Eli Keller

Eli Keller

Cambridge, MA, US



Eli Keller is an architect, researcher, and author, currently pursuing a PhD. in History, Theory and Criticism of Architecture and Artprogram at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is the co-editor of the forthcoming 46th volume of the department’s peer-reviewed journal Thresholds, to be published in March 2018. Eli holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Israel (Suma Cum Laude) and a Master in Design Studies (History and Philosophy of Design) with Distinction from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He has served as a research assistant for the Harvard-Mellon Urban Initiative and was a member of the Berlin Portal Research Group. His graduate thesis, under the guidance of professors K. Michael Hays and Erika Naginski, was titled ‘Representing Force’ and investigated the work of the visionary architect Lebbeus Woods. He is the recipient of several grants and awards such as the 2016 Dimitris Pikionis Award from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies Travelling Grant, and the 2016 MIT Presidential Fellowship.

Eli has lectured and served as a visiting critic in various institutions such as Pratt Institute, the Rhode Island School of Design, Boston Architectural College, Bezalel Academy of Arts in Jerusalem, the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Harvard University and MIT. His research engages the intersection of critical theory, representation, and political agency within the design disciplines. He is currently investigating visionary and experimental architectures and imaginary worlds in various media, during and after the late 20th century, while examining them as reactions to sociopolitical, cultural, scientific and technological advancements and transformations.


Eli's Featured Articles on Archinect

Cross-Talk: 'Reflections of Agonist Reflections' by Eliyahu Keller, Wed, May 24 '17

The definition provided by Wikipedia for ‘agonism’ puts an emphasis on the legitimacy of struggle, on its “permanent place”, and less on the outcome of the conflict. With this—and not to say by any means that all struggles are valid—the point is still quite ...

Cross-Talk: 'Reflections of Agonist Reflections' by Eliyahu Keller


Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA, US, PhD, History, Theory and Criticism of Architecture and Art

Sep 2016 - current