Jean Carlos Vega Díaz

MIT Department: Architecture

Undergraduate Institution: University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus

Faculty Mentor: Miho Mazereeuw

Research Supervisor: David Moses, Larisa Ovalles

Website: LinkedIn



Born in San Juan and raised in Carolina, Puerto Rico, I’m a 4th year double majoring, environmental design and art history, bachelor student from the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus. I have participated in various summer and semester interdisciplinary international design through research programs that work from integrated Building Information Modeling (BIM) to urban planning. I have strong interdisciplinary interests on urban resilient life cycle management, as well as public and urban design. My goal is to pursue a PhD that promotes integrated project delivery (IPD) workflows while engaging with social responsibility in the global and focalized scales. Regarding leisure, I enjoy very much reading, drawing, cinematography, playing music and being by nature.


2017 Poster Presentation

2017 Research Abstract

(Re)Building the American Dream Tracking US Housing & Disaster Recovery Policy, 1900-2017

Jean Carlos Vega Díaz, School of Architecture, University of Puerto Rico – Rio Piedras,
Miho Mazereeuw, School of Architecture and Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology,
David Moses, School of Architecture and Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology,
Larisa Ovalles, School of Architecture and Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology,

This timeline comprises foundational work of a two-year research project that contrasts natural disasters with preventive or responsive disaster policies and the national housing ownership rate data since the 1900’s until the present. Using a color-coded system, this research overlaps major US disaster recovery & response policy with fatality, property losses and post disaster expenses data. This research rethinks how the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) can provide better post disaster housing to survivors by highlighting strong correlations between laws, regulations and post disaster work.