Student
Malcolm Rio

Malcolm Rio, Rio for short, is a graphic and architectural designer and thinker from Amherst, Massachusetts. Before coming to MIT, Rio was an inaugural AICAD teaching-fellow positioned at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore, Maryland, where he taught graphic design, architectural design, and foundation studio courses. During his tenure at MICA, Rio's research focused the class and racial exploitation of mobile network technologies that hollow out the transit systems of medium-sized cities in the US post-industrial landscape. His current research interests (in partnership with Aaron Tobey, YSOA) investigates the relationship between data analysis and urban planning to produce new forms of subaltern or "blackened" citizenship. Their recent work, Bias By Design, was presented at the "Architecture, Natures & Data: The Politics of Environments" conference in Estonia. Rio obtained his Master of Architecture (M.Arch) from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), and his Bachelor of Science in Philosophy and Bachelor of Fine Art in graphic design from Towson University. 

Rio is the acting Vice-Chair of Outreach for the Diversity and Inclusion Subcommittee (DIS) at MIT.

Areas of Interest
Economic Development, Feminism, Gender Studies, Globalization, Graphic Representation, Infrastructure Systems, Modern Architecture, Orientalism, Postcolonialism, Social Equity, Theory of Architecture, Theory of Urbanism, Transportation and Mobility, Urban Information, Technology, and Media and Analytics, Visualization

Education

Present -
Master of Science in Architectural Studies (SMArchS), Urbanism, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2012 - 2015
Master of Architecture (M.Arch), Rhode Island School of Design
2008 - 2012
Bachelor of Science, philosophy, Towson University
2008 - 2012
Bachelor of Fine Art, graphic design, Towson University

Academic Experience

2017 - Present
Visiting Lecturer, Rhode Island School of Design
2015 - 2017
ACAID Teaching-Fellow, Maryland Institute College of Art
2013 - 2015
Graduate Teaching Assistant, Rhode Island School of Design

Professional Experience

2013 - 2013
Architecture Intern, BigPrototype, LLC.
2010 - 2012
Graphic Design Intern, Towson University Design Center

Awards

2015 - 2017
AICAD Post-Graduate Teaching Fellowship, Association of Independent College of Art & Design
2015 - 2015
Graduate Commencement Speaker, Rhode Island School of Design
2015 - 2015
Alpha Rho Chi Medal, RISD Department of Architecture
2015 - 2015
Graduate Student Conference Fund, RISD Graduate Studies Grant
2014 - 2014
Architectural Studies Travel Grant (Sri Lanka), RISD Department of Architecture
2012 - 2015
Graduate Fellowship, RISD Department of Architecture
2012 - 2012
Undergraduate Research Committee Travel Grant, Towson University
2012 - 2012
Scholarship for Environmental Initiatives & Social Change, Towson University, Department of Art + Design
2011 - 2011
Undergraduate Research Committee Travel Grant, Towson University
2010 - 2010
American In-house Design Award, GDUSA Magazine

Exhibitions

2017 - 2017
"Bias by Design", Architectures, Natures & Data: The Politics of Environments | Estonian Academy of Arts | Tallinn, Estonia
2016 - 2016
“Black Mobility Matters”, Digital-Cultural Ecology and the Medium-Sized City | University of West England | Bristol, U.K.
2015 - 2015
“Archiving A Revolution”, The Left Forum | John Jay University | New York, New York
2012 - 2012
“A Post-capitalist Design”, AIGA: Ink & Pixels | Maryland Institute College of Art | Baltimore, Maryland
2012 - 2012
“Eastern Thanatology”, Towson University Student Research & Scholarship Expo | Towson University | Towson, Maryland
2012 - 2012
“Economics, Art, & Design in the Occupation”, The Left Forum | Pace University | New York, New York
2012 - 2012
“Gender Binaries & Heteronormative Dominance”, NGLTF: Creating Change Conference | Baltimore, Maryland
2011 - 2011
“oSTEM Panel”, National Out for Work Conference | Washington, D.C.
2011 - 2011
“A Philosophical Discussion on the Meaning of Life & Death”, Mid Atlantic Region Association for Asian Studies Conference | Princeton University | Princeton, New Jersey
2011 - 2011
“Hypersensitivity as a Byproduct of Otherism”, BMORE Proud Leadership Summit | John Hopkins University | Baltimore, Maryland