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Zarith Pineda is an innovative architectural urban designer and the founder of Territorial Empathy, a nonprofit design collective, and the first Latina founded and led organization of its kind in New York. Committed to addressing systemic urban inequities, her work focuses on empathetic community-based design. Zarith's notable projects include "Engineered Paradises," a thesis exploring architectural solutions in conflict zones, and various initiatives aimed at supporting marginalized communities. Her practice emphasizes cultural responsiveness, anti-racism, and anti-bias, aligning with her role as an educator in digital design techniques, urban design, and data visualization. Zarith's efforts extend to collaborative works that promote spatial justice, co-creating inclusive and resilient spaces with historically overlooked communities.

Zarith attended the Ecole Speciale d'Archicture in Paris as well as Tulane University in New Orleans receiving an M.Arch and B.A. in French in Francophone Studies. M.S. in Architecture and Urban Design from the Graduate School of Planning and Preservation at Columbia University.

Currently Adjunct Associate at Columbia GSAPP and the Founding Director of Territorial Empathy. For more updated projects, research, and content visit Territorial Empathy.




Lucille Smyser Lowenfish Memorial Award

Columbia GSAPP, 2017, New York


American Institute of Architects National Minority Scholar
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Moise H. & Lois g. Goldstein Travel Fellowship
Lessons in Urbicide: From Sarajevo to Jerusalem

Lecture Presented: October 13, 2014, New Orleans




Engineered Paradises, ArchDaily, 2015


Engineered Paradises, Ogden Museum of Art 

Exhibition, New Orleans, LA, 2015

Santa Lucia, Extrapolations Métropolitaines, Atelier Reza Azard , 2016


Santa Lucia, Extrapolations Métropolitaines, Atelier Reza Azard

Exposition at École Spéciale d'Architecture, 2015


Santa Lucia, Extrapolations Métropolitaines, Atelier Reza Azard

Exposition at the Arsenale, La Biennale de Venezia, 2014


Santa Lucia, Extrapolations Métropolitaines, Le Cabon 

Publication and Exhibition, Paris, France, 2015


Santa Lucia Exhibition

Tulane School of Architecture, Selected Student Project for University Display, New Orleans, LA, 2015






LEED Green Associate


NCARB IDP candidate



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