Ariel Noyman

PhD Candidate, City Science Group
MIT Media Lab 20 Ames Street
E15-368 Cambridge, MA 02142


I'm a PhD candidate at the MIT Media Lab City Science Group, a lecturer at Northeastern University, an architect and an urban designer working to fuse cities and technology. My research is on novel methods urban modeling and simulation, future mobility and decentralized participation. In recent years, I've coordinated and deployed a worldwide network of City Science Living-Labs (in Boston, Hamburg, Shanghai,Andorra and Helsinki) in an effort to confront my lab work with real-world challenges. My work received awards from the European Commission, the OECD, the Israeli Gov., was featured by The Guardian, 60 Minutes, The New York Times and was displayed in exhibitions, conferences and summits worldwide. I have a Master of Science from MIT and a Bachelor in Architecture (cum Laude) from Bezalel Academy in Jerusalem.


‘18 – ‘21 (exp) PhD in Media Arts & Science City Science Group, Media Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge MA

‘13 – ‘15 Master of Science in Architecture & Urban Design Studies (SMArchS) Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge MA (GPA 5/5)

‘03 – ‘08 Bachelor of Architecture The Department of Architecture ‘Bezalel’ Academy for Arts and Design, Jerusalem, Israel (Magna Cum Laude)


Research Scientist, City Science Group, MIT Media Lab

Lead Researcher for MIT collaboration in Hamburg, Germany. Lead R&D of CityScope urban modeling and simulation platforms

Architectural Designer, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF NY)

Studies and detailed design for high-end retail and residential projects in the US and China

Researcher, Center For Advanced Urbanism SA+P CAU, MIT

Researcher and designer for Rebuild By Design, a multimillion dollar federal initiative for post disaster resiliency in the Tri-State area

Project Manager, Chyutin architects

Lead designer of Institutional and academic projects. Winning design competition for the new Museum of Tolerance, Jerusalem

Project Manager, EKA architects

Lead design and construction of major public projects as the Tel-Aviv City Museum and the Israeli Museum in Jerusalem

Architect, Margalith Arch & Urban Planners

Architecture, design and construction of Academic, medical and high-end residential projects


‘15 - ‘17

Cambridge, MA

June-Sept ‘14



‘13 - ‘14

Cambridge, MA

‘10 - ‘12



‘08 - ‘09



‘06 - ‘08 Jerusalem, Israel













Python, C#, Processing

Numpy, Pandas, Tensorflow, Keras, SKlearn

ES6, React, Angular, WebGL, Node

Unity, SUMO

Rhino/Grasshopper, 3DSmax, SketchUp

Vray, Maxwell, THREEjs

AutoCAD, Revit

CNC, Laser, 3d Printing

Qgis, ArcGIS, Carto, Mabox, Leaflet, deckGL

Adobe CC


MIT Media Lab

MAS courses instructor

Northeastern University

Adjunct Professor of architecture & urbanism


Design studio instructor

Bezalel Academy for arts & design

Adjunct Professor of the Practice







City Science Group, MIT Media Lab, Research Scientist, Project Leader, Instructor

Cambridge MA

Since ‘14

Lead Researcher,  MIT Media Lab and the City of Hamburg collaboration
  • establishing and managing MIT+HCU CityScience Lab in Hamburg, Germany
  • CityScope Grasbrook: Multi-participant platform for design, collaboration and evaluation of design proposal for the HCH Grasbrook site competition
  • FindingPlaces: Public participation process using CityScope for data-driven planning for 80,000 refugees
  • PortCity: Using ABM to optimize travelers routes in-and-out of Hamburg Port  

Lead Developer, MIT CityScope: An urban modelling, simulation and prediction platform
  • BRT For Boston: a novel urban decision-making toolkit for BRT transit corridors impact assessment
  • CityScope Rothenburgsort:  Studies for 2024 Olympic bid urban development in Hamburg, Germany
  • CityScope Playground: Analysis and prediction of zoning envelops impact on Kendall Sq. redevelopment
  • CityScope Andorra: Tourism analysis through telecom data and ML models
  • CityScope Aalto: Optimizing public facilities usage via dynamic sharing model  
  • CityIO & CityScopeJS: Open-source, microservice architecture for real-time urban analytics and prediction

Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF), Architectural Designer

New-York, NY


  • Spring City 66 Kunming Dongfeng Plaza, a Commercial, office and luxury serviced apartments complex. Design studies and construction documentation

Center For Advanced Urbanism, Researcher

MIT, Cambridge, MA


  • Rebuild by Design (RBD) ‘The New Meadowlands’: Winning entry for $150M HUD multistage planning and design competition following hurricane Sandy in the Tri-State area

Chyutin Architects, Project Manager

Tel-Aviv, Israel


  • The Museum Of Tolerance, Jerusalem, Israel. Winning entry for an international competition and design towards construction of a $260M campus, including two museum exhibitions, a children's museum, conference center, a 500-seat banquet hall, an 800-seat lecture hall, a 1000-seat outdoor amphitheater and two viewing theaters
  • The National Library, Jerusalem, Israel. Inverted international competition
  • The National Institute for Biotechnology in the Negev (NIBN), Ben-Gurion University, Beer-Shiva, Israel. $22M Academic biotechnology laboratory building

EKA | Efrat Kowalski Architects. Project Manager

Tel-Aviv, Israel


  • Beit Hai'r Tel-Aviv city Museum A city museum and a cultural center in Tel-Aviv’s old City Hall building
  • The Israeli Museum Reconstruction and extension of the Israeli Museum, Jerusalem
  • Ordos 100 a 1000sqm villa project in inner Mongolia, China. Curated by Ai Weiwei, Herzog & de Meuron
  • 15 Maserik Place Transformation of a 1950’s Social Security building into a modern apartment complex (competition entry, 2nd place)

Moshe Margalith AIA & Associates, Architect

Jerusalem, Israel


  • The Yaakov Herzog Center for Jewish Studies Academic Campus, Kibbutz Ein-Tzurim, Israel
  • Lapa House 1600sqm luxury villa, Herzelia, Israel
  • Bezalel Academy for Art & Design Campus International competition entry
  • Red Crescent Medical Center Medical complex for the Red Crescent Society Hospital on the Mount of Olives, Jerusalem

Ariel Noyman, Architecture & Design

Tel Aviv, Israel & Geneva, Switzerland


  • Campus design for an educational institute conference hall and a dining room building (300sqm) and a 35 room dormitory building (800sqm)
  • Williams house spa hotel, Eilat, Israel Winning entry for a boutique spa hotel and resort competition, the Red Sea shores
  • Tel Aviv 'Lev-Hai'r square' high-rise complex, Tel Aviv Design and execution of a ‘0sqm luxury apartment

Selected Publications

A. Noyman, R. Doorley, Z. Xiong, L. Alonso, A. Grignard, and K. Larson, Reversed Urbanism: Inferring Urban Performance Through Behavioral Patterns In Temporal Telecom Data Environ. Plan. B Urban Anal. City Sci., vol. 46, no. 8, pp. 1480–1498, 2019.

A. Noyman, T. Holtz, J. Kröger, J. R. Noennig, and K. Larson, “Finding Places: HCI Platform for Public Participation in Refugees Accommodation Process in Procedia Computer Science, 2017, vol. 112, pp. 2463–2472.

R. Doorley, A. Noyman, Z. Xiong, L. Alonso, A. Grignard and K. Larson, RevUrb: Understanding Urban Activity and Human Dynamics through Point Process Modelling of Telecoms Data 2019 Smart City Symposium Prague (SCSP), Prague, Czech Republic, 2019, pp. 1-6. doi: 10.1109/SCSP.2019.8805683

Doorley, Ronan & Noyman, Ariel & Sakai, Yasushi & Larson, Kent. (2019). What's your MoCho? Real-time Mode Choice Prediction Using Discrete Choice Models and an HCI Platform. UrbComp SIGKDD 2019

A. Noyman, A. Stibbe, and K. Larson, Roadmap for Autonomous Cities: Sustainable Transformation of Urban Spaces Twenty-third Am. Conf. Inf. Syst., pp. 1–10, 2017.

