Daisy Ames, Assoc. AIA was born in Atlanta, Georgia and is the founding principal of Studio Ames, an architectural design and research practice based in New York City. As a Critic at the Yale School of Architecture, she teaches Advanced Design Studios, and leads workshops focused on housing design. Ames’s interests lie in understanding and representing the “invisiblized” social, political, and economic shifts within cities and their impact on the way individuals live.
She has contributed to exhibitions worldwide including the Venice Architecture Biennale, Tallinn Architecture Biennale, Storefront for Art and Architecture, Citygroup, a83 Gallery, Art Omi, A+D Museum, Sir John Soane’s Museum and more. Her drawings and writings have been featured in architectural journals and publications such as University of Cambridge’s Scroope, University of Maryland’s See/Saw, Rice Architecture’s PLAT, The New York Review of Architecture and Log. Her practice has received design awards such as The Architecture Drawing Prize and received Best of Design Awards from The Architect’s Newspaper in categories such as Public Projects, Architectural Representation, and Unbuilt Residential Projects.
Ames holds an appointment as Visiting Professor at The Cooper Union where she teaches formal analysis, housing studios and seminars. Ames previously taught at Rice School of Architecture, Pratt Institute’s GAUD, Cornell AAP NYC, and at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation she was the co-coordinator of the IDC Foundation’s Housing Lab from 2019-2020.