Symposium: The Campus—Then, Now, Next

Wednesday, March 30 to Thursday, March 31

Designing Places for Inventing the Future:
The Campus—Then, Now, Next

College campuses have long played a vital role in our society as educators of future generations, incubators for innovation and economic development, and partners with the communities we serve. On March 30–31, leaders in campus design and innovation gathered in Kresge Auditorium to share ideas on the past, present, and future, as well as MIT’s role as an innovative campus.

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Wednesday, March 30

12:00 pm

Lunch and networking

1:00 pm


Cynthia Barnhart (+), Chancellor, MIT

1:15 - 3:00 pm

The Infinite Corridor and Beyond

The symposium opened by exploring campus architecture and design, including the story of MIT's Main Group and its influence on other campuses during the past 100 years. Topics included campus planning and learning spaces, with insight into the design of two newer campuses: the Singapore University of Technology and Design and the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology.


Hashim Sarkis (+), Session chair; Professor and Dean, MIT School of Architecture and Planning

Mark Jarzombek (+), Professor of the History and Theory of Architecture, MIT

Hilary Ballon (+), Professor of Urban Studies and Architecture, NYU; Deputy Vice Chancellor, NYU Abu Dhabi

David Adjaye (+), Principal and Founder, Adjaye Associates, London and New York

Christian Veddeler (+), Director, Senior Architect, UNStudio

Julie Newman (+), Director, Office of Sustainability; Lecturer, Department of Urban Studies and Planning, MIT

3:30 - 5:00 pm

From Instruction to Innovation

Innovation districts are growing in cities worldwide, thanks to partnerships between universities, government, and industry. The session included reflections on incubating urban innovation spaces, such as Kendall Square (Cambridge, MA) and Roosevelt Island (New York, NY).


Adèle Naudé Santos (+), Session chair; Professor, MIT School of Architecture and Planning

Israel Ruiz (+), Executive Vice President and Treasurer, MIT

Katie Stebbins (+), Assistant Secretary of Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Roger Duffy (+), Design Partner, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM), New York

Marion Weiss (+), Graham Chair Professor of Architecture, University of Pennsylvania; Cofounder, WEISS/MANFREDI Architecture/Landscape/Urbanism, New York

Carlo Ratti (+), Professor of the Practice; Director, SENSEable City Lab, MIT

5 pm

Day 1 concludes

Thursday, March 31

8:30 am

Breakfast and networking

9:30 am


Martin A. Schmidt (+), Provost, MIT

9:45 - 11:00 am

Learning in 02139

A report from speakers at the front lines of experiments in education at the university, secondary, and childhood levels.


Christine Ortiz (+), (Moderator); Dean for Graduate Education; Morris Cohen Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, MIT

Thomas Magnanti (+), President, Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD); Institute Professor, MIT

Mitchel Resnick (+), LEGO Papert Professor of Learning Research, MIT Media Lab

Saeed Arida (+), Founder and Chief Excitement Officer, NuVu Studio

11:15 - 12:30 pm

The Virtual Campus

The future of online learning will be determined by our comprehension of its challenges and opportunities. From lessons learned to ongoing data-driven educational experiments, how are we thinking differently today—now that we know what we know?


Sanjay Sarma (+), (Moderator); Vice President for Open Learning, MIT

Susan Singer (+), Division Director, Division of Undergraduate Education, National Science Foundation; Laurence McKinley Gould Professor, Biology and Cognitive Science Departments, Carleton College

Paul LeBlanc (+), President, Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU)

Anant Agarwal (+), CEO, edX; Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, MIT

12:30 pm

Day 2 concludes

Boxed lunches available following the program