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John and Magda McHale Fellowship

The McHale Fellow program supports design work that involves speculation on the impact of new technologies on architecture.

Magda McHale

Magda McHale and her husband, John McHale, helped found the Independent Group, a British movement in the 1960s fascinated with American mass culture and technology.

Magda Cordell McHale McHale first rose to prominence as a painter in the 1950s in England. She and her husband, John McHale, were among the founders of the London-based Independent Group, the British movement and group of artists, critics and architects fascinated with American mass culture and post-World War II technologies. After moving to America to work with Buckminster Fuller, the McHales went on to study the impact of emerging technologies on the future of human societies, research that Magda continued here in Buffalo after she joined its design faculty in 1978. Magda was an integral part of the school until  she retired in 1999. She continued her research as a fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science and through her artistic endeavors until her death in 2008. In celebration of the McHales' diverse legacy that ranges from pop art to ecology, the McHale Fellowship fosters an integration of teaching with creative activity and research.

"Society needs to know where it's been before it can know where its going" - Magda Cordell McHale

Dorita Hannah: 2012-13 McHale Fellow

Dr. Dorita Hannah is an interdisciplinary designer who works between spatial and performance practices with a focus on ‘event-space’. Her designs and scholarly publications investigate how the built environment housing an event is itself an event and an integral driver of experience. She publishes on practices that negotiate between art, architecture and theater, with her creative work incorporating scenographic, interior, exhibition and installation design as well as a specialized architectural consultancy in buildings for the visual & performing arts. Dr. Hannah is an active contributor to the Prague Quadrennial and World Stage Design, sits on several editorial and executive boards, and has gained international awards for her design and research.

Previous McHale Fellows

  • 2009-10 Hannes Stiefel
  • 2008-09 James Lowder
  • 2007-08 Sheila Kennedy
  • 2006-07 Raoul Bunschoten
  • 2005-06 James Cathcart
  • 2004-05 Wolfgang Tschappeller
  • 2003-04 Lebbeus Woods
  • 2002-03 Neil Spiller
  • 2001-02 Mark Wigley
  • 2000-01 Michael Webb