Crystal Eksi
Visiting Critic, NYC program

Crystal Jane Eksi (she/her/hers) joins the Architecture Department at the School of Visual and Performing Arts as a professor of architecture and urban design in fall 2021. At Syracuse University, Eksi will teach in the Syracuse Architecture New York Studio, with a focus on planning and urban design.

Eksi is an Associate Urban Designer at the New York City Department of City Planning, where she has an extensive background in practicing urban design at different scales, developing policy proposals, and research and development to improve planning practices across the city and region.

Eksi’s research focuses on urban agriculture, with a specific lens to food equity and access to local and sustainable food production, healthy open space, sustainable design practices, and education in our public realm and built environments. Her research has contributed to New York City’s first Urban Agriculture website and NYC’s “10-year Food Policy Plan: Food Forward.”

She was awarded the 40 Under 40: The Rising Stars of Food Policy by the Hunter College NYC Food Policy Center in 2019, where her research was grant supported to propose a policy pitch for sustainable school design and development with supportive community food production and education.


She was awarded a traveling fellowship for her graduate project: Productive Barter on sustainable housing development in rural areas of Rio, Brazil in 2015, which she received from Koç University in Istanbul to further document and analyze endangered farmlands within the dense urban environment. She was awarded the Culture and Heritage Award for her short documentary “Biz Yedikuleliyiz” by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee in 2016.


Eksi earned a Masters of Architecture and Urban Design in 2015, from Columbia University GSAPP, and a B.Arch from New York Institute of Technology (with Highest Honor Award) in 2014.