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McLain Clutter

Chair of Architecture
Associate Professor

McLain Clutter is an associate professor and chair of the architecture program at the University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. As an architect, Clutter’s work focuses on the role of architecture within the multidisciplinary milieu of contemporary urbanism, and the interrelations between architecture and media culture. His work has been featured in Grey Room, Thresholds, MONU, 306090, the Journal of Architectural Education, Plat, The Avery Review, ARPA Journal, the edited volume Formerly Urban: Projecting Rustbelt Cities, and other publications. He has exhibited work in international venues, including the 7th Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture in Shenzhen, the Architecture League of New York, Materials & Applications in Los Angeles, and others. Clutter’s design and research has been awarded an Architect Magazine R+D Award in 2015, ACSA Faculty Design Awards in 2015 and 2018, and other honors. His research has received support from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts. Clutter’s book, Imaginary Apparatus: New York City and its Mediated Representation was published by Park Books in 2015. He is a Registered Architect in the state of Michigan, and a member of the Editorial Board for the Journal of Architectural Education. 

Clutter received a B.Arch from Syracuse University and an MED from the Yale School of Architecture, where he was the recipient of the Everett Victor Meeks Fellowship. Prior to arriving at Taubman College, Clutter practiced in offices in New York and Chicago, working on projects ranging in scale from residential renovations to campus master planning. He is a partner in the Ann Arbor based design practice EXTENTS, with Cyrus Peñarroyo.