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Lexi Tsien

Lexi Tsien is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia GSAPP, a designer based in New York, and co-founder of Soft-Firm. Lexi is interested in new forms of representation, vernacular spatial practices, and their ability to shape and self-determine the built environment. Her interdisciplinary practice, Soft-Firm is a flexible platform off which to expand design hunches into architectural ideas, spaces, and artifacts. Their work is speculative and concrete: taking a playful and lo-fi approach to visual perception, elemental forms, and material contrast. Soft-Firm pursues progressive and collaborative programs to promote agency and equity, seeing architecture at the intersection between culture and built infrastructure. The practice has designed interactive exhibitions, residential and commercial projects, and public installations.

Their work has been featured in Metropolis, Surface Magazine, Architect Magazine, Architectural Record, AN Interior, and on PBS Newshour. Lexi earned her M.Arch from the Yale School of Architecture and has a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Visual Arts from Columbia University. She has taught representation courses and design studios at the Yale School of Architecture, the Rhode Island School of Design, Parsons The New School, and The Cooper Union. Prior to forming her own studio, she worked at Bernard Tschumi Architects and Diller Scofidio in New York and Barkow Leibinger in Berlin.


Course Semester Title Student Work Instructor Syllabus Requirements & Sequence Location & Time Session & Points Call No.
A4995‑1 Spring 2022
Power Tools
Tsien blumberg 125thharlem charlieliu jaquipothier laurablaszczak model 08 sp22
Tsien blumberg east broadway zoonaaamir emmasumrow paigehaskett model 1of3 sp22
Tsien blumberg eastbroadway maclaneregan angelakeele nicolasnefiodow sidewalk city sp22
Lexi Tsien, Jelisa Blumberg
M 9 AM - 11 AM
3 Points
A6820‑1 Fall 2021
Urban Design Studio II
Ud admassutsiencookejohntravieso aishwaryamathukumilli surabhidaivalkar raelei zhifanli fa21 02 ecosystemsectionperspective
Ud admassutsiencookejohntravieso biancabryant riyachadha avaniagarwal gloriamah f2a1 01 siteplan
Ud admassutsiencookejohntravieso carmenyu javierortiz curranzhang achmadmaulana fa21 01 sectionperspective
Emanuel Admassu, Lexi Tsien, Nina Cooke John, Chat Travieso
M + TH 1:30 - 6:30, F 9 AM - 11 AM
9 Points
A4024‑1 Spring 2021
Architectural Drawing & Representation II
Vs whitney eleanorbirle kellylee sp21 01 sm
Vs tsien kimlangat cecilekim sp21 01
Vs whitney priscillaauyeung maclaneregan skyzhang sp21 01
Dan Taeyoung, Lorenzo Villaggi, Violet Whitney, Lexi Tsien
TU 9 AM - 1 PM
3 Points