John E. Fernandez is a Full Professor and Director of the Building Technology Program in the MIT Department of Architecture. He has been a member of the MIT faculty since 1999, teaching in the design studio and numerous technology courses, including Integrated Building Systems, all department structures courses, construction and materials and various workshops.
His work focuses on the materials and physical elements and components of the assemblies and systems of buildings. During the last few years, Fernandez has been directing research on emerging and nontraditional materials, innovative architectural assemblies, sustainable materials and the technical and design opportunities offered by the continuing exploration of contemporary materials.
Professor Fernandez began his architectural career in New York City where he was a senior designer in the firms of Kohn Pedersen Fox and Polshek and Partners. He is a principal of Lampietti-Fernandez Architects with his wife, Malvina Lampietti.