architecture, where she earned her Master’s in Architecture, and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP).  She also received her certificate of Academic Exchange from the Moscow Institute of Architecture in 1989 and the Eidgenossische Technische Hochshule in Zurich, Switzerland in 1991.

Career in Architecture

Rothstein works as a Design Director and Principal at Latent Productions.  She is also the director at Columbia GSAPP Death Lab.  In 1992, she founded SR + T, a multidisciplinary architecture practice, with Joel Towers.  She was a member of the design faculty at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute between 1993 and 1996.  Since 1997, in the Graduate School of Architecture at Columbia University, Rothstein teaches core and advanced studios as an associate professor.  She has also taught as an assistant professor of architecture at Barnard College and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.  She is a registered architect in Berlin, Germany.

Major Buildings and Projects

Latent + DeathLAB’s Constellation Park, New York, New York (2014)

Runner&Stone Bakery-bar-restaurant, Brooklyn, New York (2013)

Dean Carlton Condos, Brooklyn, New York (2007)

Casa Orbicciano, Lucca, Italy (2006)

Ballston Lake House, Saratoga County, New York (2000)

Press and Awards

Columbia University Presidential Teach Award, Finalist (2013)

Interview in PRE-OFFICE:  Conversations with Architects (2009)

The New York Times:  Great Homes and Destinations, ‘In Tuscany, A Converted Convent’ (2007)

Green Roofs in the New York Metropolitan Region Research Report, ‘Epilogue: Urban Ecological Infrastructure’ Joel Towers and Karla Rothstein (2006)

New York/New Foundations Affordable Housing, New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development, Award 5 NYC lots to develop in Brownsville, BK (2006)

Forty-ninth Annual Progressive Architecture Award Citation, Architecture Magazine (2001)

Joint Fellowship in Architecture, New York Foundation for the Arts (2000)

L’industria Italiana del Cemento (The Italian concrete industry’s trade journal). ‘Tradition and innovation. Ballston Lake House, Saratoga County, New York’ (2000)

William F. Kinne Traveling Fellowship. ‘Un-Making Monument: Following Leo Frobenius through the Extreme North of Cameroon, West Arica.’ Research grant from Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (1992)

Jacob K. Javits’ Fellow in Fine Arts, New York State Graduate Degree Fellowships (1988 – 1992)


Our Changing Journey to the End: The New Realities and Controversies of Dying in America, Vol. I: Trends in How and Where We diet and Grieve. Chapter: ‘Reconfiguring Urban Spaces of Disposal, Sanctuary and Remembrance.’ ABC-CLIO, Praeger Imprint, forthcoming November 2013

Transforming Practice: Design, Research, Building, forthcoming

‘Carbon Black’, essay in ‘Ink’ or ‘V is for Vermillion as described by virtruvius, An A to Z of Ink in Architecture,’ 2013

‘Fabricating Truths’, essay and studio work in Full Scale, 2011

American Masterworks, Houses of the Twentieth and Twenty First Century, Kenneth Frampton and David Larksin, Rizzoli, revised edition, 2008

im Detail: Einfamiliehauser/ In Detail: Single Family Houses, Redaktion DETAIL and Birkauser Verlag. in English and German, 2000, re-issued, 2006

Process is the pollywog, Studio Works 11. Karla Rothstein, Columbia Books of Architecture, 2003

Institutional Affiliations

Jacob Javits Fellow, Fine Arts (1988 – 1992)

Traveling Fellow, William Kinn (1992)

Design faculty member, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (1993 – 1996)