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William J.


School of Architecture and Planning, Design Laboratory Telephone: 617-253-9885

Massachusetts Institute of Technology Facsimile: 617-253-9835
77 Massachusetts Avenue, Room E48-319 e-mail:
Cambridge, MA 02139 www:

Academic Positions

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts

2005­present Director, Design Laboratory
2004-present Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Professor of Architecture and Media Arts and Sciences
2003-present Director, Smart Cities Research Group, MIT Media Lab
2003-2005 Head, Media Arts and Sciences Program
1998-2004 Architectural Advisor to MIT's President
1992.2004 Professor of Architecture and Media Arts and Sciences
1992-2003 Dean, School of Architecture and Planning

Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts

1989-92 G. Ware and Edythe M. Travelstead Professor of Architecture

1986-92 Director, Master in Design Studies Program
1986-89 Professor of Architecture
1985 Visiting Professor of Architecture

Graduate School of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of California, Los Angeles

1980-86 Professor of Architecture/Urban Design; Head, Architecture/Urban Design Program

1974-80 Associate Professor of Architecture/Urban Design
1973-77 Head, Architecture/Urban Design Program
1970-74 Assistant Professor of Architecture/Urban Design

University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

1978-80 Lecturer, Department of Architecture

Visiting Academic Positions

2003 Visiting Professor, University of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

1999 Distinguished Visiting Professor, National University of Singapore
1999 Thomas Jefferson Professor in Architecture, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
1997 Distinguished Visitor, Hong Kong Polytechnic University
1991 Distinguished Visiting Scholar, The University of Adelaide, South Australia
1985 Visiting Professor, University of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
1979-83 Visiting Professor, Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
1982 Visiting Professor, University of California, Berkeley
1981 Visiting Critic, Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana
1970-75 Visiting Critic, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut

Professional Positions

1978-91 Founding Partner, The Computer-Aided Design Group, Marina Del Rey, California
1973-74 President, The Urban Innovations Group, Los Angeles, California
1967-68 Architect, Yuncken-Freeman Architects, Melbourne, Australia


1977 Master of Arts, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

1969 Master of Environmental Design, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut
1967 Bachelor of Architecture, University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Honors and Awards

Doctorate honoris causa, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Barcelona, 2006

Appreciation Prize, Architecture Institute of Japan, 1997
Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Fellow of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects
Doctor of Architecture honoris causa, University of Melbourne, 1997
Doctor of Humane Letters honoris causa, New Jersey Institute of Technology, 1992
AM (Hon.), Harvard University, 1987


Mitchell, William J., Imagining MIT: Designing a Campus for the 21st Century. Cambridge, MA:  The MIT 
Press (in press).

Mitchell, William J., Placing Words:  Symbols, Space and the City. Cambridge, MA:  The MIT Press, 2005

Mitchell, William J., Me++: The Cyborg Self and the Networked City. Cambridge MA: The MIT Press, 2003.

Mitchell, William J., Alan S. Inouye, and Marjory S. Blumenthal, eds., Beyond Productivity:  Information 
Technology, Innovation, and Creativity.  Washington D.C.:  The National Academies Press, 2003.

Duarte, José Pinto, João Bento and William J. Mitchell, eds., The Lisbon Charrette, Remote Collaborative.
Lisbon: IST Press, 2000.

Mitchell, William J., E-topia: Urban Life, Jim, But Not as We Know It. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 1999.

Schön, Donald, Bish Sanyal, and William J. Mitchell, Information Technology and Low-Income Communities.
Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 1999.

Mitchell, William J. City of Bits: Space, Place, and the Infobahn. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 1995.
Mitchell, William J. and Malcolm McCullough. Digital Design Media. Second ed. New York: Van Nostrand
Reinhold, 1995; orig. publ. 1991.

Mitchell, William J., The Reconfigured Eye: Visual Truth in the Post-Photographic Era. Cambridge, MA: The
MIT Press, 1992.

Mitchell, William J., The Logic of Architecture: Design, Computation, and Cognition. Cambridge, MA: The
MIT Press, 1990.

McCullough, Malcolm, William J. Mitchell, and Patrick Purcell, eds. The Electronic Design Studio:
Architectural Knowledge and Media in the Computer Era. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 1990.

