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Dec 06, 2018. Posted by Irina Chernyakova

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.

Oct 30, 2018. Posted by Kathaleen Brearley

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. 

Oct 26, 2018. Posted by Darren Bennett

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.”

Oct 23, 2018. Posted by Darren Bennett

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. 

Sep 07, 2018. Posted by Irina Chernyakova

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.

Sep 06, 2018. Posted by Irina Chernyakova

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.

Aug 31, 2018. Posted by Irina Chernyakova

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.

Aug 31, 2018. Posted by Irina Chernyakova

The Department of Architecture welcomes Rosalyne Shieh as the Marion Mahony Emerging Practitioner Fellow, and Hans Tursack, the Pietro Belluschi Teaching Fellow, for the 2018-2019 academic year. These Fellowships support architects and designers at various stages of their teaching and research careers.

Aug 29, 2018. Posted by Irina Chernyakova

What if we could immerse ourselves in this UNESCO World Heritage Site through virtual reality or use augmented reality to interact with its 3-D site map?

"In order to digitally document and develop the foundations for future research, a laboratory team from the MIT Department of Architecture, led by Professor Takehiko Nagakura and PhD student Paloma Gonzales, has been working on the MISTI Global Seed Fund Machu Picchu Design Heritage project since 2016.

Oct 02, 2018 - 5:00 PM
Aug 07, 2018. Posted by Darren Bennett

The Department of Architecture will host a series of online information sessions to enable prospective Master of Architecture (MArch) and Master of Science (Architecture Studies, SMArchS; Art, Culture and Technology, SMACT; Building Technology, SMBT) students to learn about admissions, programs, school culture, and research at MIT. There will not be an on-site open house this fall. Please note that visiting campus does not affect admissions and we will host an open house for accepted students in Spring 2019.

Jul 18, 2018. Posted by Darren Bennett

Nearly 150 alumni gathered at the New Museum for Contemporary Art in New York on June 22, 2018 to celebrate 150 years of architectural education at MIT; Fall 2018 marks 150 years since the first class of architecture students. The event, jointly organized by the Department of Architecture and the Architecture Alumni Affinity Group (MITArchA), coincided with the American Institute of Architects Convention and brought together alumni with current faculty and recent graduates.

Jul 18, 2018. Posted by Darren Bennett

Analysis points the way to energy-efficient systems that take a location-specific approach to cooling and dehumidifying places where people live and work.

About 40 percent of all the energy consumed by buildings worldwide is used for space heating and cooling. With the warming climate as well as growing populations and rising standards of living — especially in hot, humid regions of the developing world — the level of cooling and dehumidification needed to ensure comfort and protect human health is predicted to rise precipitously, pushing up global energy demand.

Jul 18, 2018. Posted by Darren Bennett

Engineered green spaces can capture and purify stormwater while delivering ecosystem and recreational benefits, MIT researchers report.

Flooding, on the rise due to climate change, can devastate urban areas and result in drawn-out, costly repairs. Cities are in dire need of new strategies to manage the influx of stormwater. An interdisciplinary team of engineers and urban planners at MIT has now developed a solution: multifunctional urban stormwater wetlands and ponds that seamlessly integrate the control and cleaning of stormwater with ecological and recreational benefits.