Ankur Podder

At MIT, I have been researching and disseminating projects at the intersection of design and energy. I aim to continue working with digital tools to design at all scales, from small artefacts/products to large cities/systems.

My short-term career goal is to help (re)design and (re)build cities of the future as user-centered circular ecosystems. My long-term calling is to help accelerate the ongoing energy transition of built environment in cities and islands.

Areas of Interest
Alternative Energy, Building Energy, CAD/CAM, Climate Change, Digital Fabrication, Graphic Representation, Healthy Communities and Active Living, Housing, Prototyping, Sustainability, Theory of Urbanism, Urban Design, Visualization


2017 - Present
Candidate for Master of Science in Architecture Studies (SMArchS) - Urbanism, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
2018 - 2018
Cross-Registered Coursework - Doctoral Program, Harvard Business School, USA
2015 - 2016
Postgraduate Certificate in Architecture (30 ECTS-credits), Dessau International Architecture Graduate School (DIA), Anhalt University of Applied Sciences
2010 - 2015
Bachelor of Architecture, Birla Institute of Technology (BIT)

Academic Experience

2017 - Present
Graduate Research Assistant, Digital Design Fabrication Lab
2017 - Present
Research Supervisor, MIT Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) at Digital Design Fabrication Lab
2016 - 2016
[DESIGN + COMPUTE + MAKE], rat [LAB] Education India
2015 - 2015
Filling The Void India (New Delhi Studio), rat [LAB] Education India

Professional Experience

2014 - Present
Design Researcher (Long-term Collaboration), rat [LAB] - Research in Architecture & Technology
2016 - 2017
Computational Designer & Assistant Architect, Nonscale Corporation
2015 - 2016
Chapter Co-Founder (WikiHouseIND), WikiHouse
2015 - 2015
Architectural Intern, Nonscale Corporation


2019 - 2019
"Advantages of Polylactic Acid (PLA) as digital fabrication feedstock in quantification of Material Embodied Energy" at Polymer Day Symposium, MIT Polymer Graduate Student Association
2019 - 2019
"Design for Energy: Computational Design-Fabrication to Recover Material Embodied Energy from artefacts" at College of Computing Demo Day, MIT Schwarzman College of Computing
2018 - 2018
"Lowering Material Embodied Energy through Digital Fabrication & nanoscale-design" (Student Poster Presentation), MIT.nano
2018 - 2018
"An Affordable House for Somerville, Massachusetts: Planar Modelling and Digital Fabrication" at HOUSING+ Exhibition, Center for Advanced Urbanism (LCAU), MIT School of Architecture + Planning