Chat Travieso is an artist, urbanist, and designer, as well as co-founder of the multidisciplinary collaborative practice Yeju & Chat, with Yeju Choi. Travieso creates participatory, architectural, and research-based projects that reinforce social bonds in public spaces and interrogate the histories and policies that have shaped the built environment. His past work has been commissioned by or organized in collaboration with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the Architectural League of New York, NYC Department of Transportation, NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, the Women’s Housing and Economic Development Corporation, the Cleveland Public Library, the Cambridge Arts Council, and the Children’s Museum of Manhattan.
Travieso’s research has been supported by grants from the Graham Foundation and the New York State Council on the Arts. His writing has been featured in AD (Architectural Design), Places Journal, and Urban Omnibus. His artist residencies include LMCC Process Space, Smack Mellon Studio Program, and the Elsewhere Museum. Recent honors include the Columbia GSAPP Anti-Racism Curriculum Development Award, NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship in Architecture/Environmental Structures/Design with Yeju Choi, YoungArts Jorge M. Pérez Award, and United States Artist Fellowship in Architecture & Design.
Travieso is a past Faculty Fellow for the Mellon Initiative for Inclusive Faculty Excellence at The New School and a Participatory Design Fellow at the Design Trust for Public Space. He has previously worked in the offices of WXY and Interboro Partners and was a teaching artist with the Center for Urban Pedagogy, Hester Street, and the Center for Architecture. He co-created and led the Wall (In) program at Arts for Learning Miami. He has taught at Columbia GSAPP, Spitzer School of Architecture at CCNY, Parsons School of Design, Pratt Institute, Queens College, and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, as well as a member of Dark Matter University at Florida A&M University and University of Utah. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art and a Master of Architecture from Yale University.