Meeting of the Minds Speaker

Miho Mazereeuw

Director, Urban Risk Lab


Miho Mazereeuw is an assistant professor of architecture and urbanism at the School of Architecture and Planning, and the director of the Urban Risk Lab at MIT.

Her research focuses on preparing communities and designing cities to prepare for disasters such as earthquakes, flooding, and hurricanes. Mazereeuw is currently developing Emergency Preparedness Hubs (PREPHubs) as part of a public space campaign for neighborhood preparedness that facilitates community action following a disaster. With a global network of partners, the Lab is a place to innovate on prototypes, techniques, processes, and systems to address the complexities of seismic, climatic, and hydrologic risks. The ambition is to engage in action research through extensive field work and community workshops to focus on the needs of diverse cultures and contexts. The Urban Risk Lab aspires to change the course of current global development trends through a radical shift in education and action to proactively embed preparedness and risk reduction in this rapidly urbanizing world.