Ryder 448B

Michelle Laboy

Assistant Professor

Michelle Laboy has Master degrees in Architecture and Urban Planning from the University of Michigan, where she received the AIA Medal and Thesis Award; and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico, where she received the Etienne Totti Award for academic achievement, and her research in Environmental Engineering and Transportation Planning earned national publication and research fellowships.

Her research interests lie at the intersection of Sustainable Architecture and Urban Landscape, studying the evolution and cultural significance of the ecologically restorative project: building systems actively engaged in sustainable ecosystems, and the spaces that actively engage humans with the natural environment.

A licensed engineer and active practitioner in architecture, she worked in San Juan, Detroit, Chicago, Barcelona and Boston, including work at SOM managing the plan for Chicago 2016.  Her experience ranges from transportation and urban design, to high-rise envelopes, sustainable schools and houses. An Associate at Maryann Thompson Architects in Cambridge, a practice dedicated to architecture that is sustainable, site driven and deeply connected to the landscape, Michelle worked in many award-winning projects, and currently manages an early education project for Princeton University. She co-founded FieLDworkshop to do design research exploring sustainable building systems and ecologies.

Maryann Thompson Architects

Courses Taught

Site, Space & Program

Urban Institutions

Comprehensive Design Studio

Structures I: Statics

Structures II: Tectonics


Understanding Design – September 25, 2014