The MIT Morningside Academy for Design (MAD) is an interdisciplinary hub for design education, research, and entrepreneurship. MAD aims to educate future generations in design, foster design innovation, and encourage entrepreneurship to empower individual and collective problem-solving capacity around the globe.

MAD aspires to transform learning by further integrating design methodologies into MIT courses and curricula that will spread beyond campus as our graduates move through the world. For K-12 educators, students, and learners everywhere, we are creating a public reservoir of design projects for all to access.

MAD catalyzes innovation through its graduate Design Fellows, who work with faculty and researchers to interweave design with other fields to create effective resolutions to societal challenges.

MAD is a space where people turn ideas into design solutions that empower society. MAD brings together a diverse community of researchers and designers, and through specific projects, its Fellows’ work, in-residence programs, and public programming, offers new approaches and solutions to local and global challenges.

MIT MAD is housed in the School of Architecture and Planning, with equal bearing in the School of Engineering. It connects students, faculty, and researchers throughout MIT’s five schools and the Schwarzman College of Computing.

Metropolitan Warehouse

In 2025, MAD will move into the newly renovated Metropolitan Warehouse. This versatile space will hold research labs, design studios, lecture halls, collaborative classrooms, makerspaces, exhibition areas, and spaces to engage with the community and industry.

Founding Gift

The Morningside Academy for Design was founded in March 2022 with a $100 million gift from the Morningside Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the T.H. Chan family.