Ana Miljački’s Critical Broadcasting Lab

2018 Mellon Faculty Grant Recipient

MIT CAST Mellon Faculty Fellow Ana Miljački is a critic, curator and Associate Professor of Architecture at MIT. Observing contemporary modes of architectural production and transmission, she saw a need to intervene in the field through new forms of operative criticism. Her project, Critical Broadcasting Lab, is driven by political and disciplinary urgencies and engages students interested in intervening in contemporary architectural discourse.

Through a series of interventions including workshops and public lectures, Critical Broadcasting Lab will perform as a curatorial entity at MIT and beyond. In a series of Agit Arch Experiments this fall, Miljački and participants of Critical Broadcasting Lab will investigate contemporary media and methods of broadcasting architectural discourse and criticism. The lab will simultaneously conduct an oral history, which will be presented in the form of an exhibition, about two forms of refusal by architects to engage—refusal to accept commissions and refusal to sue for copyright infringement.

More at the project website: Critical Broadcast

Ana Miljački is a critic, curator and Associate Professor of Architecture at MIT, where she teaches history, theory and design and directs the MArch Program. She has previously taught studios and seminars at Columbia University, City College in New York and Harvard University Graduate School of Design. She holds a Ph.D. (2007) in history and theory of architecture from Harvard University, an MArch from Rice University and a BA from Bennington College. Her research interests range from the role of architecture and architects in the Cold War era Eastern Europe, through the theories of postmodernism in late socialism to politics of contemporary architectural production.

Miljački was part of the three-member curatorial team, with Eva Franch i Gilabert and Ashley Schafer, of the US Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale. Their Biennale project, titled OfficeUS, critically examined the last century of US architectural offices, their professionalization and their concomitant global contribution. As part of that project she co-edited OfficeUS Agenda (Lars Muller, 2014) OfficeUS Atlas (Lars Muller, 2015) OfficeUS Manual (Lars Muller, 2017). Miljački recently guest edited Praxis 14: True Stories, and curated and produced an exhibition on the role of copying and originality in architecture, Fair Use with her students at MIT. Its latest instantiation, Un/Fair Use, co-curated with Sarah Hirschman was presented at the Center for Architecture in New York in 2015 and at UC Berkeley’s Wurster Gallery in 2016. Her Slowgramming Tokyo workshop resulted in an exhibition at Tokyo Institute of Technology in January 2018. Miljački is the author of The Optimum Imperative: Czech Architecture for the Socialist Lifestyle 1938-1968 (Routledge, 2017), and the editor of Terms of Appropriation: Modern Architecture and Global Exchange with Amanda Reeser Lawrence (Routledge, 2018).



Past Events

Agit Arch Experiments Roundtable
Mark Wasiuta, Felicity Scott and Ana Miljački
December 3, 2018 / 12:30pm
SA+P Long Lounge, MIT Building 7, Room 429


Agit Arch Experiment 3: “Populism” with Ana Miljački
November 16, 17 & 18, 2018


Public Presentation: How to Read
Luke Bulman
November 2, 2018 / 6:00pm
SA+P Long Lounge, MIT Building 7, Room 429

Agit Arch Experiment 2: “(Hacking) Click Bait Politics” with Luke Bulman and Ana Miljački
November 3 & 4, 2018


Public Presentation: “Dimensions of Citizenship” 
Ann Lui and Mimi Zeiger
October 12, 2018 / 6:00pm
SA+P Long Lounge, MIT Building 7, Room 429

Free and open to the public, no registration necessary


Agit Arch Experiment 1: Ann Lui, Mimi Zeiger and Ana Miljački
October 13 & 14, 2018

Ana Miljacki. Courtesy of the artist.
Ana Miljacki. Courtesy of the artist.