Full Faculty


Eran Ben-Joseph


Department Head
(617) 253-7305
Contact: Sandra Elliot,

Eran Ben-Joseph is a Professor and Head of the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

His research and teaching areas include urban and physical design, standards and regulations, sustainable site planning technologies and urban retrofitting. He authored and co-authored the books: Streets and the Shaping of Towns and Cities, Regulating Place: Standards and the Shaping of Urban America, The Code of the City, RENEW Town and ReThinking a Lot. Eran worked as a city planner, urban designer and landscape architect in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and the United States on projects including new towns and residential developments, streetscapes, stream restorations, and parks and recreation planning. He has led national and international multi-disciplinary projects in Singapore, Barcelona, Santiago, Tokyo and Washington DC among other places.

Eran holds degrees from the University of California at Berkeley and Chiba National University of Japan. Current Research: Urban Form and Health, Urban Form and the Aging Population, Urban Form and Ecological Models of Development, Urban Form and Manufacturing.

Alexander D'Hooghe


Associate Professor

Alexander D’Hooghe is associate professor with tenure at MIT and founding partner of the ‘Organization for Permanent Modernity’, a professional firm and think tank for urbanism and architecture, with locations in Boston and Brussels. Currently, he also directs the MIT Center for Advanced Urbanism at MIT, focused on large-scale contemporary design problems. He has published internationally, notably with ‘the Liberal Monument’ (Princeton, Fall 2010) and with recent papers in relevant journals in Germany, Israel, Spain, the Netherlands, Belgium, the USA, etc. His urban designs and analyses have included sites in New York City, Shenzhen, Brussels, Ostend, The Hague, Reykjavik, South-Korea, parts of Russia, etc.

With the design office, he develops durable architectures: simple artifacts able to handle complex demands and requirements. Currently ongoing projects include a masterplan for the slaughterhouse district in Brussels (including a 25,000 sq.m. market building), development prototypes for middle ring suburbs in East Coast cities (for NAIOP), a series of public facilities and town centers around Brussels, a plan for the protection and expansion of the coastline between France and the Netherlands (68km, 2009), as well as a competition-winning entry for a large landfill in South-Korea (401, 2008). D’Hooghe obtained his Ph.D. at the Berlage Institute in 2007 with T.U. Delft, after achieving a Masters in Urban Design at the Harvard GSD in 2001, and a master in Architecture and Civil Engineering from the University of Leuven in 1996. He worked with among others Rem Koolhaas and Marcel Smets.

Lawrence Vale


Chair, PhD Program (On Leave Spring 17)
(617) 253-0561

Lawrence Vale is Ford Professor of Urban Design and Planning at MIT, where he served as Head of the Department of Urban Studies and Planning from 2002 until January 2009. He has taught in the MIT School of Architecture and Planning since 1988, and he is currently the director of the Resilient Cities Housing Initiative (RCHI), a unit of the School’s Center for Advanced Urbanism. He was president of the Society for American City and Regional Planning History for 2011-2013. Vale holds degrees from Amherst College (B.A. in American Studies, summa cum laude), M.I.T. (S.M.Arch.S.), and the University of Oxford (D.Phil.), which he attended as a Rhodes Scholar. He is the author or editor of nine books examining urban design, housing and planning.

Much of Professor Vale's most recent published work has examined the history, politics, and design of American public housing. These books include From the Puritans to the Projects: Public Housing and Public Neighbors (2001 "Best Book in Urban Affairs"); and Reclaiming Public Housing: A Half Century of Struggle in Three Public Neighborhoods (2005 Paul Davidoff Award). This research has been supported by a Guggenheim Fellowship, and has also received the Chester Rapkin Award from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning, an EDRA/Places Award for “Place Research,” and the John M. Corcoran Award for Community Investment.

His most recent book, Purging the Poorest: Public Housing and the Design Politics of Twice-Cleared Communities (University of Chicago Press, 2013) focuses on Atlanta and Chicago, comparing the slum clearance era that yielded the first public housing with the current spate of public housing demolition and redevelopment. This book has received "best book" awards from both the International Planning History Society (2014) and the Urban Affairs Association (2015). His co-edited book, with Nicholas Bloom and Fritz Umbach, entitled “Public Housing Myths: Perceptions, Reality and Social Policy” was released by Cornell University Press in 2015. He is currently at work on new book project that explores the variation of HOPE VI public housing redevelopment practices across the United States, provisionally entitled "After the Projects."

