PLAN 90: Article
Introducing Two New Professors

Experts in Architectural History and Collective Intelligence

Timothy Hyde has been appointed Associate Professor in the History, Theory and Criticism program in the Department of Architecture, effective in January.  Hyde is a historian of modern architecture whose work ranges widely across countries and from the 18th century to the present day, focusing on intersections of architecture and politics.

He is currently pursuing research into entanglements between architecture and law, a project that includes his book, Constitutional Modernism: Architecture and Civil Society in Cuba, 1933-1959; his essay on Sir John Soane, published in Perspecta; and a new book on the aesthetic debates about ugliness in Great Britain in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Hyde’s writings – which range from a genealogy of mat-building, to speculations on the role of contemporary criticism, to an explication of Reyner Banham’s concept of the gizmo – have appeared in a number of journals including Log, Praxis, and Thresholds. He recently guest-edited an issue of the Journal of Architectural Education on the theme of Crisis.

A registered architect who has worked in a number of notable practices – including Eisenman Architects in New York, the New Zealand-based Gaze Associates in Ho Chi Minh City and Design Associates in Cambridge – he is a founding member (and current Chair) of Aggregate, the architectural historians’ collaborative recently recognized as one of the 2015 Game Changers by Metropolis Magazine. Hyde is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Society of Architectural Historians.

Hyde has been a MacDowell Fellow and has received grants from the Graham Foundation. He holds a BA from Yale (1990), an MArch from Princeton (1996) and a PhD from Harvard (2007).  He was previously an Associate Professor at the Harvard GSD and has been lecturing in SA+P’s Department of Architecture since last September.

Iyad Rahwan has been appointed Associate Professor of Media Arts and Sciences, effective in September.  Recognized as one of the leaders of the increasingly important field of collective intelligence, Rahwan heads the Scalable Cooperation group at the Media Lab, reimagining the way society organizes, cooperates and governs itself.

Situated at the intersection of the computer and social sciences, Rahwan’s research builds upon data science, computational social science and artificial intelligence as well as social media, to study how very large groups of agents with diverging interests can be made to collaborate and solve problems together. In 2012, he led the winning team in the US State Department's Tag Challenge, in which he used social media to locate individuals in remote cities within 12 hours using only their mug shots. 

The systems and algorithms he designs aim to facilitate debate about complex issues at global scale, support mobilization of huge numbers of people at unprecedented speed, and enable active participation by massive numbers of community members in decision-making and governance – techniques that are crucial to the solution of global problems such as pollution, depletion of natural resources and climate change. 

Rahwan's work has appeared in major academic journals including Science and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and has been featured in popular media including The Economist, Scientific American and New Scientist. He holds a BSc from UAE University (1999), a Master of Information Technology from Swinburne University of Technology (2000) and a PhD from the University of Melbourne (2005).  He has previously taught at Masdar Institute, the British University in Dubai and is an honorary fellow at the University of Edinburgh.