MIT Architecture Fall 2020 online public program

The MIT Department of Architecture is proud to launch our fall 2020 online public program: a series of conversations on where we are now. We will be talking about systemic racism and approaches to support art and design in Black communities; pandemics, inclusion, and history; democracy and data; architecture, power, and democracy; designing for resilience; the refugee crisis; art and slavery and vernacularism and diplomacy in an increasingly transnational, yet divided, world. 

Our department is a collaboration. Beyond the events developed across the department’s diverse approaches to architectural knowledge, students have led us in creating new forms of programming; from online radio stations, like WAWD Radio, to platforms for sharing parts of life that exist out of frame, and film series and conversations from Black History in the United States, to Cinema and the Architectural Imagination. 

We invite you to explore the full public program below and find more details including links to webcasts on our events calendar. Learn more about our public programs, exhibitions, and news at


Fall 2020 Public Program, MIT Department of Architecture

Derek Ham 
Professor and Department Head, NC State University College of Design
“Forming Spatial Narratives”
Presented with the Design and Computation Group
September 17

Michael A Toler
Archnet Content Manager, Aga Khan Documentation Center, MIT Libraries
“Tangier at the Crossroads: Memories of Cosmopolitanism and Dreams of Technological Modernity”
An Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture event
September 21

Azra Akšamija
Associate Professor, MIT Architecture
Presented with the MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology
September 24

Veronica Cedillos
President & CEO GeoHazards International
Presented with the Building Technology Group
October 8

Sara Jensen Carr
Assistant Professor and Program Director, Master of Design Northeastern University
in conversation with
Michael Murphy
Founding Principal and Executive Director, MASS Design Group
October 15

“Data, Magic, and Democracy” 
A panel discussion with Caroline A. Jones, TSI Director; Daniel J. Weitzner, Director, MIT Internet Policy Research Initiative; Patricia Williams, Director, Law, Technology and Ethics Initiatives, Northeastern University; Ethan Zuckerman, Director, Institute for Digital Public Infrastructure, UMass Amherst
A Transmedia Storytelling Initiative (TSI) event
October 19

Charles Davis II
Assistant Professor of Architecture History and Criticism, University at Buffalo, SUNY
Presented with the History, Theory and Criticism of Architecture and Art program
October 22

“The Architecture of Democracy” 
A conversation hosted by Mark Lee and Nicholas de Monchaux, with colleagues from Harvard and MIT
October 28

Eddie Opara
Partner at Pentagram, NY
The Ahmad Tehrani Symposium
November 5

Ikem Stanley Okoye
Associate Professor in the Art History and Africana Departments, University of Delaware
“Elusive Things: Materialities and Spatialities in the vicinity of Nigér”
Presented with the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture
November 12

Emily Anne Williamson
PhD Candidate, Boston University
"Negotiating Uncertainty in an Accra Zongo"
An Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture event
November 16

Walter Hood 
Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley
“Hybrid Landscapes”
The 26th Pietro Belluschi Lecture
November 19

“Teaching Tech”
A panel discussion featuring Bill Baker, SOM; Mohamed Ismail, PhD Candidate, MIT; Caitlin Mueller, Associate Professor, MIT; John Ochsendorf, Professor, MIT; and Christine Theodoropoulos, Dean, CalPoly.
The Edward and Mary Allen Lecture in Structural Design
November 30

The Black Reconstruction Collective
Emanuel Admassu, Germane Barnes, Sekou Cooke, J. Yolande Daniels, Felecia Davis, Mario Gooden, Walter Hood, Olalekan Jeyifous, V. Mitch McEwen, and Amanda Williams
“Black Futures”
December 3

Download our Fall 2020 poster.

Above images: 

1. "The Beerline Trail Neighborhood Development Project," a creative placemaking collaboration convened by the City of Milwaukee, Greater Milwaukee Committee (GMC), Local Initiative Support Corporation (LISC), MKE<->LAX, and Riverworks Development Corporation and Riverworks Business Improvement District (Riverworks). Walter Hood, Hood Design Studio, 2019, Milwaukee, WI.

2. Photocopy of Historic Photograph, Photographer and Date Unknown: EARLY AREA HOMESTEAD - Nicodemus Historic District, Nicodemus, Graham County, KS

3. “I Am A Man” VR Experience, created and directed by Derek Ham in partnership with Oculus