Bish Sanyal

Bish Sanyal is a Ford International Professor of Urban Development and Planning and Director of the Special Program in Urban and Regional Studies (SPURS)/ Humphrey Fellows Program at MIT. Professor Sanyal joined MIT in 1984, served as the Head of the Department of Urban Studies and Planning from 1994 to 2002 and was the Chair of the Faculty at MIT from 2007 to 2009. Professor Sanyal’s research, publication and leadership experience reflect the multi-disciplinary nature of the field of Urban Planning. With degrees in Architecture and City Planning, and a strong interest in the interconnection between the developing world and the United States, Professor Sanyal has long held an interest in international planning education. Professor Sanyal is currently a MacVicar Fellow for outstanding undergraduate teaching,mentoring and educational innovation. He has served as the Head of Department and Head of the International Development Group at the Department of Urban Studies and Planning.

Professor Sanyal has recently completed a project to create the curriculum for a new university, the IIHS in Bangalore, India and is currently involved in a $10 million dollar grant from USAID to create a new center at MIT on Comprehensive Initiative on Technology Evaluation.

Areas of Interest
Economic Development, History and Theory of Planning, Housing, International Development


2018 -
2018 Lim Global Award , Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning and the School of Planning
2011 - 2021
2011 MacVicar Faculty Fellow, MIT