John Ochsendorf: Maestros de Obras

John Ochsendorf is a structural engineer and historian of construction and an associate professor of architecture and civil engineering at MIT and a partner in the firm Ochsendorf DeJong and Block. Ochsendorf is the author of Guastavino Vaulting: The Art of Structural Tile (2010), and is the recipient of numerous fellowships, including a Fulbright Scholarship to Spain, a Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome, and a MacArthur Fellowship from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Oschsendorf was trained at Cornell, Princeton University, and the University of Cambridge.

Designers have much to learn from the works of master builders. This lecture presents recent studies of “maestros de obras” with a particular emphasis on the Spanish tradition exemplified by Rafael Guastavino. Inspired by traditional construction methods, new design possibilities are presented for contemporary design.