Sarah is 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 his background in computer science and design to create communication strategies that expose urban policy issues to a broad audience and generate civic change. She calls this process Data Action, which is also the name of her recent book published by MIT Press. Williams is co-founder and creator of, a web-based software programme that visualises and allows users to modify the zoning of New York City.

Before coming to MIT, Williams was co-director of the Spatial Information Design Lab at Columbia University's School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP). Her design work has been the subject of numerous exhibitions, including those at the Guggenheim, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), the Venice Biennale and the Cooper Hewitt Museum. Williams has won numerous awards, including Metropolis magazine, which named her one of the top 25 technology planners, and Game Changer. Visit her latest exhibition, Visualizing NYC 2021, at the New York Center for Architecture.

Featured programmes and seminars

  • High Capacity Campus

    Start date: 07/07/2024

    The main objective of this initiative is to develop the potential of young people between the ages of 10 and 18 who have been accredited as "high ability".

  • Workshop From Science to Society

    Start date: 22/09/2024

    The Rafael del Pino Foundation together with the Club de Científicos (Rafael del Pino Excellence Fellows) organise the FS2S: Translating today's research into tomorrow's solutions.

  • A History of the World programme. Jeremy Adelman

    Start date: 20/09/2024

    This course, aimed at young people aged between 17 and 25, invites them to learn about and delve into world history in order to understand how we are connected in the globalised world in which we live.

  • Artificial Intelligence Ethics Programme. Carissa Véliz

    Start date: 28/10/2024

    This course will help us understand the "digital reality" we live in. A practical and constructive approach, offering possible solutions to the ethical challenges generated by AI.