A. Noyman, Y. Sakai, and K. Larson, CityScopeAR: Urban Design and Crowdsourced Engagement Platform CHI ’18 CHI Conf. Hum. Factors Comput. Syst. (to be Publ., 2018.

T. Alrashed et al., An Observational Study of Usability in Collaborative Tangible Interfaces for Complex Planning Systems, Procedia Manuf., vol. 3, pp. 1974–1980, 2015.

A. Noyman, PowerStructures: the Urban Form of Regulation, SM Thesis, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2015.


World Government Summit Dubai, UAE. FindingPlaces project in Edge of Government Exhibition


The Road Ahead NYC, USA. CityScope in the ‘Road Ahead’ NYC Cooper Hewitt exhibition


Smart City Expo World Congress Barcelona, Spain. Andorra Project Participatory Platforms:

CityMatrix, AndorraScope, AndorrAR


American Planning Association Phoenix, Arizona. City Science Group CityScope & CityIO Participatory Platforms


Space Packing Architecture Ostrava, Czech Republic and Wroclaw, Poland. The Life and Work of Alfred Neumann. Curated by Prof. Rafi Segal


Autodesk University Las-Vegas. Interactive demonstration of the Play/Ground platform (CityScope VI)


Water Towers - New perspectives Jaffa Harbor Gallery, Israel. Competition entry exhibition


Urban Fantasy Shalom Tower Gallery, Tel-Aviv, Israel. Alternative approaches to future design of ‘Ha’medina’ square


Innovative Ideas for Porto Water Tanks Faculdade de Arquitectura da Universidade do Porto, Portugal. Competition entry exhibition


GreenPeace IAA Center, Jaffa, Israel. Competition entry exhibition


Synagogues as Spaces of Equality The museum of Israeli art, Ramat-Gan, Israel. Competition entries exhibition



MIT Media Lab City Science 4.557

MAS.S65 Instructor Creative Places | Understanding & Enabling Entrepreneurial & Vibrant Urban Hot Spots


Northeastern University Architecture and Urbanism Adjunct Professor Spring ‘16 - ‘ADUs in Boston’ Master Thesis  Fall ‘15  - 4th year undergrad Intro to Urban Design


Massachusetts Institute of Technology Core II Studio (with Prof. Rafi Segal) Public Figures - Public library building in Cambridge


Bezalel Academy for arts & design, Jerusalem Studio Instructor

'Reuse' Studio (with Prof. Zvi Efrat, Arch. Meira Kowalsky) Rethinking urban periphery in southern-Israeli provincial town  


‘Big Buildings’ Studio (with Arch. Erez Ella) Multi-program structures along intense urban infrastructures and edges


'MKarov' Studio (TA with Arch. Gal Tevet) Prefab experiments on the verge of Porto city’s waterline


Scholarships and Awards

Eropean Union UrbanAct Award for ‘FindingPlaces’ project


MIT Full Departmental Fellowship, $350K


Bezalel Academy for Arts and Design, Jerusalem, Israel

Department of Architecture graduated Cum Laude

History & Theory Department graduated Magna Cum Laude

Extraordinary graduates of the History & Theory Department

Institute pick Azrieli Foundation Award for thesis project excellence

Scholarship for excellence in 4th year design studies

Award for excellence in 4th year theory studies

Scholarship for excellence in 3rd year design studies

Award for excellence in 3rd year theory studies

Scholarship for excellence in 2nd year design studies










Design Competitions

Re-Public  The Union of Architects of Russia (UAR), RIBA  

Station No.5  Berkeley University, SPIHS, Bezalel Academy, IL

The 8th souk Magazine architecture A2 Dubai

GreenWash Water the municipality of Porto, Portugal  

Green/Peace Ministry of Environmental Protection, Israel

Mosaic  Ministry of Education, Israel

JerusaLame Bezalel Academy with Akerstein Co.

Septum ‘Kolech’ Organization, Women Forum for equality

International competition

International competition

International competition

International competition

National Students competition

National Students competition

Students Competition

National competition



Third place

Honorable mention

First place

Third place

Third place

First place