Another Architecture is Possible

From Architectural Record’s 2018 Innovation Conference
Presented by Mitch McEwen, Principal, A(n) Office | McEwen Studios

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify areas where conceptual architecture was used to address current needs.
  2. Explain how vacated urban areas can be re-thought architecturally to serve the remaining community.


This test is no longer available for credit



Mitch McEwen, Principal, A(n) Office | McEwen Studios
V. Mitch McEwen is principal of McEwen Studio and co-founder of A(n) Office, a collaborative of design studios in Detroit and New York City. McEwen’s work has been awarded grants from the Graham Foundation, Knight Foundation, and New York State Council on the Arts. A(n) Office and McEwen Studio projects have been commissioned by the US Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale, the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, and the Istanbul Design Biennial. McEwen Studio projects in Detroit have produced a series of operations on houses previously owned by the Detroit Land Bank Authority. These include a combined residence and flower incubator for an engineer at 3M, a strategy for 100 houses selected by the City of Detroit to densify the neighborhood of Fitzgerald, and an award-winning repurposing of a balloon-frame house titled House Opera. McEwen’s work in urban design and architecture began at Bernard Tschumi Architects and the New York City Department of City Planning, as well as founding the Brooklyn-based non-profit SUPERFRONT. McEwen earned her M.Arch. at Columbia University and B.A. at Harvard College cum laude in Social Studies. Since 2017 she has been Assistant Professor at Princeton School of Architecture, after teaching previously at University of Michigan and Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP). Since late 2017, McEwen serves as a Board Member of the Van Alen Institute in New York City.

Democratic activism and political ecology declare that "Another World is Possible." What does this mean for architecture and its network of collaborative practices, especially the building industry? V. Mitch McEwen will explore the nexus of new technology and shifting political demands on architecture--from projects in Detroit negotiating poverty and climate change to innovations in robotics. Working out of the Embodied Computation Lab for the School of Architecture at Princeton University, McEwen's A(n)other Lab explores non-linear processes in design and construction.


Originally published in March 2019