Gilad Rosenzweig

Gilad Rosenzweig

Executive Director


MIT – School of Architecture and Planning


Gilad Rosenzweig is an architect and urban planner with two decades of experience in community development, urban tech, and the design of things big and small.

He is the executive director of DesignX – the venture accelerator of the MIT School of Architecture and Planning. DesignX is an accelerator for student-founded ventures in various fields of design and the built environment. It is a launching ground for new technology and platforms that improve the comfort, accessibility, and efficiency of buildings, places, and cities. Our goal is to be a nexus of technology, design, and planning.

Prior to DesignX, Gilad founded Smarter in the City, a non-profit accelerator for high tech start-ups in Roxbury, an inner-city neighborhood of Boston. Smarter in the City supports entrepreneurs from underrepresented communities, connecting new startups to the tech sector and helping spur economic development in one of the city’s poorest neighborhoods.

Gilad Rosenzweig has worked on urban design and planning projects across the country, including district and master plans in Memphis, Reno, and across the greater Boston area. As an architect, he designed residential and commercial projects in Canada, Israel and the UK.

Gilad is a graduate of MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning and the Bartlett School of Architecture in London.

Articles featuring Gilad Rosenzweig

7 Urban and Architecture Trends to Watch in 2017

Driverless cars, The Internet of Things, smart materials and sustainability have been the driving forces behind the most innovative accomplishments in architecture in 2016. What are the architecture trends that will mark 2017? 2016 was an exciting year for architecture trends. While we still haven’t started travelling to space – though we are a step […]

Closing the Gap in Architecture Education – Interview with DesignX Accelerator

Do you want to get into the heads of the top initiators and performers from the architectural community? If so, we heartily welcome you to Archipreneur Insights! In this interview series, we talk to the leaders and key players who have created outstanding work and projects within the fields of architecture, building and development. Get […]

How Startup Accelerator DesignX Turns Architecture Students into Entrepreneurs

Outdated teaching practices at architecture schools are finally giving way to a modern, tech-savvy approach to architectural education. MIT’s new DesignX accelerator helps architecture students become archipreneurs while still at school by providing a platform for developing business models, pitching and funding projects. One of the main reasons why architects lack business skills is the […]

Quotes from Gilad Rosenzweig

  • Architecture students are always iterating, instructed to think outside the box and use their design skills to solve problems. These are in fact the core elements of a business startup!
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