January 12, 2017
Red Circle Sponsor: Lynda Stolzman
Mitesh Dixit’s lecture will explore the relationship between theory and practice, the question of what theory is and does, and what constitutes a definition. Through an analysis of academic and professional works, each with varying architectural typology, density, and location, Dixit will illustrate DOMAIN’s desire to find a ‘new’ definition for practice.
DOMAIN Office is an architecture and urbanism studio based in Rotterdam and New York City, founded by Mitesh Dixit in 2012. DOMAIN deliberately works
without a manifesto or agenda, but insists on a method that explores the very nature of a question. We aim to discover ‘new’ questions, as opposed
to recycling existing solutions. Our method of investigation transcends scale. We describe this method as ‘unpacking' - exposing the multiple layers,
the hard & soft, the physical & critical in order to identify new hierarchies or hidden actors.This process demands an intense investigation
into the local, an abject surrender to the existing, and the rejection of any singular ‘vision’.
The office works internationally on projects ranging from residential to public buildings. Its work has been presented at the Venice Architectural Biennale (2014), Franc Centre Museum in Orleans, France (2014), and MIPIM Conference in Canes, France (2014), The National University of Singapore (2012), and the Inaugural Chicago Architectural Biennale (2015). DOMAIN has been in numerous publications including Domus, Metropolis and Wallpaper. In addition to office publications, their first publication “Hardcore” (Actar) is due for release fall 2016.
DOMAIN operates within the contemporary art realm and has collaborated with artists such as Wim Wenders, Armin Linke, Vincent de Rijk, Ari Versluis (Exactitudes) and Antonio Lopez Garcia, as well as curators including Chris Dercon and Julio Vaquero.
In 2016 DOMAIN launched the Magazine ‘In Chicago’ in collaboration with Archeworks. The Bi-yearly publication will bring international students together to live and study in Chicago for 6 months in order to examine, document and report on core issues specific to Chicago.
Mitesh Dixit founded DOMAIN Office in 2012. After completing undergraduate and graduate work in Politics & Philosophy, Dixit completed the Master of Architecture from the Washington University in St. Louis. Dixit began his career at the San Francisco office of Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill. Prior to DOMAIN, Dixit worked with Rem Koolhaas’ Office for Metropolitan Architecture as a Project Leader. While at OMA, Dixit led multiple international projects, such as the
MahaNaKhon Tower in Bangkok, Commonwealth Institute in London, and the Kuala Lumpur Financial District in Malaysia. Dixit was the conceptual driving force behind other landmark projects such as Taipei Performing Arts Centre in Taiwan, the India Tower in Mumbai and Bawadi Desert Gate.
Dixit joined the faculty of TU Delft in the Netherlands as a Visiting Professor of Architecture, Urbanism, and Critical Theory in 2011, and served as Editor of the Chair for Complex Projects at TU Delft from 2013- 2016. He lead the Architecture of Violence studio, focusing on the region defined within the USA Mexican Border, and the In Chicago Graduate research studio.
In 2016, Dixit was appointed as a Public Speaker as part of the U.S. Departments’s Speak Program; Dixit will meet directly with foreign publics through lectures, workshops and seminars to discuss American policies, society and culture.