Ersela Kripa is a registered architect and a founding partner of AGENCY.
In her practice, Ersela works in urban and architectural ecologies to inform new ways of living, seeking productive and unexpected anomalies within urban contexts, and capitalizing on their potential through tactical interventions.
Ersela has received numerous awards for her design work and scholarship, including the 2018 Emerging Voices award from The Architectural League of New York, the Rome Prize in Architecture from the American Academy in Rome in 2010, and residency fellowships at the MacDowell Colony in 2009 and 2013. Ersela was named a Fellow of the New York Foundation for the Arts in 2010, and was recognized as one of ARCHITECT Magazine’s Emerging Talents in 2011. Ersela was awarded a Cameron Visiting Architect fellowship at Middlebury University in 2016, and named a DISCREET Fellow in Residence at the Berlin Biennale in 2016.
Ersela’s ongoing design research seeks to amplify the reach of local practices in informal environments, identifying opportunities for intervention and proposing agile minimal inventions she calls ‘Hackable Infrastructures’. Ersela tests her speculations with direct action, installing prototypes in urban environments, testing their effectiveness and gauging public response to refine relationships between design technologies, resources, and communities.
Ersela is currently teaching at TTU-El Paso, in a vibrant architectural program steps from the US-Mexico border, where she focuses on curriculum directly related to binational relations as they affect infrastructure, public space and migration.
Ersela holds a Bachelor of Architecture with Honors from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, and a Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University, where she was the recipient of the Kinne Travel Fellowship for sponsored research in architecture and urbanism.