Chuck Hoberman, internationally known for his “transformable structures”, seamlessly fuses the disciplines of art, architecture and engineering, Through his products, patents, and structures, Hoberman demonstrates how objects can be foldable, retractable, or shape-shifting.
He is the founder of Hoberman Associates, a multidisciplinary practice that utilizes transformable principles for a wide range of applications including consumer products, deployable shelters and structures for aerospace. His art has been exhibited around the world on many occasions over the last 20 years. Examples of his commissioned work include the transforming video screen for the U2 360° world tour, the Hoberman Arch installed as the centerpiece for the Winter Olympic Games (2002), as well as exhibits at a number of major museums.
In 2008, he formed the Adaptive Building Initiative (ABI), with the global engineering firm, Buro Happold. This joint venture develops adaptive technologies for the built environment and has built a series of architectural installations including dynamic facades and operable roofs in the US, Japan and the Mideast.
In 2009, He joined Harvard University's Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering as a Visiting Scholar where he works alongside researchers in biology, materials science and robotics. The goal of these collaborations is to develop bioinspired materials and devices that emulate the way nature builds.
He holds over twenty patents for his transformable inventions, and has won numerous awards for his designs.