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Turning Points in Architecture, Design, and Research

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology 77 Massachusetts Ave Cambridge, MA 02139 (map)


MIT President Rafael Reif described the "ubiquity of computing and the rise of AI" as a "turning point" that prompted the recent establishment of the new College of Computing at MIT. As MIT celebrates 150 years of architecture education and the School of Architecture and Planning plans its move to the MET Warehouse, we pause to reflect on the present and project futures for education, practice, and research at this critical juncture.

Turning Points is an opportunity to reflect, individually and collectively, on the status and stakes of architecture, design, and research. As thinking of the future is always part of an architect's task, we come together to discuss crucial and necessary moments of change, past and present. This two-day event and symposium will close off the year-long celebration of 150 years of architecture education at MIT.

On Friday afternoon, join us for tours and talks on and off-campus at labs, offices, workspaces, and campus sites. In the evening, we launch the symposium with “Heading of the Heads” a discussion amongst recent Department Heads Yung Ho Chang, Adèle Naudé Santos, Nader Tehrani, J. Meejin Yoon, and Interim Head Andrew Scott, followed by open studios and drinks around the Dome.

The symposium continues on Saturday with our faculty presenting their research in sessions focused on environmental, social and digital turning points, followed by a discussion of the futures of architecture education. We close the evening with a reception for students, alumni, and faculty, past and present.


Location: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 77 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139
Dates: Friday April 12, 2019, to Saturday April 13, 2019.
See full event schedule here.


April 12 only: MITArchA Members $20, Non-Members: $25
April 13 only: MITArchA Members $20, Non-Members: $25
April 12-13: MITArchA Members $35, Non-Members: $45
MIT Students/Faculty/Staff: Free


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