Miti Aiello

Miti Aiello

Assistant Professor, Undergraduate Architecture


NewSchool Office Location: Mezzanine level, Main Building

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Research Interests: History of architecture, urban design, tradigital rendering and drawing, and principles of design and architecture. Current research involves games of urban engagements and activism and urban enclaves.

Design and Teaching Philosophies: The driving force of my History of Architecture and Urban Design courses is that buildings are not objects but systems and that cities are built politics.
Some of my favorite (paraphrased) quotes:
“Teaching is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” (William Butler Yeats)
“You can be part of the problem, or part of the solution. Choose.”
“Make your mistakes faster.” (Bruce Mau)
Lastly, two pointers from John Cage’s manifesto:
“There is no win and no fail, there is only make.” and “Do not try to create and analyze at the same time. They are different processes.”

Education: 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.

Honorary Degrees/Awards/Memberships: Society of Architectural Historians, Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, 2006 AIA Associate Award.

Additional Information: Miti Aiello is an architectural and design professional and educator with experience in architectural practices, as a 3D digital modeler, and as a consultant for private clients. She is a visual artist and a published poet. Aiello has been associated with NewSchool of Architecture and Design since 2005, most recently as a full time faculty member in the undergraduate and graduate architecture programs. As Principal Designer and owner of ArchistDesign Studio, Aiello is responsible for projects ranging from residential remodels and photography to, most recently, an urban infill project of an entire block in Downtown San Diego. She was awarded the AIA Associate Award in 2006 and is a current board member of both the Architecture for Humanity, Rebuild San Diego chapter and the NewSchool Foundation. She is faculty advisor to the NewSchool Women of Design group and an appointed member of the International Committee of NewSchool. With the help of Samar Sepehri, a NewSchool graduate student, she is designing BuiltCulture, a future online database for lectures and academic events in architecture and urban design for the San Diego/ Southern California region.