150 Years of

1868—2018

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 and the oldest school of architecture in the United States. From Fall 2018 through Spring 2019, the MIT Architecture community will celebrate this milestone to reflect on our 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.

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Experiments in Pedagogy

The Experiments in Pedagogy are tests and provocations. Selected from an open call, the Experiments allow students and faculty to take on topics and modes of inquiry that do not fit into the current curriculum. They are an invitation to students and faculty to investigate new models, formats, and topics of learning, design, and research.

To enable this, we have created a special subject for these projects (4.S14). Students can receive up to 12 credits (maximum 4 Experiments) over the Fall semester and IAP; this course can fulfill an open elective. Experiments range from 3 to 6 credits; meeting times vary widely though we have tried as much as possible to avoid overlaps. All Experiments will have a public event or review open to all.

OVERVIEW
September 4, Course Preview, 2 PM in the Long Lounge

INFO SESSION
September 7, 12 PM in the Long Lounge 

QUESTIONS
Faculty leads are Mark Jarzombek and J. Meejin Yoon. Irina Chernyakova, ich@mit.edu, and Danniely Staback, dstaback@mit.edu, are coordinating the Experiments. Renée Caso, yammie@mit.edu, can answer questions related to credit hours.

Additional details on the courses, credits, and registration is available here.

Registration is via signup.mit.edu/experiments by September 7. We will confirm participation soon after.

 

6 CREDITS

  • SPACE/DANCE STUDIO
    Mark Jarzombek & Richard Colton with The Neave Trio
    October 22 - December 10
    Exact meeting times to be decided among participants.  
  • EARTH ON DISPLAY: THE ANTHROPOCENE MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY
    Rania Ghosn
    September 10 - November 26
    Mondays, 10-1 PM 
  • AGIT ARCH EXPERIMENTS
    Ana Miljacki/Critical Broadcasting Lab with Ann Lui and Mimi Zeiger; Luke Bulman; Felicity Scott and Mark Wasiuta
    Weekends: October 12-14; November 2-4; November 16-18; December 2-3
  • FEAR AND WONDER: THE SHAPE OF THE FUTURE
    Liam Young
    Weekends: September 28-30; October 26-28; November 16-18
  • TRANSENSATIONAL OBJECTS: A STUDIO ON INCLUSIVE DESIGN
    Maroula Bacharidou & Athina Papadopoulou
    IAP: January 7-31, 2019

 

3 CREDITS

  • STRUCTURAL UPCYCLING
    Caitlin Mueller, Feliz Amtsberg, Yijiang Huang, Demi Fang, Paul Mayencourt, and Daniel Marshall with Jason Detwiler and the City of Somerville
    Saturdays (4): September 8, September 15, October 6, October 13 / Review October 18
  • PAPER SPACE: CREATIVE WRITING AND ARCHITECTURE
    Sarah Wagner & Stratton Coffman with Garnette Cadogan, Dorothea Lasky, Ken Urban
    Saturdays/Sundays (3): September 15, 2-5 PM; October 20, 1-4 PM; November 18, 7-10 PM
    Additional writing clinics (3), dates TBC among participants. 
  • SELF / WORK
    Rosalyne Shieh
    October - December
    Exact meeting times to be decided among participants. 
  • VIRTUAL DESIGN STUDIO
    Eytan Mann & Cagri Zaman
    Weekends: October 13-14 and October 20-21  / Review: October 30
  • ARCHITECTURAL ACCESS: CODE AND CARE
    Gabriel Cira and Emily Watlington with Sara Hendren and Wendy Jacob; David Gissen; Mara Mills and the Biomechatronics Lab; Aime Hamraie, David Mitchell and Sharon Snyder; Additional guests TBC.
    Evening lectures and conversations: November 6, 7, 15, 16
    Discussion times to be determined among participants.

 VARIABLE CREDITS AND CORE STUDIOS

  • MONUMENTS IN PERSPECTIVE
    Erin Genia
    Open program, October 27-28; Rain date November 3-4
  • VISUALIZING 150 YEARS OF ARCHITECTURE AT MIT
    E Roon Kang and Richard
    Variable Credits
    Workshop, September 20-21 
  • CAPTIVATING CHARACTER
    Architecture Design Core 1 Studio with Joshua Longo
    Open to Core 1 students only, no additional credits.
  • ROBOTIC FORCE PRINTING (4.181)
    Philippe Block & Philip Yuan with Tongji University, Shanghai
    IAP; *Note that this workshop is limited enrollment and will require a separate application/registration. Details forthcoming. 

Alumni Receptions & Celebrations

Alumni events are coordinated by Paul Pettigrew (MArch '88) with the MIT Architecture Alumni Affinity Group (MITArchA). Be in touch with any questions!

2018

  • January 25 - 26, 2018
    MIT Hong Kong Innovation Node
    Hong Kong, Kowloon, Hong Kong
    Organized with Sean Kwok (BSAD '97, MITArch '01), MIT Club of Hong Kong. and the MIIT Hong Kong Innovation Node
  • June 22, 2018
    New Museum for Contemporary Art
    New York, NY
    Organized with Kenneth Namkung (MArch '03; VP Club of New York) and Jacob Kain (MArch '00; MITArchA President)
  • September 21 - 22, 2018
    MITArchA Annual Meeting:
    09/22/2018, 12:30 PM
    MIT Alumni Leadership Conference
    Cambridge, MA
  • October 16, 2018
    The Olympic Club, City Clubhouse
    San Francisco
    Organized with Pamela Tang (MArch '83; SMCE '85; MITArchA VP of Programs)

2019

  • April 12-13 2019
    Symposium & Alumni Open House at MIT
    Cambridge, MA

Conversations on Practice

Fall 2018 Conversations on Practice are organized by Yolande Daniels, Bob Mohr, Andrew Scott, and J. Meejin Yoon, with the Professional Practice course. Conversations aim to engage in productive dialogue about the current and future of practice, by focusing on the airing of critical, timely, and urgent questions facing architectural practice today.

Conversations take place on Friday mornings - September 28, October 19, and November 9 – from 9 AM - 12 PM, in the Long Lounge, Room 7-429.

 

  • September 28, 2018
    Marcel Botha, Liz Burow, and James Shen
    Practice PLUS: Limits | Frontiers
    Limits | Frontiers will explore alternate, divergent, or expanded modes of practice that leverage design and architecture in new contexts and economies. From working community interfaces, to new forms of manufacturing, work and fabrication, to design constructors, to working with emerging sources of capital and resources, architects are positioning themselves as being proactive entrepreneurs who are rethinking the role of the architect.
  • October 19, 2018
    Practice PLUS: Power | Equity
    An exploration and airing of the subjects of power, patriarchy, and equity within the profession.
  • November 9, 2018
    Practice PLUS: Humanity | Dignity
    An exploration of meaning, and why we do what we do – architecture in the service of humanity, social justice, and dignity.

Exhibit, MIT Museum

In collaboration with Ann Neumann, Director of Exhibitions, Gary van Zante, Curator of Architecture and Design, and Daryl McCurdy, Curatorial Associate

February 2019 - October 2019
Opening: February 14, 2019
Thomas Peterson '57 Gallery, MIT Museum


 

Design in Action Symposium & Alumni Open House

Organized by Brandon Clifford, Sheila Kennedy, Les Norford, Andrew Scott, Skylar Tibbits, J. Meejin Yoon

April 12-13, 2019
Cambridge, MA