Special Subject: Design — The Architecture of the Page: Building Media for Ourselves and Others (summer)

Permission of Instructor


  • Workshop occurs in Summer 2020 but registration is for the Fall 2020 term.
  • Expected number of work hours per week: 15
  • To enroll, please contact the instructor or TA of the class first.

Our Department will be able to make increasing use of physical space this fall. But we will continue to face an essential loss in our ambient and active engagement with each other's work in physical space. To help fill this gap, we are prototyping a new kind of publication to channel and record our work, conversations, and life together.

Advancing architecture through print and other media is not new; indeed, we are an increasingly mediated profession and professional culture. But conceiving how to regularly publish our department’s life and work takes new skills and new thinking as well.

This course will take the form of a 9-week workshop, focused on growing expertise in the mechanics and and skills of print publication — typography, grids, formats and distribution strategy – reimagined for our current age. The workshop will also help conceive the title, format, content, and mission of our new department publication, but also leave students better able to frame and strategize the publication and dissemination of their own work as well.

Joining Nicholas de Monchaux to teach the course will be Miko McGinty, an award-winning New York City-based publication designer, as well as MIT Architecture Communication Director Amanda Moore. We will be joined by other guests and experts in architectural media, including Florian Idenburg and MIT Press editor and former head of AA Publications Thomas Weaver.

Students taking the course will have the option to continue work with the publication through the fall and spring of 2020-2021 and further.