The research of McEwen Studio encompasses both theory and making.  Focused on public urban culture, the McEwen Studio design practice and curatorial work have received national and international recognition for relating experimental design practice to contemporary urban cultures and political engagement.

Collaborating often with artists, theorists and cultural institutions, McEwen Studio’s work explores radically contemporary ways of forming a relationship between site and collectivity. This has included experiments with temporary spatial construction, portable furniture, collective manifestos, and software plug-ins, as well as built environment work in adaptive reuse and urban design, primarily in Detroit.

As an Assistant Professor at Princeton University’s School of Architecture, McEwen also leads research associated with the Embodied Computation Lab and its integration into graduate-level and undergraduate-level courses.  This includes the Building and Fabrication Technologies course for architecture majors, which combines fabrication exercises with theoretical texts on craft, technology, and various subjectivities of work.