John May

Design Critic in Architecture

Director of the Master in Design Studies Program

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, a Los Angeles-based design practice with projects in California, New York, and Beirut. MILLIØNS’ experimental and speculative work has been included in solo and group exhibitions at Storefront for Art and Architecture, Jai & Jai Gallery in Los Angeles, The Museum of the City of New York, Material ConneXion NYC, the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and the Keller Architecture Gallery at MIT. May is also founding co-director of The Instruments Project—an ongoing exploration of the philosophical, historical, and political dimensions of contemporary design technologies.

May is the author of New Massings for New Masses: Collectivity After Orthography (MIT SA+P Press, 2015), and co-editor of the collected volume, The Instruments Project: Architecture and Evidence (Minnesota, forthcoming 2017). His essays and interviews have appeared in Perspecta, Praxis, Thresholds, Project, Quaderns, New Geographies, Verb: Crisis (ACTAR, 2008), and What is Energy? (ACTAR, forthcoming 2017). May previously served as a visiting professor at MIT, UCLA, SCI-Arc, the University of Toronto, and at Rice University, where he was a National Endowment for the Humanities Visiting Professor in Architecture, in the Rice Humanities Research Center. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, a Master of Architecture with Distinction from Harvard GSD, and a doctorate in Geography and Environmental Studies from UCLA.