Distinguished Professor, ASCA; professor of architecture; director, Undergraduate Design Program, Department of Architecture
areas of expertise: architectural design, the understanding and designing of the space between buildings as well as buildings that can respond to people's needs
Jan Wampler received his BS in architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design in 1963 and a MAUD from the Harvard Graduate School of Design in 1964. He is a professor of architecture at MIT.
He teaches an Architectural Design Studio and a International Workshop each semester. In addition to teaching, Wampler runs an architectural office. His articles and buildings have been published in a number of architectural magazines. These include: "La Puntilla," Progressive Architecture; "L'Emprette," L'Architecture D'Aujourd'hui, May-June 1975; "Boston Architecture," Andrea Leers and Alex Krieger, A&U, V. 222, March, 1989; "Thinking the City," Exhibition; "Designing for Special Populations," Architecture, January 1987; "A Village in a House," Space and Society, June 1984. He also authored a book , All Their Own, People and the Places They Build.
He is a fellow of the American Institute of Architects and was awarded the Distinguished Professor honor from the ASCA. In addition, he has received awards from MIT for his work in International Programs. He recently exhibited his work for the last 25 years at MIT in a show titled Open Strings for e - Search on the Journey. In a review of the exhibition by Robert Campbell, Wampler was referred to as "The Walt Whitman of Architects." His intention for the design studios he teaches is to expose students to cultural environments outside of the United States in order that future architects will become more sensitive to the international projects they may encounter in future years. He teaches both graduate and undergraduate studios as well as workshops on the “Space Between,” International Projects, Thesis Prep and Thesis students. Wampler is currently the director of the Undergraduate Design Program at MIT.
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