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Feb 19, 2015. Posted by Darren Bennett

Alumnus Robert Robinson Taylor, the country's first academically trained black architect and MIT's first African-American graduate, is featured in the Black Heritage series of stamps by the US Postal Service.

Taylor went on to contribute significantly to the development of both the curriculum and the campus of Tuskegee University. 

Read more about this on MIT News.

Feb 17, 2015. Posted by Darren Bennett

NADAAA, the firm of Nader Tehrani, in association with Himma Studio, won honorable mention for their design of the Ordos 20+10 Office Complex, in Ordos, Inner Mongolia, China. The project overcame a number of difficult obstacles. Read more on

Feb 12, 2015. Posted by Darren Bennett

"Collective-LOK – a collaboration between Jon Lott (PARA-Project), William O'Brien Jr. (WOJR) and Michael Kubo (over,under) – designed the winning submission, selected from over 120 entries by 1000 public voters and an official competition jury."

Feb 04, 2015. Posted by Darren Bennett

Dean Hashim Sarkis talks with Jim Braude and Margery Eagan about Boston architecture, present and future, and to discuss some of the mayor's new planning initiatives.

Feb 05, 2015 - 5:30 PM
Wolk Gallery, 7-338  
Feb 03, 2015. Posted by Irina Chernyakova

Building Discourse is a collection of nearly fifty faculty members’ research and design projects. The projects collected represent the recent work of faculty in all five discipline groups: Architectural Design; Art, Culture and Technology; History, Theory and Criticism; Building Technology; and Computation. The exhibition reveals the rich, multifarious, and heterogeneous research interests and works of the faculty through an equally varied collection of artifacts including books, pamphlets, models, objects, drawings, diagrams, and photographs.

Jan 30, 2015. Posted by Olivia Huang

Matter Design, founded by MIT's Brandon Clifford with Wes McGee, is interviewed for ARCHITECT Magazine's "Next Progressives" series. Discover the pair's unique take on digital fabrication, historical techniques, and design thinking, as well as what they are working on next!

Jan 19, 2015. Posted by Irina Chernyakova

The first four pieces of stone for the Collier Memorial arrived this morning from Wisconsin and installation will begin this Wednesday. The Collier Memorial is designed by Höweler + Yoon Architecture, led by Head of the Department and Professor J. Meejin Yoon and Eric Höweler, with Professor John Ochsendorf and Ochsendorf DeJong and Block Consulting Engineers. The Memorial honors Sean Collier and his service to MIT. 

Jan 19, 2015. Posted by Irina Chernyakova

Quarra Stone and Matter Design announce the first annual Quarra Matter Fellowship. This fellowship is a research position as part of an ongoing industry/academy collaborative research project between Quarra Stone and Matter Design on advancing digital agendas in the material stone.

Jan 21, 2015. Posted by Olivia Huang

Associate Professor William O'Brien Jr and his firm WOJR is currently exhibiting a show entitled "Artifacts – Seven Objects Since Rome" at Jai & Jai Gallery in LA. Read the project text below and check out the website for more details and photos!

Jan 16, 2015. Posted by Olivia Huang

Nader Tehrani and Katie Faulkner of NADAAA talk to ARCHITECT Magazine about their research and work. Watch the video for the interview:


Jan 11, 2015. Posted by Olivia Huang

The Architecture department is sponsoring an IAP course on contemporary art and critique. Sign up is unnecessary but encouraged and students may attend individual or all sessions. More information here:

Jan 10, 2015. Posted by Olivia Huang

Ana Vargas' project, "Tracing Public Space" wins the Dubai International Award for Best Practice. The project innovates on public space in Mumbai, India and encourages and empowers locals to shape their own public spaces. It was developed at MIT with support from the Tata Center for Technology and Design and Professor Miho Mazereeuw of the Urban Risk Lab. Read more here: and congratulations Ana!

Jan 08, 2015. Posted by Darren Bennett

$118M to Promote Social Responsibility in the Real Estate Profession 

Jan 07, 2015. Posted by Darren Bennett

Exploring Design: Thinking Through Making

4.s10 is a studio-based class focusing on making. We will have guest spots from top names in the Department: Anton Garcia-Abril, Azra Aksimija, Larry Sass, and John Ochsendorf. 

If you have non-Architecture freshman friends, but you think they belong in the Tribe, have them take this class with you because it is going to be INCREDIBLE!

Dec 23, 2014. Posted by Darren Bennett

In a collaborative project with the Media Lab's Camera Culture group, Autodesk Inc. and Stratasys Ltd., the Self Assembly Lab is researching "programmable matter," that allows printed objects to alter shape in predetermined ways due to environmental influences.

Dec 18, 2014 - 9:00 AM
E-14-674, E15-001  
Dec 16, 2014. Posted by Darren Bennett

The M.Arch Thesis final review is Thursday, December 18, 2014, from 9 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. in E-14-674 (and E15-001 - The Cube), with a reception to follow in the Winter Garden.

Nineteen students will be presenting their thesis work for review by the thesis committees and a panel of critics. Thesis abstracts are available here

Dec 12, 2014 - 4:51 PM
Dec 11, 2014. Posted by Darren Bennett

The SMArchS Pre-Thesis/Thesis Review is Friday, December 12, 2014, from 10:15 am to 4:45 pm in Rooms 9-450A, 9-450B, and 9-451.  A downloadable pamphlet with a schedule may be downloaded.  See link in right column.

Nov 20, 2014. Posted by Anne Deveau

The 2015 Society of Architectural Historians Conference meets from April 15th to the 19th in Chicago, Illinois, and twelve people from the Department of Architecture's communities will present papers there. The list shows the presenters and their MIT degree(s), their current affiliation, the title of the paper to be delivered, and the conference session information.


