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Aug 19, 2015. Posted by Darren Bennett

Höweler + Yoon's ShadowPlay opened recently in downtown Phoenix, Arizona. The project is a public parasol at an urban scale formed by an aggregation of geometric modules. Together, the modules create a hovering canopy which filters the intense Phoenix sun, casting variable shadows on the pedestrian space throughout the day. Photovoltaic panels mounted to the top surface of several cells generates the power to illuminate the parasol in the evening. 

Jul 24, 2015. Posted by Darren Bennett

Timothy Hyde is guest editor of the latest issue of the peer-reviewed Journal of Architectural Education. Entitled "Crisis," the issue includes an editorial by Hyde, as well as the work of Rania Ghosn and alumna Panayiota Pyla (PhD'02).

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Jun 12, 2015. Posted by Darren Bennett

Elizabeth Yarina is the first runner-up for the 2015 RAMSA Travel Fellowship, while alumna Kayla Manning, BSAD '11, received honorable mention. 

Yarina's runner-up proposal, Littoral Urbanism: Vernacular Stilt Architecture Communities as Models for Coastal Living, "impressed the judges for its clarity."

Jun 10, 2015. Posted by Darren Bennett

Caleb Harper, SM '14, and Research Scientist and lecturer for the Department of Architecture, Skylar Tibbits, were recently named among National Geographic's 2015 Emerging Explorers. Four were chosen from the School of Architecture + Planning, including two from the Media Lab.

Jun 05, 2015. Posted by Darren Bennett

Architectural Design Professor Sheila Kennedy's work with inexpensive materials to create flexible public infrastructure, such as cardboard street lights, is featured in a CBS News video. Prof. Kennedy describes the project and its applications, and discusses the ideas behind it. In her position as visiting professor at UC Berkeley, where she is the 2014 Berkeley-Rupp Prize winner, she has developed a studio called Here There to design practical solutions for the developing world. 

Jun 02, 2015. Posted by Darren Bennett

The Eyeo Festival is celebrating its fifth year with talks, workshops and interactions with open source instigators and practitioners.

J. Meejin Yoon will present "Interactive Play in Public Space" as the keynote lecture on Tuesday, June 2.

Jun 01, 2015. Posted by Hannah Loomis

Landing Studio, founded in 2005 by Marie Adams (MArch ’06) and Dan Adams, was named one of the six recipients of the 2015 Architectural League Young Architects and Designers Award. Landing Studio’s work focuses on the intersections of architecture, infrastructure, and landscape in industrial settings, which often dwell in uneasy alliance. Their clients and projects range from port facilities and ocean transport to demolition plans and shared industrial/public park landscapes.

May 28, 2015. Posted by Irina Chernyakova

Beomki Lee, M.Arch '15, wins 3rd Prize for his thesis project, [ME]morial in the International Architecture Thesis Awards 2014. [ME]morial creates a new relationship between individual memory and the individual in order to create a physical environment which offers a new way of experiencing memorial space. The project proposed a new memorial architecture for the victims of the March 2011 tsunami in the Tohoku region in Japan.

May 18, 2015. Posted by Darren Bennett

Undergraduate student in Architecture, Tiandra Ray, found the "perfect fit" joining her interests in architecture with community building. 

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May 15, 2015. Posted by Olivia Huang

Jie Zhang, who recently earned her MArch in February 2015, was named winner of the Student award for her environmentally-conscious “Thirsty House” design that acknowledges the scarcity of water as a resource. Morgan Gerdel, AIA, who received his B.S. in Art and Design in January 2000, was honored with the Small Spaces award for his 1,000-square-foot, LEED-certified  “Maui Cottage” which aims to be energy and material efficient.

May 14, 2015. Posted by Hannah Loomis

Marie Adams (MArch '06) and Dan Adams, Landing Studio, are recipients of The Architectural League Prize 2015: Authenticity. Marie and Dan founded Landing Studio in 2005; clients and projects include port facilities, demolition plans, ocean transport, and shared industrial/public park spaces. Their project 99 Marginal St. was exhibited at the Keller Gallery in 2013. Landing Studio is also one of five Boston-based architecture practices to participate in the 2015 Design Biennial Boston.

Apr 30, 2015. Posted by Darren Bennett

The MIT Program in Science, Technology, and Society awarded the 2015 Benjamin Siegel prize to "CONTESTED LANDSCAPES: Staking Claims in Michigan’s Copper Country," by Elizabeth Yarina, a joint Masters student in Architecture and City Planning. They noted:

Apr 23, 2015. Posted by Darren Bennett

Elizabeth Yarina is a winner in the  AIA Committee on the Environment/ACSA first annual AIA COTE Top Ten For Students Competition.

Apr 10, 2015. Posted by Darren Bennett

The Market Street Prototyping Festival in San Francisco displays research that viewers decided should move from "prototype to reality." MIT's Urban RISK Lab was selected for its Emergency Preparedness Hub, on display on the corner of Market and Hayes Streets from April 9-11.

Mar 26, 2015. Posted by Darren Bennett

Space Packing Architecture: The Life and Work of Alfred Neumann, the first-ever exhibition on the Czech architect Alfred Neumann, opens at Cabinet of Architecture (Kabinet architektury) in Ostrava on April 2, 2015. Accompanied by architectural models and life-size spatial units constructed especially for the show, this exhibition focuses on Neumann’s major design projects in Israel from the 1960s, undertaken with his collaborators Zvi Hecker and Eldar Sharon, and explores his vision for a new kind of modern architecture.

Mar 18, 2015. Posted by Darren Bennett

Matter Design and Quarra Stone have announced this week that Dustin Brugmann of the University of Michigan and Luisel Zayas of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have been selected as the inaugural 2015 QuarraMatter Fellows.

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."

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 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 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 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 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 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