2:00pm 2:00pm

Exclusive Private Tour & Tasting at the Spencer Trappist Brewery, Spencer, MA



Opened in 2014, Spencer Brewery is one of ten breweries run and operated by Trappist monks, and is the first of its kind outside Europe.
The tour of the award winning, state-of-the-art facilities will be led by a member of St. Joseph's Abbey and the brewery's architect, Li Lian Tan, M.Arch '00. A beer sampling in their tasting room will follow the tour.
Spencer Brewery is closed to the public but we have managed to secure a one-time private tour that will coincide with peak foliage season.  This will be a great event and we hope that you will join us!


St. Joseph's Abbey, Spencer, MA
Saturday, October 14, 2017
2:00 pm: Tour Starts
3:30 pm: Tasting
5:00 pm: Event concludes


Jacob Kain / kain@alum.mit.edu

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MITArchA Annual Meeting

  • Stella Room (7-338) at MIT Department of Architecture (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS


Join us for our Annual Meeting in the Stella Room (7-338.) Hear reports on what we have achieved over the last year as an organization and get a preview of upcoming events for the next fiscal year.


MITArchA Members: $10
Non-Members: $15
Current Students: Free


Jacob Kain / kain@alum.mit.edu

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7:30am 7:30am

Accelerating Innovation: DesignX@MIT


Come meet DesignX, MIT’s newest startup accelerator, for breakfast. Learn how the School of Architecture + Planning is speeding up innovation in the built environment!

We’ll kick off the morning with a presentation from three SA+P and DesignX leaders: Hashim Sarkis, Dean of the School of Architecture + Planning; Dennis Frenchman, Associate Dean of SA+P and Class of 1922 Professor of Urban Design and Planning; and Gilad Rosenzweig, Executive Director of DesignX. They’ll provide an overview of DesignX and and will dive into its structure, operational model, and success.

Five startups currently under development within DesignX banner will then present: Bitsence, which utilizes data analytics and remote sensing sensors to help building owners understand how their spaces are utilized; Placeful, which combines design, computation, and development to reveal untapped opportunities in our cities; Nesterly, a community-driven digital marketplace for homeowners to rent spare rooms to young people at affordable rates in exchange for help with mutually determined tasks; Hosta, which turns pictures and videos of living spaces into a 3D platform that simplifies the home renovation process; and Learning Beautiful, which creates new analog learning materials that teach computer science concepts without computers.

This event is co-hosted with the MIT Club of New York, and will be held at the New York office of Gensler (a DesignX sponsor).


Location: Gensler, 1700 Broadway #400, New York, NY 10019
Date: Wednesday, September 13
Time: 7:30am–9:30am

7:30 AM doors open / check-in
8:00 AM opening remarks + introductions
8:15 AM leadership panel remarks
8:30 AM team presentations
8:45 AM moderated Q&A
9:30 AM close


Patrons | Free. Patrons can register 3 guests at the member price of $20
Club Members | $20. Members can register up to 3 guests at $20
Non-member Alumni | $30. Non-members can register up to 3 guests at $30

Registration closes Monday, September 11, at midnight.


Jacob Kain / kain@alum.mit.edu
Kenneth Namkung / namkung@alum.mit.edu

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6:00pm 6:00pm

Innovation + Technology: a Talk by Marcel Botha, SMArchS ‘06



Marcel Botha SMArchS '06 will speak to local alumni about the work of his company, 10xBeta, a product management and specialty engineering firm with expertise in consumer, industrial, and medical products. By leveraging a global network of designers, engineers and manufacturers, 10XBeta has been involved in a wide range of venture-backed and self-funded products. 10xBeta has developed hundreds of consumer products and has helped launch over 17 companies.

10XBeta follows a modified product management process that combines design simplicity and knowledge of commercialization processes that is uniquely applicable to situations in which innovation, speed-to-market, and project economics are critical. Marcel Botha leads product engagement and draws on the extensive expertise of his network to design, engineer, and manufacture products.

Recent projects include: FOOTPRINTLESS, a sneaker prototype created from CO2 recovered from energy production, BEATBOT, a programmable self-driving robot designed to motivate athletes, and JEFFSOLVES MEDTECH, an immersive medical innovation program developed in collaboration with Thomas Jefferson University.


MITArchA Patrons and Up: Free
MITArchA Members: $10 / Members can register up to three guests at $15 each
Non-Member MIT Alumni / $15


Colette Thompson / 718.222.3339 / nyclubadmin@alum.mit.edu
Kenneth Namkung / 646.284.3382 / namkung@alum.mit.edu

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5:00pm 5:00pm

AFFILIATE EVENT / Thresholds NYC Launch Event: Sound, Space, Simulation with WOJR


Qubit New Music presents "Sound, Space, Simulation", a two-day event highlighting complex relationships between architecture and music. Both days of the event will be held at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music and will feature a selection of craft beer from Lagunitas Brewery, who has generously offered to sponsor the occasion.

