American Academy In Rome Appoints John Ochsendorf as 23rd Director

The American Academy in Rome announced today that John Ochsendorf, a preservation engineer, historian, and educator, has been selected as the 23rd Director of the Academy
“The breadth of John’s experience makes him an ideal choice,” said AAR President and CEO Mark Robbins. “His rigorous intellect and administrative abilities will further the support of our Fellows, engaging them fully in the AAR community, the city of Rome, and throughout the Mediterranean basin. He will also be a great partner for the staff and Board in reinforcing awareness of AAR’s global impact.”
Dr. Ochsendorf is the Class of 1942 Professor of Architecture and Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He received a B.Sc. from Cornell University in 1996, a M.Sc. from Princeton University in 1998, and Ph.D. from Cambridge University in 2002. Known for his research on the mechanics and behavior of historical structures, with a primary focus on the collapse of masonry structures, Ochsendorf is a 2008 Rome Prize Fellow in Historic Preservation with a project on the study of masonry vaulting. In 2008 he was named a MacArthur Fellow for his pioneering work using comparative cultural and historical studies to explore pre-industrial engineering traditions.
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