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Daniel Hewett, Director

Daniel Hewett is a teacher, architect, and researcher. His work explores complex environments as sources of systemic insight and value creation.
He has held teaching and research appointments at The Rhode Island School of Design, MIT, and Northeastern University’s Graduate School of Architecture. He is a speaker, critic, and advisor in design, innovation, and entrepreneurship in the US and abroad.

Prior to forming
OCULAR, Daniel led the Office of Academic Research + Partnerships at the Rhode Island School of Design and co-founded the Center for Complexity, leading its Strategic Design Pedagogies program in the US, Europe, and India. 

He is the founder and director of Urbanframe at MIT, a multi-year research program mobilizing youth to design and build prototype solutions to problems of spatial inequity; projects range in scale and transcend disciplines, from architecture and landscape to industrial design and graphics.

Daniel was the Director of Design at Dyer Brown and Associates, Architects in Boston. His built work includes interior and adaptive reuse projects, historic preservation, and new residential and commercial commissions.

Daniel studied at Rice University's Graduate School of Architecture. His thesis, “Architecture and the Productive Implications of Pause,” examined the spatial expression of cultural wisdom in the colonias of migrant families on the outskirts of Progresso, Texas. 

Current field research for the fairwitness project focuses on documenting the unique sensing and navigational gifts of individuals whose place-based wisdom enables them to thrive in the face of complex challenges.
selected partners

Boston Scientific, Cessna, Chanel, ESPN, Florim, GGP, Goldman Sachs' 10K Small Businesses, Hayworth, Hyundai, Infosys, Infosys, Samsung, Steinway, International Fragrances and Flavors, Johnson & Johnson, Joint Special Operations University, Lego, Levis, LG, Mass Mutual, Microsoft, NASA, Natchmann, Nike, NPR, Patagonia,  Phillips, Providence Ballet Theater, Saint Gobain, World Economic Forum, USAid

selected clients

Aureus Asset Management, Battery Ventures, Baupost Group, Charles River Ventures, City Year, Dyer Brown, Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts, Epsilon, Equity Office, Fidelity, For Eyes Optical, Liberty Mutual, Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers, Osushi, Prism Ventures, Reebok, Ropes & Gray, Sheppard Kaplan , Sports Club LA, State Street Corporation, TESS, University of Massachusetts, US Army, and Windjammer Capital Investors

seminars + studios

“Obstacles: Case Studies in Design Practice”

“Thesis Seminar: Making and Meaning”

“Representation in Landscape"

“Issues in Landscape Architectural History”  

“Brickloaf: Space, Structure, and Form in Reuse”

“Modus Operandi- Parking Lot Ecologies”

“Spatial Transitions:  Jump, Cut, Fade”

“Hab/Rehab: A Live/Work Halfway House”

“Details in Adaptive Environments”

“Landform Investigations”

“Inter|Commons: Urban Systems in Tijuana”

design build programs


Radical Sites

Swift Series

Public Chiller

Busker Boxes

Spaces Between Places

Food Truck  - Liminal Infrastructures

Sketchy Networks- Mapping Workshop

Sugar House/Vet Clinic- New Hybrids

Chicken Ark- Local Global Insight

Sustainable SH/Ed

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