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Kent Larson

Director, Digital Design Laboratory
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Department of Architecture, School of Architecture and Planning
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge MA
02139 USA
Email: kll@mit.edu

Kent Larson has practiced architecture in New York City since 1981. His partnership was selected as one of The Architectural Digest's 100 Architects for residential design, and his work as partner-in-charge has been published in Architectural Record, Global Architecture (GA), Progressive Architecture, Architectural Digest, House and Garden, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times. He was awarded an AIA Award for Design Excellence for the Graduate School of Business at Columbia University. Larson is Founder and Director of the MIT Digital Design Lab, where he is principal investigator of two major research projects: The Unbuilt - focused on the use of new technologies to understand and present visionary works of unbuilt architecture, and House_n - a research consortium to investigate the home of the future. His study of the unbuilt work of Louis I. Kahn was selected by Time Magazine as a "Best Design of the Year" (A "stunning act of digital cyber architecture"). This work has also been featured in the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, Progressive Architecture, Architecture Magazine, I.D. (The International Design Magazine), OPEN: Redefining Creativity in the Digital Age, Interior Design, "Interiors: Computers and Design (Harry N. Abrams, Inc.) and A+U: Architecture and Urbanism (Japan). Larson's book, "Louis I. Kahn: Unbuilt Masterworks", will be published by the Monacelli Press, with a foreword by Vincent Scully and afterword by William J. Mitchell. This material was the focus of a winter 1998 exhibitrion, "Design for the Spirit", at the Isreal Museum in Jerusalem, and developed into the exhibition "Unbuilt Ruins", which opened at MIT's Compton Gallery and travelled to the University of Pennsylvania.

Kent presented Technologies and Methods for Interactive Exhibit Design: from wireless object and body tracking to wearable computers