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John McMorrough

Associate Professor of Architecture

John McMorrough is a researcher of contemporary architectural practices, an associate professor at the University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, and a principal architect in studioAPT (Architecture Project Theory).

As an architect John has worked for design offices in Kansas City, New York, Boston and Rotterdam, and has taught theory and design at the Yale School of Architecture, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Ohio State University, the Institute of Architecture at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, and University of Illinois at Chicago. He received a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Kansas, a Master of Architecture (with distinction) from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and a Ph.D. in Architecture from Harvard University, where his doctoral research was on the pre-history of post-modernism.

John's research is motivated by the belief that contemporary architecture, as a practice of knowledge, must constantly re-situate its productive capacities, both in its competencies vis-à-vis the specifics of building and in the reconsideration of its conceptual legacies. To date this effort has taken three primary forms:

  1. Genealogies of the minor projects of recent architecture (including treatments of pedestrian malls, supergraphics, and post-modernism).
  2. Theorization of current architectural practices in relation to an extended field of production formats (building, as well as, writing, graphics, installations, and films).
  3. Program building and curricular revisions in schools of architecture (as Section Head of architecture at the Ohio State University and architecture program Chair at the University of Michigan).