V. Mitch McEwen is an Assistant Professor at Princeton University School of Architecture and partner of A(n) Office. She joined the faculty at Princeton after relocating from Detroit, where she had been teaching at the University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture & Urban Planning since 2014. She is principal of McEwen Studio and co-founder of A(n) Office, an architecture collaborative operating between Detroit and New York City. McEwen’s design work has been awarded grants from the Graham Foundation, Knight Foundation, and New York State Council on the Arts. Her writing on architecture and urbanism has been published in Log, E-Flux Architecture, Perspecta, and Domus.
McEwen Studio projects in Detroit have focused on creating new urban possibility from vacant houses previously owned by the Detroit Land Bank Authority. These include a combined residence and flower incubator for an engineer at 3M, a strategy for 100 houses selected by the City of Detroit to densify the neighborhood of Fitzgerald, and an award-winning repurposing of a balloon-frame house titled House Opera. A(n) Office and McEwen Studio projects have been commissioned by the US Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale, the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, and the Istanbul Design Biennial.
McEwen’s design practice intersects various scales of design– from wearable furniture to temporary environments to architecture and the urban environment. Her work in urban design and architecture began at Bernard Tschumi Architects and the New York City Department of City Planning, as well as founding the non-profit SUPERFRONT in Brooklyn in 2008. McEwen earned her M.Arch. at Columbia University and B.A. in Social Studies with a focus in Economics at Harvard College.
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