Moore, Charles W., William J. Mitchell, and William Turnbull Jr. The Poetics of Gardens. Cambridge, MA: The
MIT Press, 1988.

Mitchell, William J., Robin S. Liggett, and Thomas Kvan. The Art of Computer Graphics Programming. New
York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1987.

Mitchell, William J. Computer-Aided Architectural Design. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1977

Selected Shorter Publications

Mitchell, William J., “After the Revolution:  Instruments of Displacement.”  In Disappearing Architecture, ed. 
Georg Flachbart, 18­23. New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2005

Mitchell, William J., “Constructing an Authentic Architecture of the Digital Era.”  In Disappearing 
Architecture, ed. Georg Flachbart, 80­89.  New York:  Princeton Architectural Press, 2005

Mitchell, William J., “Emerging Digital Neighbourhoods.” In Urban Villages and the Making of Communities, 
ed. Peter Neal, 65­81. London: Spon Press, 2003.

Mitchell, William J.,  “Constructing Complexity in the Digital Age,” Science 303 no. 5663 
(March 2004): 472­1473

Mitchell, William J., “Moi++:  le moi cyborg et la ville d’après le 11 Septembre,” Sociétés Revue des Sciences 
Humaines et Sociales, no. 79 (Jan. 2003): 51­73.

Mitchell, William J., “Homer to Home Page: Designing Digital Books.”  In Rethinking Media Change:  The 
Aesthetics of Transition (Media in Transition book series vol. 2), eds. Henry Jenkins and David Thorburn, 203­
215. Cambridge: MIT Press, 2003

Mitchell, William J., “The Internet, New Urban Patterns, and Conservation.” In Conservation in the Internet
Age: Threats and Opportunities, ed. James N. Levitt, 50-60. Washington, DC: Island Press, 2002.
Mitchell, William J., "Complexity and Composition." In Design Is…Words, Things, People, Buildings and
Places at Metropolis, ed. Akiko Busch, 182-184. New York: Princeton Architectural Press/Metropolis Books,
2002. Originally published in Metropolis 5 (September 1985): 32-34.

Mitchell, William J. "Dream Homes." New Scientist no. 2347 (15 June 2002): 38-42.

Mitchell, William J., "Electronic Cottages, Wired Neighborhoods, and Smart Cities." In Smart Growth: Form
and Consequences, eds. Terry Szold and Armando Carbonell, 69-83. Cambridge, MA: Lincoln Institute of Land
Policy, 2002.

Mitchell, William J., "Information Technology in Interior Design." In Interior Design Handbook of Professional
Practice, ed. Cindy Coleman, 247-263. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2002.

Mitchell, William J., "Intelligent Interiors." In Interior Design Handbook of Professional Practice, ed. Cindy
Coleman, 49-61. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2002.

Mitchell, William J., "The Revenge of Place." In This Is Not Architecture: Media Constructions, ed. Kester
Rattenbury, 45-53. London and New York: Routledge, 2002.

Mitchell, William J., “Wunderkammer to World Wide Web: Picturing Place in the Post-Photographic Era.” In
Picturing Place: Photography and the Geographical Imagination, eds. Joan Schwartz and James Ryan.
Chichester: John Wiley, 2002.

Mitchell, William J., "Roll Over Euclid: How Frank Gehry Designs and Builds." In Frank Gehry, Architect, ed.
J.Fiona Ragheb, 352-363. New York: Guggenheim Museum Publications, 2001.

Mitchell, William J., "Vitruvius Redux: Formalized Design Synthesis in Architecture." In Formal Engineering
Design Synthesis, ed. Erik K. Antonsson and Jonathan Cagan, 1-19. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press,

Mitchell, William J., "Contenders." Afterword. In Louis I. Kahn: Unbuilt Masterworks, by Kent Larson, 225-
228. New York: The Monacelli Press, 2000.

Mitchell, William J., "Imagining E-Topia." In Architecturally Speaking: Practices of Art, Architecture and the
Everyday, ed. Alan Read, 297-303. London and New York: Routledge, 2000.

