Fall 2022 public program

MIT’s Department of Architecture is pleased to announce our fall 2022 public program; a continuing conversation on where we are now, hosted at our department’s unique intersection of design and research.

This semester, we will confront and complicate carbon-free building practices, designs for good health, quarantine histories & futures, social responsibility, the ‘Climatic Turn,’ colonial building on Indigenous lands, power systems, and, as ever, designing for the unknown. At each event, we invite in-person visitors and remote audiences to study and question how architecture shapes the ways we move within, around, and through the spaces we take up, be they physical or immaterial, real or imagined.

This series is a collaboration between the faculty, staff, and students of MIT’s Department of Architecture, which includes architects, designers, urbanists, historians, critics, theorists, artists, social entrepreneurs, and experts in computation and building technology. This semester, we will also inaugurate our collaboration with MIT’s new Morningside Academy for Design, and an urgent conversation on design and its possibilities across the entire MIT campus, and into the world beyond.

Alongside these academic programs and public events, student- and faculty-run exhibits, publications and platforms challenge and shape our agenda. Fall 2022 features two exhibitions in The Keller Gallery: Tracing Queerness: Archiving the Ephemeral, opening September 16 and Black City: De Facto and De Jure Restrictive Topographies, opening October 21.

Events are held in-person, and streamed on our FacebookInstagram, and Twitter channels. Lectures are posted afterward on our YouTube channel. We invite you to explore the full public program below and find more details including links to webcasts on our events calendar

Fall 2022 public program, MIT Department of Architecture

September 15: España vacía, España llena
A conversation with the directors of the XV Bienal Española de Arquitectura y Urbanismo. Presented with the Architecture and Urbanism Program

September 22: Coauthoring
Ana Miljački & Ann Lui in conversation with Lisa Haber-Thomson, Timothy Hyde, Cristina Parreño Alonso & J. Yolande Daniels. Presented with the Architecture and Urbanism Program.

September 29: Michelle Kaufmann
Google’s Director of R&D for the Built Environment, “Designing for the Unknown.” Presented by the Building Technology Group.

October 3: Namita Dharia
Architect and Socio-Cultural Anthropologist, RISD, “The Industrial Ephemeral: Labor and Love in Indian Architecture and Construction.” Presented by the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture.

October 6: Anton García-Abril
Professor of Architecture, MIT, “#mattertodata.” Presented with the Architecture and Urbanism Program.

October 13: Manuel Shvartzberg Carrió
Assistant Professor, Department of Urban Studies & Planning, UC San Diego
“Jurisdictional Technics: Mid-Century Modernism on Native American Land”
Presented with the History, Theory & Criticism Program

October 17: Cooking Sections
Daniel Fernández Pascual and Alon Schwabe, “When [Salmon Salmon [Salmon]].” Presented with the Art, Culture, and Technology Program.

October 18: Morningside Academy for Design Inaugural Conference
“The Power of Design”

October 20: Geoff Manaugh and Nicola Twilley
“Until Proven Safe: The History and Future of Quarantine”
Presented with the Architecture and Urbanism Program

October 24: Menna Agha
Architect and Researcher, Carleton University, “Disembodied Territoriality or how to be displaced from where you have been?” Presented by the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture.

October 27: Matthias Sauerbruch & Louisa Hutton with Mark Wigley
“draw love build.” The Ahmad Tehrani Symposium

November 10: Jürg Conzett
The Edward and Mary Allen Lecture in Structural Design. Presented with the Building Technology Group

November 14: Todd Reisz
Architect and Writer, Amsterdam, “City as a Geofact.” Presented by the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture.

November 17: Dina El-Zanfaly
Presented with the Design and Computation Group

November 21: Lydia Harrington
AKPIA@MIT Postdoctoral Fellow, “‘Improve and Reform Them’: Manufacturing Citizenship and Goods in the Vocational School of Late Ottoman Baghdad." Presented by the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture.

December 1: MIT Whitney Young event

Our fall 2022 public program is supported in-part by the Arthur H. Schein (1951) Memorial Fund.