150 Years of




In 1865, MIT President William Barton Rogers asked architect William Robert Ware to create a course in architecture at the Institute. Ware sought a new pedagogical model for preparing architects for practice. After visiting architecture, design, and trade schools across Europe to observe models of education, he returned to create a program that aimed to synthesize professional, artistic, and humanist pedagogies. Looking towards the future, Ware remarked in his Outline of a Course of Architectural Instruction: “It is the aim of this School to do what it can, in its day and generation, to insure that the Architecture of the future shall be worthy of the future.”

Fall 2018 marks the 150th anniversary of the first course in architecture offered at MIT and the oldest school of architecture in the United States. From Fall 2018 through Spring 2019, the MIT Architecture community marks this milestone to reflect on our past and present and to envision the future of architectural education at MIT.

150th Advisory Committee: Andrew Scott, J. Meejin Yoon, Mark Jarzombek, Ana Miljački, Les Norford, Skylar Tibbits, Azra Akšamija, Andreea O'Connell, Paul Pettigrew, Irina Chernyakova, with students and alumni Alexander Hilton Wood, Jessica Pace, Alex Bodkin, Borislav Angelov, and Alex Kobald. Graphic identity and design: E Roon Kang and Richard The.


Experiments in Pedagogy

The Experiments in Pedagogy are tests and provocations. Selected from an open call, the Experiments are an invitation to students and faculty to investigate new models, formats, and topics of learning, design, and research. To enable this, we have created a special subject for these projects (4.S14). Students can receive up to 12 credits (maximum 4 Experiments) over the Fall semester and IAP; this course can fulfill an open elective. Experiments range from 3 to 6 credits; meeting times vary widely though we have tried as much as possible to avoid overlaps. All Experiments will have a public event or review open to all.

September 4, Course Preview, 2 PM in the Long Lounge

September 7, 12 PM in the Long Lounge 

Faculty leads are Mark Jarzombek and J. Meejin Yoon. Irina Chernyakova, ich@mit.edu, and Danniely Staback, dstaback@mit.edu, are coordinating the Experiments. Renée Caso, yammie@mit.edu, can answer questions related to credit hours. Additional details on the courses, credits, and registration is available here.

Registration is via signup.mit.edu/experiments by September 7. We will confirm participation soon after.

With thanks to Kathaleen Brearley, Erin Buckley, Renée Caso, Marion Cunningham, Christopher Jenkins, Inala Locke, Kevin McLellan, Jesi Dunaway Nishibun, and Alan Reyes for providing crucial administrative support.



    Mark Jarzombek & Richard Colton with The Neave Trio
    October 18 - December 19
    Thursday and Saturday mornings
    Rania Ghosn
    September 10 - November 26
    Mondays, 10-1 PM 
    Ana Miljacki/Critical Broadcasting Lab with Ann Lui and Mimi Zeiger; Luke Bulman; Felicity Scott and Mark Wasiuta
    Weekends: October 12-14; November 2-4; November 16-18; December 2-3
    Liam Young
    Weekends: September 28-30; October 26-28; November 16-18
    Maroula Bacharidou & Athina Papadopoulou
    IAP: January 7-31, 2019



    Caitlin Mueller, Feliz Amtsberg, Yijiang Huang, Demi Fang, Paul Mayencourt, and Daniel Marshall with Jason Detwiler and the City of Somerville
    Saturdays (4): September 8, September 15, October 6, October 13 / Review November 5
    Sarah Wagner & Stratton Coffman with Garnette Cadogan, Dorothea Lasky, Ken Urban
    Saturdays/Sundays (3): September 15, 2-5 PM; October 20, 2-5 PM; November 18, 7-10 PM
    Additional writing clinics (3), dates TBC among participants. 
    Rosalyne Shieh
    October - December
    Tuesdays, 5:30-8:30. 
    Eytan Mann & Cagri Zaman
    Weekends: October 13-14 and October 20-21  / Review: October 30
    Gabriel Cira and Emily Watlington with Sara Hendren and Wendy Jacob; David Gissen and Christopher Hart; Mara Mills and MIT Biomechatronics; Aimi Hamraie, David Mitchell and Sharon Snyder.
    Evening lectures and conversations: November 6, 7, 15, 16
    Discussion times to be determined among participants.


    Erin Genia
    Open program, October 27-28; Rain date November 3-4
    E Roon Kang and Richard The
    Workshop, September 20-21 
    Architecture Design Core 1 Studio with Joshua Longo
    Open to Core 1 students only, no additional credits.
    Philippe Block & Philip Yuan with Tongji University, Shanghai
    IAP; *Note that this workshop is limited enrollment and will require a separate application/registration. Details forthcoming. 

Alumni Receptions & Celebrations

Alumni events are coordinated by Paul Pettigrew (MArch '88) with the MIT Architecture Alumni Affinity Group (MITArchA). Be in touch with any questions!


