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William J. Mitchell

Dean, School of Architecture and Planning, 1992 - 2003

Dean, School of Architecture and Planning, 1992 - 2003

William J. Mitchell
Dean, School of Architecture and Planning 1992–2003
Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. (1954) Professor of Architecture 1992–2010
Professor of Media Arts and Sciences 1992–2010

A former dean of the School of Architecture and Planning and head of the Program in Media Arts and Sciences, William Mitchell was a key player in integrating computers into architectural design. A native of Australia, Professor Mitchell was the architectural advisor to MIT president Charles Vest during MIT’s $750 million building expansion between 1998–2004, a role that inspired his 2007 book Imagining MIT: Designing a Campus for the 21st Century.

Highlights of this interview include:

  • Research on Smart Cities at the Media Lab and how new technologies can change urban life.
  • Work as chair of the Council on Educational Technology.
  • MIT’s innovations including OpenCourseWare, D-Space, iLab, IMoat, CDIO, TEAL, lrn, Stellar, and SloanSpace.
  • The vision behind and design selection process involved in building MIT’s Brain and Cognitive Sciences Complex, Simmons Hall, the Zesiger Sports and Fitness Center, Stata Center, and Media Lab.

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