MIT Architecture welcomes Rosalyne Shieh and Hans Tursack, 2018-2019 Fellows

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. Rosalyne and Hans will be teaching design studios and graduate seminars while pursuing independent research; they will each share the work through public programs in Spring 2019.

Rosalyne Shieh is a founder of SCHAUM/SHIEH, a collaborative practice based in New York City and Houston, TX. In her research project, Lessons in Prosaic Form: Informal Material Culture in Taiwan, Rosalyne aims to produce an ‘erratic atlas’ fashioned from archival findings, imagistic descriptions, interviews, and photographs. In focusing on the intersections of personal histories, material culture, and the built environment, she hopes to create new ways of thinking on today’s complex issues of culture, identity, and site. Rosalyne will teach studio and a workshop this year. The workshop, Self and Work, looks at collapsing personal and objective knowledge to construct a multi-layered image of place.

SCHAUM/SHIEH recently completed a ground-up building for the Transart Foundation in Houston; ongoing projects include a masterplan for the Judd Foundation and a building restoration for the Chinati Foundation, both in Marfa, Texas. They have exhibited at the Venice Biennale and the Storefront for Art and Architecture. They were 2017 MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program finalists and a 2016 AIA New Practice New York. Rosalyne has taught at Yale, The Cooper Union, Syracuse, and the University of Michigan, where she was a Taubman Fellow in Architecture. She is also a MacDowell Fellow. She holds an M.Arch. from Princeton, an M.Sc. in Architectural History from The Bartlett, and a B.A. from Berkeley. She is a licensed architect in the state of New York.


Hans Tursack is a designer and artist from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. With the Belluschi Fellowship, Hans will be teaching design studios and an experimental seminar exploring contemporary compositional trends in visual studies developed under the influence of video game environments, physics engines, 3D painting softwares, and contemporary sculpture. Hans’ year-long research and design project will channel form-generation techniques developed in Post-Minimal art during the 1970s and 80s through animation software and digital fabrication techniques. The theoretical-historical research will be paired with an exhibition of models, representational experiments, and 1:1 prototypes to be exhibited in the Keller Gallery during the Spring semester.

Hans received a BFA in studio art from the Cooper Union School of Art, and an M.Arch from the Princeton University School of Architecture where he was the recipient of the Underwood Thesis Prize. He recently received the Willard A. Oberdick teaching/design fellowship from the University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and a MacDowell Colony Fellowship. Before coming to Michigan, Hans worked in the offices of LEVENBETTS Architects, SAA/Stan Allen Architecture, and Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects. His writing and scholarly work have appeared in Pidgin MagazineThresholds JournalLogJournalDimensions Journal, Archinect, and the Architect’s Newspaper. His visual work has been exhibited in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. This fall, Hans will be exhibiting a large-scale outdoor installation with Viola Ago titled Transfers at Art Omi: Architecture in Ghent, NY.


Image credits:

1. Left, Rosalyne Shieh, credit Yuko Torihara; Right, Hans Tursack

2. Penghu, Taiwan: Seaweed Sorting Station (2013), Rosalyne Shieh

3. Graphic Fields, Composition V (publication), Hans Tursack