Material Intelligence: Skylar Tibbits

Material Intelligence will explore the role of materials, their inherent properties, and their possible potentials in architectural design. It will interrogate the design opportunities provided by techniques that act upon our standard material set and question the role of new materials in the development of novel design strategies.

Skylar Tibbits is the director of the Self-Assembly Lab in MIT’s Department of Architecture. He also teaches graduate and undergraduate design studios and co-teaching How to Make (Almost) Anything, a seminar at MIT’s Media Lab. Skylar was recently awarded a 2013 Architectural League Prize, The Next Idea Award at Ars Electronica 2013, the Visionary Innovation Award at the Manufacturing Leadership Summit, a 2012 TED Senior Fellowship and was named a Revolutionary Mind in SEED Magazine’s 2008 Design Issue. The Self-Assembly Lab focuses on self-assembly and programmable material technologies for novel manufacturing, products and construction processes.