Faculty
Rania Ghosn

Rania Ghosn is Associate Professor of architecture and urbanism at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and founding partner, with El Hadi Jazairy, of DESIGN EARTH. 

Her practice engages the architectural project as a speculative medium to make visible and public the climate crisis. The work of DESIGN EARTH is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York; it has been exhibited at international venues such as the Venice Architecture Biennale, Bauhaus Museum Dessau, Matadero Madrid, SFMOMA, MAAT Lisbon, Triennale di Milano, Sursock Museum, Guangdong Times Museum, Oslo Architecture Triennale, Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism as well as in architecture schools across the U.S., including solo shows at MIT Keller Gallery, Cooper Union Houghton Gallery, and Yale Architecture Gallery. Ghosn is recipient of Architectural League Prize for Young Architects + Designers, Boghossian Foundation Prize, Jacques Rougerie Foundation Award, and ACSA Faculty Design Awards for outstanding work in architecture and related environmental design fields as a critical endeavor.

Her work as an architect and educator charts how technological systems of fossil fuel energy changed the earth, and imagines ways of living with legacy geographies, such as oil fields and landfills, on a damaged planet. Ghosn is editor of New Geographies 2: Landscapes of Energy and co-author of Geographies of Trash (2015), Geostories: Another Architecture for the Environment (2nd ed. 2020; 2018), and The Planet After Geoengineering (2021). Her essays and work are published in Log, Architectural Review, AD: Architectural Design, Avery Review, Journal of Architectural Education, Science Fiction Studies, Harvard Design Magazine, Domus, Volume, San Rocco, Perspecta, Thresholds, and in edited volumes on energy, infrastructure, urbanism, and climate. She is a recipient of recent grants and support for her design research from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology, Leventhal Center for Advanced Urbanism, and University of Michigan Taubman College Research on the City. 

Ghosn holds a Bachelor of Architecture from American University of Beirut, a Master of Geography from University College London, and a Doctor of Design from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, where she completed a dissertation on the Trans-Arabian Pipeline.