The first event, Myth (May 26th from 5 - 10pm) explores the role of the mythic in contemporary music, architecture, and design. Myth will feature a visual exhibition from Thresholds, the annual peer-reviewed journal produced by the MIT Department of Architecture., sculptures from the Boston-Based design firm WOJR, and music by David Bird performed by: Laura Cocks, Meaghan Burke, and andPlay.

Learn more about the event here: link.


Friday May 26th, 2017
5:00 PM to 10:00 PM
The DiMenna Center for Classical Music
450 W 37th St, New York, NY 10001


5:00 PM to 7:00PM / Visual Exhibition from Thresholds
8:00 PM / Music for Instruments and Spatialized Electronics. Music by David Bird performed by Laura Cocks, Meaghan Burke, and andPlay.


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6:00pm 6:00pm

MITArchA Alumni Achievement Award: Jeffrey Heller '64, M.Arch '67

Image: Todd Johnson, San Francisco Business Times

Image: Todd Johnson, San Francisco Business Times


Join us on Thursday May 18, 2017 from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm PST for the Inaugural MITArchA Alumni Achievement Award event, where we will honor Jeffrey Heller ’64, M.Arch ‘67, FAIA. John Chisholm '75 '76, MIT Corporation Trustee and Past President of MITAA and MITCNC, will be presenting the award to Mr. Heller. The event will be held at the Olympic Club in downtown San Francisco. Mr. Heller will give a talk, followed by the ceremony, a reception, and an optional dinner. The event will be livestreamed so we invite alumni from around the country and world to gather together in real time to participate in celebrating the MIT Department of Architecture.

The global recognition of MIT’s School of Architecture and Planning with first place ranking in “Architecture/Built Environment” three years in a row by OS World University Rankings is reason for all MIT alumni to celebrate, and impetus for alumni to leverage our network to build a stronger future and a better world together.

Building on the momentum of the school’s success, the time has come for us to celebrate who we are by honoring one of our very own: Jeffrey Heller, the first recipient of MITArchA’s Alumni Achievement Award.

Jeffrey Heller ’64, M.Arch ‘67, FAIA, is president and founder of Heller Manus Architects, leaders in sustainable buildings and urban planning. Heller Manus is known for major mixed use developments in the U.S. and more than a dozen cities in China. He is Partner-in-Charge of the first LEED Gold high-rise office buildings in both San Francisco and Shanghai, and the very first LEED Platinum ND master plan. You can read his biography here.

Mr. Heller will speak about his latest interests, his work, and of course, MIT. In addition to leading projects in sustainable architecture and urban design in the US and China, Jeffrey serves on a variety of boards and organizations in both countries that promote green urban planning and building strategies.  He has had the privilege of addressing climate change at both the policy level and in the realization of city plans and projects.  As he reminisces his time as a student at MIT in the sixties and reflects on his fifty-year career, Jeffrey will share his insight into the long and complex journey that has shaped his role and success as an international leader in the profession.

There will be a short Q&A, followed by a catered reception, and we will invite alumni to text in their questions. The event is free for MIT alumni (register here). If you wish to stay for the buffet dinner with Mr. Heller at the Olympic Club, please select "Lecture plus Dinner" under the Event Registration Fee, for $105 per person. Please register by May 6th!

We wish to thank alumna and MITArchA Vice-President, Pamela Tang (Chang Sing) ‘83 for spearheading this initiative and for her generous sponsorship of the event.


Thursday, May 18, 2017
Olympic Club in downtown San Francisco
Dress code: Business Casual (no blue jeans or denim please)
Ceremony and Reception in Hall of Fame: 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Optional: Dinner at the Olympic Club Main Dining Room: 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm (Select) 


Ceremony and Reception: Free for MIT alumni but registration is required.
Dinner (optional) is charged to participants at cost - $105 per person


Pamela Tang / 415-516-8438 / pamelagtang@gmail.com
Jacob Kain / 414-248-5196 / kain@alum.mit.edu

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5:00pm 5:00pm

ORLAIANDO: AIA Conference on Architecture 2017

MITArchA members at AIA Atlanta 2015 / Photo: MITArchA

MITArchA members at AIA Atlanta 2015 / Photo: MITArchA



The MIT Department of Architecture and MITArchA (MIT Architecture Alumni) invite you to join a casual gathering around the annual AIA Convention in Orlando. Registration to the AIA Convention is not required. Light refreshments will be served. 

The event will take place in the Rainbow Spring Room at the Hyatt Regency Orlando, adjacent to the Orange County Convention Center.


MITArchA Members / $10


Jacob Kain / kain@alum.mit.edu / 414-248-5196
Pamela Tang / pamelagtang@gmail.com

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1:00pm 1:00pm

Tour of the National Gallery of Art (SOLD OUT)

Image: FHKE via Flickr. License: CC BY-SA 2.0

Image: FHKE via Flickr. License: CC BY-SA 2.0


Join us for a tour of the East Wing of the National Gallery of Art on Sunday, April 2, 2017. Come meet and make new friends and enjoy a presentation of the history of the National Gallery of Art by Mina Marefat, PhD '88, MIT ArchA VP of Communication.