Prior to his work on public housing, Professor Vale was the author of Architecture, Power, and National Identity (1992), a book about capital city design on six continents, which received the 1994 Spiro Kostof Book Award for Architecture and Urbanism from the Society of Architectural Historians. A revised, 2nd edition of the book was published by Routledge in 2008. He is also the author of The Limits of Civil Defence (Macmillan and St. Martin’s Press, 1987), a book based on his dissertation.

Additionally, Vale is co-editor, with Sam Bass Warner, Jr., of Imaging the City: Continuing Struggles and New Directions (2001); co-editor, with Thomas J. Campanella, of The Resilient City: How Modern Cities Recover From Disaster (2005); and co-editor, with Bish Sanyal and Christina Rosan, of Planning Ideas That Matter: Livability, Territoriality, Governance, and Reflective Practice (2012). Finally, he is the author of a monograph about the history of the MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning, Changing Cities: 75 Years of Planning Better Futures at MIT (SA+P Press, 2008).

At MIT, he has won the Institute’s highest award for teaching (MacVicar Faculty Fellowship), as well as departmental awards for advising and service to students.

Sarah Williams


Assistant Professor
(617) 258-0461
Civic Data Design Lab

Sarah Williams is currently an Assistant Professor of Urban Planning and the Director of the Civic Data Design Lab at Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) School of Architecture and Planning School. The Civic Data Design Lab works with data, maps, and mobile technologies to develop interactive design and communication strategies that bring urban policy issues to broader audiences. Trained as a Geographer (Clark University), Landscape Architect (University of Pennsylvania), and Urban Planner (MIT), her work combines geographic analysis and design. Her design work has been widely exhibited including work in the Guggenheim and the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City. Before coming to MIT, Williams was Co-Director of the Spatial Information Design Lab at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation (GSAPP). Williams has won numerous awards including being named top 25 planners in the technology and 2012 Game Changer by Metropolis Magazine. Her work is currently on view in the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York.

Brent D. Ryan


Associate Professor
Head, City Design and Development Group
(617) 324-1874

Brent D. Ryan is Associate Professor of Urban Design and Public Policy and Head of the City Design and Development Group. His work examines the aesthetics and practice of contemporary urban design, particularly in postindustrial cities and neighborhoods. He is author of two books: Plural Urbanism, which will be published by MIT Press in 2016, and Design After Decline: How America rebuilds shrinking cities, which was selected by Planetizen as one of its ten best urban planning books of 2012. Ryan has also published in a number of journals, including the Journal of Urban Design, Journal of Planning History, and the Journal of the American Planning Association, which awarded his article “Reading Through A Plan” its best article of 2011, as well as in several edited books, including The City After Abandonment and the Oxford Handbook of Urban Planning. Prior to joining MIT, Ryan taught at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he was also Co-Director of the City Design Center. Ryan holds a B.S. in biology from Yale University, a M. Arch. from Columbia University, and a Ph.D. in urban design and planning from MIT.


Dennis Frenchman


Professor, Associate Dean

Dennis Frenchman is the Leventhal Professor of Urban Design and Planning at MIT, where he is Associate Dean and chair of the Masters in City Planning program. He is also on the faculty of the Center for Real Estate. He has taught and practiced extensively in Asia, Europe, and South America and served as External Advisor on urban livability to the President of the World Bank.

Frenchman is a registered architect, and founding principal of ICON architecture in Boston an international architecture and urban design firm. Dennis Frenchman’s practice and research focuses on the transformation of cities. He is an expert on the application of digital technology to city design and has designed large-scale media oriented cities and industrial clusters including Seoul Digital Media City in Korea, the Digital Mile in Zaragoza, Spain, Media City: UK in Salford, England, Twofour54 in Abu Dhabi, and Ciudad Creativa Digital, Guadalajara, Mexico. He has a particular interest in the redevelopment of industrial sites and has prepared plans for the renewal of textile mill towns, canals, rail corridors, steels mills, coal and oil fields, shipyards and ports, including many of international cultural significance.

