John Ochsendorf

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John Ochsendorf
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Born 1973/1974 (age 40–41)[1]
Elkins, West Virginia
Nationality United States
Education Cornell University (B.Sc. 1996); Princeton University (M.Sc., 1998); University of Cambridge (Ph.D., 2002)[2]
Occupation Structural engineer, architectural historian, associate professor
Known for Studies of ancient architecture
Spouse(s) Anne Carney[3]
John Ochsendorf at the MIT School of Architecture and Planning

John Ochsendorf (born 1974) is a structural engineer and historian of construction; he is a professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.[2] He is most widely known for becoming a MacArthur Fellow in 2008.[1]

Early years and education[edit]

Ochsendorf grew up in Elkins, West Virginia;[3][4] he was educated at Elkins High School, Cornell University,[5] Princeton University, and the University of Cambridge.[2] He also studied in Spain under the Fulbright Program.[6][7]


Ochsendorf is known for using architecture and engineering to study and restore ancient structures and sometimes draws upon ancient building methods for the benefit of modern construction. He has studied Incan simple suspension bridges[5] and the earthquake-worthiness of Gothic cathedrals.[4] Ochensdorf currently serves on MIT's Presidential Committee on Distinguished Fellowships, together with Rebecca Saxe and Kimberly Benard.

Ochsendorf also curated an exhibition Palaces for the People, featuring the history and legacy of Guastavino tile construction, which premiered in September 2012 at the Boston Public Library, Rafael Guastavino's first major architectural work in America. The exhibition then traveled to the National Building Museum in Washington DC, and an expanded version appeared at the Museum of the City of New York. Ochsendorf, a winner of the Macarthur Foundation "genius grant", also wrote the book-length color-illustrated monograph Guastavino vaulting : the art of structural tile,[8] and an online exhibition coordinated with the traveling exhibits.[9]

In addition, Ochsendorf directs the Guastavino Project at MIT, which researches and maintains the online archive of related materials.[10]


Published works[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Rousseau, Caryn (September 23, 2008). "MacArthur Foundation awards 2008 'genius grants'". Associated Press. USA Today. Retrieved 2011-10-21. 
  2. ^ a b c "John A. Ochsendorf". Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Retrieved 11 April 2011. 
  3. ^ a b Warehouse Housemasters from the MIT's Warehouse graduate residence
  4. ^ a b "Inspiring West Virginian: John Ochsendorf". West Virginia Public Broadcasting. Retrieved 2011-07-13. 
  5. ^ a b "Students and faculty honored for their achievements". Cornell Chronicle. May 23, 1996. Retrieved 2011-10-21. Students who won $1,000 first prizes in the National Student Paper Competition for the 1996 International Bridge Conference were Barbara J. Jaeger for 'Evaluation of a Post-Tensioned Bridge Using the Impact-Echo Method' and John Ochsendorf for 'An Engineering Study of the Last Inca Suspension Bridge.' 
  6. ^ "John Ochsendorf - MacArthur Foundation". Fulbright Program. Retrieved 11 April 2011. 
  7. ^ "A 2008 MacArthur Fellowship for John Ochsendorf, FAAR’08 in Historic Preservation and Conservation". Retrieved 11 April 2011. 
  8. ^ Ochsendorf, John; Freeman, Michael (photographs) (2010). Guastavino vaulting : the art of structural tile. New York: Princeton Architectural Press. ISBN 978-1568987415. 
  9. ^ "(Homepage)". Palaces for the People: Guastavino and America's Great Public Spaces. Retrieved 2014-06-10. 
  10. ^ Ochsendorf, John. "(Homepage)". John Ochsendorf. Retrieved 2014-06-10. 
  11. ^ Design Futures Council Senior Fellows

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