Tom Benson

Tom is a researcher and designer trained in architecture, hailing from the UK and currently living in Amsterdam. Since September 2018, he has been working as a Research Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Senseable City Lab. His work studies the built environments social and economic aspects by employing computational techniques utilising large spatial datasets. He taught the MIT’s Digital Cities Design Workshop for 2 years where students explored how digital technologies could improve cities in Brazil, China, Germany & Canada. Furthermore, he is a contributor and advisor for Urban AI, which is an international ecosystem and a multidisciplinary community.

He earned his M.Arch from the University of Westminster in Design Studio 18, where he received distinctions for both his design thesis and dissertation. In his studies, he explored the intersection of climate change, computational tools and design with his thesis “Datascape: Instrumental Wetland,” featuring in the Monsoon [+Other] Air Symposium exhibition and publication. Previously, he has worked for Büro Ole Scheeren in Beijing and Foster + Partners in London. At Büro, he worked on various international competitions including a design proposal for the Olympic Park in London, and his work at F + P included the Rwanda-based Droneport project. He has freelanced for companies Cloud2Street, Gruner+Friends and Monsoon Assemblages on architectural, environmental, and urban proposals.  Prior to studying architecture, he served in the British Army, receiving training in survival techniques and field operations.