Matthew Mazzotta: 2018 Loeb Fellow at the Harvard GSD and other recent honors

CLOUD HOUSE, 2016. Springfield, MO.

Many congratulations to MIT visual arts alumnus Matthew Mazzotta for his recent projects and awards. Matthews work has garnered a lot of attention over the last two years. He works on and with the architecture of social space, creating public art at the intersection of community building, activism, ethnography, and architecture. He graduated from MIT in 2009 with a Master of Science in Visual Studies from the Visual Art Program, just prior to the inauguration of ACT.

Matthew will soon join the Harvard Graduate School of Design as a 2018 Loeb Fellow, where he will develop a Social Practice Research Lab to create public works that address ethical issues related to gentrification, changes in social dynamics and equity, and cultural erasure.

This has been a very big year for Matthew! Among other invitations, awards, and recognitions, he received the American Architecture Award from the Chicago Athenaeum for his work THE STOREFRONT THEATER; a Charter Award from the Congress for the New Urbanism; a 20+10+X Award from World Architecture Community; the 2017 Public Art Network Year in Review Award for Public Art & Placemaking from Americans for the Arts for two projects, HARM TO TABLE and CLOUD HOUSE; and an Audience Choice Award at the 2016 SXSW Eco Conference’s Place By Design competition, also for THE STOREFRONT THEATER.

Matthew’s work has been featured in range of publications and TV episodes: OPEN HOUSE was the subject of a chapter in the ACT-produced publication Public Space? Lost and Found (SA+P Press/MIT Press, 2017); CLOUD HOUSE was featured in the Discovery Channel’s flagship science program Daily Planet, as well as in Dwell Magazine, Dezeen, and Archdaily; and THE STOREFRONT THEATRE will be featured in the book accompanying Semi Permanent 2017 (Auckland, NZ) and the upcoming third edition of Charter for the New Urbanism, produced by the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU), an nationally active non-profit.