Cait McCarthy

Cait McCarthy (she/her) joined the School of Architecture in Fall 2022 as a Part-Time Instructor.

McCarthy is co-founder of office office, a design practice which develops multi-scalar projects that seek to defamiliarize everyday objects, materials and spaces. Through exhibitions, installations, and projects, the practice engages in a dialogue between image and object to consider how conventional and non-conventional modes of making can radically alter our perceptions and understandings of the subject itself. Prior to joining Syracuse University, McCarthy was a Teaching Associate at Cornell University College of Architecture, where she taught first year undergraduate and introduction to architecture design studios. Before founding office office, she most recently practiced at OMA in New York and Neil M. Denari Architects in Los Angeles.

McCarthy’s research examines the evolution of architectural types as they have adapted to societal, technological, and climatological fluctuations. Her work speculates upon ways in which programmatic, material, and formal aspects of design will transform to meet the rapidly changing needs of the contemporary world.

She is the recipient of the Richmond Harold Shreve Award, the Eschweiler Prize, the Helen Fagan Tyler Graduate Fellowship, the Mellon Urbanism Fellowship, and the Cornell Architecture Director’s Award. Her work has been published in PLATE, Association, and Suckerpunch.

McCarthy holds a Master in Architecture from Cornell University. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Architecture at Northeastern University.