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 from Princeton University in 2005. The genesis of her professional work and studio pedagogy originate from her “Architecture could Heal” [advised by Lebbeus Woods and Anders Abraham] Thesis work from The Cooper Union she did in 2003, which received numerous awards for focusing on typologies of elements such as walls, columns, doors, windows as a lexicon of ‘universal’ frameworks that are common to all cultures of architecture. 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 the war coined ‘urbicide’ in Bosnia and Herzegovina [1992-1995], she has focused in her professional experience on the construction of an array of public and private programs ranging in scales from airports, schools, museums and residences. Veledar has built work both in New York City and overseas.