John May

Director of the Master in Design Studies Program

Assistant Professor of Architecture

Director of the Master in Design Studies Program
Area Head, History and Philosophy of Design MDes area group

John May is founding partner, with Zeina Koreitem, of MILLIØNS, an award-winning Los Angeles-based design practice with projects in California, New York and Beirut. MILLIØNS’ experimental and speculative projects have been featured in solo and group exhibitions at Friedman Benda Gallery, the Storefront for Art and Architecture, The Architecture + Design Museum of Los Angeles, Jai & Jai Los Angeles, and the MIT Keller Gallery, and the Museum of the City of New York.

May’s recent publications include New Massings for New Masses: Collectivity After Orthography (MIT SA+P Press, 2015, co-authored with Koreitem); and Signal, Image, Architecture (Columbia, forthcoming 2018). His essays and interviews have appeared in Log, PerspectaPraxisHarvard Design Magazine, MIT ThresholdsProjectQuadernsNew Geographies, and Verb: Crisis (ACTAR, 2008), among many others. May is founding co-director of The Instruments Project—an ongoing exploration of the philosophical, historical, and political dimensions of contemporary design technologies—and co-editor, with Zeynep Çelik Alexander, of a collected volume cataloging that work, The Instruments Project: Architecture and Evidence (Minnesota, forthcoming 2018). He previously served as faculty at MIT, UCLA, SCI-Arc, the University of Toronto, and was named 2012 National Endowment for the Humanities Visiting Professor in Architecture at Rice University. May holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Visual Art from the College of William and Mary, a Master of Architecture with Distinction from Harvard GSD, and a doctorate in Geography and Environmental Studies from UCLA.