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Eric Robsky Huntley
Lecturer in Urban Science and Planning, MIT
PhD Candidate

Eric Huntley is currently a faculty member in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Department of Urban Studies and Planning, where he is a Technical Instructor of GIS, Data Visualization and Graphics. Huntley's work combines methods and forms of representation in novel ways to produce compelling and visually-rich narratives that draw from geography, data science, and design. He has years of GIS teaching experience and an expansive skillset that includes data visualization, GIS and spatial analysis, web mapping, urban design representation, and media production. His design work has been exhibited at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and the University of Michigan's Taubman College of Architecture & Urban Planning.

Eric is also an active researcher. His work examines how the design disciplines have used and reshaped geospatial technologies and how cartographic forms of knowledge have transformed the political economy of design expertise. This line of inquiry incorporates historical cases drawn from the ecological design tradition and research into contemporary design practice. His current projects include 1) an archival study of Ian McHarg's turn towards planetary geocomputation in the 1980s and 2) an investigation into visualization techniques used by landscape architects to make data on future sea level rise actionable in communities seeking to ameliorate its anticipated effects.

Eric is currently a PhD Candidate in the Department of Geography at the University of Kentucky, where he maintains a research affiliation with the New Maps Collaboratory. He also holds a Master's degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Michigan's Taubman College of Architecture & Urban Planning and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Media Arts and Engineering, also from the University of Michigan.


Contact Information
PhD Candidate | Geography
University of Kentucky | College of Arts and Sciences | 2014 -
MUP | Urban and Regional Planning (conc. Physical Planning and Design)
University of Michigan | Taubman College of Architecture & Urban Planning | 2014
BFA | Performing Arts Technology (conc. Media Arts)
University of Michigan | School of Music, Theater & Dance | 2010
Graduate Certificate in Social Theory
University of Kentucky | College of Arts and Sciences | 2016
Research Interests
  • History of Geocomputation
  • Critical GIS
  • Mapping
  • Spatial Analysis
  • Archives
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Urban Planning
  • Urban Design
  • GIS
  • Geography
  • Social Theory
  • New Mappings Collaboratory
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology