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John Ochsendorf

July 1, 2017–June 30, 2020
Director, American Academy in Rome

John Ochsendorf is the Class of 1942 Professor of Architecture and Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He received a BSc from Cornell University in 1996, an MSc from Princeton University in 1998, and a PhD from Cambridge University in 2002.

Known for his research on the mechanics and behavior of historical structures, with a primary focus on the collapse of masonry structures, Ochsendorf was a 2008 Rome Prize Fellow in Historic Preservation with a project on the study of masonry vaulting. In 2008 he was named a MacArthur Fellow for his pioneering work using comparative cultural and historical studies to explore preindustrial engineering traditions.