SA+P Alumni in the Media: Week of July 22

Celebrating a curious mind: Steven Keating 1988-2019
“The world is a lovely, splendid, and fascinating place. But most of all, to me, it is beautifully curious.” The Media Lab researcher and MIT MechE alumnus Steven John Keating SM '12, PhD '16 passed away from brain cancer on July 19 at the age of 31. Keating inspired millions with his research-driven approach to battling cancer and his advocacy for open patient health data. MIT News

Azra Akšamija awarded tenure
ACT Professor, Artist, and Architectural Historian Azra Akšamija PhD ’11 (HTC) was granted tenure effective July 1, 2019 in the MIT Department of Architecture. A member of the Architecture and ACT faculty since 2011, her multi-disciplinary work investigates the politics of identity and memory on the scale of the body (clothing and wearable technologies), on the civic scale (religious architecture and cultural institutions), and within the context of history and global cultural flows. Learn more

Adapting–and Thriving–in the Face of Climate Change
“The urgency of climate change is, on the one hand, the biggest and scariest thing of our lifetimes—but also, on the other hand, this huge opportunity to really rethink how cities and communities are functioning.” DUSP alumna Mia Mansfield, MCP ’15 discusses her work with director of climate adaptation and resilience in Massachusetts’s Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA). Slice of MIT.

Joy Buolamwini selected as one of Fortune Magazine’s 40 under 40
Founder of the Algorithmic Justice League, Media Lab PhD student Joy Buolamwini SM ’17, is recognized for her work to highlight the problem of algorithmic and AI bias for the public. Fortune

Irmak Turan receives a Martin Fellowship
Building Technology PhD candidate Irmak Turan SMArchS '16 has been named to ESI’s Martin Family Society of Fellows for Sustainability. Turan's dissertation examines the connection between the environmental performance of buildings & urban real estate economics. Learn more about Turan and the Fellowship program.

Architecture alum co-curates Cities exhibition of the Seoul Biennale
Rafael Alberto Luna MArch '10 is co-curator of the Cities exhibition component for the Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism: “Collective City” opening September 7, 2019. Learn more.

“Threading the Needle"
Architecture alumna June Kim ’16 writes for BSA Currents about how fashion and architecture share common goals. 

Exhibition examines the social concerns underpinning the works of Frederick Law Olmsted
“Big Plans: Picturing Social Reform,” an exhibition currently on view at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, examines how landscape architects and photographers concretized contemporary social critiques through their work in American cities during the late 1800s and early 1900s. The exhibition is co-curated by DUSP alumna Sara Zewde MCP '10. Read a review in Archinect

Alexis Sablone, MIT Grad and Future Olympic Skateboarder
For Alexis Sablone MArch '16 skateboards and sculptures go hand in hand. As a professional skateboarder and X-Games medalist, Sablone now blends her passions to design skateable sculptures around the world. The New York Times

Two from Architecture receive honorable mentions in the Gauja National Park Footbridge international architecture competition
Building Technology PhD students Paul Mayencourt and Mohamed Ismail SMArchS ’19 received honorable mention for their proposal for a footbridge in Lativa. Learn more.