September 2017


John Ochsendorf - Una Volta a Roma

  • Monday, 25 September 2017 - 6:30pm
AAR Lecture Room
DronePort, Arsenale di Venezia, 2016 (ODB with the Norman Foster Foundation).

This talk will describe frontiers of intellectual inquiry in three distinct but related fields: the history of construction, historic preservation, and architectural design. A 20-year effort to interpret and explain the structural safety of traditional masonry construction is now leading to new possibilities in architectural design.

John Ochsendorf is the Director of the American Academy in Rome and the Class of 1942 Professor of Architecture and Engineering at MIT. He is the author of Guastavino Vaulting (Princeton Architectural Press, 2010) and was lead curator for a major traveling exhibition on Guastavino vaults from 2012-2014. In addition to the Rome Prize (2008), his work has been supported by a Fulbright Scholarship to Spain (1999) and a MacArthur Fellowship (2008). He has collaborated with leading architects around the world and his firm Ochsendorf DeJong and Block (ODB) presented two major projects at the Venice Biennale of Architecture in 2016. Ochsendorf studied at Cornell (BS), Princeton (MS), and Cambridge (PhD) and has been teaching at MIT since 2002.

The shoptalk will be held in English. You can watch this event livestreamed at

Please note: valid photo ID is required for entry into the American Academy in Rome. Backpacks and luggage with dimensions larger than cm 40 x 35 x 15 (inches 16 x 14 x 6) are not permitted on the property. There are no locker facilities available.