Hannah Teicher


Hannah M. Teicher is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT working on the urban politics of adaptation to climate change. For her dissertation, she is examining urban/military collaborations, analyzing how urban decision-makers partner with powerful institutions and unlikely allies to enhance adaptation capacity. In a previous project, she examined the role of large real estate firms in developing autonomous adaptation strategies. In May 2019, she will be joining the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions as their first Researcher-in-Residence, serving as a point person for adaptation and mitigation in the built environment. Before coming to MIT, she taught courses on design history and sustainable design at Emily Carr University of Art and Design and conducted applied research on electric vehicle infrastructure with the UBC Transportation Infrastructure and Public Space lab. She also practiced architecture, taking a leading role on green residential and community buildings at Shape in Vancouver, BC. She received a Master of Architecture from the University of British Columbia and a B.A. in anthropology/sociology from Swarthmore College.