V. Mitch McEwen is an architect working at the intersection of architectural design, technology, and social impact. She is an Assistant Professor at the Princeton School of Architecture, and she leads Atelier Office, a collaborative practice borne of more than 15 years of experimental work-- from the architecture non-profit Superfront in Brooklyn to award-winning work on vacant houses in Detroit. At Princeton, McEwen directs the architecture and technology research group Black Box, exploring mixed human-robotic processes in design and construction. She is one of ten co-founders of the Black Reconstruction Collective, an architectural think tank and do-tank that has been awarded grants from the Mellon Foundation and Open Society Foundation.
McEwen’s design work has been commissioned by the Museum of Modern Art, where she contributed to the 2021 exhibition Reconstructions: Architecture and Blackness in America, and the Venice Architecture Biennale US Pavilion. McEwen has been awarded grants from the Graham Foundation, Knight Foundation, and New York State Council on the Arts. An emerging thought leader in the field, McEwen was a keynote speaker at Architectural Record’s 2018 Innovation Conference.
Prior to founding Atelier Office, McEwen earned experience on complex large-scale projects at New York City Department of City Planning and Bernard Tschumi Architects, as well as independent collaborations. Hands-on experience includes waterfront development, media zones, museum design, mixed-use neighborhood frameworks, and non-profit community space. McEwen holds a Master of Architecture degree from the Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation and an undergraduate AB in Social Studies with a minor in Economics cum laude from Harvard.