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Fall 2022 public program at MIT Architecture

The Architecture Department at MIT is happy to announce its public program for the fall of 2022. This program will be a continual discussion on where we are at this time, held at the department’s distinctive junction of design and research.

We will discuss the “Climatic Turn,” colonial buildings on Indigenous lands, power structures, designs for good health, quarantine histories and futures, social responsibility, and, as always, planning for the unknown this semester. We welcome both in-person attendees and online viewers to each event to examine and consider how architecture affects how we move around the spaces we occupy, whether they are tangible or intangible, real or imagined.

The MIT Department of Architecture’s faculty, staff, and students—among them architects, designers, urbanists, historians, critics, theorists, artists, social entrepreneurs, and specialists in computation and building technology—have collaborated on this series. We will also launch our partnership with MIT’s brand-new Morningside Academy for Design this semester, as well as a critical dialogue on design and its potential across the entire MIT campus and beyond.

In addition to these educational initiatives and open gatherings, student- and faculty-run exhibitions, publications, and platforms push our agenda. The Keller Gallery will host two shows in the fall of 2022: Black City: De Facto and De Jure Restrictive Topographies on October 21 and Tracing Queerness: Archiving the Ephemeral on September 16.

Events are held in-person, and streamed on our FacebookInstagram, and Twitter channels. Lectures are posted afterward on our YouTube channel. We invite you to explore the full public program below and find more details including links to webcasts on our events calendar. Learn more about all we do at

Fall 2022 public program, MIT Department of Architecture

September 15: España vacía, España llena
A conversation with the directors of the XV Bienal Española de Arquitectura y Urbanismo. 
Presented with the Architecture and Urbanism Program.

September 22: Coauthoring
Ana Miljački & Ann Lui in conversation with Lisa Haber-Thomson, Timothy Hyde, Cristina Parreño Alonso & J. Yolande Daniels.
Presented with the Architecture and Urbanism Program.

September 29: Michelle Kaufmann
Google’s Director of R&D for the Built Environment 
“Designing for the Unknown”
Presented by the Building Technology Group.

October 3: Namita Dharia
Architect and Socio-Cultural Anthropologist, RISD 
“The Industrial Ephemeral: Labor and Love in Indian Architecture and Construction”
Presented by the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture.

October 6: Anton García-Abril
Professor of Architecture, MIT 
Presented with the Architecture and Urbanism Program.

October 13: Manuel Shvartzberg Carrió
Assistant Professor, Department of Urban Studies & Planning, UC San Diego
“Jurisdictional Technics: Mid-Century Modernism on Native American Land”
Presented with the History, Theory & Criticism Program.

October 17: Cooking Sections
Daniel Fernández Pascual and Alon Schwabe 
“When [Salmon Salmon [Salmon]]”
Presented with the Art, Culture, and Technology Program.

October 18: Morningside Academy for Design Inaugural Conference
“The Power of Design”

October 20: Geoff Manaugh and Nicola Twilley
“Until Proven Safe: The History and Future of Quarantine”
Presented with the Architecture and Urbanism Program.

October 24: Menna Agha
Architect and Researcher, Carleton University 
“Disembodied Territoriality or how to be displaced from where you have been?”
Presented by the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture.

October 27: Matthias Sauerbruch & Louisa Hutton with Mark Wigley
“draw love build” 
The Ahmad Tehrani Symposium.

November 10: Jürg Conzett
The Edward and Mary Allen Lecture in Structural Design. 
Presented with the Building Technology Group.

November 14: Todd Reisz
Architect and Writer, Amsterdam 
“City as a Geofact”
Presented by the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture.

November 17: Dina El-Zanfaly
Presented with the Design and Computation Group.

November 21: Lydia Harrington
AKPIA@MIT Postdoctoral Fellow
“‘Improve and Reform Them’: Manufacturing Citizenship and Goods in the Vocational School of Late Ottoman Baghdad”
Presented by the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture.

Our fall 2022 public program is supported in-part by the Arthur H. Schein (1951) Memorial Fund.

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