Currently he is leading an MIT research effort to develop new models for clean energy urbanization in China, sponsored by the Energy Foundation. He is the author of articles and books on advanced urban design, including Technological Imagination and the Historic City (2008, Ligouri, with William J. Mitchell, et al). His work has been widely recognized including awards from Progressive Architecture, the American Institute of Architects, and three citations from the American Planning Association for the most outstanding projects in the United States.

Carlo Ratti

Carlo Ratti


Professor of the Practice
Director, SENSEable City Lab
(617) 253-7926

An architect and engineer by training, Professor Carlo Ratti teaches at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he directs the Senseable City Lab, and is a founding partner of the international design office Carlo Ratti Associati. He graduated from the Politecnico di Torino and the École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées in Paris, and later earned his MPhil and PhD at the University of Cambridge, UK.

Ratti has co-authored over 250 publications and holds several patents. His work has been exhibited worldwide at venues such as the Venice Biennale, the Design Museum Barcelona, the Science Museum in London, and The Museum of Modern Art in New York. Two of his projects – the Digital Water Pavilion and the Copenhagen Wheel – have been included by TIME Magazine in the list of the ‘Best Inventions of the Year’.

Ratti was a presenter at TED, curator of the Future Food District pavilion for the 2015 World Expo in Milan, and is currently serving as both a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council and special adviser on Urban Innovation to the European Commission.

He has been featured in Esquire Magazine’s "Best and Brightest" list and in Wired Magazine’s "Smart List". Blueprint Magazine included him among the "25 People who will Change the World of Design", and Fast Company named him as one of the "50 Most Influential Designers in America".

As well as being a regular contributor to Project Syndicate, he has written for international media including The New York Times, Washington Post, Financial Times, Scientific American, BBC, Il Sole 24 Ore, La Stampa, Corriere della Sera, Domus.

Anne Whiston Spirn

Anne Whiston Spirn



Anne Spirn has an international reputation as the preeminent scholar working at the intersection of landscape architecture and environmental planning. Her first book, The Granite Garden: Urban Nature and Human Design, won the President's Award of Excellence from the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) in 1984, has been translated into two other languages, and remains a standard university text. Her new book, The Language of Landscape, sets out a theory of landscape and aesthetics that takes account of both human interpretive frameworks and natural process. She is a professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Spirn is credited with playing a seminal role in applying theories and principles of ecological landscape design to urban areas. Her path-breaking scholarly research and writing applies ecological principles to urban settings. Since 1987, she has directed the West Philadelphia Landscape Project (WPLP), in an inner city community near the University of Pennsylvania. The WPLP links landscape design, community development, and urban stormwater management through an action research program integrating research, teaching and community service. Its goals include development of strategic landscape plans to enhance environmental quality, implementation of landscape improvements to stimulate economic development, and mutual strengthening of public school curricula and undergraduate and professional education. The project was cited as a "Model of Best Practice" at a White House summit in March 1999 for forty leading "Scholars and Artists in Public life."

Anne Whiston Spirn received a B.A. from Radcliffe College and M.L.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.

Alan Berger


Norman B. and Muriel Leventhal Professor of Advanced Urbanism
Co-Director, LCAU, MIT Leventhal Center for Advanced Urbanism; Director, P-REX lab at MIT
(617) 253-6707

Alan Berger is Professor of Landscape Architecture and Urban Design at Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he teaches courses open to the entire student body. He is founding director of P-REX lab, at MIT, a research lab focused on environmental problems caused by urbanization, including the design, remediation, and reuse of waste landscapes worldwide. He is also Co-Director of CAU, MIT Center for Advanced Urbanism. All of his research and work emphasizes the link between our consumption of natural resources, and the waste and destruction of landscape, to help us better understand how to proceed with redesigning around our wasteful lifestyles for more intelligent design and development outcomes. Unlike conventional practice, there are no scalar limits in his outlook or pedagogy: projects are defined by the extent of the urban and environmental problems being addressed. He coined the term “Systemic Design” to describe the reintegration of disvalued landscapes into our urbanized territories and regional ecologies. In addition to his award winning books Drosscape: Wasting Land in Urban America, and Reclaiming the American West, his other books include Designing the Reclaimed Landscape, Nansha Coastal City: Landscape and Urbanism in the Pearl River Delta (with Margaret Crawford). His most recently published books are Systemic Design Can Change the World and Landscape + Urbanism Around the Bay of Mumbai (with Rahul Mehrotra). He also edited CAU's 2013 Report on the State of Health + Urbanism. He has established, (in collaboration with USEPA Superfund Region 8 and Tiffany & Company Foundation) the world's first web portal for community-based reclamation design advocacy at Prior to MIT he was Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture at Harvard-GSD, 2002-2008. He is a Prince Charitable Trusts Fellow of The American Academy in Rome.