Mitchell, William J., "Information Technology." In Design Professionals and the Built Environment: An
Introduction, ed. Paul Knox and Peter Ozolins, 69-74. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, 2000.

Mitchell, William J., "L’avènement des cyberquartiers," La Recherche, no. 337 supplement, (December 2000):

Mitchell, William J., "The Electronic Agora." Foreword. In Digital Places: Building Our City Of Bits, by
Thomas A. Horan. Washington, D.C.: Urban Land Institute, 2000.

Mitchell, William J., "Replacing Place." In The Digital Dialectic New Essays on New Media, ed. Peter
Lunenfeld, 112-128. Cambridge: The MIT Press, 1999.
Mitchell, William J., "A Tale of Two Cities: Architecture and the Digital Revolution," Science 285, (6 August
1999), 839-841.

Mitchell, William J., "Antitectonics: The Poetics of Virtuality." In The Virtual Dimension: Architecture,
Representation, and Crash Culture, ed. John Beckmann, 205-217. New York: Princeton Architectural Press,

Mitchell, William J., "Cyborg Civics," The Harvard Architecture Review 10 (1998): 164-175.

Mitchell, William J., "Dematerialization, Demobilization, and Adaption." In Dimensions of Sustainability, ed.
Andrew Scott, 6-11. London: E &FN Spon/Routledge, 1998.

Mitchell, William J., "The Postphotographic Image." In Encyclopedia of Aesthetics vol. 4, ed. Michael Kelly,
50-54. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998.

Mitchell, William J., "Villes Numériques," Sociétés-Revue des Sciences Humaines et Sociales, no. 59 (1998):

Mitchell, William J., "Do We Still Need Skyscrapers?" Scientific American (December 1997): 84-85.

Mitchell, William J., and Oliver Strimpel, "There and Not There." In Beyond Calculation: The Next Fifty Years
of Computing, ed. Peter J. Denning and Robert M. Metcalfe, 245-258. New York: Copernicus, 1997.

Mitchell, William J., "Recombinant Architecture." In Intelligent Environments, ed. Peter Droege, 577-596.
Amsterdam: Elsevier Science B.V., 1997.

Mitchell, William J., "Agorà elettroniche," (with English translation) Casabella LX, no. 638 (October 1996):

Mitchell, William J., "Architectural Archives in the Digital Era," The American Archivist 59, no. 2 (Spring
1996): 200-204.

Mitchell, William J., "L'era della connettività," Casabella LX, no. 637 (September 1996): 1.

Mitchell, William J., "The Parable of the Pizza Parlor," Scientific American 272, no. 5 (May 1995): 92.

Mitchell, William J., "Soft Cities," Architectural Design 65, no. 11/12 (Nov.-Dec. 1995): 8-13.

Mitchell, William J., "The Future of the Virtual Design Studio." In Virtual Design Studio, ed. Jerzy Wojtowicz,
50-59. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 1995.

Mitchell, William J., "When Is Seeing Believing?" Scientific American 270, no. 2 (Feb. 1994): 44-49.

Mitchell, William J., and Antony Radford, "Architectural Computing: Till Death Do Us Part," Architecture
Australia 75, no. 3 (1986): 36-37.

Mitchell, William J., "Computing the Forms of Things Unknown," Arts and Architecture 3:1 (1984): 48-51, 71,
Mitchell, William J., "What was Computer-Aided Design?" Progressive Architecture 65, no. 5 (1984): 61-63.

Stiny, George, and William J. Mitchell, "The Palladian Grammar," Environment and Planning B: Planning and
Design 5:1 (1978): 5-18.

Mitchell, William J., “Vitruvius Computatus.” In Models and Systems in Architecture and Building, ed. Dean
Hawkes, 53-59. Hornby, Lancaster: The Construction Press, 1975.

