Zachary (Zach) Lamb

Zachary Lamb is a doctoral candidate in the City Design and Development Group of the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT. His work bridges the history and theory of planning and design, environmental policy and planning, and the politics of disaster risk. His dissertation research examines the changing spatial politics of urban flooding in the age of climate adaptation and the evolving role of design tools and representations in urban flood infrastructure projects. His dissertation research is centered on case studies in Dhaka and New Orleans, river delta cities whose growth has been substantially shaped by flood risk and protective infrastructure. Zach has had research engagements and support from the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, the American Institute of Bangladesh Studies, the Resilient Cities Housing Initiative, the International Center for Climate Change and Development, the Bengal Institute for Architecture, Landscapes, and Settlements, and the Environmental Law Institute.

Before his doctoral studies, Zach lived and worked in New Orleans. He taught at the Tulane School of Architecture, managed post-Hurricane Katrina redevelopment projects, and created written and built work with Crookedworks, a design-build practice that he co-founded whose work has been widely recognized and exhibited including at the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale. Zach has also been a design-build instructor on projects at MIT and the City Center at Tulane.

Zach has a Master of Architecture degree from MIT and a bachelor’s degree in art and architectural history and environmental studies from Williams College. His writing has been published widely including in the Natural Hazards Observer and the Dhaka Tribune as well as in leading academic journals including the Journal of Architectural Education and the Journal of Planning Education and Research.

Areas of Interest
Climate Change, History and Theory of Planning, Infrastructure Planning, International Development, Landscape, Sustainability, Theory of Urbanism, Urban Design