Drawing, Designing, Thinking: 150 Years of Teaching Architecture at MIT

Opening February 14, 2019

To mark its 150th anniversary, the MIT Museum, in collaboration with the MIT Department of Architecture, will present a dynamic exhibition exploring new ways of thinking about architecture, education, and design.

From its founding, the Department has embraced the task of rethinking the future of architecture in a rapidly changing world. This exhibition explores the Department’s approach over the course of its history of transforming the discipline to meet new challenges, including the evolution of the design studio, the emergence of interdisciplinary thinking, and the development of a culture of architectural research.  

The exhibition will also look at how the department today continues its commitment to the advancement of knowledge through innovation, research, and scholarship.


This exhibition is made possible through the support and collaboration of our colleagues in the MIT Department of Architecture.

Additional support is provided by the generous donors to the 2018 McDermott Award Gala, hosted by the Council for the Arts at MIT.

Henry-Russell Hitchcock, author, György Kepes, designer, Diagram of the curriculum at the Department of Architecture at MIT (detail), from Education of Architects and City Planners, MIT School of Architecture and Planning, 1948

. Courtesy MIT Institute Archives and Special Collections.