Newsha Ghaeli is exploring the future of cities through the transformative power of technology. She is a Research Associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Project Lead at the Senseable City Laboratory. Her work investigates the creative application of sensors in urban systems to build responsive, resilient, and efficient cities.

Newsha has collaborated on work with the United Nations Climate Change Summit, the United States Department of Energy, and consulted for the King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy (KA-CARE) and the American Samoan government on tsunami resilient communities. In 2015, Newsha was selected by the World Economic Forum as a Global Shaper: a group of leaders under the age of 30 charged with catalyzing social change in their communities.

Newsha is currently leading Underworlds, a project investigating the urban microbiome.



Keynote "The Future of Cities" at The Cardiff Convention, Wales | Oct 2016
Panelist for the Megacities Asia exhibition, The City Talks series, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston | Jun 2016
Panelist on Urban Wellbeing at New Cities Summit 2016, Montreal, Canada | Jun 2016
"Smart Cities: Collect Communicate & Crunch Data" at MITEF Connected Things Expo, MIT Media Lab | Apr 2016
"Connected Ecologies" at ReWork's 4th Global Connect Summit, San Francisco | Nov 2015
"Sensing and Actuating" at Architect's Institute of British Columbia's Annual Conference, Vancouver | Oct 2015
"Disruptive Trends" panelist at Architect's Institute of British Columbia's Annual Conference, Vancouver | Oct 2015
"The Connected City" at Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS) Pilani, Rajasthan, India | Sep 2015
"Smart Dust" at RetailNet Group's Future of Retail Conference, MIT Media Lab | Sep 2015
Keynote at the Urban Ecologies Conference, OCAD University, Toronto | Jun 2015
"Connected Ecologies" at Innovation Enterprise's IoT Summit, Boston | Sep 2015
"Connected Ecologies" at ReWork's Internet of Things Summit, Boston | May 2015
"Sensing and Actuating our Cities" at Simulating Natures Symposium, University of Pennsylvania | Mar 2015
"Underworlds" at The Road Ahead Conference, MIT Media Lab | Nov 2014


World Economic Forum, Global Shaper | 2015
MIT-Kuwait Center for Natural Resources and the Environment, Signature Research Grant | 2015
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Council for the Arts (CAMIT) Grant | 2014
Canada Council for the Arts, Prix de Rome in Architecture for Emerging Practitioner, shortlisted | 2014
American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) Henry Adams Certificate of Merit, Awarded to the 2nd-ranking graduate | 2013
Royal Architects Institute of Canada (RAIC) Honour Roll, Awarded to students graduating in the top 10% | 2013
McGill University Derek Drummond Award, For outstanding contribution to extra-curricular activities | 2013
McGill University Ping Kwan Lau Prize in Architecture, For excellence in research, site analysis, and program preparation | 2013
McGill University Régis Coté Graduate Prize in Design and Sustainability | 2013
McGill University John Bland Travel Scholarship | 2013
Canadian Architect Student Award of Excellence, nominee | 2013