Sarah Williams, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Technology and Urban Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT); Director of the Civic Data Design Lab and the Leventhal Center for Advanced Urbanism.
Sarah Williams is an Associate Professor of Technology and Urban Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where she is also Director of the Civic Data Design Lab and the Leventhal Center for Advanced Urbanism. Williams combines her training in computation and design to create communication strategies that expose urban policy issues to broad audiences and create civic change. She calls the process Data Action, which is also the name of her recent book published by MIT Press. Williams is co-founder and developer of Envelope.city, a web-based software product that visualizes and allows users to modify zoning 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). Her design work has been widely exhibited including work in the Guggenheim, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Venice Biennale, and the Cooper Hewitt Museum. Williams has won numerous awards including being named one of the top 25 technology planners and Game Changer by Metropolis Magazine.
Session Speakers and Moderators
Urban Housing and Data
Geoff Boeing, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Sol Price School of Public Policy, University of Southern California; Director of the Urban Data Lab
PhD Candidate, Department of Sociology, University of Washington
Anaid Yerena, Ph.D., moderator
Associate Professor, School of Urban Studies, University of Washington
Mobility Tech at the Human Scale
Kari Watkins, Ph.D.
Frederick Law Olmsted Associate Professor, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Georgia Tech
Ph.D. candidate, Urban Design & Planning Interdisciplinary Ph.D. program, University of Washington
Minming Cai, moderator
Ph.D. student, Urban Design & Planning Interdisciplinary Ph.D. program, University of Washington
Global Perspectives on Emerging Technologies
Kristine Stiphany, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor and Founder of CHAPA Civic Data Lab, College of Architecture, Texas Tech University
Bo Zhao, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Geography, University of Washington
PhD Candidate, Built Environment, University of Washington
Natural Resources and the Urban Environment
Felipe Correa, Ph.D.
Vincent and Eleanor Shea Professor, School of Architecture, University of Virginia
Jan Whittington, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Urban Design & Planning, University of Washington
Jenn Engelke, moderator
Ph.D. candidate, Built Environment and Lecturer, Landscape Architecture, University of Washington
Elizabeth Umbanhowar, moderator
Ph.D. candidate, Built Environment and Senior Lecturer, Landscape Architecture, University of Washington
Closing Plenary: Digital Futures in the City
Ph.D. Candidate, Urban Design and Planning Interdisciplinary PhD Program, University of Washington
Ph.D. Candidate, Built Environment, University of Washington
Carrie Sturts Dossick, Ph.D.
P.D. Koon Endowed Professor, Construction Management, Adjunct Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Associate Dean of Research, College of Built Environments, University of Washington
Manish Chalana, Ph.D., moderator
Associate Professor, Urban Design & Planning and Adjunct Professor, Architecture and Landscape Architecture, University of Washington