Cocktails & Conversation: Sarah Williams with Brad Samuels

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Cocktails & Conversation is a series of dialogues about design that joins an architect with a critic, journalist, curator, or architectural historian to discuss current architecture design issues. For this program, Sarah Williams, Director of the Civic Data Lab at MIT, will discuss data visualization and recent projects with Brad Samuels, Founding Partner of SITU Studio, over a custom-crafted cocktail created by Toby Cecchini and David Moo. A data visualization leader, Sarah Williams combines her training in computation and design to create communication strategies that expose urban policy issues and lead to civic change. In 2021, she collaborated with AIANY on "Visualize NYC" and recently released a tool with Transportation Alternatives called “Spatial Equity NYC.” This conversation will focus on her latest exhibition, "Distance Unknown," which explores the risks and opportunities of migration to urban America.

Sarah Williams, Associate Professor of Urban Planning, Director of Civic Data Design Lab, MIT
Bradley Samuels, Founding Partner, SITU Studio

About the Speakers:
Sarah Williams
is an Associate Professor of Technology and Urban Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where she is also Director of the Civic Data Design Lab and the Leventhal Center for Advanced Urbanism. Williams combines her training in computation and design to create communication strategies that expose urban policy issues to broad audiences and create civic change. She calls the process "Data Action," which is also the name of her recent book published by MIT Press. Williams is co-founder and developer of, a web-based software product that visualizes and allows users to modify zoning in New York City.  Before coming to MIT, Williams was Co-Director of the Spatial Information Design Lab at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation (GSAPP). Her design work has been widely exhibited including work in the Guggenheim, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Venice Biennale, and the Cooper Hewitt Museum. Williams has won numerous awards including being named one of the top 25 technology planners and Game Changer by Metropolis Magazine. 

Brad Samuels is Founding Partner of SITU Studio, leading SITU's research division and advising on schematic design and design development for SITU Studio projects. Recent work includes the Gotham Amenity Terrace for Tishman Speyer, the reconfigurable workspace for a large New York tech office, as well as several research projects with clients ranging from the International Criminal Court to the Brooklyn Public Library. Samuels sits on the board of the Architectural League of New York and teaches in the undergraduate program at Barnard and Columbia College’s joint Architecture Department. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Vassar College in Art History and a Bachelor of Architecture from The Cooper Union. 

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