Prof. Neri Oxman, Associate Professor of Media Arts and Sciences

Prof. Neri Oxman

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Architect and designer 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 research group. Her team conducts research at the intersection of computational design, digital fabrication, materials science and synthetic biology, and applies that knowledge to design across disciplines, media and scales—from the micro scale to the 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 computation, fabrication, 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’s work 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 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), and the Innovation by Design award from Fast Company (2015).

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 (RIBA 2 with Distinction) after attending the Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning at the Technion Israel Institute of Technology (Hons), and the Department of Medical Sciences at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.


2018   From Improved Diagnostics to Presurgical Planning
2018   Designing a Tree: Fabrication Informed Digital Design and Fabrication of Hierarchical Structures
2018   Designing (for) Decay
2018   High-Fidelity Additive Manufacturing of Transparent Glass Structures
2018   FAB Vernacular: Data-driven On-site Robotic Fabrication
2018   Spinning Smooth and Striated
2018   Parametric Chemistry: Reverse-engineering Biomaterial Composite Structures for Robotic Manufacturing
2017   Towards Site-Specific and Self-Sufficient Robotic Fabrication on Architectural Scales
2016   Recursive Symmetries for Geometrically Complex and Materially Heterogeneous Additive Manufacturing
2016   3D Printed Multimaterial Microfluidic Valve
2016   Grown, Printed, and Biologically Augmented: An Additively Manufactured Microfluidic Wearable, Functi
2016   Data-Driven Material Modeling for 3D-Printing of Materially Heterogeneous Objects
2016   The Age of Entanglement
2015   DNA Assembly in 3D Printed Fluidics
2015   Templating Design for Biology and Biology for Design
2015   Multi-Scale Thermal Stability of a Hard Thermoplastic Protein-based Material
2015   Better Together: Engineering and Application of Microbial Symbioses
2015   Additive Manufacturing of Optically Transparent Glass
2015   Designing the Ocean Pavilion
2015   Form Follows Flow
2015   Modeling Behavior for Distributed Additive Manufacturing
2015   Physical Feedback in Fabrication Information Modeling (FIM)
2015   Water-based Engineering & Fabrication
2015   Towards Fabrication Information Modeling (FIM)
2015   Flow-based Fabrication
2014   Gemini: Engaging Experiential and Feature Scales through Multi-Material Digital Design Fabrication
2014   Gemini: Engaging Experiential and Feature Scales through Multi-Material Digital Design and Fabricati
2014   Water-based Robotic Fabrication
2014   Voxel-based Fabrication through Material Property Mapping
2014   Material Ecology
2014   Voxel-based Fabrication through Material Property Mapping: a Design Method for Bitmap Printing
2014   MetaMesh: A Hierarchical Computational Model for Design and Fabrication of Biomimetic Armor Surfaces
2014   A Compound Arm Approach to Digital Construction
2014   Towards Swarm Printing
2014   Biomimetic Flexible ‘Fish Scale’ Composite Armor
2014   Hierarchical Computational Model for Digital Design and Fabrication of Biomimetic Armor Surfaces 2
2014   Parametric Design in Architecture (Forthcoming)
2014   Silk Pavilion: A Case Study in Fiber-based Digital Fabrication
2013   Bio-Beams: Project Outcomes
2013   Bio-Beams: Final Project Report
2013   Hierarchical Computational Model for Digital Design and Fabrication of Biomimetic Armor Surfaces 1
2013   Geometric Origins of Tunable Biomechanical Flexibility in Fish Scale Armour
2013   Towards a Material Ecology
2013   Material Ecology
2013   Biological Computation for Digital Design & Fabrication
2013   4D Printing: Towards Biomimetic Additive Manufacturing
2013   Robotically Controlled Fiber-based Manufacturing
2013   Freeform 3D Printing: toward a Sustainable Approach to Additive Manufacturing
2013   Compound Fabrication: A Multi-Functional Robotic Platform for Digital Design and Fabrication
2013   Construction In Vivo
2013   2012 Buildings Made with a Printer
2013   PCB Origami: a Material-based Design Approach to Computer-aided Foldable Electronic Devices
2013   PCB Origami: a Material-based Design Approach to Computer-aided Foldable Electronic Devices
2012   CNSilk: Spider-Silk Inspired Robotic Fabrication
2012   Robotic Immaterial Fabrication
2012   Biobeams: Functionally Graded Rapid Fabrication
2012   2012 Scripting Cultures: Architectural Design and Programming
2012   2012 Women in Design
2012   Material Computation
2012   Programming Matter
2012   Digital Anisotropy
2011   Once I was Lost but Now I am Found or How to Navigate the Chartroom of Memory
2011   Material Computation
2011   Mediated Matter: the Work of Neri Oxman
2011   Neri Oxman: Thinking bout the Future
2011   Bioarchitektur
2011   Neri Oxman: Thinking About the Future
2011   Brainstormer: Inside the visionary mind of MIT Assistant Professor Neri Oxman
2011   Women in the Drawing Board
2011   MATERIALECOLOGY: Uniting Principles of Engineering and Nature
2011   Transmaterial
2011   Nature is a Brilliant Engineer
2011   Buildings Made with a Printer
2011   Smart Surfaces and their Application in Architecture and Design
2011   The Future of the Brick is in the Printer
2011   New Computational Paradigms in Architecture
2011   The Printed World
2011   Art & Science Laboratories: towards a New Form of Creation
2011   2011 Mediated Matter, Feature
2011   Functionally Graded Rapid Prototyping
2011   Finite Element Synthesis
2011   Proto-Design
2011   Variable Property Rapid Prototyping
2010   Material-based Design Computation
2010   Natural Artifice
2010   Found in Translation: the Work of Neri Oxman
2010   AD (Architectural Design Magazine) 76(2)
2010   AD (Architectural Design Magazine) no. 206
2010   Voodoo Code by Neri Oxman
2010   Digital Culture in Architecture
2010   Per Formative
2010   Structuring Materiality


