Xiomara Alvarez

Xio is a dual degree candidate in the Departments of Architecture and Urban Studies and Planning at MIT. She holds a degree from the University of California, Berkeley in Urban Studies with a focus on civic data and place-making. Prior to starting at MIT, she worked with US state, territory, and local government teams on data programs and performance projects. She is interested in how data meets and influences urban form, and how it can be leveraged by designers in response to crisis and disaster. Additionally, relatedly, she has a research interest in spaces where mutual aid and care happens, what their shape is, where they are, and how those that occupy them design them to meet their needs; as well as moments where laws and design standards work against them.

Areas of Interest
Climate Change, Conflict, Dispute Resolution, Mediation, and Participatory Planning, Housing, Social, Inclusion, and Diversity Planning, Urban Information, Technology, and Media and Analytics


2011 - 2015
BA Urban Studies, University of California, Berkeley
2017 - 2021
Masters of Architecture, MIT
2019 - 2021
Masters of City Planning, MIT

Academic Experience

2020 - Present
Teaching Assistant - CoLab, MIT
2019 - 2020
Research Assistant - LCAU, MIT
2019 - 2019
Research Assistant - Urban Risk Lab, MIT
2019 - 2020
Teaching Assistant - 4.110 Design Across Scales, MIT
2018 - 2018
Research Assistant - Sustainable Design Lab, MIT

Professional Experience

2020 - 2020
Rappaport Public Policy Fellow, City of Boston
2018 - 2018
Sustainability Intern, LMN Architects
2015 - 2017
Program Manager, Socrata, Inc
2014 - 2015
Geospatial Analyst, City and County of San Francisco


2020 - 2021
Schlossman Research Fellow, MIT