Miho Mazereeuw



Assistant Professor
Director of the Urban Risk Lab at MIT

Architect and Landscape architect Miho Mazereeuw, is an assistant professor of architecture and urbanism at MIT and is the director of the Urban Risk Lab []. Working on a large, territorial scale with an interest in public spaces and the urban experience, Mazereeuw is known for her work in disaster resilience.

In the Urban Risk Lab multi-disciplinary groups of researchers work to innovate on technologies, materials, processes, and systems to reduce risk. Operating on several scales, the Lab develops methods to embed risk reduction and preparedness into the design of the regions, cities and urban spaces to increase the resilience of local communities.

Miho Mazereeuw taught at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University and the University of Toronto prior to joining the faculty at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. As an Arthur W. Wheelwright Fellow, she is completing her forthcoming book entitled Preemptive Design: Disaster and Urban Development along the Pacific Ring of Fire featuring case studies on infrastructure design, multifunctional public space and innovative planning strategies in earthquake prone regions. Her design work on disaster prevention has been exhibited globally. As the director of the Urban Risk Lab at MIT, Mazereeuw is collaborating on a number of projects with institutions and organizations in the field of disaster reconstruction/prevention and is currently working in Haiti, India, Japan and Chile.

Mazereeuw was formerly an Associate at the Office for Metropolitan Architecture and has also worked in the offices of Shigeru Ban and Dan Kiley. Mazereeuw completed a Bachelor of Arts with High Honors in Sculpture and Environmental Science at Wesleyan University and her Master in Architecture and in Landscape Architecture with Distinction at the Harvard Graduate School of Design where she was awarded the Janet Darling Webel Prize and the Charles Eliot Traveling Fellowship.

Adele Naude Santos



Adèle Naudé Santos, FAIA, is a Professor and served as the Dean of the School of Architecture and Planning from 2004 to 2015. Prior to that she was professor at the University of California, Berkeley, College of Environmental Design where her academic focus was the design of housing environments.

Professor Santos has an AA Diploma from the Architectural Association in London. She also received a Master of Architecture in Urban Design from Harvard University as well as a Master of Architecture and a Master of City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania.

Her academic career includes professorships at University of California Berkeley, Harvard University, Rice University, and the University of Pennsylvania, where she also served as Chair of the Department of Architecture. She was the founding Dean of the new School of Architecture at UC San Diego and has had numerous visiting appointments around the world, including Italy and in her native South Africa.

In addition to her academic work, she is principal architect in the San Francisco-based firm, Santos Prescott and Associates. Her architectural and planning projects include affordable and luxury housing and institutional buildings in Africa: South Africa, Swaziland, and Botswana; affordable housing in California and Japan; the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia; the Center for the Arts at Albright College, Reading, PA; the Yerba Buena Gardens Children’s Center in San Francisco; City Links, A Vision Plan for San Diego. She is currently working in Guatemala on a children’s center, and has several projects under construction in China.

Dean Santos has received housing awards and honors including the 2009 Topaz Medallion for Excellence in Architectural Education. She has won numerous competitions for projects including the Perris Civic Center (CA), three facilities at Arts Park (CA), the Affordable Prototypical Multi-Family Housing for Franklin/LaBrea in Los Angeles, and Penn Children’s Center (PA).

Most recently at MIT she was the Principle Investigator for a two year study for Sekisui House, Japan, on sustainable urban housing and community 2050. She, along with fellow MIT faculty and students, have begun a research project with a major firm in China to design and construct a demonstration business park.

She serves as a juror for numerous national and international design competitions and award programs and has published extensively in journals and books.

She holds N.C.A.R.B. Certification, is a registered architect in Massachusetts and Pennsylvania and is a Member of the Pennsylvania Society of Architects, the American Institute of Architects, and the Architect’s Registration Council, UK.

