The MIT International Design Center (IDC) is a multi-disciplinary community of faculty, researchers, labs and students from across all five schools at MIT, with a sister center located at the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD.

Together, faculty and researchers focus on understanding and enhancing the methods, tools, and outcomes of diverse design activities, with an emphasis on knowledge generation and entrepreneurship. Results from IDC research include the invention of novel products, services, and systems for problems in the developing world, rapidly urbanizing regions, health and aging, the environment and energy.


The MIT IDC supports design-related research across all five schools at MIT and forges unique collaborations with industry, academic and government partners to tackle complex global challenges.

Faculty, researchers, and students work across disciplines on a wide range of projects, including transformable materials, hacking healthcare, digital fabrication, self-assembly, energy generation, urbanization, risk reduction, electric vehicles, urban design for resilient cities, engineering design, innovation and technology development in complex systems, rapid diagnostic fabrication, aquaculture and food security systems and more.

Mailing Address
265 Massachusetts Ave., N52–387
Cambridge, MA 02139

General Inquiries
Jesse DeLaughter 617.324.8223