Jenny E. Sabin, Principal Investigator; Assistant Professor

Jenny Sabin’s work is at the forefront of a new direction for 21st century architectural practice — one that investigates the intersections of architecture and science, and applies insights and theories from biology and mathematics to the design of material structures. Sabin is an Assistant Professor in the area of Design and Emerging Technologies in the Department of Architecture at Cornell University. She is principal of Jenny Sabin Studio, an experimental architectural design studio based in Philadelphia. She is co-founder of LabStudio, a hybrid research and design network, together with Peter Lloyd Jones. She was a founding member of the Nonlinear Systems Organization, a research group started by Cecil Balmond, where she was senior researcher and director of research. Sabin holds degrees in ceramics and interdisciplinary visual art from the University of Washington and a master’s of architecture from the University of Pennsylvania where was awarded the AIA Henry Adams first prize medal and the Arthur Spayd Brooke gold medal for distinguished work in architectural design, 2005. Sabin was recently named a USA Knight Fellow in Architecture.











Andrew Lucia, collaborator and Senior Personnel; Visiting Lecturer

Andrew Lucia is a designer specializing in a computational approach to the analysis and production of material organization, architecture, and data. His current research and work broadly examine applications of Systems and Information Theory in relation to aesthetics, order, and perception within dynamic systems.  These concepts are applied systemically to analytic and projective inquiries varying from issues rooted in cellular motility in the biological sciences to architectural design, perception, and market dynamics.  Andrew is a Visiting Lecturer at Cornell University teaching design studios and seminars in visual representation.











Martin Miller, Research Associate; Visiting Critic

Martin Miller comes from a diverse background with training in architecture, art, science and mathematics. He received his BFA in Sculpture from the University of Colorado with a minor in Mathematics, and a Masters of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania in 2012. His areas of expertise lie in parametric modeling, complex form rationalization and digital fabrication. Martin is a designer and project manager for Jenny Sabin Studio and Visiting Critic at Cornell Architecture.











Giffen Clark Ott, Research Associate

As a research associate in the Sabin Design Lab at Cornell AAP, Giffen leads prototype and digital fabrication efforts for the eSkin project supported by the National Science Foundation. Giffen graduated in 2012 with a B.ARCH from Cornell University.


Simin Wang, Graduate Architecture Student

With strong computational design skills and digital scripting ability, Simin treats the design process as an opportunity for the investigation and implementation of new ideas, technologies, and material. Simin was part of the design team at Jenny Sabin Studio for the MyThread Pavilion commissioned by Nike FlyKnit Collective. He participated in all phases of the design, from concept development, to prototyping, and to final construction. Recently, Simin is working on a theater and atrium space design project at Peking University in China. His design of a vacation house complex in Xinjiang province, China will begin its construction phase late June, 2013.

As a research assistant in the Jenny Sabin Lab at Cornell AAP, Simin is part of the eSkin project supported by the National Science Foundation. He developed a digital tool palette to simulate the unique behavior of eSkin material. His paper with Andrew Lucia and Jenny Sabin was published by peer review at the annual symposium on Simulation for Architecture and Urban Design (SimAUD) 2013.


Nicholas Cassab-Gheta, Undergraduate Architecture Student

Nicholas is a student of architecture in the Bachelors of Architecture program at Cornell University’s College of AAP. He is an editor of the Cornell Journal of Architecture issue 9, and a recipient of the Seipp Prize. He was born and raised in New York City and graduated Stuyvesant High School in 2009. He is most interested in the intersection between computer science and architecture and its potential to create a smarter built landscape.
His areas of expertise include Rhino and Grasshopper, and he is fully trained in the operating of 3D printers. He believes everyone should know how to code, and is constantly teaching himself programming languages.  He is also a student of architecture history, and keeps a copy of Kenneth Frampton’s, Modern Architecture: A Critical History, by his bedside.

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