Matan Mayer is an architect and researcher focusing on life cycle innovation in the built environment. His work seeks to combine advances in manufacturing technology, material development, assembly techniques, and digital design platforms for the purpose of achieving leaner construction and deconstruction processes. As a doctoral candidate at the GSD Design Robotics Group, he has worked on projects ranging from husk-reinforced plastics to microfluidic glazing, and contributed to the development of “Lifecycle Design”, a material-centered research seminar. Matan was previously a research fellow at the Institute for Lightweight Structures and Conceptual Design at the University of Stuttgart, the Composite Construction Laboratory at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and the Emerging Material Technologies Group at the University of Arizona. As an architect, he has been involved in a range of transportation, civic, and cultural projects in the Middle East and Europe. Most recently, he co-authored a winning proposal for the design of a national library in Jerusalem. Matan holds a professional Bachelor of Architecture degree from Tel Aviv University and a post-professional masters degree from Harvard Graduate School of Design. He is a recipient of a number of awards, among which the Peter Rice Prize for innovation in structural design.