Turning Points: 150 Years of Architecture at MIT

Fall 2018 marked the 150th anniversary of MIT's first architecture class, making what is now the School of Architecture and Planning (SA+P) home to the oldest architectural course of study in the United States. To mark the occasion, the department is celebrating with a diverse array of educational and social programming on campus throughout the academic year. The events will culminate in a symposium and alumni open house on campus April 12–13.

Leventhal City Prize seeks to spark transformative urban design and planning approaches

New prize honors legendary developer and philanthropist Norman B. Leventhal.

Vibrant, innovative cities most often result from powerful collaborations among diverse constituencies.

To support this ideal, the MIT Norman B. Leventhal Center for Advanced Urbanism (LCAU) has announced the creation of a new interdisciplinary prize aimed at catalyzing innovative urban design and planning approaches worldwide, with a goal of improving the quality of life and environment for residents. 

Students from RPI and Adolfo Ibáñez University Tackle Lighting Fabrication during IAP

The workshop was the second part of a collaboration between MIT and Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez(Santiago, Chile) part of the MIT-Chile MISTI program.

The activity was an Interdisciplinary, collaborative workshop exploring innovative methods of design. It involved students from Adolfo Ibáñez University and PhD students from Renssealer Polytechnic Institute.

Christoph Reinhart: Applying physics to the design of energy-efficient buildings

Developing a perfectly energy-efficient building is relatively easy to do—if you don’t give the building’s occupants any control over their environment. Since nobody wants that kind of building, Professor Christoph Reinhart has focused his career on finding ways to make buildings more energy-efficient while keeping user needs in mind.

HTC Book Celebration October 2018

This month, five MIT Alumni Authors celebrated their recently published books based on their PhD dissertations in the History, Theory and Criticism program in the Department of Architecture. 

Unraveling the complex histories of Palestinian artwork

Before she was a PhD student searching through art history archives around the world, a young Nisa Ari attended museums with her family and tried to discern the histories behind the artwork and artifacts she saw. “It always had the appeal of detective work,” Ari says. Sometimes, when she’d walk into a new gallery, she’d challenge herself to identify artists from paintings at a distance: “That’s a Cézanne, that’s a Picasso, that’s a Léger.”

A new doctoral concentration in Advanced Urbanism

The MIT School of Architecture and Planning will offer a new concentration to support collaborative doctoral-level studies in Advanced Urbanism, with applications being accepted in fall 2018. 

MIT class designs a mass timber prototype building

The construction and operation of all kinds of buildings uses vast amounts of energy and natural resources. Researchers around the world have therefore been seeking ways to make buildings more efficient and less dependent on emissions-intensive materials.

Historian, curator, and designer Ana Miljacki studies architects and their quest to make a better world

Inside Ana Miljacki’s office in MIT’s Department of Architecture, a sign hangs on the wall bearing a wry message:


By itself, that sign could be a lot of things: an earnest plea to enjoy the moment, an ironic commentary on the futility of seeking perfection, or a wistful nod to the impermanence of everything.

John de Monchaux, former dean of the School of Architecture and Planning, dies at 81

Architect and planner remembered as a man who brought people together through a combination of wisdom, optimism, and charm.

Jean Pierre de Monchaux, an idealistic and optimistic planner and architect who served as dean of the MIT School of Architecture and Planning from 1981 to 1992, passed away on April 30, after living with Parkinson’s disease for 20 years. He was 81.