Lasse Rau

Lasse Rau is a SMArchS Urbanism candidate and Teaching Development Fellow at the MIT Architecture department. His research looks at the history of eco-logic and eco-nomic models and its subjects within the planning of infrastructures and cities in the 20th Century.

Prior to coming to MIT, Lasse studied architecture at TU Berlin where he co-taught workshops on representation and digital drawing. At MIT, he has held multiple teaching and research positions and worked on a Dar Urban Research Seed Fund project on affordable housing for the Leventhal Center of Advanced Urbanism (LCAU).

Areas of Interest
Alternative Energy, Computation, Globalization, Government, Infrastructure Planning, International Development, Landscape, Machine Learning, Urban Design, Urban Finance, Management, and Urban Economics


2020 -
SMArchS Architecture and Urbanism, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2016 - 2019
BSc Architecture, Technical University Berlin

Academic Experience

2021 - 2022
Teaching Development Fellow, Teaching + Learning Lab MIT
2021 - 2021
Teaching assistant - 4.163 Urban Studio: The Shared City, MIT
2021 - 2021
Research assistant, MIT LCAU
2021 - 2021
Teaching assistant - 4.182 Case Studies in Mixed-Income Housing, MIT
2018 - 2019
Teaching assistant, CoLab TU Berlin

Professional Experience

2019 - 2020
Architectural Intern, 51N4E, Brussels
2019 - 2019
Architectural Intern, Sam Chermayeff Office, Berlin


2021 -
Julian Beinart Research Award, MIT
2020 - 2022
Graduate Fellowship, DAAD