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Remembering John de Monchaux

Former dean of the School of Architecture and Planning, John Pierre de Monchaux, was an idealistic and optimistic planner and architect, known for his ability to nurture dialogue and to forge consensus. During his tenure as dean from 1981-1992, de Monchaux achieved major milestones in the school’s history, including the completion of the award-winning Rotch Library extension in Building 7, the establishment of the MIT Center for Real Estate, and the opening of the MIT Media Lab. De Monchaux, passed away on April 30, after living with Parkinson’s disease for 20 years. He was 81.

“He helped many of us, faculty and students alike, to design better cities,” said department head Eran Ben-Joseph, who worked with de Monchaux in DUSP. “He was a true friend, mentor, and colleague — a person of genuine integrity, great wisdom, and a gentle soul who will be sorely missed.”

Read Ken Shulman's MIT News story to learn more about de Monchaux's legacy as a facilitator of agreements through consensus and friendships.

A memorial service honoring de Monchaux will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 29, 2018 in the MIT Chapel. 

Image credit: School of Architecture and Planning

Adapted from Ken Schulman's MIT News Story