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On Worlds, The Work of WOJR
This talk is about the themes, considerations, and hurdles that stem from taking on the act of projecting our architectural imaginations to produce worlds. It is, ultimately, a reflection on the challenge of describing the worlds that we can partially-imagine and that we aspire to wholly-invent, through several of WOJR’s works.
William O’Brien Jr. is Founder and Principal of WOJR and Director of the Master of Architecture Program at MIT, where he is a tenured Associate Professor. From 2018-2021 he was the Design Director for the Samara Project at Airbnb. Additionally he was one of the founding members of Collective–LOK. He is the recipient of the 2012-2013 Rome Prize Fellowship in Architecture awarded by the American Academy in Rome. He was awarded the 2011 Architectural League Prize for Young Architects and Designers. He has taught previously at University of California Berkeley as the Bernard Maybeck Fellow and was the LeFevre Emerging Practitioner Fellow at The Ohio State University.
Before joining MIT, he was Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at Austin, where he taught advanced theory seminars and design studios in the graduate curriculum. William pursued his graduate studies at Harvard GSD where he was the recipient of the Department of Architecture Faculty Design Award. He has been named a Fellow by MacDowell in Peterborough, New Hampshire, and a Socrates Fellow by the Aspen Institute.