Nov 18, 2014. Posted by Darren Bennett

In this exhibition, the POPlab at MIT- lead by architects Anton Garcia-Abril and Debora Mesa- is participating in collaboration with other professionals to propose alternatives to single-minded redevelopment strategies in Mumbai. These alternatives prevent the automatic disqualification of homegrown neighborhoods (commonly referred to as ’slums’) to present them not as tabula rasa but as a 'tabula pronta' with real value to drive any urban project.

Nov 12, 2014. Posted by Darren Bennett

The European Center for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies and the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design announced their picks for the "most promising and emerging design talent in Europe for 2014." Cristina Parreño Alonso earned this distinction for three projects: Paper Chandeliers;

Nov 13, 2014 - 9:00 AM
77 Massachusetts Avenu...  
Sep 16, 2014. Posted by Darren Bennett
Thank you to the many who joined us for our Open House on November 11th!  We enjoyed meeting you and sharing our work, and hope that the open house was informative.  If you were not able to join us, enjoy the pictures above of this exciting day.  If you have any unanswered questions or want to discuss anything regarding the admissions process, please check the website or email  We look forward to seeing your applications!   


Nov 08, 2014 - 3:30 AM
W-16, Kresge Auditoriu...  
Oct 30, 2014. Posted by Darren Bennett

A memorial celebration to honor the late Otto Piene, professor emeritus of Visual Design and director of the Center for Advanced Visual Studies from 1974 - 1994. Continuing to Memorial Lobby (Building 10) for a reception from 5 - 6 p.m.

Hosted by Mark Jarzombek, interim dean of the School of Architecture + Planning, and Renee Green, director of the MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology.

Open to the general public.

For more information, contact:

Scott Campbell

Oct 23, 2014. Posted by Darren Bennett

Practicing Architect and Prominent Scholar of Architecture and Urbanism

By Peter Dizikes

Hashim Sarkis — a prominent scholar of architecture and urbanism, a practicing architect whose works have been built in the United States and the Middle East, and a leading expert on design in the Middle East — has been named the new dean of MIT’s School of Architecture and Planning (SA+P), effective in January.

Oct 23, 2014. Posted by Darren Bennett

Miho Mazereeuw and her Urban Risk Lab are working to help disaster-prone areas better plan for emergencies.

Preemptive Design Saving Cities on Spectrum

Oct 22, 2014. Posted by Darren Bennett

After five years and delays from a major flood, "Skipping Stone Bridge," finally connects Calgary's East Village to St. Patrick's Island and the Memorial Drive pathway. Officially called St. Patrick's Bridge, the foot bridge cost $25 million and is expected to serve 4,000 people a day. 

Designed by architect Jean-Francois Blassel of RFR, the design team includes Christian Rieser, Michael McDonagh, Daniel Garcia, Minh Nguyen, Richard Aeck, Akio Sassa, Andreas Schnubel, Raphael Royer de Vericourt, Adrien Quaglia, and Eloi de Durand.

Nov 18, 2014 - 1:00 PM
Oct 15, 2014. Posted by Site Admin

Return, revisit, reacquaint, remember, renew and reinvent with faculty, alumni, and current students. End the afternoon with a cocktail reception during which alumni are invited to present posters of their work, converse with faculty members, and network with participants.

Click Here to Register by November 10

Oct 16, 2014. Posted by Darren Bennett

Preparations have begun for the construction of the memorial to MIT Officer Sean Collier.

Oct 16, 2014. Posted by Darren Bennett

PhD student Dina El-Zanfaly helped to establish a successful fabrication lab in Egypt after taking the subject, "How to Make (Almost) Anything. Read the whole story, here:

Oct 14, 2014. Posted by Darren Bennett

A question and answer session with Mapdwell Co-Founder Eduardo Berlin. Mapdwell founders include Christoph Reinart and Alstan Jakubiec (PhD '14).

Oct 10, 2014. Posted by Darren Bennett

With contributions from NADAAA, the firm of Professor Nader Tehrani, as well as nARCHITECTS, co-founded by Mimi Huang (MA'93), with several committee members from the Department, MIT Architecture is helping to design our future campus.

Oct 03, 2014. Posted by Tonya Miller

Assistant Professor Lauren Jacobi will present at the New England Renaissance Conference (NERC) on October 11, 2014 held at the University of New Hampshire in Durham, NH.  The focus of the conference this year is "Cultures of Credit and Debt in Medieval & Early Modern Europe".

Sep 26, 2014. Posted by Darren Bennett

Students Suk Lee, Beomki Lee and Daeho Lee (MArch '14) won the Holcim Main Prize in the New Generation category for Pleura Pod, and has been published in PASAJES Arquitectura Magazine, Madrid.

More information is available on the Holcim website,


Sep 23, 2014. Posted by Darren Bennett

Sheila Kennedy and J. Frano Violich were awarded for the Chrysanthemum Building in Boston's North End, an affordable residential urban infill development. 

Additional information about the award is available on the Holcim Foundation website,

Please join us in congratulating Professor Kennedy on yet another distinction.

Sep 23, 2014. Posted by Darren Bennett

Beth has three of sculptures included in "Branching Out: Trees as Art," opening on Saturday, September 27 at the Peabody Essex Museum. The exhibition is on view for one year, through September 20, 2015. Read More: is "Tangle," a 300-foot-long rope made of acorn caps collected from under a single red oak in Boston's Arnold Arboretum.

Sep 22, 2014. Posted by Darren Bennett

Congratulations to Christoph Reinhart, leader of MIT's Sustainable Design Lab and finalist in this year's Innovation by Design Awards for his data visualization project Mapdwell! Read more about it here: