Eliyahu (Eli) Keller

Eliyahu (Eli) Keller is an architect, researcher, and author, currently pursuing a PhD. in History, Theory and Criticism of Architecture and Artprogram at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is the co-editor of the forthcoming 46th volume of the department’s peer-reviewed journal Thresholds, to be published in March 2018. Eli holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Israel (Suma Cum Laude) and a Master in Design Studies (History and Philosophy of Design) with Distinction from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He has served as a research assistant for the Harvard-Mellon Urban Initiative and was a member of the Berlin Portal Research Group. His graduate thesis, under the guidance of professors K. Michael Hays and Erika Naginski, was titled ‘Representing Force’ and investigated the work of the visionary architect Lebbeus Woods. He is the recipient of several grants and awards such as the 2016 Dimitris Pikionis Award from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies Traveling Grant, and the 2016 MIT Presidential Fellowship. His work has appeared in various publications such as Horizonte, PLAT, Architext and Thresholds, and a forthcoming book chapter of his will be published in 2019 as part of an edited volume on modernist architecture in Israel. He has also collaborated on the Sleepwalker Archive exhibition at the 2017 Orleans Architecture Biennale Berlin-based curator Lukas Feireiss. Currently, Eli is the co-organizer and instructor in the Migrating the City Workshop at MIT, which is a collaborative project with the Aedes Architecture Forum in Berlin and the Technical University in Berlin, and is supported by a Global Seed Fund Grant from MISTI.

Eli has lectured and served as a visiting critic in various institutions such as Pratt Institute, the Rhode Island School of Design, Boston Architectural College, Bezalel Academy of Arts in Jerusalem, the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Harvard University and MIT. His research engages the intersection of critical theory, representation, and political agency within the design disciplines. He is currently investigating visionary and experimental architectures and imaginary worlds in various media, during and after the late 20th century, while examining them as reactions to sociopolitical, cultural, scientific and technological advancements and transformations.

Areas of Interest
American Art, Art and Technology, Globalization, Graphic Representation, Historiography, Landscape, Modern Architecture, Public Art, Theory of Architecture, Theory of Art, Trauma and Memory, Urban Design, Visualization


2014 - 2016
MDes. History and Philsophy of Design, Harvard University


2016 - 2016
Dimitris Pikionis Award for Outstanding Academic Preformance, Harvard University