Mersiha Veledar is an educator and a practicing architect in New York City. She received her Bachelor of Architecture from The Cooper Union in 2003 and her Master of Architecture II (M. Arch II) from Princeton University in 2005. The genesis of her professional work and studio pedagogy have origins in her “Architecture can Heal” [advised by Lebbeus Woods and Anders Abraham] hypothesis from The Cooper Union she did in 2003, which received numerous awards and recognitions where she focused on typologies of ‘universal’ intimate scale architectural elements such as walls, columns, doors, windows, among a few as a lexicon of ‘fundamentals’ common to all cultures, ethnicities and architectures. In 2013, she started an independent atelier called Veledar Workshop whose focus is on research of small scale elements in architecture where she tests the boundaries of experimentation and concrete actualization of built form. Additionally, having witnessed the fall of civic institutions through man-made disasters, she has focused on an array of public and private programs ranging in scales from airports, schools, museums, to residences. In her professional experience, Veledar has built work both in New York City and overseas.