2018 January

Senyai project wins the 2017 LIT Design Awards in the Hotel and Restaurant Design category. LIT Design Awards was created with the belief that lighting is an art and a science, and it is one of the most important elements of design.

2017 December

Aisha Han writes about Senyai in The Tartan, Carnegie Mellon’s student newspaper.

2017 November

Senyai project wins The American Architecture Prize, read more in the CMU news article.

EcoLogics: Computational Techniques for Shaping the Built Environment

| Research Seminar | 2015-Current |

| College of Fine Arts CMU | Instructor: Dana Cupkova |

EcoLogics is a project based design-research seminar that investigates adaptive dynamic behaviors inspired by natural processes and biomimetics as a basis for design ideas. Students are introduced to computational design thinking and digital fabrication, using contemporary parametric modeling to incorporate environmental information into a series of recursions. The objective is to speculate about translation of performative contingencies into objects, environments and functional morphologies informed by data sets and simulation. We engage design processes in which systems’ performance metrics underpin creative exploration of organization and form. The seminar results in the design and prototype of an individually proposed project. Students are immersed in digital parametric tools and contemporary digital fabrication processes, including 3D printing, CNC milling, vacuum forming and mold casting.

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Ferroform: Organic Responsiveness
Anthony J Nitche: Optical Web

| STUDENTS: Colleen Clifford, Marantha Dawkins, Sinan Goral, Anna Gusman, Ava Kling, Shannon Iacino, Sophie Nahrmann, Anthony Necci, Trent Wimbiscus |