Neri Oxman

Architect, designer and inventor Neri Oxman is the Sony Corporation
Career Development Professor and Associate Professor of Media Arts and
Sciences at the MIT Media Lab, where she founded and directs The
Mediated Matter Group. Her team operates at the intersection of
computational design, digital fabrication, materials science and
synthetic biology; and applies that knowledge to design across scales
and disciplines, from micro to building scale. Oxman’s goal is to
augment the relationship between built, natural, and biological
environments by employing design principles inspired and engineered by
Nature, and implementing them in the invention of novel design
technologies. Areas of application include architectural design,
product design, fashion design, as well as the design of new
technologies for digital fabrication and construction. Oxman coined
the term, and pioneered the field of, Material Ecology, which
considers form generation, manufacturing, the environment and the
material itself as inseparable dimensions of design. In this approach,
products and buildings are biologically informed and digitally
engineered by, with and for, Nature. Oxman work has resulted in more
than 100 scientific papers and patents and is included in permanent
collections at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), the San Francisco
Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), Centre Georges Pompidou, the Boston
Museum of Fine Arts (MFA), Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum,
the Smithsonian Institution, the Museum of Applied Arts in Vienna
(MAK), the FRAC Collection and the Boston Museum of Science, amongst
others including prestigious private collections. Since 2005, Oxman
and her team have won numerous awards and has grown in international
scope and acclaim at venues such as the World Economic Forum, where
she is part of the Expert Network, and the White House. Among Oxman’s
awards are a Graham Foundation Carter Manny award (2008), the
International Earth Awards for Future-Crucial Design (2008), the
HOLCIM Next Generation award for Sustainable Construction (2008), a
METROPOLIS Next Generation award (2009), a 40 Under 40 Building
Design+Construction award (2012), the BSA Women in Design award
(2014), the Vilcek Prize in Design (2014), an Emerging Voices award
from the Architectural League of New York (2015), the Innovation by
Design award from Fast Company (2015), and the Silicon Valley
Visionary Award (2017). In 2008 Oxman was named “Revolutionary Mind”
by SEED Magazine. In the following year she was named to ICON’s “top
most influential designers and architects to shape our future” and to
Esquire’s “Best and Brightest”. In the following year, Oxman was
selected to FASCOMAPNY’s “most creative people” and the “10 most
creative women in business”. In 2014, Oxman was named to Carnegie’s
Pride of America. In 2015, she was named to ROADS’ 100 Global Minds:
the Most Daring Cross-Disciplinary Thinkers in the World, and in 2016
she was named a Cultural Leader at the World Economic Forum.  Oxman
appeared on the covers of FASTCOMPANY (2010), WIRED UK (2012), ICON
(2013), SURFACE (2016), and more.  She has been written about in The
New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, WIRED, Fast Company, The
Boston Globe and more. Neri Oxman received her PhD in Design
Computation as a Presidential Fellow at MIT, where she coined the term
Material Ecology to describe her research area. Prior to MIT she
earned a diploma from the Architectural Association (ARB/RIBA Part 2)
after attending the Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning at the
Technion Israel Institute of Technology, and the Department of Medical
Sciences at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

Oxman’s Mediated Matter Group combines design with science and
technological innovation. Informed by nature, the Group operates at
the intersection of computational design, digital fabrication,
materials science and synthetic biology. The Group synthesizes this
knowledge to design across disciplines and scales. We create novel and
specialized digital fabrication tools and technologies—for architects
and designers—that engage computational design, digital fabrication,
biology, the environment, and their subject materials as inseparable
and harmonized dimensions of design. We invented the field of Material
Ecology, which considers computation, fabrication, and the material
itself as synergetic. In this approach products and buildings are
designed as living interactive entities: environmentally informed,
computationally grown, digitally manufactured and biologically
augmented. Such environmentally informed and engineered interfaces
include a 3D-printed fluidic clothing for energy production, a 3D
printer that prints in glass with the ultimate goal of solar
harvesting building skins, and an interactive bio-interface for
melanin production in both body and building scales. Pairing the
creation of novel technologies for digital fabrication with
speculative design, the Group strives to rethink the future of designs
that interface the body, the building and the environment in the
bio-digital age.

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