Student / Alumni
Mohamed Ismail

Mohamed Ismail is a PhD student in the Building Technology program at MIT, studying the application of structural and material optimization in the alleviation of housing insecurity in the Global South. Mohamed received his Bachelor in Civil and Structural Engineering at Duke University before receiving his Master of Architecture at the University of Virginia. Prior to his arrival at MIT, Mohamed was faculty lecturer at the UVa School of Architecture, teaching Parametric Structural Design and Digital Workflows. What excites Mohamed most is not only the tools and resources now available in the field of structural design, but their potential application and immediate viability in the world today. At MIT, Mohamed will be working with the Tata Center, Doctor Caitlin Mueller, and the Digital Structures Lab to design low-cost, low-carbon structural components for housing in India.

Areas of Interest
Art and Technology, Building Materials, Climate Change, Digital Fabrication, Fine Arts, Globalization, Graphic Representation, Housing, International Development, Islamic Architecture, Modern Architecture, Public Art, Public Participation, Safety, Structures, Sustainability, Theory of Architecture, Visualization


2009 - 2013
Bachelors of Science in Engineering, Duke University
2013 - 2016
Master of Architecture, University of Virginia
2017 - 2019
Master of Architecture Studies, MIT

Academic Experience

2016 - 2017
Faculty Lecturer, University of Virginia
2020 - 2020
Lecturer, Northeastern University