Canadian Architect


Innovations in Masonry: John Ochsendorf

December 01, 2016
300 Memorial Boulevard, Winnipeg, MB


By studying the masterful stone and brick structures of the past, it is possible to discover and invent new forms for the future. This lecture provides an overview of 20 years of historical and technical research which is now opening new possibilities for design. This exploration is exemplified by six new vaults now on display at the Venice Biennale of Architecture.

John Ochsendorf is the Class of 1942 Professor of Architecture and Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a founding partner of the engineering firm Ochsendorf, DeJong and Block whose award-winning work was featured in two major installations at the 2016 Venice Biennale of Architecture. Ochsendorf’s research in history, preservation, and design has been supported by a Fulbright Scholarship to Spain (2000), a Rome Prize (2007), and a MacArthur Fellowship (2008).

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