Andrew Scott is a registered architect (RIBA) and Associate Professor with Tenure in the Department of Architecture at MIT. He was the Director of the Master of Architecture Program to 2013. He teaches graduate design studios and design research workshops, and advises MArch design theses. He is also affiliated with the Center for Advanced Urbanism, principally through the Health + Urbanism research project.

The focus of his work is around broad interpretations of sustainability in design education, research, and practice in relation to the design for buildings, urban housing and communities, and urban systems within the context of the contemporary and future city. He has completed multiple design studios, design research studies and projects that explore the relationship of architecture and urbanism to health, to climate change, and demands for significant reductions in energy use, carbon footprint, resource depletion, and ecological systems. He has worked and consulted extensively with industrial partners in China, Japan and in the UK- and has organized the MIT international symposiums ‘Dimensions of Sustainability’ and ‘Mass Impact: Cities and Climate Change’.

Andrew Scott’s recent publications includes:


URBAN METRICS BOSTON: Designing and Mapping Cities for Climate Change

RENEWTOWN: Adaptive Urbanism and the Low Carbon Community

GALAPAGOS: Architecture at the Intersection of Biodiversity and Encroachment in the Ecuadorian Galapagos

SELF SUFFICIENT BLOCK: Architecture at the intersection of Network, Resources and Ecology


Recent project work includes:
Villa Housing near Shanghai, China; Sweetwater Mesa ecological housing, Malibu; SUHPA urban housing prototype assembly; Nandasoft Technology Innovation Campus, Shanghai.

Andrew Scott has held many teaching appointments in the United Kingdom, the United States and Canada - and has been an External Examiner to the architecture program at Chinese University of Hong Kong 2002-05. He received both his undergraduate degree in Architecture and his professional degree from the University of Manchester in the UK. Prior to his appointment to MIT in 1993, his professional career in the UK included extensive practice work with Foster and Partners, Aldington + Craig, and as a principal partner of Denton Scott Associates, Architects.

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Bachelor of Arts (Hons. Architecture), RIBA Part 1, University of Manchester, UK
Bachelor of Architecture, RIBA Part 2, University of Manchester, UK
Academic Experience
Tutor in Architectural Design at: Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia; University of Manchester, Manchester, UK; Greenwich University, London, UK
Associate Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Professional Experience
Foster Associates, London (now Foster + Partners): Architect
Aldington + Craig, Architects, UK: Associate Architect
Denton Scott Associates, Milton Keynes, UK: Principal and Partner
Andrew Scott Architect: Principal