ON ARCHITECTURE 2017
#Conference 7-8 December 2017
Mitesh Dixit, of DOMAIN Office to deliver his lecture ‘On Process’. Dixit’s lecture will explore the relationship between theory and practice, the question of what theory is and does, and what constitutes a definition. DOMAIN deliberately works without a manifesto or agenda, but insists on a method that explores the very nature of a question. Through projects the studio aims to discover ‘new’ questions, as opposed to recycling existing solutions. A method of investigation that transcends scale. Employing a method of ‘unpacking’ – exposing the multiple layers, the hard & soft, the physical & critical in order to identify new hierarchies or hidden actor. This process demands an intense investigation into the local, an abject surrender to the existing, and the rejection of any singular ‘vision’. Through an analysis of three projects, each with varying architectural typology, density, and location, Dixit will illustrate DOMAIN’s desire to find a ‘new’ definition for practice.
Mitesh Dixit is an Assistant Professor of Architecture at Syracuse University and the Founder of DOMAIN Office. DOMAIN works internationally on projects ranging from graphic design, residential, public buildings, and masterplans.. Its work has been presented at the Venice Architectural Biennale (2014), Franc Centre Museum in Orleans, France (2014), and MIPIM Conference in Canes, France (2014), The National University of Singapore (2012), and the Inaugural Chicago Architectural Biennale (2015). DOMAIN has been in numerous publications including Domus, Metropolis and Wallpaper.
DOMAIN operates within the contemporary art realm and has collaborated with artists such as Wim Wenders, Armin Linke, Vincent de Rijk, Ari Versluis (Exactitudes) and Antonio Lopez Garcia, as well as curators including Chris Dercon and Julio Vaquero.
After completing undergraduate and graduate work in Politics & Philosophy, Dixit completed the Master of Architecture from the Washington University in St. Louis. Dixit began his career at the San Francisco office of Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill. Prior to DOMAIN, Dixit worked with Rem Koolhaas’ Office for Metropolitan Architecture as a Project Leader. While at OMA, Dixit led multiple international projects, such as the MahaNaKhon Tower in Bangkok, Holland Green in London, East Block 30 in Cairo, and the Kuala Lumpur Financial District in Malaysia. Dixit helped drive the conceptual development of other landmark projects such as Taipei Performing Arts Centre in Taiwan, the India Tower in Mumbai and Bawadi Desert Gate.
Dixit joined the faculty of TU Delft in the Netherlands as a Visiting Professor of Architecture & Urbanism in 2011, and served as Editor of the Chair for Complex Projects at TU Delft from 2013- 2016. Dixit was responsible for creating the curriculum, content and graphic language for the Chair. He lead the Architecture of Violence studio, focusing on the region defined within the USA Mexican Border, and the In Chicago Graduate research studio.
Dixit is an international public speaker and has lectured throughout Europe, Asia, Southeast Asia, United States, India, and Mexico. In 2016, Dixit was appointed as a Public Speaker as part of the US Department’s Speak Program; Dixit will meet directly with foreign public through lectures, workshops and seminars to discuss American policies, society and culture.