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Mitchell Joachim

Associate Professor of Practice
(212) 998-9153
1 Wash Pl, Room 706

B.P.S. Architecture, SUNY, Buffalo, 1994
M.Arch. Architecture, Columbia University, 1997
M.A.U.D. Urban Design, Harvard University, 2002
Ph.D. Architecture, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2006

Professor Mitchell Joachim is a leading figure in ecological design, architecture, and urbanism. He is the founding co-president of Terreform ONE, a nonprofit think tank for architecture and smart city design. Terreform ONE was an Official Selection of the Venice Biennale International Architecture Exhibition 2014 and OfficeUS Outpost of the American Pavilion. Before coming to NYU, Professor Joachim was an architect at the offices of Frank Gehry and I.M. Pei., served as the Frank Gehry Chair at the University of Toronto, and taught at Pratt, Columbia, Syracuse, Cornell, University of Washington, Rensselaer Polytechnic, and Parsons School of Design. A TED Senior Fellow, Professor Joachim has been awarded fellowships with Moshe Safdie and Martin Society for Sustainability at MIT. He won the AIA New York Urban Design Merit Award, 1st Place International Architecture Award, Zumtobel Group Award for Sustainability and Humanity, History Channel Infiniti Award for City of the Future, Time Magazine’s Best Invention, and the Victor Papanek Social Design Award. His living ecological home design, Fab Tree Hab, has been exhibited at MoMA and widely published. He has received recognition for his work by Wired, Rolling Stone, Popular Science, and Dwell. In 2015, Images Publishing Group honored him by selecting him as one of Fifty Under Fifty Innovators of the 21st Century. Professor Joachim and Nina Tandon’s book, Super Cells: Building with Biology, was published by TED Books in 2014. Professor Joachim, along with Peter Anker and Louise Harpman, published Global Design: Elsewhere Envisioned (Prestel 2014), a showcase of design research as it relates to visionary architecture, landscape architecture, urbanism, and ecological planning.



Design With Life

Along with Terreform ONE co-founder Maria Aiolova, Mitchell Joachim authored Design with Life: Biotech Architecture and Resilient Cities (Actar, 2020).


Design With Life: Biotech Architecture and Resilient Cities

Maria Aiolova, Terreform One, and Mitchell Joachim's Design With Life: Biotech Architecture and Resilient Cities was published by Actar Publishers.


School of Earth: Gallatin Reimagined 2061

Mitchell Joachim and Peder Anker's School of the Earth: Gallatin Reimagined 2061 was published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. 


School of the Earth: Gallatin Reimagined 2061

Peder Anker and Mitchell Joachim's School of the Earth: Gallatin Reimagined 2061 was published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.


XXL-XS: New Directions in Ecological Design

Mike Silver and Mitchell Joachim's XXL-XS: New Directions in Ecological Design was published by Actar Publishers.


Super Cells: Building with Biology

Nina Tandon and Mitchell Joachim's Super Cells: Building with Biology (TED Book 41), was published by TED Conferences.


Peder Anker, Louise Harpman, and Mitchell Joachim's Global Design: Elsewhere Envisioned

Peder Anker, Louise Harpman, and Mitchell Joachim's Global Design: Elsewhere Envisioned was published by Prestel.

Performances, Productions, Exhibitions & Releases


Virtual Design Festival

Mitchell Joachim is bringing together author/designers Eran Chen of ODA, Julia Watson and Paul Miller, also known as DJ Spooky, to discuss their new books and how they address sustainability in a post-covid world in the Virtual Design Festival hosted by Dezeen and Terreform ONE from April 15 to July 10, 2020.



Peder Anker and Mitchell Joachim’s research and collaborative work was displayed at the Global Design NYU Berlin exhibition titled Berlin Collapse: Climate, Cities and Culture in Berlin, Germany from July 6-11, 2019.

Edited Volumes


Mitchell Joachim and Mike Silver's XXL-XS: New Directions on Ecological Design

XXL-XS: New Directions on Ecological Design, edited by Mitchell Joachim and Mike Silver, was published by Actar.

