The Power of Design: The MIT Morningside Academy for Design Inaugural Forum


Bryce Vickmark

Bryce Vickmark

Join the MIT Museum for the launch of the MIT Morningside Academy for Design (MIT MAD), which will be housed in the Metropolitan Storage Warehouse with the School of Architecture + Planning. The launch at the MIT Museum will feature a day of dynamic presentations by designers and thought leaders in dialogue on how interdisciplinary design can influence and frame our responses at this time of extraordinary global need.

The forum will reveal the importance of design to a variety of disciplines and enterprises: from the humanities to STEM, from industrial production to community-based solutions. Each of the three sessions will be followed by a conversation moderated by an MIT faculty member, with questions and comments from the audience encouraged.

Tuesday, October 18
This is an all-day event with sessions at 10:45, 1:30, and 3:30.

  • 10:45am: Design Catalyzes Innovation 
    Moderator: Maria Yang, Associate Director, MIT Morningside Academy for Design, and Gail E. Kendall Professor of Mechanical Engineering and associate dean of the School of Engineering
  • 1:30pm: Design Transforms Learning
    Moderator: Skylar Tibbits, Associate Professor of Design Research, and co-director of the Self-Assembly Lab, MIT’s International Design Center
    Personal Robots group head and MIT RAISE director Cynthia Breazeal is among the panelists.
  • 3:30pm: Design Empowers Society
    Moderator: Dava Newman, Director, Media Lab, and Apollo Professor of Astronautics
  • 5:30pm: 2022 Design Fellows introduction
    Among this year's fellows are Space Enabled student Pedro Reynolds-Cuellar and Biomechatronics student Francesca Riccio-Ackerman. 

Host: John Ochsendorf, Founding Director MIT Morningside Academy for Design, and Class of 1942 Professor of Architecture and Civil and Environmental Engineering

Free with museum admission.
Livestreamed at design.mit.edu.


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