One of MIT's founding principles is the belief that professional competence is best fostered by focusing teaching and research on real problems in the real world, and at SA+P we take that mandate very seriously.
At any given time, we have scores of projects underway in Africa, Asia, North America, Central and South America, Europe and the Middle East including studios, workshops, conferences, courses, exhibits, exchanges and research projects.
A central aspect of all our efforts is collaboration—among our five divisions, with other divisions of MIT, and with public and private instutitions in the U.S. and abroad. As a result, it is fair to say that the faculty and students of the School are truly citizens of the world—engaged in the problems facing countries at all stages of development, taking part in the public discussion of issues on a global scale, studying, developing and applying the best practices all around the world.
Topics range from building technology and design to history, theory and criticism, urban information systems, regional development, housing affordability, affective computing, human dynamics, personal robots, biomechatronics and the opera of the future. That's just a short list. For detailed information on current efforts, visit the research sections of our subdivision's websites: