WXY Architecture + Urban Design have announced Kaija Wuollet will be the director of their New York firm, with a focus on city-building.
Wuollet will direct varied projects merging strategy, master planning, urban design, architecture, and policy as she contributes to business development across the country.
Previously, Wuollet led the design practice Laavu in Detroit, where as principal she managed and completed high-profile projects including the Pink Zoning/Mix Tape Detroit Commons/MACC Development completed this year and included in Detroit Design 139’s influential Inclusive Futures exhibition, as well as the renovation of the El Club, a 250-person music venue in Detroit.
Wuollet earned a master’s degree in architecture and a leadership medal at University of Detroit Mercy. She cofounded the nonprofit Ponyride Maker Space and served as a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) City of Design Partner, and on advisory boards for the Corktown Business Association and Detroit Design Festival.
“Kaija Wuollet shares our worldview of vital city-building challenges and the benefits of bringing planning and design together to address varied concerns from affordable housing and social equity to an improved public realm and climate action,” said Adam Lubinsky, PhD, AICP, the firm’s managing principal.