Title: Methods and System for Direct 3D Printing of 3D Point Cloud Data.
No: 62353045
Filed: June 22, 2016
Inventors: Christoph Bader, Dominik Kolb, and Neri Oxman

Title: Methods and Apparatus for Additive Manufacturing of Glass
U.S. Patent No: US14697564
Filed: April 27, 2015
Inventors: John Klein, Giorgia Franchin, Michael Stern, Markus Kayser, Chikara Inamura, Shreya Dave, Peter Houk and Neri Oxman

Title: Methods and Apparatus for Additive Manufacturing along User-Specified Toolpaths
U.S. Patent No: TBD
Filed: September 15, 2015
Inventors: Jorge Duro-Royo, Laia Mogas-Soldevila, and Neri Oxman

Title: Methods and Apparatus for Computer-Assisted Spray Foam Fabrication
U.S. Patent No: US20130295338 A1
Filed: April 03, 2012
Inventors: Steven Keating and Neri Oxman

Title: Jamming Methods and Apparatus
U.S. Patent No: US20120280421 A1
Filed: May 03, 2011
Inventors: Steven Keating and Neri Oxman

Title: Feedback Electromotive-Discharge Machining
U.S. Provisional Patent Application No: 61/619,831
Filed: April 03, 2012
Inventors: Benjamin J. Peters

Title: Cable Suspended 3D Printer
U.S. Provisional Patent Application No: 61/620,314
Filed: April 04, 2012
Inventors: Benjamin J. Peters and Neri Oxman


Spectral Mesh Comparison Methods for Generative Design
Digital Construction Platform (DCP) v.2
A Unified Approach to Grown Structures
Data-driven and User-Driven Material Modeling
3D Printing Micro and Macro Fluidics with Liquid Support
Multimaterial 3D Printed Valve
3D Printed Syringe Pump
DNA Assembly in 3D Printed Fluidics
Pneumatic Biomaterials Deposition
Mechanic Biomaterials Deposition
Digital Construction Platform (DCP)
Spark Gap Glass
CableBots: Distributed Additive Manufacturing
Ceramic Lichtenberg Sintering
Reaction-Difusion (RD) Bitmap Printing
Freeform 3D Printing
Faceted Reaction-Difusion Printing
CNSILK - CNC Fiber Deposition
Micro-macro Fluidic Fabrication
Morphable Structures
Subtractive SLS Fabrication
Light Printing
Swarm Printing
Vascular Skin
PCB Origami
Thread Deposition Tool
3D Printed Vascular Skin
Functionally Graded Printing
Print-in-Place Construction
Robotic Compound Fabrication
Hierarchical RD Bitmap Printing
Fibonacci’s Mashrabiya
Digitally Reconfigurable Surface
Arache (Autoportrait / Self Portrait)
BelzÈbuth / Baëal Zb˚b
Leviathan 1
Leviathan 2
Medusa 1
Medusa 2
Minotaur Head with Lamella
Minotaur Head with Sutures
Pneuma 1
Pneuma 3
Carpal Skin


Vespers: Series I
DCP: Digital Construction Environment
Vespers: Lazarus
Vespers: Series II
Silk Pavillion
Synthetic Apiary
Vespers: Series III
Wanderers: Living Mushtari
WLA: Wet Lab Atelier
Water-based Digital Fabrication Platform