Malcolm is currently a Ph.D. student at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation.
He lives and works in New York City with his partner Aaron Tobey and their pet pug Petrol.


Education
Columbia University
Ph.D. student in Architecture.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Master of Science in Architecture Studies, 2019.

Rhode Island School of Design
Master of Architecture, 2015.

Towson University
Bachelor of Science, Philosophy, 2012.
Bachelor of Fine Arts, 2012.


Teaching
Rhode Island School of Design
Visiting Lecturer, 2017-2018.

Maryland Institute College of Art
AICAD Teaching Fellow, 2015-2017.


Publications
Rio, Malcolm, and Aaron Tobey. “Problem Seeking/Problem Solving: The Limits of Critical Practice.” Hybrid 2 (2018).

Rio, Malcolm, and Aaron Tobey. “That Is Not Architecture, This Is Not Urban Planning: Designing Disciplinary Obsolescence.” Frank News. May 31, 2018.

Rio, Malcolm. “The Definition of Line” Drawing, Research, Theory, Practice 2 (2017): 123–128.

Rio, Malcolm . “Black Mobility Matters: An Exploratory Study of Uber, Hacking, and the Commons in Baltimore.” Architecture_MPS Journal 10 (2016): 1–27.

Commissaris, Rebecca, and Aaron Forrest, Malcolm Rio, Yasmin Vobis. “Jury Comments” Work in Progress: Doubletake. (2015): 55.


Conferences
Black Production and the Space of the University
Rio, Malcolm. "Reframing Architectural Subjectivity through the Black Intellectual Tradition." Columbia University. New York, New York. March 30, 2019.


Architectures, Natures & Data: The Politics of Environments
Rio, Malcolm, and Aaron Tobey. “Bias by Design: The Limits of Sustainability and Citizenship in Smart Cities.” Estonian Academy of Arts. Tallinn, Estonia. April 20-23, 2017.

Digital-Cultural Ecology and the Medium-Sized City
Rio, Malcolm. “Black Mobility Matters: An Exploratory Study of Uber, Hacking, and the Commons in Baltimore.” Architecture_MPS & the University of West England. Bristol, United Kingdom. April 3, 2016.

The Left Forum
Farooq, Sameer, and C. Guadalupe, Malcolm Rio, Jordan Taylor. “Archiving A Revolution.” John Jay University. New York, New York. June 1, 2014.

AIGA Ink & Pixels
Rio, Malcolm. “A Post-capitalist Design.” Maryland Institute College of Art. Baltimore, Maryland. April 21, 2012.

Towson University Student Research & Scholarship Expo
Rio, Malcolm. “Eastern Thanatology.” Towson University. Towson, Maryland. April 18, 2012.

The Left Forum
Dhillon, Nitasha, and Amin Husain, Susan Jahoda, Jesal Kapadia, Babak Karimi, Malcolm Rio, Robert Sember. “Economics, Art, & Design in the Occupation.” Pace University. New York, New York. March 18, 2012.

National Gay & Lesbian Task Force: Creating Change Conference
Patridge, Eric, and Malcolm Rio. “Gender Binaries & Heteronormative Dominance.” Baltimore, Maryland. January 28, 2012.

National Out for Work Conference
Patridge, Eric, and Malcolm Rio. “oSTEM.” Washington, D.C., September 23, 2011.

Mid-Atlantic Region Association for Asian Studies Conference
Choi, Suck, and Wolfgang Fuchs, Malcolm Rio, Stephen Scales. “A Philosophical Discussion on the Meaning of Life & Death.” Princeton University. Princeton, New Jersey. October 22, 2011.

BMORE Proud Leadership Summit
Rio, Malcolm. “Hypersensitivity as a Byproduct of Other-ism.” Johns Hopkins University. Baltimore, Maryland. Spring 2011.


Awards
Arthur Rotch Special Prize
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Architecture, 2019.

Master of Science in Architecture Studies Prize for Thesis
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Architecture, 2019.

MIT Department of Architecture Merit Scholarship
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Architecture, 2018-2019.


Leventhal Center for Advanced Urbanism Fellowship in “Equitable Resilience”
MIT Leventhal Center for Advanced Urbanism, 2018–2019.

Louis C. Rosenberg Travel Fellowship
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “Utopia: French (Post)modern Architecture,” Summer 2018.

Azure Magazine Feature
Agnew, David. “Malcolm John Rio’s Work Explores Race, Class, and Design.” Azure Magazine. January 17, 2018.

