Miti Aiello

Miti Aiello

Assistant Professor, Undergraduate Architecture

Email: maiello@newschoolarch.edu

NewSchool Office Location: Mezzanine level, Main Building

LinkedIn Profile: http://www.linkedin.com/in/mitiaiello

Research Interests: Current research interests include games of urban engagements and activism, urban enclaves, technology of urban surveillance, medieval painted facades, the ordinary in architecture, loitering and public spaces.

Design and Teaching Philosophy: The driving philosophy of my History of Architecture and Urban Design courses is the principle that buildings are not objects, but systems - and that cities are built politics.

Additional Information: Miti Aiello was born in Italy and received a Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch.), a Bachelor of Environmental Design, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from North Dakota State University. She was awarded a post-professional Master of Architecture and Urban Design (M.Arch. II) from Syracuse University, Syracuse, N.Y., and Florence, Italy.

Aiello is Assistant Professor in the Undergraduate and Graduate Architecture Programs at NewSchool of Architecture & Design in San Diego. Her core area is History of Architecture and Urban Design at the Graduate and Undergraduate level. She has been teaching at NewSchool of Architecture and Design since 2005 and is part of the First Year (Foundation) Studio Faculty. Among other courses, she teaches the popular History of Architecture and Urban Design: Analysis and Synthesis through Visual Notes class. The class focuses on teaching architectural history through hand drawing, in the form of student-generated visual notes based on assigned reading, aimed at strengthening visual literacy and graphic analysis in future architects.

She has taught the course “Myth of the City” at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design Santa Fe, New Mexico, and the Universidad De Valle Mexico in Puebla, Mexico. The Myth of the City course is a laboratory for speculation on the relation between symbols, myth, narrative, architecture and urban design tailored to students of architecture and design disciplines.

In July 2016, she was invited to present her research paper “Self Storage Cities: a New Typology of (Sub)urban Enclave” at the 2016 ACSA (American Collegiate Schools of Architecture) International Conference in Santiago de Chile. In June 2017 she presented her continued research on Storage Cities|Cities of Clutter at the S.ARCH (Sustainable Architecture) International Conference in Hong Kong. She is currently working on a manuscript for publication. MacGuffin, an award-winning Dutch design and craft magazine, asked Aiello to write an essay on Storage Cities, which was published in their 2018 issue dedicated to The Cabinet.

Miti is also an architectural and design professional with experience in architectural practices, as a 3D digital modeler, and as a consultant for private clients. As owner of ArchistDesign Studio, Aiello has been responsible for projects ranging from residential remodels, permitting, urban infill projects, pro-bono work and architectural photography. She was awarded the San Diego AIA Associate Award in 2006. She is a visual artist and a published poet and her passions are the written word, art-making and world travel.

Aiello is currently serving as Chair of the NewSchool Council for Academic Policies. She is a Director on the NewSchool Foundation Board, a nonprofit organization, where she is the Scholarship Chair.