Xenia Cox is an education activist and innovator in architecture for education. Xenia’s areas of expertise resides where facility and education intersect, managing projects that seek to improve educational outcomes and linking educational goals to facility needs. Her mission is to craft and nurture the connections between instructional and cultural aspects of education reform and facility design. For the past decade, she has supported the work of superintendents, city and state leadership, non-profits and foundations engaged in transforming teaching and learning by leveraging the power of space to support shifting paradigms in education reform. In her current roles as founding Principal for Archademia and consulting Vice-President at MKThink, Xenia merges her extensive background in design and education to deliver cohesive, integrated, impactful facilities strategies that optimize built environment in support of student achievement.
Prior to founding Archademia, Xenia served as Director of Site Planning and Development for the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) Office of Portfolio Development where her work included facilitating the development of public-private partnerships for the design and construction of new schools as centers of community. While at the NYC School Construction Authority (NYCSCA), Xenia led the design process to re-imagine large comprehensive high schools into campuses of small schools and small learning communities.
Xenia is a frequent speaker and panel member on issues related to advancing awareness of the impact of physical environment on teaching and learning. Xenia was a founding board member for the Mott Hall Charter School in the Bronx, NY.