Designed by distinguished MIT architecture alum I.M.Pei '40 in the late 1970s, the East Wing of the National Gallery of Art has withstood the test of time. During its recent renovation the new galleries added more than 12,000 square feet of space carved very cleverly inside the existing footprint with a new spectacular terrace that overlooks the city.

This is the first of a series of tours of iconic architecture in Washington spearheaded by MITArchA revealing connections to MIT Architecture Alumni and offering an opportunity to bring together DC area MIT Alums to mix and mingle with the very active MIT Club of Washington DC and BAMIT.

The tour will be guided by architect and historian Mina Marefat, PhD, MITArchA VP of Communication, who has done extensive research and teaches on the history of Washington architecture and has spent three years at the NGA Center for Advanced Studies in the Visual Arts.

Event tickets are $10 for alumni and $15 for guests.


1:00 pm:
Meet at main entrance of East Wing/Welcome remarks

1:30 pm:
Presentation and tour by Mina on history of the National Gallery and walk through the newly renovated galleries.

3:00 pm:
Meet at the Concourse Café, reserve tables for group, cash snack and drink bar

4:00 pm:
Event Concludes


Mina Marefat / minamarefat@alum.mit.edu

Jacob Kain / kain@alum.mit.edu

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1:00pm 1:00pm

MITArchA@ACSA Detroit

  • LTU Detroit Center for Design + Technology (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS


MITArchA (MIT Architecture Alumni) invites attendees of the 105th ACSA Annual Meeting in Detroit and all regional Midwest MIT alumni to a casual luncheon at Lawrence Technological University’s new Detroit Center for Design and Technology (DCDT).

This is an opportunity for MIT Architecture Alumni involved in architectural education to connect with one another, join MITArchA, and visit LTU’s campus in Midtown Detroit (http://detroit.design/).

The program will include brief remarks from host school Lawrence Tech’s College of Architecture + Design Dean Karl Daubmann (SMArchS ’99), immediate past president of the ACSA Marilys Nepomechie (MArch ’83), and MITArchA president Jacob Kain (MArch ’00). 

Event tickets are $10 for alumni and $15 for guests. Lunch will be provided, and transportation to and from the Westin Book Cadillac is being arranged for the short trip to DCDT.


12:45 pm:
Shuttle leaves Westin Book Cadillac for DCDT

1:00 pm:
Arrive at DCDT, lunch served

1:15 pm:
Welcome by Lawrence Tech’s College of Architecture + Design Dean Karl Daubmann (SMArchS ’99), with brief remarks by immediate past president of the ACSA Marilys Nepomechie (MArch ’83), and MITArchA president Jacob Kain (MArch ’00)

2:00 pm:
Discussion, Mix & Mingle

2:45 pm:
Shuttle leaves DCDT for Westin Book Cadillac

3:00 pm:
Event Concludes


Constance Bodurow / cbodurow@ltu.edu
Jacob Kain / kain@alum.mit.edu

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SA+P Block Party - Cambridge

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Event Pricing:
Club Patrons: Free | Patrons can register three guests at $XX.
Club Members: $XX | Club Members can register three guests at $XX each.
Non-Members: $XX

Registration Link

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6:00pm 6:00pm

Course IV Alumni Winter Social - MITArchA New York

Event Description:
The MIT Club of New York and MITArchA (the MIT Architecture Alumni Affinity Group) are proud to present a happy hour event for Course IV alumni in the New York City area. This will be an opportunity to connect, socialize, and learn about the great work that MIT graduates are doing in the city. Registration for this event can occur through the Club of New York website or through the MITArchA website.

We will have brief introductions by board members of both the MIT Club of New York and MITArchA. In addition, attendees will be given the opportunity to display images of their work, along with a brief description. Please register early so we can coordinate this!

While this event is primarily geared towards Course IV alumni, this event is open to all members of the MIT community who are interested in the built environment. Special thanks to Melissa Marsh M.Arch ‘04 and WeWork Charging Bull for generously providing space for this event.

Event Pricing:
Club Patrons: Free | Patrons can register three guests at $15.
Club Members: $10 | Club Members can register three guests at $15 each.
Non-Members: $15
Course IV Externs: free (please email namkung@alum.mit.edu)
Registration will close January 30, 2017 at midnight.

Registration Link (opens in iModules)

Date and Time:
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
WeWork Charging Bull, 9th Floor Lounge
25 Broadway, New York, NY 10004

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Events at ALC - MITArchA Cambridge

This is an opportunity to catch up and network with fellow alumni, staff and students. Come to one or both events!

First Activity - Happy Hour
Friday September 23, 2016 6-8pm
Location: Long Lounge
Cost: $10

Second Activity - Lunch and Board Meeting
Saturday September 24, 2016 12-1:30pm:
Location: Stella Room
Cost: $15

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