John Ochsendorf is the Class of 1942 Professor of Architecture and Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a founding partner of the engineering consultancy firm Ochsendorf, DeJong and Block LLC. He conducts research on the history and technology of masonry structures, and has contributed technical expertise to the design of several award-winning buildings around the world.
He is the author of “Guastavino Vaulting: The Art of Structural Tile” (Princeton Architectural Press, 2010) and the lead curator of the exhibition “Palaces for the People: Guastavino and America’s Great Public Spaces” now on view at the National Building Museum. Ochsendorf was trained in engineering at Cornell University (BS), Princeton University (MS), and the University of Cambridge (PhD). Among other grants and awards, his work has been supported by a Fulbright Fellowship to Spain, a Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome, and a MacArthur Fellowship from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.