Cambridge, MA

Apocatopia is a collaborative, climate focused design research practice. Apocatopian practice takes different forms: teaching, reading lists, carbon cheap trips, scenario planning, design research, exhibitions, and built projects. We believe in working across disciplines, formats, and scales. We know good things take time—our practice is in progress through process.

The name "Apocatopia" is lifted from China Miéville's piece The Limits of Utopia, in which the British writer warns that "Utopias are necessary. But not only are they insufficient: they can be part of  the system, the bad totality that organises us, warms the skies, and condemns millions to peonage on garbage scree."

We believe that; our late capitalist climate changed world is a Utopia for those with means. We hear Miéville’s words:  "the one, the apocalypse, the end-times rending of the veil, paves the way for the other, the time beyond, the new beginning." 

was born, raised, and works on the Gulf of Maine. She is the 2023 Daniel Urban Kiley Fellow and Lecturer in Landscape Architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Kira holds a B.S. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and B.A. in Environmental Policy Studies from Rice University. She was a 2016 Thomas J. Watson Fellow, 2021 Planet Reimagined New Futures Fellow, and a 2023 Aspen Institute Climate Future Leader. Her work has been published in Yale Paprika!, LUNCH Journal, The Plan Journal, and the Plant Humanities Lab at Dumbarton Oaks, among others. 

is a Northern California native. He holds an M. Arch II from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and B.Arch and B.A. degrees from Rice University, where he was awarded the 2016 William Ward Watkin Traveling Fellowship. His professional experience includes work with AW Architects, Michelle Chang, WW Architecture, and OMA Hong Kong. In print, he has served as associate editor for the inaugural issue of the GSD Journal Pairs, guest editor of the GSD's Open Letters #85, and graphic editor of PLAT 7.0 Sharing.​​​​​​​