William O’Brien Jr. is Principal of WOJR: Organization for Architecture, and a tenured Associate Professor in the MIT Department of Architecture, as well as one of the founding members of Collective–LOK. From 2019, he is also the Design Director at Samara, a design start-up initiated by Airbnb. He is the recipient of the 2012–2013 Rome Prize Fellowship in Architecture awarded by the American Academy in Rome. He was awarded the 2011 Architectural League Prize for Young Architects and Designers.
William has taught previously at The University of California Berkeley as the Bernard Maybeck Fellow and was the LeFevre Emerging Practitioner Fellow at The Ohio State University. Before joining MIT, for two years he was Assistant Professor at The University of Texas at Austin, where he taught theory seminars and design studios in the graduate and undergraduate programs. At MIT O’Brien currently holds the Cecil and Ida Green Career Development Chair and teaches design studios in both the graduate and undergraduate programs.
William pursued his graduate studies at Harvard University where he was the recipient of the Master of Architecture Faculty Design Award. He has been named a MacDowell Fellow by the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, New Hampshire, and a Socrates Fellow by the Aspen Institute.
The UTSOA Fall 2020 Lecture Series will be presented digitally through Zoom and will be live-streamed on the Texas Architecture YouTube channel. All lectures will take place at 1 PM unless noted otherwise.