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Carmelo Ignaccolo

Graduate Student Affiliate


Carmelo Ignaccolo

Carmelo Ignaccolo is a Ph.D. student at the department of urban studies and planning at MIT. He is also a researcher at the Civic Data Design Lab at MIT and an adjunct assistant professor at Columbia GSAPP, where he coordinates and teaches the core digital techniques class for urban design graduate students.

His academic research focuses on urban morphology and way finding theory in rapidly evolving cities, 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, as an urban designer at AECOM, a multinational infrastructure firm, and at the Urban Design Studio in New York City. Carmelo received as a Fulbright Fellow 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
  • CES Graduate Student Affiliate, Harvard University