Karen Kubey is an Adjunct Associate Professor at Columbia GSAPP and an urbanist specializing in housing and health. She is the editor of Housing as Intervention: Architecture towards Social Equity (Architectural Design, 2018) and served as the first executive director of the Institute for Public Architecture. Kubey co-founded the New York chapter of Architecture for Humanity (now Open Architecture/New York) and co-founded and led the New Housing New York design competition.
Holding degrees in architecture from the University of California, Berkeley and Columbia GSAPP, Kubey began her career as a designer of below-market housing. She lectures internationally and has received support from the New York State Council on the Arts and MacDowell. Kubey was a 2019-20 Faculty Fellow in Design for Spatial Justice at the University of Oregon.