ATELIER AMINA is a New York City-based architectural design and research practice servicing clients from Concept Design through to Construction Administration. Introducing the element of chance into the design process, the studio uses analog and digital methods to harness force, mass, momentum, and energy to articulate scenario-based form. The office has a diverse platform of experience across building typologies ranging from installations to cultural and educational institutions to commercial towers and residential complexes.
We engage clients from the earliest inception of a project to devise a budget, schedule and design strategy that exercises our aesthetic grammar to bring about creative solutions to each client's aspirations.
An Atelier is the private workshop or studio of a professional artist in the fine or decorative arts, where a principal master and a number of assistants, students, and apprentices can work together producing pieces of fine art or visual art released under the master's name or supervision.
Amina Blacksher is an architectural designer based in New York City. Ms. Blacksher has a decade of experience working across a wide range of scales and building typologies as a designer for Bjarke Ingels Group, Ennead Architects, and Gordon Kipping Architects. Prior to joining the design faculty at Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Ms. Blacksher taught architecture studios at Yale School of Architecture, where she was the inaugural Presidential Visiting Fellow. Ms. Blacksher has served nationally as a guest critic on design juries at institutions including Sci-Arc, Princeton School of Architecture, University of Pennsylvania Department of Architecture, Tulane School of Architecture, Pratt Institute, Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture - City College, and New Jersey Institute of Technology.
Ms. Blacksher, born in Brooklyn, NY was raised in the town of Ithaca in Upstate New York. She credits the surrounds of nature - waterfalls, orchards, lakes and gorges - as having a lasting impact on her imagination and awe-inspired approach to design. Growing up without television prompted her and her siblings to attend lectures as a proxy for entertainment, or create their own adventures or homemade plays in the theater of the woods on Cornell University’s north campus.
Ms. Blacksher came to architecture during her undergraduate studies while conducting research for a fellowship in the south of Spain. Touring the cities of Andalucia and witnessing how civilization endures through buildings, she discovered the synthesis of the creative and the analytical through built form: Architecture!
Ms. Blacksher holds a Master of Architecture degree from Yale School of Architecture, where she was named the Robert Leon Combs Scholar and graduated with an expertise in surface articulation through fluency in nDynamics.