Terry Szold

Terry Szold


Adjunct Professor

Terry Szold, MRP, is Adjunct Professor of Land Use Planning and principal of Community Planning Solutions. She has close to 30 years of experience in land use, strategic, and comprehensive planning. She was Planning Director for the Town of Burlington, Massachusetts, from 1988 to 1994, when she came to MIT. Previously, she served in a variety of senior planning positions in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Terry’s on-going consulting work includes the preparation of smart growth and mixed use zoning regulations in various cities and towns in the New England region. She has worked on multiple master plans, land use and zoning analyses, design peer reviews, re-use plans, and been involved as an expert in land use legal cases.

She is co-editor of the books: Smart Growth: Form and Consequences, published by The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy in 2002, and, with Eran Ben-Joseph, Regulating Place: Standards and the Shaping of Urban America, published by Routledge Press in 2005. Her article, “Mansionization and Its Discontents: Planners and the Challenge of Regulating Monster Homes,” was published in the Journal of the American Planning Association, in spring, 2005. She has also written about the issue of accessibility in the built environment.

In 2011, Terry was presented with the Charles E. Downe Memorial Award by the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Planning Association, given as a recognition for her work as a planner and educator.




Peter Del Tredici


Visiting Lecturer of Applied Ecology and Planning

Peter Del Tredici is an American botanist and author. He is a senior research scientist at Arnold Arboretum.

Del Tredici holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Zoology from University of California, Berkeley, a Master of Arts in Biology from the University of Oregon and a doctorate in Biology from Boston University.

In 2013, Del Tredici was awarded a Veitch Memorial Medal, given by the Royal Horticultural Society for outstanding contribution to the advancement of the science, art, or practice of horticulture.



Susan Silberberg


(617) 253-2027

An accomplished city planner, urban designer, architect, author and educator, Susan Silberberg is Lecturer in Urban Design and Planning in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT. She is the Founder and Managing Director of CivicMoxie, LLC, a planning, urban design, real estate advisory and strategic placemaking group with experience in serving municipalities, not for profits, corporations, developers, foundations, and community groups. Susan is lead author of Places in the Making: How placemaking builds places and communities. This MIT white paper reveals the importance of the placemaking process in building social capital and restoring local political voices in communities:

Susan is currently leading the placemaking effort in Santurce, Puerto Rico for the Foundation for Puerto Rico. Her planning, research and academic endeavors at MIT have been supported by national foundations and competitive research grants. In her planning practice, Susan has led two Boston waterfront planning efforts that identify the unique challenges faced by developers and that propose creative solutions for cultural and public uses along the Harborwalk. She has also created master plans for new arts districts and worked with community development corporations. As Associate Director of the MetLife Innovative Space Awards, she worked with over 100 arts and cultural organizations nationwide to identify best practices for affordable artist space development and community engagement. Susan is completing a book on Artists’ Engagement with Community with groundbreaking insights for funders, developers, community advocates, arts organizations, and artists.

Susan has served as the Associate Director of the Northeast Mayors’ Institute on City Design. She is on the Board of Directors and Program Committee of Historic Boston, Inc., a non-profit developer of endangered historic properties. She also serves on the Board of The Joshua Bates Art Center in the South End of Boston. Susan has a Master in City Planning degree from MIT and a Bachelor of Architecture from Pratt Institute.



Mary Anne Ocampo is a Lecturer in Urban Design in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She practices as an urban designer and Principal at Sasaki Associates, a multidisciplinary firm with an integrated planning and design philosophy. She works on international and domestic institutional and urban projects, leading teams with strategic planning and a commitment to design excellence. Shifting across scales and contexts, Mary Anne’s recent work includes: a research and development district in Malaysia, an urban design vision for the Texas State Capitol District in Austin, and an institutional master plan for Northwestern University.

Mary Anne’s research focuses on urban resilience in socio-economically, and environmentally, vulnerable contexts. At MIT, she and her co-instructor were awarded the MISTI Global Seed Grant to study informal settlements exposed to flooding in Metro Manila with the World Bank in a Citywide Development Approach planning initiative. As the primary investigator of this research, Mary Anne initiated a design studio that explored resiliency strategies that reduce vulnerability to flooding and urban development pressures.

