William J. Mitchell

William J. Mitchell is the Alexander Dreyfoos Professor of Architecture and Media Arts and Sciences at MIT, Director of the MIT Design Laboratory, and Director of the MIT Media Laboratory's Smart Cities research group. His research focuses upon new strategies for architectural design and production, digital media, and cities in the era of large-scale digital networks.

Among his publications are: Imagining MIT: Designing a Campus for the 21st Century (2007), Placing Words: Symbols, Space, and the City (2005), City of Bits: Space, Place, and the Infobahn (1995), and The Reconfigured Eye: Visual Truth in the Post-Photographic Era (1992) - all from the MIT Press. He has been a regular columnist for the Royal Institute of British Architects Journal, and for Building Design magazine, London.

From 1992 to 2003 he served as Dean of the School of Architecture and Planning at MIT, and was Architectural Advisor to the President of MIT during its recent major building campaign. Previously he held faculty positions at UCLA (where he was Head of the Architecture/Urban Design Program), Cambridge and the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

He received his architectural training at the University of Melbourne and at Yale. He is a Fellow of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Takes part in
The Invisible Conquest: a Social and Cultural History of Hertzian Space