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Carmelo Ignaccolo

Graduate Student Affiliate


Carmelo Ignaccolo

Carmelo Ignaccolo is a Ph.D. candidate at the department of urban studies and planning at MIT. He is also a researcher at the Civic Data Design Lab at MIT and has received adjunct professorship appointments at Columbia GSAPP, where he coordinates and teaches the core digital techniques class for urban design graduate students. In 2019, he was awarded the MIT-wide recognition as the most outstanding graduate student mentor.

His academic research focuses on urban morphology and built heritage studies in the Mediterranean basin, where collective identity and heritage have been constantly reshaped. He employs data visualization and mapping techniques – informed by urban analytics and spatial statistics – to investigate the complexity of our data-rich environment and to envision new design solutions at the different scales of the built environment.

Ignaccolo has professional experience in geospatial analysis, data visualization, and story-telling for urban design projects and city planning action plans. Prior to MIT, he worked as an urban planner at the Urban Planning and Design Lab of the United Nations Habitat Program in Nairobi, and as an urban designer at AECOM NYC, a multinational infrastructure firm. As a Fulbright Fellow, Ignaccolo received a Master’s degree in urban design from Columbia GSAPP, where he was awarded the GSAPP Prize for Excellence in Urban Design for 2016-2017.

This information is accurate for the time period that the scholar is affiliated with CES.


  • Ph.D. Student in City Design and Urban Technologies, MIT
  • Graduate Student Affiliate, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University


Urban Studies and Planning

Areas of Expertise

  • Urban Planning
  • Cartography
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Urban history and built heritage studies in the Mediterranean region

Research Topic

The hidden Haussmanns of Mediterranean Europe: The enduring legacy of late-19th-century linear interventions in historic city centers

CES Award