  • January 25 - 26, 2018
    MIT Hong Kong Innovation Node
    Hong Kong, Kowloon, Hong Kong
    Organized with Sean Kwok (BSAD '97, MITArch '01), MIT Club of Hong Kong. and the MIIT Hong Kong Innovation Node
  • June 22, 2018
    New Museum for Contemporary Art
    New York, NY
    Organized with Kenneth Namkung (MArch '03; VP Club of New York) and Jacob Kain (MArch '00; MITArchA President)
  • September 21 - 22, 2018
    MITArchA Annual Meeting:
    09/22/2018, 12:30 PM
    MIT Alumni Leadership Conference
    Cambridge, MA
  • October 16, 2018
    The Olympic Club, City Clubhouse
    San Francisco
    Organized with Pamela Tang (MArch '83; SMCE '85; MITArchA VP of Programs)


Conversations on Practice

Fall 2018 Conversations on Practice are organized by Yolande Daniels, Bob Mohr, Andrew Scott, and J. Meejin Yoon, with the Professional Practice course. Conversations aim to engage in productive dialogue about the current and future of practice, by focusing on the airing of critical, timely, and urgent questions facing architectural practice today.

Conversations take place on Friday mornings - September 28, October 19, and November 9 – from 9 AM - 12 PM, in the Long Lounge, Room 7-429.


  • September 28, 2018
    Marcel Botha, Liz Burow, and James Shen
    Practice PLUS: Limits and Frontiers
    Limits | Frontiers will explore alternate, divergent, or expanded modes of practice that leverage design and architecture in new contexts and economies. From working community interfaces, to new forms of manufacturing, work and fabrication, to design constructors, to working with emerging sources of capital and resources, architects are positioning themselves as being proactive entrepreneurs who are rethinking the role of the architect.
  • October 19, 2018
    Zhanina Boyadzhieva and Juliet Chun, Dr. Sally Haslanger, Hana Kassem, Annelise Pitts

    Practice PLUS: Power and Equity
    The progression of 21st-century civil rights movements from Occupy (Wall Street) to #BlackLivesMatter to #TimesUp
    #MeToo#MeTooWhatNext, to #Dreamers have all sought to draw attention to forms of discrimination whether economic/class based, racial, ethnic, or gender-based. Discussions of equity are foremost discussions of power–of who has it and how it is wielded. This symposium will explore how the dueling impacts of power and equity have and continue to shape the fields of architecture practice and academia. In a profession historically defined by individual artistic (male) genius, what power does the Architect have and what does it mean to share it? How can increased diversity equal an equitable shift of values and encourage greater interest in and relevance for the profession as a whole? Despite the increased diversity in the presence of women and minorities as students, instructors and administrators, and the presentation of alternative views and interests, the structures of the architectural canon and architectural practice have been slow to acknowledge the need for change and to shift values. How can professions and practices founded on “mansplaining” be redefined for diverse views and voices? How can the field better support the agency of different and collaborative voices and modes of production?.
  • November 9, 2018
    Peggy Deamer, Marsha Maytum, Michael Murphy
    Practice PLUS: Meaning and Purpose
    Who do architects serve? What is the architect’s contribution to the field and to society? When is a building much more than a building, and when is it not enough? Where are the resources to fund meaningful work? Why do we do what we do? From delivering good design to the underserved to dedicating oneself to environmental and social purposes, to challenging the structure of our professional ideals, architects can act as agents of societal change. This symposium will explore architectural practices formed around broader definitions of service – practices that both solidify the role of the architect in society and strengthen a commitment to humanity, social justice, and dignity. 

Drawing, Designing, Thinking: 150 Years of Teaching Architecture at MIT

To mark its 150th anniversary, the MIT Museum, in collaboration with the MIT Department of Architecture, will present a dynamic exhibition exploring new ways of thinking about architecture, education, and design. From its founding, the Department has embraced the task of rethinking the future of architecture in a rapidly changing world. This exhibition explores the Department’s approach over the course of its history of transforming the discipline to meet new challenges, including the evolution of the design studio, the emergence of interdisciplinary thinking, and the development of a culture of architectural research. The exhibition will also look at how the department today continues its commitment to the advancement of knowledge through innovation, research, and scholarship.

This exhibition is made possible through the support and collaboration of our colleagues in the MIT Museum, MIT School of Architecture and Planning, and the MIT Libraries. Additional support is provided by the generous donors to the 2018 McDermott Award Gala, hosted by the Council for the Arts at MIT.

Curatorial Team: Professor Mark Jarzombek, School of Architecture and Planning, Gary Van Zante, MIT Museum; Irina Chernyakova, Alexander Wood; Daryl McCurdy, Jennifer Tran, Alexander Bodkin; Andrew Scott and J. Meejin Yoon, Advisors; Ibañez Kim, Design; E Roon Kang and Richard The; Graphic Design.

For more information, visit the MIT Museum website.

February 14, 2019 - August 25, 2019
Thomas Peterson '57 Gallery
MIT Museum
Open seven days a week, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. except major holidays.
July and August only: Open until 6 p.m. 

Turning Points in Architecture, Design, and Research Symposium

MIT President Rafael Reif described the "ubiquity of computing and the rise of AI" as a "turning point" that prompted the recent establishment of the new College of Computing at MIT. As MIT celebrates 150 years of architecture education and the School of Architecture and Planning plans its move to the MET Warehouse, we pause to reflect on the present and project futures for education, practice, and research at this critical juncture. Turning Points is an opportunity to reflect, individually and collectively, on the status and stakes of architecture, design, and research. As thinking of the future is always part of an architect's task, we come together to discuss crucial and necessary moments of change, past and present.

April 12-13, 2019
Cambridge, MA 

Organized by Brandon Clifford, Sheila Kennedy, Les Norford, Andrew Scott, Skylar Tibbits, J. Meejin Yoon

Alumni events take place April 12-13, 2019. Please register here.

The symposium is open to the public on April 13, 2019. Please register here.