Andrew Scott

Professor of Architecture + Urbanism

Andrew Scott is a Professor of Architecture and Urbanism in the Department of Architecture. He is a UK registered architect with extensive professional and academic experience in the UK and the US. He has served as interim department head from 2018-20, as associate head 2016-18, and earlier as the director of the Master of Architecture program and of the Architectural and Urbanism discipline group. He has served on several institute committees, including the Institute Planning Committee. In 2015 he also was commissioned to develop the West Campus framework study for the future development of the western sector of the MIT campus.

Andrew Scott's professional, design and research interest revolve around explorations of ecological issues, in particular the criticality of climate change in relation to various forms and scales of architecture, cities and urban systems. His recent projects, studio teaching and publications have focused on low-carbon communities, health and design at multiple scales, and the new models for affordable urban housing.

He has completed many graduate design studios, design research studies, and projects that explore these issues in different countries, geographical contexts, and scale of impact and operation. These include Barcelona and the Galapagos Islands. He has worked and consulted extensively with industrial partners in China, Japan and in the UK- and organized the MIT international symposiums ‘Dimensions of Sustainability’ and ‘Mass Impact: Cities and Climate Change’. His most recent book, published in 2012 is 'Renewtown: Adaptive Urbanism and the Low Carbon Community' (Routledge).

Andrew Scott has held teaching appointments in the United Kingdom, the United States and Canada - and has been an External Examiner to the architecture program at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He received both his undergraduate degree and his professional degree in Architecture from the University of Manchester in the UK. Prior to his appointment to MIT, his professional career in the UK included 15 years in practice with Foster Associates (Foster and Partners), Aldington + Craig, and as a principal partner of Denton Scott Associates, Architects.

Andrew Scott’s recent design and research work at MIT includes :
Andrew Scott Architecture: WORKS
Urban Metrics Boston: Designing and Mapping Cities for Climate Change
Report on the State of Health + Urbanism (co-edited, CAU)
Renewtown: Adaptive Urbanism and the Low Carbon Community (Routledge)
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 in Barcelona
Dimensions of Sustainability: (Routledge)
Richi House, Boston: building for the childhood cancer community
MIT West Campus Framework Study
Villa Housing near Shanghai, China
Sweetwater Mesa ecological housing, Malibu
SUHPA urban housing prototype assembly
Nandasoft Technology Innovation Campus, Shanghai