An architect and engineer by training, Professor Carlo Ratti teaches at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and is the Director of the MIT Senseable City Lab.
He is a founding partner of international design and innovation office Carlo Ratti Associati. He graduated from both the Turin Polytechnic in Italy and the École des ponts ParisTech, and later earned his MPhil and PhD at the University of Cambridge, UK.
A leading voice in the debate on the impact of new technologies on urban life and design, Carlo has co-authored over 500 publications, including The City of Tomorrow (Yale University Press, with Matthew Claudel), and holds several technical patents. His articles and interviews have appeared on several international media, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Financial Times, Scientific American Magazine, the BBC, Project Syndicate, Corriere della Sera, Il Sole 24 Ore, Domus. His work has been exhibited worldwide at venues such as the Venice Biennale, the Design Museum in Barcelona, the Science Museum in London, MAXXI in Rome, and MoMA in New York City.
Carlo has been featured in Esquire Magazine’s Best & Brightest list and in the 60 Innovators Shaping Our Creative Future list, published by Thames & Hudson. Blueprint Magazine included him as one of the 25 People Who Will Change the World of Design, Forbes listed him as one of the Names You Need to Know, and Fast Company named him as one of the 50 Most Influential Designers in America. He was also featured in Wired Magazine’s Smart List: 50 people who will change the world. Three of his projects, the Digital Water Pavilion, the Copenhagen Wheel and Scribit, have been included by TIME Magazine in the list of the Best Inventions of the Year.
Carlo was a TED speaker in 2011 and 2015, the program director at the Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Designin Moscow, the curator of the BMW Guggenheim Pavilion in Berlin, and was named Inaugural Innovator in Residence by the Queensland Government. He was the curator of the Future Food District pavilion at the 2015 World Expo in Milan, and the chief curator of the Eyes of the City section at the 2019 UABB Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism in Shenzhen, China. He is currently serving as co-chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Cities and Urbanization.