Xiomara Alvarez

Xio is a dual degree candidate in the Department of Architecture and the Department of City 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 as a consultant with American state and local government teams on data programs and performance projects. She is interested in how data can be physically manifested through design in response to crisis and disaster; especially to the benefit of marginalized and under-served communities. 

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

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

Professional Experience

2018 - 2018
Sustainability Intern, LMN Architects
2015 - 2017
Program Manager, Socrata, Inc
2014 - 2015
Geospatial Analyst, City and County of San Francisco