Oct/26
Nicholas de Monchaux

Nicholas de Monchaux

Between 1966 and 1971, in Chicago and Cambridge, architect Howard Fisher laid the foundation of today’s ubiquitous computer-mapping technologies. Elucidating these origins, de Monchaux shows how the increasing use of geospatial data at architectural scales represents not a new form of practice but rather a return to fleeting, if essential, origins. Presenting both historical reflections and work in design and drawing from his own practice, de Monchaux makes the case for essential possibilities at the intersection of urban data and design, outside the limits, and coded preconceptions, of contemporary geospatial tools.

Nicholas de Monchaux

Associate Professor, UC Berkeley
Nicholas de Monchaux is Associate Professor of Architecture and Urban Design and Director of the Berkeley Center for New Media. He is the author of Spacesuit: Fashioning Apollo (MIT Press, 2011), an architectural and urban history of the Apollo Spacesuit, winner of the Eugene Emme award from the American Astronautical Society and shortlisted for the Art Book Prize, and Local Code: 3,659 Proposals About Data, Design, and the Nature of Cities (Princeton Architectural Press, 2016). With Kathryn Moll, he is principal of Modem. His work has been exhibited widely, including at the Biennial of the Americas, the Venice Architecture Biennale, the Lisbon Architecture Triennial, SFMOMA, and the Chicago MCA.
de Monchaux received his B.A. with distinction in Architecture, from Yale, and his Professional Degree (M.Arch.) from Princeton. Prior to his independent practice, he worked with Michael Hopkins & Partners in London, and Diller, Scofidio + Renfro in New York.
de Monchaux's work has been supported by the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, the Hellman Family fund, the Macdowell Colony, the Santa Fe Institute, and the Smithsonian Institution. He is a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome.