Takeo Kuwabara

Takeo completed bachelor’s degree at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He graduated with Dean’s Honors and majors in East Asian Studies with a focus on Japanese, Asian American Studies, and Biology. He was a Joan B. Kroc Fellow at the University of San Diego where he completed a Masters in Peace and Justice. Takeo’s research centered on social constructions in visual and representational art and their roles in the planning for post civil conflict regions. His primary research site was Derry, Northern Ireland.

Takeo is a certified mediator with experience working to resolve disputes utilizing facilitative dialogue and mutual gains negotiations techniques. After completing graduate school Takeo and fellow USD graduate, Alejandra Ojeda-Beck, founded an education and micro finance non-profit, Muhuy. Muhuy provides micro grants, loans, and education opportunities through partner organizations to internally displaced persons who do not have access to traditional lending mechanisms. Muhuy primarily works in Peru.

In 2018, Takeo finished a second masters degree at Harvard University, focused on leveraging online tools to enhance consensus building techniques to address the impacts of emergent technologies. He works with the MIT-Harvard Public Disputes Program in the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, the Science Impact Collaborative at MIT, and serves as the Communications Coordinator for the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT. In addition, he is a Fulbright Specialist with the U.S. Department of State and has the great privilege of being a graduate resident tutor (GRT) at Simmons Hall, MIT. In his spare time, Takeo volunteers with MIT's Violence Prevention and Response (VPR) efforts to create systemic change to promote healthy relationships, eliminate sexual violence, and create a more inclusive culture for all MIT community members. He also enjoys board games, yoga, hiking, and rock climbing.

Areas of Interest
Art and Technology, Building Energy, Building Materials, Climate Change, Community Planning and Economic Development, Conflict, Dispute Resolution, Mediation, and Participatory Planning, Education, Environmental Planning, Finance, Globalization, Graphic Representation, International Development, International Studies, Land Use, Land Use Law and Planning, Planning Management, Public Art, Social Equity, Social, Inclusion, and Diversity Planning, Structures, Sustainability, Transportation Planning, Urban Design, Urban Finance, Management, and Urban Economics, Urban Information, Technology, and Media and Analytics, Visualization, Water Conservation