Kate Cahill

Kate Cahill is an architect and researcher in the Master of Design Studies program at the Harvard Graduate School of Design where she studies Urbanism, Landscape and Ecology and serves as the lead research assistant for the Mumbai Portal of the Harvard-Mellon Urban Initiative.  Before moving to Cambridge, Kate enjoyed collaborating on interdisciplinary teams and practicing architecture in New York and Beijing.


Recent past work includes research into infrastructures of mobility and control in the extraction enclave of the Atacama desert, Chile; the paradox of affordable housing shortage and neighborhood abandonment in Cancún, Mexico; and the interrelationships of housing, livelihoods and urban form in Mumbai, India.


She is currently interested in the development of new, inclusive forms of collaborative practice; the pedagogy and agency of architecture + research; coastal resilience and adaptation planning; and the ethics of fieldwork by design schools.

Kate is co-founder of the GSD Design Research Forum and co-edits the student journal Process.  She is a 2015 AAUW Selected Professions Fellow, a recipient of the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies Research Fellowship, and a long-time member of the board of directors of the Interdisciplinary Laboratory for Art, Nature and Dance (iLAND) in New York City.