Lorena Bello, Arindam Dutta, Rania Ghosn, Rafi Segal

Lorena Bello, Arindam Dutta, Rania Ghosn, Rafi Segal

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Lorena Bello research focuses on large scale territorial implications of infrastructure and urbanization as catalysts for design. Her dissertation on this topic began under the guidance of the late Manuel de Sola-Morales and concluded under Joan Busquets of the Harvard GSD. She is also the founder of TERRALAB, in association with MIT’s Center for Advanced Urbanism.

Prior to 2008, Lorena worked in Barcelona as project director at Aldayjover Architecture and Landscape where she led projects including those within the Water Park 2008 international exhibit in Zaragoza. She was also a research assistant at the Joan Miró Foundation and the Building Tech Institute of Catalonia (ITEC). Lorena holds a Bachelor and Master’s Degree in Architecture and Civil Engineering from the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC), a Masters of Architecture in Urban Design (MAUD) from the Harvard GSD, and PhD in Urbanism at the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC).

Arindam Dutta is Associate Professor of Architectural History. He is the Director of the History, Theory, Criticism Program in Art and Architecture at MIT. Dutta is also the Director of the MIT Infrastructure Architecture Lab set up to conduct research and propose strategies regarding the relationships between broad, macroeconomic factors driving built infrastructure and the specificities of architectural and urban form.

Dutta's teaching interests are in the area of modern architectural theory and history; imperialism, globalization, and third world politics; technology studies and body politics; Marxist and post-structuralist thought. Dutta obtained his Ph.D. in the History of Architecture from Princeton University in 2001. He has degrees in architectural design from the Harvard Design School and the School of Architecture in Ahmedabad, India. Dutta has been the recipient of the Woodrow Wilson Fellowship and the Getty Fellowship. Dutta's articles have appeared in the Journal of Society of Architectural Historians, Grey Room, the Journal of Arts and Ideas, and Perspecta.


Rania Ghosn is assistant professor of architecture and urbanism at MIT and founding partner of DESIGN EARTH. Her design-research practice examines the geographies of technological systems, such as those of energy, trash, water, and agriculture, to open aesthetic and political concerns for architecture and urbanism. DESIGN EARTH has exhibited internationally at venues such as Venice Architecture Biennale, Oslo Architecture Triennale, and Lisbon Architecture Triennale. Their work is also widely recognized, including the Young Architects Prize from Architectural League of New York, two Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture Faculty Design Awards, and the Jacques Rougerie Foundation’s First Prize. Rania is editor of New Geographies 2: Landscapes of Energy and author of Geographies of Trash and Two Cosmograms. Ghosn holds a Doctor of Design from Harvard University, a Master in Geography from University College London, and a Bachelor of Architecture from American University of Beirut.

Rafi Segal is an Associate Professor of Architecture and Urbanism at MIT. His practice engages in design and research on both the architectural and urban scale. Segal’s projects include the Kitgum Peace Museum in Uganda, the winning proposal for the National Library of Israel in Jerusalem and most currently the design of sustainable neighborhoods for a kibbutz in Israel that propose a new hybrid model of shared ownership and private-collective life.

Segal is co-editor of Cities of Dispersal (2008), Territories — Islands, Camps and Other States of Utopia (2003), and A Civilian Occupation (2003), and has exhibited his work at Storefront for Art and Architecture; Venice Biennale of Architecture; MOMA in New York; and at the Hong Kong/Shenzhen Urbanism Biennale. His work has provided a critical contribution to architecture’s role in the peripheries of our cities. He holds a PhD from Princeton University and a M.Sc and B.Arch from Technion – Israel Institute of Technology.