Alena Titova

Alena’s background as an artist informs her approach to architecture. She uses mark-making as a means of exploration rather than a definitive answer or solution to a problem. Prior to starting her M.Arch at MIT, Alena studied Political & Social Thought at the University of Virginia where she wrote her thesis on Russian avant-garde art and architecture as a lens through which to view socioeconomic developments in the immediate post-Russian Civil War era.

Areas of Interest
Art and Technology, Community Development, Fine Arts, Housing, Public Art, Sustainability, Theory of Art, Transportation and Mobility


2020 - Present
MArch, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2016 - 2020
B.A. with Highest Distinction in Political & Social Thought, University of Virginia

Academic Experience

2021 -
4.s14 'Slow Design Through Hand-Drawing' — Formulated & Taught, MIT
2021 -
Infrastructure Policy Research — John Ochsendorf & Caitlin Mueller, MIT
2021 -
Woodshop monitor, MIT


2020 - Present
Graduate Fellowship, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2021 -
Featured Artist in "Open Call", Original Magazine
2020 -
Madison Lane and Rugby Road Charitable Trust Visual Arts Prize Finalist, University of Virginia
2017 -
Featured Artist, The Virginia Literary Review
2016 -
Winston Scholarship in Two-Dimensional Art, National Society of Arts and Letters