Post-MIT, an architecture alumni series, launches tomorrow with presentations & discussion tomorrow, 5:30 PM, Long Lounge.
Lisa Cheng Smith (BSAD ’04): Making It Real: Walking the Line between Commercialism and Experimentation”
Lisa Cheng Smith is Creative Director at Areaware, a design-driven gift and housewares brand based in New York City, where she oversees product, imagery, and brand. From 2009-2014, she ran Object Design League, an exhibition society, and ODLCO, a small-batch design brand and storefront, with Caroline Linder; both practices investigated the relationship between design and manufacturing. During this time, she taught foundational design, experience design, and production and distribution in the Designed Objects program at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her work has been featured in Domus, The Atlantic, and Intramuros. She earned a BSAD in Architecture from MIT in 2004 and an MDes in Designed Objects at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2008.
John Snavely (MArch ’08): “I Am Getting Ahead of Myself”
John Snavely is a futurist and designer whose work intertwines the digital and physical realms. Currently, he is a designer at Xbox where he works on gaming and entertainment. Previously, he worked at Samsung as a Creative Director for the “Think Tank Team” a new research group that designed future concepts, technology and prototypes and at Microsoft Office, where he was the design lead for the Envisioning Team, a team tasked with creating an inspiring vision for the future of productivity and software. He holds a Masters in Architecture from MIT, as well as degrees in computer science and sculpture from Dartmouth College. His design and installation work has appeared in the Venice Biennale, Rotterdam Biennial, Volume Magazine, Communication Arts, Canadian Centre for Architecture, and other publications and galleries.
We will be tearing down the Keller Gallery Round Room exhibit on Saturday. If you have yet to step inside, tomorrow is the last day! Photos below from Brandon Clifford, Matter Design & Belluschi Lecturer at MIT.