Teaching and Research Interests

architecture; urban design; ecological design and planning; media technology; transportation; environmental studies; urban studies; computation; fine and applied arts; contemporary art history and theory

Recent News

Professor Mitch Joachim and his non-profit Terreform ONE appeared in the CBS news segment about sustainability, "Brooklyn Farm to Sell Cricket Snack Bites."

Joachim was awarded a 2016 Fulbright Specialist grant in Information Urban Planning at Ataturk University, Turkey.

In February 2016, Peder Anker, Louise Harpman, and Mitchell Joachim, through Global Design NYU, convened ENVISION: Nature and Design, a dialogue between disparate researchers within the Gallatin community, aimed at broadening the horizons on the meanings of Nature and Design.

POLITICO Magazine featured a mini-documentary on Professor Mitchell Joachim and his work with his Brooklyn-based non-profit Terreform ONE. The piece considers the ways in which it pushes the boundaries of architecture with experimental materials such as living trees and engineered animal tissue—to design future cities that merge with nature.

Joachim's Terreform ONE is featured in The Guardian article "Story of cities #future: what will our growing megacities really look like?"

Joachim spoke at the MIT Center for Advanced Urbanism’s “Future of Suburbia” Conference, which was held from March 31 to April 1, 2016 in Amherst, Massachusetts.

Mitchell Joachim spoke at The Cooper Union and Storefront for Art and Architecture Conference “Closed Worlds: Encounters That Never Happened,” on February 27, 2016, in New York, New York.

In 2016, Mitchell Joachim completed work on Cricket Shelter, a modular edible insect farm and survival habitat, for TerreformONE.

Joachim delivered the Myles K. Thaler Memorial Lecture at the University of Virginia in September 2015. He was a part of the Designing for Disruption panel at the MIT Media Lab Disrupting Mobility Conference held in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in November 2015. He delivered the lecture “Hackerspace + Bio Design” at The Bartlett, University College London, in London, England, in October 2015.

Joachim's Terreform ONE won first place in Urban Design from the 2015 International Architecture Awards for the project “Governors Hook: Resilient Water Infrastructure.” Terreform ONE’s “Mycoform Surface” was named a finalist for a 2015 Spark Design Award.

Professor Joachim was selected for inclusion in Fifty Under Fifty: Innovators of the 21st Century (Images Publishing Group, 2015) by a five-person jury that included Stanley Tigerman, founding partner, Tigerman McCurry, Chicago; Ralph Johnson, design principal, Perkins+Will, Chicago; Jeanne Gang, founder Gang Studio, Chicago; Marion Weiss, founding partner, WEISS/MANFREDI, New York; and Qingyun Ma, Dean of Architecture, University of Southern California, and founder MADA s.p.a.m., Shanghai and Beijing.  

Professor Joachim contributed the chapter “The Heterodox Pedagogy: Hackerspaces and Collaborative Education in Design,” to Arts, Research, Innovation and Society (Springer, 2015).

He was a speaker on the panel Smart Cities, which was a part of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture's 2014 Administrators Conference, held November 6-8, 2014, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

An exhibition at the Goethe-Institut, "Weltstadt: Who Creates the City?", featured work from Peder Anker, Louise Harpman, and Mitchell Joachim. Materials were drawn from the spring 2014 Conference, Cities and Citizenship, co-organized by Anker, Harpman, and Joachim along with Global Design NYU, the Goethe-Institut, and Parsons New School for Design. His work was shown in the Design for Resilience exhibit at Boston Architectural College's McCormick Gallery, in Boston, Massachusetts, in December 2014.

Professor Joachim delivered The Esther Steinberg Memorial Architecture Lecture, “Post-Sustainability: Thinking Big,” at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in February 2014. Also in February 2014, he was invited by the Harvard University Graduate School of Design to speak at the DDes Conference: Projective View on Urban Metabolism.

Mitchell Joachim