SAVINIEN CARACOSTEA is an architect, pastry chef and cultural entrepreneur, with interests in retail, cinema, publications, and in the intersection between food, cities, art, and social phenomena. He has degrees in Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design (with distinction) and Cornell University, and a degree in Pastry Arts from the French Culinary Institute.
Some of his notable recent projects include curating "Feeding the Accelerator", the innovation programs of the USA Pavilion at Milan EXPO 2015, producing Mentor Minds, an ongoing video series of short interviews with inspiring creatives, and guest-editing the Food Issue of Log - a celebrated architecture and urbanism academic journal. In 2012, he organized "Architecture of Taste" an event and publication which brought the pastry chef Pierre Hermé to the Harvard GSD.
His architectural work, while at the Rotterdam office of OMA, includes the winning competition entry for the 271 000m² Toulouse Convention Center, an exhibit at the Beaux Arts School in Paris, and a runway design for Prada.
From 2006 to 2010, he directed AWKWARD Publications, an experimental student publication at Cornell University, as well as several short films on grants from the Cornel Council for the Arts, which led to his nomination as one of the top 25 most influential seniors by the Cornell Daily Sun.
"As someone who has taught design studios for over twenty years, I can say without hesitation that Savinien is one of the most stellar and incisive designers of his generation, bringing a cinematic sensibility to the world of design and representation. He is an exceptional creative talent and draws, literally and figuratively, new connections between design, interiors, and film, viewing their combination as a compelling forum for understanding critical issues surrounding the built environment."
-Marion Weiss, Founding Partner, Weiss/Manfredi
Visiting Professor at Harvard Graduate School of Design
in letter of January 23rd, 2012
"Spearheading the uber-sophisticated experimental publication Awkward, Savinien Caracostea stormed Cornell from his native France as an architecture student who directs advanced student films and designs clothes - and even the stage - for the CDL fashion show. In his spare time one summer, he worked as a chocolatier in Paris. The man may be a veritable tour de force of style and creativity, but he made the list because of that special, mysterious and ultimately elusive quality - a certain je ne sais quoi."
-Cornell Daily Sun, December 4, 2008
on the Top 25 Most Influential Seniors