AICAD Post-Graduate Teaching Fellowship
Association of Independent College of Art & Design, 2015–2017. 

Graduate Student Commencement Speaker
Rhode Island School of Design, 2015. 

Alpha Rho Chi Medal
Rhode Island School of Design, Department of Architecture, 2015.


Graduate Student Conference Fund
Rhode Island School of Design, Department of Graduate Studies. “Archiving A Revolution,” 2014.

Architectural Studies Travel Grant
Rhode Island School of Design, Department of Architecture. “Northern Vision of Sri Lanka,” 2014.

Graduate Fellowship
Rhode Island School of Design, Department of Architecture. 2012–2015.

Undergraduate Research Committee Travel Grant
Towson University, Department of Undergraduate Research and Creative Inquiry, “A Philosophical Discussion on the Meaning of Life & Death,” 2012. 

Scholarship for Environmental Initiatives & Social Change
Towson University, Department of Art + Design, 2012. 

Undergraduate Research Committee Travel Grant
Towson University, Department of Undergraduate Research and Creative Inquiry, “Economics, Art, & Design in the Occupation,” 2011. 

American In-house Design Award
GDUSA Magazine, “Live It! Campaign,” 2010.


Service
Hybrid Journal
Peer Reviewer, 2019.

MIT Architecture Student Council (ASC) 
Dinner With the In-Laws (DWILS) Organizing Committee, Fall 2018.

MIT Architecture Student Cabinet (ASC) 
SMArchS-degree representative, 2018–2019.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology Graduate Student Council (GSC)
Inaugural Vice-Chair of Outreach for the Diversity & Inclusion Subcommittee 2017–2018.

Rethinking Marxism Journal
Peer Reviewer, 2015–2017.

Research & IRB Faculty Committee
Maryland Institute College of Art, 2016–2017.

Exhibitions Faculty Committee
Maryland Institute College of Art, 2015–2016.

Architecture, Urbanism, & the Humanities Symposium
Graduate Assistant, Rhode Island School of Design and Brown University, 2015

RISD Writing Center for Arts and Languages 
Graduate Assistant, 2012–2015.

BMORE Proud Queer College Collation
Conference Co-Organizer and Chair of Marketing & Design, Johns Hopkins University, 2010–2011.

American Institute for Graphic Arts
President, Towson University Chapter, 2011–2012.

LGBT Pride Mentor Program
Peer-mentor, Towson University, 2011–2012.


Professional
Innovation Policy Internship Program,
Sponsored by the Embassy of France in the United States and MIT’s MISTI-France. Stationed at Les Hôpitaux Universitaires de Strasbourg. Strasbourg, France. Summer 2019.

MIT Leventhal Center for Advanced Urbanism
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Leventhal Fellow in “Equitable Resilience,” 2018-2019.


DESINE-LAB
Central Falls, Rhode Island
Design-Build Intern, Summer 2014.
 

Bigprototype, L.L.C. 
Brooklyn, New York
Architectural Design Intern, Summer 2013.
 

Towson University Design Center
Towson, Maryland
Graphic Design Intern, 2010–2012.

Creative Alliance
Baltimore, Maryland
Gallery Installation Intern, Summer 2010.


Exhibitions
SA+P Thesis Show
Group show, Cambridge, Massachusetts, June 6-September 1, 2019.

Arrival Studio: Athens
Group show, Cambridge, Massachusetts,  February 22-March 31, 2019.


RISD Graduate Thesis Show
Group show, Providence Convention Center, 2015. 

Body : Talk 
Group show, Gelman Gallery, Providence, Rhode Island, April 5-28, 2013. 

AIGA Spring Exhibition
Group Show (curator), Towson, Maryland, 2012. 

Towson Senior Exhibition
Group show, Towson, Maryland, 2012. 

QUEER: An Art Show
Group show, Towson, Maryland, 2012.


Skills
Software
AutoCAD, Adobe Creative Suite, ArcGIS, Grasshopper, HTML/CSS, Mac OS, Microsoft Office, Processing, Python, Revit, Rhino, Sketchup, Unity, Vectorworks, Vray, Windows OS.

Design
Branding, Bookbinding, Drafting, Illustration, Logo design, Model–making, Photography, Publication design, Silkscreen, Typography, Web design.

Language
English: Native.
French: Beginner.


Memberships
The Architecture Lobby, 2018–present.
American Institute for Graphic Arts, 2011-2012 and 2015–2017.



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