Welcome to the MIT Sustainable Design Lab. We are an inter-disciplinary research group with a grounding in architecture that develops design workflows,
planning tools and metrics to evaluate the environmental performance of buildings and neighborhoods. Products originating from our group – such as DIVA, Mapdwell, DAYSIM and umi – are used in practice and education in over 90 countries.
Our goal is to change current architectural and urban planning practices by developing, validating and testing analysis methods that lead to improved
design solutions as far as occupant comfort and building energy use are concerned. The premise of our work is that a more informed design process will lead to better
design choices and – ultimately – a better performing cities.