Alex Maymind

Assistant Professor, Architecture

Alex Maymind is an educator, historian, and designer based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is an Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota, College of Design. A graduate of The Ohio State University (BS Arch), Yale University (M.Arch), and UCLA (Ph.D.), he has taught architecture at Cornell University, University of Michigan, where he was awarded the 2012-2012 Walter B. Sanders Fellowship, Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) and other institutions before joining the faculty at the University of Minnesota in 2022. 

Maymind works on, thinks about, and writes about architectural institutions and institutionality in the postwar period. His research investigates changes to architectural knowledge and pedagogy in the context of the American research economy after 1968. His published books include Revisiting Revisiting (2015), and his essays have appeared in Possible Mediums, and in periodicals including Log, Pool, The Real Review, Thresholds, and Pidgin. Maymind’s design and creative work is characterized by an interest in conceiving of history as that which can be reanimated and recomposed as an expanding archive of images, fragments, norms, and models through graphic reproduction, redrawing, and other tools of manipulation in order to create a space in which to reconsider such disciplinary clichés as precedent, originality, rigor, and repetition. His design work has been included in group exhibitions at schools including Harvard University, Yale University, The Ohio State University, and the Graham Foundation. 

His teaching includes design studios, history/ theory seminars, lecture courses, and representation workshops, and intertwines social and political concerns with architecture’s own questions of agency and power from a contemporary and historical vantage point. Recent upper-level studio teaching has explored histories of collective housing and forms of alternative architectural collectivity. Recent lower-level studios have interrogated the everyday and ubiquitous methods and techniques of design alongside their cultural and political ramifications to unfold their biases.

Maymind has lectured at institutions across the United States and in Europe, and has presented conference papers and ongoing research broadly including at MIT, ETH, and the Canadian Center for Architecture. His scholarly work has been recognized and supported by the Graham Foundation, the Canadian Center for Architecture, Yale University, and UCLA. He has participated in reviews as a visiting critic at schools nationwide. Professionally he has worked as a designer and researcher in New York, Columbus, Ohio, and Los Angeles.

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PhD, University of California, Los Angeles

M.Arch, Yale University School of Architecture

BS Architecture with Honors, The Ohio State University Knowlton School of Architecture

Alex Maymind

Alex Maymind


145 Rapson Hall
89 Church St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
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