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Mitchell Joachim

Mitchell Joachim

Associate Professor of Practice
B.P.S. Architecture, SUNY, Buffalo, 1994
M.Arch. Architecture, Columbia University, 1997
M.A.U.D. Urban Design, Harvard University, 2002
Ph.D. Architecture, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2006

Dr. Joachim is a leader in ecological design, architecture, and urbanism. He is the founding Co-President at Terreform ONE and Partner at Planetary ONE. Previously he was the Frank Gehry Chair at the University of Toronto and served on the faculty at Pratt, Columbia, Syracuse, Washington and Parsons. He was formerly an architect at Gehry Partners, and Pei Cobb Freed. He is a TED Senior Fellow and has been awarded fellowships with Moshe Safdie and Martin Society for Sustainability, MIT. He won the Zumtobel Group Award for Sustainability and Humanity, History Channel and Infiniti Award for City of the Future, and  Time Magazine Best Invention of 2007 with MIT Smart Cities. His project, Fab Tree Hab, has been exhibited at MoMA and widely published. He was chosen by Wired  magazine for “The Smart List: 15 People the Next President Should Listen To.” Rolling Stone magazine honored Mitchell in “The 100 People Who Are Changing America.” Popular Science magazine has featured his work as a visionary for “The Future of the Environment.” Mitchell was the Winner of the Victor Papanek Social Design Award sponsored by the University of Applied Arts Vienna, the Austrian Cultural Forum, and the Museum of Arts and Design. Dwell magazine featured Mitchell as "The NOW 99" in 2012.


Professor Joachim, along with Peter Anker and Louise Harpman, published Global Design: Elsewhere Envisioned (Prestel 2014), a showcase of design research as it relates to visionary architecture, landscape architecture, urbanism, and ecological planning.

Professor Joachim contributed the chapter “The Heterodox Pedagogy: Hackerspaces and Collaborative Education in Design,” to Arts, Research, Innovation and Society (Springer, 2015).

He was a speaker on the panel Smart Cities, which was a part of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture's 2014 Administrators Conference, held November 6-8, 2014, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Professor Joachim and Nina Tandon’s book, Super Cells: Building with Biology, was published by TED Books in 2014. 

An exhibition at the Goethe-Institut, Weltstadt: Who Creates the City?, featured work from Peder Anker, Louise Harpman, and Mitchell Joachim. Materials were drawn from the spring 2014 Conference, Cities and Citizenship, co-organized by Anker, Harpman, and Joachim along with Global Design NYU, the Goethe-Institut, and Parsons New School for Design. His work was shown in the Design for Resilience exhibit at Boston Architectural College's McCormick Gallery, in Boston, Massachusetts, in December 2014.

Mitchell Joachim’s Terreform ONE is an official selection of the 14th International Architecture Exhibition and is included in the Venice Architecture Biennale, held from June 7 to November 23, 2014.

Professor Joachim delivered The Esther Steinberg Memorial Architecture Lecture, “Post-Sustainability: Thinking Big,” at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in February 2014. Also in February 2014, he was invited by the Harvard University Graduate School of Design to speak at the DDes Conference: Projective View on Urban Metabolism. He delivered his talk “Smart cities for 11 billion people” at TEDxBerlin in November 2013. He spoke in New York in October 2013 about transportation and the Second Avenue subway for the “Art, Design, and the Urban Environment” conference, which was co-organized by the National Academy and CIVITAS. He contributed his essay “Smart Trash: Transforming Waste into Building Blocks of the Next City,” to Unconventional Computing: Design Methods for Adaptive Architecture (Riverside Architectural Press/ABC Art Books Canada, 2013). He published “The End of Rubbish” in The Wired World in 2014. In 2013, he published “Exploring Socio-Ecological Design,” in The Huffington Post.  


Contact Information

Mitchell Joachim

Associate Professor of Practice
1 Wash Pl, Room 617
(212) 998-9153
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2015 Fall

Architecture and Urban Design Lab I
Mon 12:30 PM - 3:15 PM

2014 Spring

Green Design from Geddes to Gore
Tue 3:30 PM - 6:10 PM

Think Big: Global Issues and Ecological Solutions
Mon 3:30 PM - 6:10 PM

2014 Fall

Architecture and Urban Design Lab I
Mon 12:30 PM - 4:45 PM

2013 Spring

Think Big: Global Issues and Ecological Solutions
Tue 3:30 PM - 6:10 PM

Research and Teaching Interests

architecture; urban design; ecological design and planning; media technology; transportation; environmental studies; urban studies; computation; fine and applied arts; contemporary art history and theory

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