Jospeh Great Grad

Isabella Joseph

Along with receiving a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Spitzer, Isabella Joseph, has been named one of CCNY’s Great Grads of 2020.


A member of CCNY’s Macaulay Honors College, Isabella Joseph is graduating summa cum laude with a 3.94 GPA. She will receive a bachelor of architecture degree from the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture and is the first CCNY Salutatorian from Spitzer School. She minored in anthropology.


Born of Indian immigrant parents in upstate New York, Joseph is a Macaulay Honors standout. She’s lauded in the Spitzer School of Architecture as “amodel of the future student who pursues diverse skill sets to more effectively perform and address society’s myriad of issues.” She’s made the Dean’s list every year at City College.


Joseph helped revive the J. Max Bond Center for Urban Futures, the Spitzer School’s applied research center, and was recently part of a team that developed mapping resources for community boards 9 and 10 in response to COVID-19. She gained valuable experience as an architectural intern at the global firm Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF) Associates collaborating with its design team on the Changi Airport Terminal 5 project in Singapore.


“Initially I was drawn to the inherently interdiscipinary nature of architecture, from the creative ingenuity of art to the practicality engineering. I quickly learned how much more it entails beyond simply the design of buildings; Iam continually inspired by the broader implications of our work and the ways architecture can foster relationships between people and place.”


Her other accolades include being named a WX Women in Real Estate Scholar of Merit this April, CUNY Chancellor’s Global Scholarship in summer 2018; and the United States Green Building Council  (USGBC) Greenbuild Scholarship in fall 2016.


Crossing disciplines, Joseph received a Climate Policy Fellowship from the Colin Powell School. Her work included co-writing a policy breif with teammates from economics and mechanical engineering on innovative financing strategy for resilience projects at NYCHA public housing developments. She is currently working on concurrent architectural and written thesis projects also dedicated to NYCHA housing in the architecture school and the Macaulay Honors College.


Photo and article provided by CCNY’s Great Grads of 2020.