Brandon Clifford: Contrarian Constructions

partial view of a person's head emerging from a grey concrete structure
Micro Therme by Brandon Clifford. photo / provided
concrete sculpture held in place by chaines
Brandon Clifford's McKnelly Megalith. photo / provided
Micro Therme by Brandon Clifford. photo / provided Brandon Clifford's McKnelly Megalith. photo / provided

Cornell in Rome Spring 2018 Lecture Series

Brandon Clifford is an assistant professor at MIT and principal at Matter Design. He received his master of architecture from Princeton University in 2011, and his bachelor of science in architecture from Georgia Tech in 2006.

Clifford is currently a fellow at the American Academy in Rome. He has been awarded the Design Biennial Boston Award, the Architectural League Prize for Young Architects and Designers, as well as the SOM Prize, launching an ongoing obsession with stone architecture. His translation of past knowledge into contemporary practice continues to provoke new directions for digital design.


Clifford is in pursuit of new architectures that are born of ancient, dismissed, and derogatory concepts. He experiments with these abandoned ways of thinking in order to produce new paradigms — in turn, transforming the ways we think about the past and the future. But, this creative method is not predictable. It is full of pivots, dead-ends, and unexpected turns. In this lecture, Clifford will reflect on this 10-year experiment, undoing things we think we already know in favor of unknown potentials.

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