Fiona Cuypers-Stanienda (b. 1992) is a social documentary and architecture photographer, documenting how people interact with the built environment. Educated as an architect at prominent universities such as ETH Zurich, University of the Arts Berlin, and the Architectural Association School of Architecture (AA) in London, where she earned her AA Diploma and Master of Architecture.

Fiona's work has been showcased in well-known publications and exhibitions, including the Architect's Journal, Wallpaper*, REAL, AA Bookshop, and the British School at Rome. In 2020, her thesis was highlighted in the Architect's Journal. She has also worked alongside famous architects and firms, such as Johnston Marklee (Los Angeles, US), Valter Scelsi (Genoa, IT), Studio JK (Hamburg, DE), and with Francis Kéré (Berlin, DE) a winner of the Pritzker Prize.

Since 2022, Fiona runs an architectural-research agency called ‘RRA’ Radical Research & Re-storying Agency, which is informed by the question: “how can the pre-colonial past inform a decolonial future?”. The RRA represents Fiona's commitment to exploring and redefining stories through architecture.

She is available for worldwide commissions, projects, portraits and other inquiries.

Print sales are available on request.

2015 - 20 AA Dipl. M.Arch., Architectural Association School of Architecture, London UK
2014 - 15 Architecture, Berlin University of the Arts, Berlin DE
2012 - 14 Architecture, ETH Zurich, Zurich CH

Selected Exhibitions

2020 Reporting from Rome, AA Bookshop, London UK
2019 Portico, British School at Rome, Rome IT
2016 Lugo Land, Lugo IT

Grants / Awards

2019 Nicholas Boas Travel Scholarship, British School at Rome, Rome IT
2017 AAF Travel Award, Architectural Association, London UK


2022 As New Architecture Writers calls for 2022 applications, we celebrate alumnu Afterparti, Wallpaper
2020 Influences: Aoi Phillips and Fiona Cuypers-Stanienda’s ‘Permesso’, Architect´s Journal
2020 Who holds the power to shape our cities?, Wallpaper
2019 Summer and art at the BSR, The British School at Rome
2018 A Home Truth on Contemplation and Resistance, REAL
2017 2018: The Year According to: Jack Self, Walker Art Center


2020 Guest Critic, Communication and Media Studies, Architectural Association

Photo by Oliver Abraham

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