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Organization Name
Mojdeh Baratloo Urban Urge Awards
About Us
The Urban Urge Awards honor the legacy of architect, educator, community advocate and urban designer Mojdeh (Moji) Baratloo (1954-2013). Moji was born in Iran, educated in the United States, and practiced and taught in New York City and all over the globe. As an Associate Professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, she helped to shape the Urban Design Program that has helped to influence generations of architects, designers and urbanists. Her professional, community and academic work made significant and critical contributions to the field of urban design and to the development of cities globally.
We Participate Because
Moji believed in both the importance of ideas and the practice of making one’s work real, “for the experience of a human or environment.” She challenged and “urged” her students, colleagues and collaborators, friends and foes to have the conversations across disciplinary or social boundaries and to make our cities and regions more livable, sustainable, enjoyable, and responsible. She once stated simply, “Once people know how important their environment is, they can make it better."