This year marks the 150th anniversary of the MIT Department of Architecture. Over the course of 2018 and 2019 the MIT Architecture community will celebrate this milestone around the world. The first event will take place in Hong Kong on January 25, and is organized together with MITArchA (MIT Architecture Alumni) Hong Kong, the MIT Club of Hong Kong and the MIT Hong Kong Innovation Node. Department Head J. Meejin Yoon, Associate Head Andrew Scott, Associate Professor Miho Mazereeuw, and Administrative Officer Andreea O’Connell will join us in Hong Kong to reconnect with alumni, share current research by students and faculty, and discuss the department’s ambitions for the 150th anniversary of architectural education at MIT. We look forward to reconnecting with you all!
The 150th anniversary of architecture at MIT marks the founding of one of the world’s leading schools of architecture, but above all, it marks the beginning of an experiment in education. Its mission has been defined broadly since its founding, when in 1865, MIT President William Barton Rogers asked architect William Robert Ware to establish a course in architecture at the recently established institute. Looking toward the future, Ware sought to create a program that could serve as a new pedagogical model for preparing architects for practice in a rapidly growing urban, modern, and industrial nation. As Ware remarked in his “Outline of a Course on Architectural Education,” delivered as an address to the Society of Arts of MIT: “It is the aim of this School to do what it can, in its day and generation, to insure that the Architecture of the future shall be worthy of the future.” To prepare for his task, Ware visited architecture, design, and trade schools across Europe to observe different models of education. Upon his return, he created a program that aimed to synthesize professional, artistic, and humanistic pedagogies. The first course was offered in the fall of 1868, the beginning of an experiment that we carry on to this day.
As the oldest architecture program in the nation, this anniversary also marks the occasion of 150 years of formal architectural education in the United States. If our systems and processes of education have remained somewhat unchanged, this provides a platform to think about the past, present and future of architecture at MIT and around the world.
We hope you join us in learning, understanding, celebrating, and discussing our concerns and hopes for architectural education.
Event tickets are $10 for alumni and $15 for guests.
Learn more about the MIT Hong Kong Innovation Node here.
MITArchA and MIT Club of Hong Kong Members: $10
MIT Alumni/Guests: $15
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7:30-10:00 / Presentation & Dinner
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