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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 McMorrough 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.

Selected Articles

  • “Funny, Crazy, Silly: Lyrics for the Suspension of Architectural Disbelief” Log (37: The Architectural Imagination cataLog).

  • “’I like complexity and contradiction in architecture.’ Me too...I think. At least I used to, but now I’m not so sure anymore.” Paprika! (vol. 3 no.3, September 28, 2017).

  • “Mood Swings: Architectural Affective Disorder” Architecture Design (Volume 86, Issue 6, November/December 2016 – “Special Issue: Evoking Through Design: Contemporary Moods in Architecture”).

  • McMorrough, John and Julia, “The Second City, or, Studying Chicago’s Funny Urbanism in Relation to Improvisation,” 103rd Annual ACSA Meeting Paper Proceedings, The Expanding Periphery and the Migrating Center (ACSA Annual Meeting Toronto 2015)

  • “Architecture, Organization, Repetition, & Laughter” Log 22 (Absurd), 2011.

  • “Design for the Apocalypse” (ver. 3), in Volume 20: Storytelling, (spring 2009).