William O’Brien Jr.
Architectural League Prize 2011
Recorded: June 22, 2011
William O’Brien Jr. is Assistant Professor of Architecture at the MIT School of Architecture and Planning and is principal of an independent design practice in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Last year his practice was a finalist for the MoMA/P.S.1 Young Architects Program, for which the firm designed an installation, “Weathers Permitting | A Field Guide to Transitional Environments.” More recently his work was recognized as an inaugural winner of the Design Biennial Boston Award. Projects include Allandale House in the Mountain West, Cog House, and Twins, a pair of houses in upstate New York. He has been selected as a Socrates Fellow by the Aspen Institute and was named a MacDowell Fellow by the MacDowell Colony. His recent publications include the essays, “Approaching Irreducible Formations” in ACADIA re:Form, and “Experts in Expediency” in Log.
O’Brien received his M.Arch at Harvard University where he was the recipient of the Faculty Design Award and studied at Hobart College for his undergraduate degree in architecture and music theory.