150 Years of Architecture at MIT

In 1865, MIT President William Barton Rogers asked architect William Robert Ware to create a course in architecture at the Institute. Ware sought a new pedagogical model for preparing architects for practice. After visiting architecture, design, and trade schools across Europe to observe models of education, he returned to create a program that aimed to synthesize professional, artistic, and humanist pedagogies. Looking towards the future, Ware remarked in his Outline of a Course of Architectural Instruction: “It is the aim of this School to do what it can, in its day and generation, to insure that the Architecture of the future shall be worthy of the future.”

Fall 2018 marks the 150th anniversary of the first course in architecture offered at MIT. 150 years later, MIT Architecture remains committed to leading the world to a more worthy future. From Fall 2018 through Spring 2019, the MIT Architecture community will celebrate this milestone to reflect on its past and present and to envision the future of architectural education at MIT and around the world.

150th Advisory Committee: Andrew Scott, J. Meejin Yoon, Mark Jarzombek, Ana Miljački, Les Norford, Skylar Tibbits, Azra Akšamija, Andreea O'Connell, Paul Pettigrew, Irina Chernyakova, with students and alumni Alexander Hilton Wood, Jessica Pace, Alex Bodkin, Borislav Angelov, and Alex Kobald.