Mary Anne holds a Master of Architecture in Urban Design from Harvard University, a Master of Architecture from Cornell University, and a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Kentucky. In the past, she has held teaching appointments at Syracuse University, Wentworth Institute of Technology, and Cornell University. She serves on the board for the Hideo Sasaki Foundation, is a member of the Society of College and University Planning, an associate member of the American Institute of Architects, a member of Boston Society of Architects, and is an affiliated faculty member with the Center for Advanced Urbanism at MIT. Mary Anne’s design work has been recognized with awards from the American Planning Association, Society of College and University Planning, Boston Society of Architecture, and the Boston Society of Landscape Architecture. She has been recognized by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) for her contributions to urban design thinking as a recipient of the 2016 National Associates Award, the highest honor given to individual associate AIA members.


Marie Law Adams


Marie Law Adams is a co-founding partner of Landing Studio, an architecture, design and research practice whose work negotiates the intersection of large-scale global infrastructure with urban environments. Since 2005 Landing Studio has developed projects with port facilities and infrastructure entities in Boston and New York by designing shared industrial and public access landscapes, light installations, festivals, exhibitions and industrial/community operations agreements. The work of Landing Studio has received such honors as a Progressive Architecture Award and the Architectural League Prize and has been exhibited at institutions including MIT, Parsons and the City College of New York.

Adams is a registered architect. She earned a BArch degree from the University of Michigan and a MArch from MIT, where she was a Presidential Fellow and recipient of the AIA Medal.


Peter Roth



Peter Roth is a developer and real estate consultant with national experience in the area of adaptive reuse and development. His consulting work focuses on developing sustainable and diverse economic and real estate strategies for large complex industrial and waterfront sites. He is president of New Atlantic Corporation that has developed a wide range of housing projects in the Boston area and with a particular emphasis on service-enriched housing for special needs populations.




John De Monchaux


Professor Emeritus
(617) 253-8299

Former Dean, MIT School of Architecture and Planning (1981-1992). Prior to 1981, principal planner with Kinhill Pty. Ltd., a planning, design, and engineering firm in Australia. Previously a principal in the Llewelyn-Davies firms of architects and planners in the United Kingdom and in the United States. Responsible for projects in Australia, Southeast Asia, the United Kingdom, Colombia, Canada, and the United States, including a major program for slum upgrading and new sites and services housing in the Philippines. Founding Chairman of the Boston Civic Design Commission 1988- 1992. From 1992 to 1996, General Manager (part-time) of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, a foundation based in Geneva concerned with the quality of architecture and human opportunity in the Muslim world.A principal with Suzanne Beauchamp de Monchaux in a consulting practice devoted to urban design, research and planning.


Michael Dennis


Professor Emeritus

Michael Dennis has been in private practice in Boston since 1981 and prior to that in Ithaca, New York from 1970. His experience extends over 30 years and includes projects of various types and scales. The firm’s work has been exhibited and published nationally and internationally. Much of the firm’s recent work is institutional, beginning with the Art Museum for the University of California at Santa Barbara, which received First Prize in a national design competition in 1983.

Recently completed are the Science/Technology Building at Syracuse University and the first buildings in the extensive plan for Carnegie Mellon University. The Carnegie Mellon Campus Design won first prize in a major design competition and received a 1988 Progressive Architecture Urban Design Citation as well as a 1990 AIA award. The firm’s Precinct Plan for the University of Southern California in Los Angeles won a 1993 Progressive Architecture Urban Design Citation. Dennis has also lectured widely and is the author of Court and Garden: From the French Hotel to the City of Modern Architecture, 1986. Dennis has also been actively involved in research concerning campus design and planning.

He has used the design studio to explore such issues as the possibility of buildings having their own independent identity, but also relating to the continuity of the place and being a part of the campus fabric. Over the last few years, work at Arizona State University, Syracuse, University of Virginia, the University of Southern California, and Carnegie Mellon University has provided the opportunity for such exploration.

Tunney Lee

Tunney Lee


Professor Emeritus
(617) 258-7275

Tunney Lee is former Head, Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT, and the former Head of the Department of Architecture, Chinese University of Hong Kong . He served as Chief of Planning and Design at the Boston Redevelopment Authority and was also Deputy Commissioner of the Massachusetts Division of Capital Planning and Operations. His research and teaching at MIT has focused on the process of community-based design and he has led many studios involving Boston area neighborhoods including East Boston , Fenway, and Alewife. Most recently, his research has focused on urban development of the Pearl River Delta in China, and an Atlas of Urban Residential Densities. He teaches the Planning Studio in the spring.