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Malcolm Rio

Malcolm Rio is a graphic and architectural designer and thinker living in New York City. He is currently a PhD student at Columbia University where he researches the historical intersections of race, subjectivity and architecture. A RISD alum, Rio served as one of the inaugural AICAD teaching fellows after graduating. He was positioned at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore, MD, where he taught graphic design, architectural design and foundation studio courses. During his appointment at MICA, Rio’s research focused on the racial and class dimensions of mobile network technologies in Baltimore City as a case study of the hollowing out of public transit systems in medium-sized, post-industrial cities across the US. His current research at MIT investigates the relationships between architecture, urban planning and utopian narratives in producing forms of subaltern or “blackened” citizenship. He received his MS in architecture studies (SMArchS) with numerous recognitions from MIT including the thesis prize and Rotch awards for his research on urbanism, black ontology and ballroom culture. Rio also holds a MArch from RISD and a BS in philosophy and BFA in graphic design from Towson University.

Fall 2019 Courses

  • ARCH-2141-02 Architectural Projection