Mar/03
Joyce Hwang, Lauren Jacobi, Caroline Jones, Caitlin Mueller, Emily Watlington

NOMAS Power Lunch: Women in Academia

Hosted by the MIT Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architecture Students (NOMAS)

Joyce Hwang is the Director of Ants of the Prairie, an office of architectural practice and research that focuses on confronting contemporary ecological conditions through creative means. Hwang is a registered architect in New York State. She received a post-professional Master of Architecture degree from Princeton University and a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cornell University, where she received the Charles Goodwin Sands Memorial Bronze Medal. She is currently an Associate Professor of Architecture at the University at Buffalo and has won numerous awards for her work and is widely published. She is co-editor of Beyond Patronage: Reconsidering Models of Practice, published by Actar.

Lauren Jacobi researches and teaches on the history of late medieval through pre-industrial Italian architecture and urbanism with an emphasis on connections that span the Mediterranean world. She applies economic and sociological concerns to studying urban growth and transformation, architectural history, and visual culture.  Jacobi has received fellowships and awards from the American Council of Learned Societies, the Kress Foundation, the Getty Research Institute, the Instituto Universitario Olandese di Storia dell’Arte, the American Numismatic Society, and the Morgan Library and Museum, among other organizations.  She is working on a book about banking practices in early modern Italy.

Caroline Jones studies modern and contemporary art, with a particular focus on its technological modes of production, distribution, and reception. Trained in visual studies and art history at Harvard, she did graduate work at the Institute of Fine Arts in New York before completing her PhD at Stanford University in 1992. Previous to completing her art history degree, she worked in museum administration and exhibition curation, holding positions at The Museum of Modern Art in New York (1977-83) and the Harvard University Art Museums (1983-85); her exhibitions and/or films have been shown at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington DC, the Hara Museum Tokyo, the Boston University Art Gallery, and MIT's List Visual Art Center, among other venues. For 2017-18, she will be a fellow at the National Humanities Center in North Carolina where she hopes to finish a polemical text regarding The Anthropogenic Image.

Caitlin Mueller is a researcher, designer, and educator working at the interface of architecture and structural engineering.  She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Building Technology Program, where she leads the Digital Structures research group.  As a researcher, Mueller focuses on developing new computational methods and tools for synthesizing architectural and structural intentions in early-stage design.  She also works in the field of digital fabrication, with a focus on linking high structural performance with new methods of architectural making.  In addition to her digital work, she conducts research on the nature of collaboration between architects and engineers from a historical perspective.  Mueller also aims for interdisciplinary learning and integration in her teaching efforts, which include subjects in structural design and computational methods.

Moderated by Emily Watlington, a SMarchS candidate in HTC, where she focuses on contemporary art through the lenses of feminist theory and affect theory. She also serves as the curatorial research assistant at the MIT List Visual Arts Center. Prior to arriving at MIT, she received a BFA from MassArt and conducted research on video art in Croatia thanks to the Donis A. Dondis Fellowship. Her art criticism has appeared in periodicals such as Mousse Magazine and Art Papers, and her article on Ryan Trecartin’s high school art is forthcoming in the edited volume Analogue Living in a Digital World (Tasmeem Doha 2017). She has also contributed to exhibition catalogsLooking In/Looking Out: Contemporary Indian Photography from the Guar Collection (Bindu Modern, 2016)and An Inventory of Shimmers: Objects of Intimacy in Contemporary Art (DelMonico Prestel, 2017).

Joyce Hwang, Lauren Jacobi, Caroline Jones, Caitlin Mueller, Emily Watlington