Joëlle Bitton is head of the BA programme in Interaction Design at Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK). She is an artist and interaction designer, addressing in her work the relationships between humans and technologies, in particular within the topics of connectedness, embodied fabrication and everyday life. Her teaching puts an emphasis on associating theory and practice and on inviting students to question assumptions and stereotypes, and to embrace the “excursive” journey of a design process.
Her DDes research titled “Measure of Abstraction: Embodied Fabrication and the Materiality of Intimacy” proposed interactive processes in digital fabrication with the implication of personal data.
Jonathan Grinham is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cities. He received his Doctorate of Design degree at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design where his research developed novel fabrication and design methods for milli- to micro-scale fluid-flow systems for thermal control in buildings. His past research agendas track themes in advanced materials, interactive and responsive environments, embedded computation, computational design, and automated fabrication workflows.
Nikos Katsikis is an architect and urbanist working at the intersection of urbanization theory, design and geospatial analysis. His research seeks, through conceptual and cartographic experimentation, to contribute to a geographical understanding of the socio-metabolic relations between agglomerations and their operational landscapes. He is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Luxembourg, collaborating in the development of a new program on Architecture, European Urbanization and Globalization. He is also an affiliated researcher at Urban Theory Lab, Harvard GSD. At the GSD he has served as Instructor in Urban Planning and Design (2014-2015), Teaching Fellow, and Research Associate (2010-2014 and 2015-2016). Since 2012 he is on the editorial board of the New Geographies journal and co-editor of New Geographies 06: Grounding Metabolism (Harvard University Press, 2014). He is a licensed architect in Greece and has practiced architecture and urban design as an individual, and as an associate architect. He holds a Doctor of Design from Harvard GSD, a professional degree in Architectural Engineering with highest distinction (2006) and an MSc in Architecture and Spatial Design (2009) with distinction, both from the National Technical University of Athens.
Nathan King is a Co-Director of the Center for Design Research and Assistant Professor of Architecture and Industrial Design at the School of Architecture + Design at Virginia Tech. He has taught at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, The Rhode Island School of Design, and the University of Innsbruck. At Virginia Tech, Nathan developed the Design Robotics Laboratory and the Laboratory for Additive Manufacturing in Design and holds leadership roles in the Intelligent Infrastructure for Human Centered Communities initiative that is driving the creation of university-wide, infrastructure, curriculum, and trans-disciplinary research programs. In addition, Nathan has developed impact-driven design initiatives in sub-Saharan Africa that provide students with opportunities for international learning and engagement. Nathan lectures and publishes extensively, including the recent book Ceramic Material Systems and Transformable Design (forthcoming) of which he is co-author.
Beyond academia, King was a Director at MASS Design Group, where he collaborated on the development and deployment of innovative building technologies, medical devices, and evaluation methods for application in resource-limited settings. In addition, Nathan has contributed to the development of several Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) –scale research facilities to advance the field of Design Robotics and related material systems research in both industry and academic settings. Recently, Nathan was instrumental in the ln the development of the Autodesk BUILD Space—a 35,000 ft2 AEC research facility that drives innovation through collaboration between academia, industry, and design practice.
Matan Mayer is Assistant Professor of Architecture at IE University School of Architecture and Design in Madrid and Segovia, Spain, where he teaches construction technology and design courses. He holds a Doctor of Design (’14) and Master in Design Studies (Technology, ’10) degrees from Harvard Graduate School of Design, as well as a BArch degree from Tel Aviv University. Matan’s research work focuses on achieving life cycle innovation in the built environment through developments in manufacturing technology, assembly techniques, and digital design platforms. Prior to his current position, Matan has taught research seminars at Harvard GSD and at Universidad Torcuato Di Tella. He has completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cities, a residency at the Harvard Innovation Lab Venture Incubation Program, as well as research fellowships 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.
Taraneh Meshkani is an architect, urbanist, and educator. She graduated from the Doctor of Design program in 2016 and since then has been teaching at Boston Architectural College. During her studies, Taraneh received a doctoral fellowship from the Graduate Consortium on Energy and Environment at Harvard, and she is an editor of the New Geographies journal. Her research examines the linkage of new information and communication technologies and their spatialities to the social and political processes of contemporary societies. Her dissertation is on the impact of social media on physical urban spaces as the issue relates to recent sociopolitical movements. She holds a master of architecture from the University of Toronto. Meshkani has worked in different architectural firms, including Morphosis Architects, organized many conferences and exhibitions, and taught as an instructor and a teaching fellow at Harvard Graduate School of Design and Boston Architectural college. Her work has been published and presented in Canadian Architect Magazine, the International Journal of Islamic Architecture, MediaCities, and ACADIA.
Dimitris Papanikolaou is an urban scientist, architect, and engineer, and a postdoctoral researcher at Harvard GSD. He holds a DDes ('16) from Harvard GSD, an MSc from MIT Media Lab, an SMArchS from MIT SAP, and a Diploma in Architectural Engineering from NTUA. His research combines big data, complex systems modeling, and interactive technologies, to analyze, model, and design intelligent urban infrastructure and mobility systems. He has previously worked at Microsoft Research, developing novel applications of the Internet of Things, and at the MIT Media Lab, co-developing Mobility on Demand, an intelligent sharing system of electric foldable cars named by TIME magazine as the best automotive invention of 2007. His research has been published in 15 peer-reviewed conferences and 7 books and journals, and has received distinctions including the Buckminster Fuller Challenge; the Harvard Deans’ Design Challenge; the MIT Transportation Showcase award in Economics, Finance, Policy and Land Use; the Harvard Fellowship on Energy and Environment; the Harvard Meyer Transportation Research award; and a Fulbright Fellowship for graduate studies at MIT. Starting Fall 2017, he will be a tenure track Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, with a joint appointment between the School of Architecture and the Department of Software Information Systems, where he will be directing the Urban Synergetics lab.
Daekwon Park, DDes '17, is a licensed architect (NY), a LEED accredited professional and a design technologist who has received his MDes degree in Technology at the GSD in 2012. Daekwon has extensive experience in large scale sports and entertainment facility design and has practiced in various countries around the world including USA, Australia, and China. More recently, he worked as the director in Korea for Populous (formerly HOK Sport), independently leading all the projects in Korea including the 2014 Incheon Asian Games Main Stadium. In parallel with this career, Daekwon has also established his multi-disciplinary design practice meta-territory_studio and has been actively participating in various design competitions, exhibitions and publications.
Academically, Daekwon engaged in a wide range of teaching and research opportunities at Harvard, MIT, and EPFL. During his time at Harvard, he actively collaborated with the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering (Harvard), Design Robotics Group (GSD), Responsive Environment and Artifacts Lab (GSD), High-Low Tech Group (MIT Media Lab), Changing Places Group (MIT Media Lab), and Media and Design Laboratory (EPFL). Daekwon’s research studies the intersection between design, digital technology and biotechnology with an emphasis on how it influences the way the built environment is designed, built, and occupied.