The world faces unpredictable challenges at increasing intensities—natural disasters, ecological uncertainty, public health crises, extreme social inequity, rising violence—and yet counters and absorbs risk through acts of resilience.

Risk and Resilience, a concentration area within the Master in Design Studies, sets out to support novel approaches to socio-spatial planning through design. Design as a discipline provides cities, communities, and individuals with tools to effectively prepare for, cope with, and anticipate rapid change within the spatial, social and economic vulnerabilities it produces. The program prepares students to identify, articulate and propose preemptive forms of practice. While the program is grounded in the physical and tectonic realities of location, it is the social and political conflicts that emerge as sites of investigation.

Please visit the Risk and Resilience website.

Area Coordinators
Diane Davis, Professor of Urbanism and Development
Rosetta Elkin, Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture

Danielle Choi, Design Critic in Landscape Architecture
Dilip da Cunha, Lecturer in Urban Planning and Design
Jill Desimini, Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture
Ann Forsyth, Professor of Urban Planning
Stephen Gray, Assistant Professor of Urban Design
Michael Hooper, Assistant Professor of Urban Planning
Jerold Kayden, Frank Backus Williams Professor of Urban Planning and Design
Jesse Keenan, Lecturer in Architecture
Niall Kirkwood, Professor of Landscape Architecture and Technology
Rahul Mehrotra, Professor of Urban Design and Planning
Toshiko Mori, Robert P. Hubbard Professor in the Practice of Architecture

Research Affiliation
Harvard Humanitarian Initiative
Vincenzo Bollettino, Director of Resilient Communities Program

Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University
Dr. William Friedman, Director of Arnold Arboretum and Arnold Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology