Yanni Alexander Loukissas is a Principal at metaLAB, a research project of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University that explores digital futures for scholarship in the arts and humanities. He is also a Lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, where he teaches courses in Architecture as well as Art, Design and the Public Domain. Originally trained as an architect at Cornell University (99’), he subsequently received a Master of Science (03’) and a PhD (’08) in Design and Computation at MIT. While at MIT, he worked with the Initiative on Technology and Self, the Media Lab, and the Center for Bits and Atoms. He also completed postdoctoral work at the MIT Program in Science, Technology and Society.
His research interests include urban studies, information design, design anthropology, and sociotechnical studies. Recent projects include a digital design workshop in the Arnold Arboretum, an interactive map of the Digital Public Library of America, and a data visualization of the first lunar landing. He also worked with Small Design Firm to create and install an art information and way-finding system for the American Wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. He is the author of Co-Designers: Cultures of Computer Simulation in Architecture (Routledge, 2012), and a contributor to Simulation and its Discontents (MIT Press, 2009). Before coming to Harvard, he taught at MIT, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, and Cornell, where he co-founded Surface Cities, a research and teaching initiative established to study changing images of cities.