Carlo Ratti

An architect and engineer by training, Professor Carlo Ratti teaches at the MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning, where he directs the Senseable City Lab. Carlo is also a founding partner of the international design and innovation office CRA - Carlo Ratti Associati and was involved in the launch of several companies in the USA and Europe.

Carlo graduated from the Politecnico di Torino, Italy, and the École des Ponts in Paris, France, and later earned his MPhil and PhD degrees at the University of Cambridge, UK. He initially joined MIT as a Fulbright Visiting Scholar in 2001, exploring how new technologies can enable a better integration between the natural and artificial worlds.

Carlo has coauthored over 500 publications and is one of the top-10 most-citied scholars in urban studies. He is also an active contributor to the debate on cities and technology, and he has been a contributor to several general publications including Project Syndicate, The New York Times, Washington Post, Financial Times, Scientific American, Le Monde, CNN and BBC. He has also been a presenter at TED (in 2011 and 2015), a special adviser to the European Commission and currently serves as a member of the World Economic Forum Global Future Council on cities.

Carlo’s work was exhibited in several venues including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Guggenheim Museum, the Venice Biennale, the Design Museum Barcelona, the Science Museum in London and MAXXI in Rome. Additionally, he has been a curator of the 2012 BMW Guggenheim Pavilion, the Shenzhen Biennale, the urban director of Manifesta and a co-curator of the Porto Biennale.
Three of Carlo’s projects have been included by TIME Magazine in the list of the ‘Best Inventions of the Year’. He has been featured in Esquire Magazine’s "Best and Brightest" list and in Wired Magazine’s "Smart List – 50 people who will change the world". 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.

Areas of Interest
Education, Transportation and Mobility, Urban Information, Technology, and Media and Analytics