Full Name
Kent Larson
Job Title
MIT City Science
Brief Biography
Kent Larson is an architect, entrepreneur, and academic. He is Director of City Science at MIT Media Lab, with research focused on compact transformable housing, ultralight autonomous mobility systems, sensing and algorithms to recognize and respond to complex human behavior, and advanced modeling, simulation, and tangible interfaces for urban design.

He has established an international network of affiliated City Science labs in Shanghai, Taipei, Ho Chi Minh City, Toronto, Hamburg, Andorra, and Guadalajara. He and researchers from his MIT lab have twice received the “10-Year Impact Award” from Ubicomp: a “test of time” recognition of work that, with the benefit of hindsight, has had the greatest impact. Kent’s projects have been presented at the Cooper Hewitt Museum in NYC and the Venice Biennale of Architecture.

Kent’s book, Louis I. Kahn: Unbuilt Masterworks, was selected as one of the Ten Best Books in Architecture by the New York Times Review of Books. He is founder of L3Cities, which brings together metrics, data analytics, real-time simulation, and tangible interfaces to help cities and enterprises create more sustainable, equitable, and entrepreneurial communities. He is cofounder of ORI Living, an architectural robotics company to commercialize systems for dynamically reconfigurable spaces, and advisor to Butlr Technologies, SmartRE, evTS, and other MIT spinoff companies.

Kent is on the Advisory Board of the Norman Foster Foundation. His online professional education course, "Beyond Smart Cities," is recognized as one of the best resources for those interested in future cities.
Kent Larson