John Kennedy has been a Lecturer at MIT since 1994, currently at the Center for Real Estate and previously at the Center for Construction Research and Engineering. At MIT he has taught Entrepreneurship and Strategic Planning for the Design, Build, and Real Estate Development segments of the built environment.
As Principal Partner of Kennedy Ventures LLC, a venture company, John works with companies within the built environment to unlock latent business or real estate development opportunities. Previously, John was the founder and President of Kennedy & Rossi, Inc., a design-build firm, as well as other businesses within the built environment.
John Kennedy is the Co-Founder of MIT CREATE. It is a team of researchers and practitioners researching, understanding, and designing for the future of these productive urban spaces. Combining research and action, MIT CREATE is reimagining the methodologies and related tools that can be used to capture the complexities of informal spatial practices. CREATE collects data, build urban intelligence, and work with communities to develop real, collaborative design solutions.
He has served on the boards of various charitable, university, and non-profit organizations, including Life Resources Inc., Mount Saint Joseph’s Academy, Merrimack College Trustee and Real Estate Committee, Epiphany School, The Boston Foundation for Architecture, Lupus Foundation, and the Friends of KwaZulu-Natal South Africa.
John holds a M.S. from MIT and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Merrimack College.