Research Staff / Student
Malcolm Rio

Malcolm Rio is a graphic and architectural designer and thinker from Amherst, Massachusetts. Before coming to MIT, Rio was an inaugural AICAD teaching-fellow positioned at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore, Maryland, where he taught graphic design, architectural design, and foundation studio courses. During his appointment at MICA, Rio's research focused on the racial and class dimensions of mobile network technologies in Baltimore City as a case study of the hollowing out of public transit systems in medium-sized, post-industrial cities across the US. His current research at MIT investigates the relationship between architecture, urban planning, and utopian narratives in producing forms of subaltern or "blackened" citizenship. Rio received his Master of Architecture (M.Arch) from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), and his Bachelor of Science in Philosophy and Bachelor of Fine Art in graphic design from Towson University. 

Rio was the inaugural vice-chair of outreach for the GSC's Diversity and Inclusion Subcommittee (DIS) at MIT.

Areas of Interest
Economic Development, Feminism, Gender Studies, Globalization, Graphic Representation, Infrastructure Systems, Modern Architecture, Orientalism, Postcolonialism, Social Equity, Theory of Architecture, Theory of Urbanism, Transportation and Mobility, Urban Information, Technology, and Media and Analytics, Visualization

Education

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Master of Science in Architectural Studies (SMArchS), Urbanism, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
1942 -
Master of Architecture (M.Arch), Rhode Island School of Design
- 1942
Bachelor of Science, philosophy, Towson University
- 1942
Bachelor of Fine Art, graphic design, Towson University

Academic Experience

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Visiting Lecturer, Rhode Island School of Design
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ACAID Teaching-Fellow, Maryland Institute College of Art
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Graduate Teaching Assistant, Rhode Island School of Design

Professional Experience

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Architecture Intern, BigPrototype, LLC.
- 1942
Graphic Design Intern, Towson University Design Center

Awards

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AICAD Post-Graduate Teaching Fellowship, Association of Independent College of Art & Design
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Graduate Commencement Speaker, Rhode Island School of Design
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Alpha Rho Chi Medal, RISD Department of Architecture
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Graduate Student Conference Fund, RISD Graduate Studies Grant
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Architectural Studies Travel Grant (Sri Lanka), RISD Department of Architecture
1942 -
Graduate Fellowship, RISD Department of Architecture
1942 - 1942
Undergraduate Research Committee Travel Grant, Towson University
1942 - 1942
Scholarship for Environmental Initiatives & Social Change, Towson University, Department of Art + Design
2000 - 2000
Undergraduate Research Committee Travel Grant, Towson University
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American In-house Design Award, GDUSA Magazine

Exhibitions

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"Bias by Design", Architectures, Natures & Data: The Politics of Environments | Estonian Academy of Arts | Tallinn, Estonia
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“Black Mobility Matters”, Digital-Cultural Ecology and the Medium-Sized City | University of West England | Bristol, U.K.
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“Archiving A Revolution”, The Left Forum | John Jay University | New York, New York
1942 - 1942
“A Post-capitalist Design”, AIGA: Ink & Pixels | Maryland Institute College of Art | Baltimore, Maryland
1942 - 1942
“Eastern Thanatology”, Towson University Student Research & Scholarship Expo | Towson University | Towson, Maryland
1942 - 1942
“Economics, Art, & Design in the Occupation”, The Left Forum | Pace University | New York, New York
1942 - 1942
“Gender Binaries & Heteronormative Dominance”, NGLTF: Creating Change Conference | Baltimore, Maryland
2000 - 2000
“oSTEM Panel”, National Out for Work Conference | Washington, D.C.
2000 - 2000
“A Philosophical Discussion on the Meaning of Life & Death”, Mid Atlantic Region Association for Asian Studies Conference | Princeton University | Princeton, New Jersey
2000 - 2000
“Hypersensitivity as a Byproduct of Otherism”, BMORE Proud Leadership Summit | John Hopkins University | Baltimore, Maryland