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Turning the nation’s capital into the following Kendall Sq.


Washington, DC, is dominated by the federal authorities and tourism, however Jeff Jamawat, MCP ’19, SM ’19, thinks that’s not sufficient. “We would like individuals to additionally acknowledge DC as a tech hub,” says Jamawat, affiliate director of financial growth and innovation on the Golden Triangle Enterprise Enchancment District. The nonprofit is launching an innovation district centered alongside Pennsylvania Avenue close to the White Home and George Washington College. “This could diversify town’s workforce with tech expertise and assist DC stay aggressive,” he says.

Born in Los Angeles, Jamawat grew up in Bangkok, Thailand. “Some children favored sports activities or music. For me it has all the time been concerning the buildings,” he says. “The area between them, and the way they contact the sky.”

Following school, Jamawat moved to DC for a fellowship with the US Environmental Safety Company’s sensible development program. He then took a job with the Mayors’ Institute on Metropolis Design on the US Convention of Mayors. “It was a privilege to work with mayors from inside Alaska to coastal Florida, on tasks starting from relocating a practice station to reworking a waterfront,” says Jamawat.

4 years into that job, Jamawat determined he wanted abilities that might solely be discovered at MIT. “I acknowledged how the outcomes of many city design tasks have been tied to actual property growth,” he says. “However in most faculties, the actual property program is taught on the enterprise or public coverage faculty. I wished a program the place actual property was a part of the constructed setting and bodily planning with the design DNA.” En path to twin grasp’s levels in actual property growth and metropolis planning, he wrote a thesis exploring the hypothetical adaptive-reuse state of affairs for Amazon’s company headquarters in downtown Seattle.

Amazon continues to play a job in Jamawat’s present job; the corporate’s second US campus lies simply throughout the river from DC, offering a pleasant competitors for the expertise he’d just like the innovation district to draw.

“We’re framing this challenge as a 3rd leg of the DC financial system,” he says. “All the weather to create one other Kendall Sq. are right here: expertise pool, transit entry, partnerships with town, and a dedicated college accomplice. The bodily infrastructure already exists; we simply must adapt them for tech-related makes use of. We’re solely firstly of this course of, and I’m a small piece in a a lot bigger puzzle. This job has nearly every part I hoped to search out after MIT.” 

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