Royal Institute of British Architects Journal Columns

Mitchell, William J., “Bay watch.”  RIBA Journal no. 113/4, (April 2006)
Mitchell, William J., “Slip slidin’ away.” RIBA Journal no. 113/3, (March 2006)

Mitchell, William J., “Getting the message.” RIBA Journal no. 113/2, (Feb. 2006): 18

Mitchell, William J., “Views of Rome.”  RIBA Journal no. 113/1, (Jan. 2006): 16

Mitchell, William J., “God, the architect.”  RIBA Journal no. 112/12, (Dec. 2005): 18

Mitchell, William J., “Aliens from Arkansas.”  RIBA Journal no. 112/11, (Nov. 2005): 20

Mitchell, William J., “The big uneasy.”  RIBA Journal no. 112/10, (Oct. 2005): 20

Mitchell, William J., “Facing fearful odds.”  RIBA Journal no. 112/9, (Sept. 2005): 20

Mitchell, William J., “Canon Fodder.”  RIBA Journal no. 112./8, (August 2005): 20

Mitchell, William J., “The tree that never dies.”  RIBA Journal no. 112/7, (July 2005)

Mitchell, William J., “Stuff happens.”  RIBA Journal no. 112/6, (June 2005): 22

Mitchell, William J., “Camp cupcake rules.”  RIBA Journal no. 112/5, (May 2005): 24

Mitchell, William J., “Tangerine dream.”  RIBA Journal no. 112/4, (April 2005): 28

Mitchell, William J., “Desperate urbanists.”  RIBA Journal no. 112/3, (March 2005): 14

Mitchell, William J., “Day the world shrank.”  RIBA Journal no. 112/2, (Feb. 2005): 14
Mitchell, William J.,  “Less is more is back.”  RIBA Journal no. 112/1, (Jan. 2005): 14

Mitchell, William J., “About the size of it all.”  RIBA Journal no. 111/12, (Dec. 2004): 14

Mitchell, William J., “Money talks.”  RIBA Journal no. 111/11, (Nov. 2004): 20

Mitchell, William J., “Walk it, drive it, skate it.” RIBA Journal no. 111/10, (Oct. 2004): 18

Mitchell, William J., “Really, really scary.” RIBA Journal no. 111/9, (Sept. 2004): 18

Mitchell, William J., “Summer of hate.”  RIBA Journal no. 111/8, (August 2004): 12

Mitchell, William J., “Architecture on ice.” RIBA Journal no. 111/7, (July 2004): 10
Mitchell, William J., “The discomfort zone.”  RIBA Journal no. 111/6, (June 2004): 18.

Mitchell, William J., “Paradise lost.”  RIBA Journal no. 111/5, (May 2004): 16.

Mitchell, William J., “Fools in cyberspace.” RIBA Journal  no. 111/4, (April 2004): 18.

Mitchell, William J., “Take to your heels.” RIBA Journal no. 111/3, (March 2004): 16.

Mitchell, William J., “No­fools paradise.” RIBA Journal no. 111/2, (Feb. 2004): 16.

Mitchell, William J., “Secret life of planes.” RIBA Journal no. 111/1, (Jan. 2004): 12.

Mitchell, William J., “Do you believe in pixels.” RIBA Journal no. 110­12, (Dec. 2003): 20.

Mitchell, William J., “Changing atriums.” RIBA Journal  no. 110­11, (Nov. 2003): 20.

Mitchell, William J., “Retail.” RIBA Journal no. 110­10, (Oct. 2003): 20.

Mitchell, William J., “Speakers’ corner” RIBA Journal no. 110­10, (Oct. 2003): 18.

Mitchell, William J., “Driven to extinction,” RIBA Journal, no. 110­09, (Sept. 2003): 18.

Mitchell, William J., “What’s your is mined.”RIBA Journal, no. 110­08, (Aug. 2003): 16.
Mitchell, William J., “We could be heroes.”RIBA Journal, no. 110­07, (July 2003): 20.

Mitchell, William J., “Exclusion zones.”RIBA Journal, no. 110­06, (June 2003): 22.

Mitchell, William J., “Guernica of our times.”RIBA Journal, no. 110­05, (May 2003): 20.

Mitchell, William J., “Weapon of mass distraction.”RIBA Journal, no. 110­04, (April 2003): 18.

Mitchell, William J., “Fair dinkum Aussie.” RIBA Journal no. 110­03, (March 2003): 18.

Mitchell, William J., “Poison ivy.”RIBA Journal, no. 110­02, (Feb. 2003): 18­19.