Williams is an Assistant Professor of Urban Planning and the Director
of the Civic Data Design Lab at Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT)
School of Architecture and Planning School. The Civic Data Design Lab works
with data, maps, and mobile technologies to develop interactive design and
communication strategies that bring urban policy issues to broader
Trained as a Geographer (Clark University), Landscape Architect (University of Pennsylvania), and Urban Planner (MIT), Sarah's work combines geographic analysis and design. Her design work has been widely exhibited including work in the Guggenheim and the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City.
Before coming to MIT, Sarah was Co-Director of the Spatial Information Design Lab at Columbia University’s, Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation (GSAPP). She has won numerous awards including being named top 25 planners in the technology and 2012 Game Changer by Metropolis Magazine.