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Neri Oxman is an American-Israeli architect

InformationDetail
BirthdayFebruary 6, 1976
NationalityAmerican
FamousIsraeli Women, Massachusetts Institute Of Technology, Architects
Boy FriendsBill Ackman
SpousesOsvaldo Golijov
Universities
  • Hebrew University Of Jerusalem,Massachusetts Institute Of Technology (MIT)
  • Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • Technion – Israel Institute of Technology
  • Architectural Association School of Architecture
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Notable Alumnis
  • Hebrew University Of Jerusalem
  • Hebrew University Of Jerusalem
  • Massachusetts Institute Of Technology (MIT)
Birth PlaceHaifa
Born CountryIsrael
GenderFemale
FatherRobert Oxman
MotherRivka Oxman
Sun SignAquarius
Born inHaifa
Famous asArchitect

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Who is Neri Oxman?

Neri Oxman is an American-Israeli architect, designer, and professor who currently serves as the Sony Corporation Career Development Professor and Associate Professor of Media Arts and Sciences at the MIT Media Lab. She founded and directs the 'Mediated Matter' research group. Her projects are characterized by combining "computational design, digital fabrication, materials science and synthetic biology", and span across disciplines, media and scales. She is credited for coining the term "material ecology" which "considers computation, fabrication, and the material itself as inseparable dimensions of design." She has pioneered the new field creating products and buildings that are "biologically informed and digitally engineered by, with and for, Nature". Some of her most notable creations include the 'Silk Pavilion', 'Imaginary Beings', 'Ocean Pavilion', 'Gemini', 'Synthetic Apiary' and the 'Wanderers' collection. Her team developed 'G3DP', the first 3D printer capable of printing transparent glass. For her innovative contributions to the field of architecture, she has been honored with several awards over the years, including 'Vilcek Prize' and 'Earth Award'. She has also featured on the covers of magazines like 'Fast Company', 'Wired UK', 'ICON', and 'Surface'.

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Childhood & Early Life

Neri Oxman was born in 1976 in Haifa, Israel to Robert Oxman and Rivka Oxman. Both his parents are architects. She spent most of her childhood alternating between her grandmother's garden and her parent's architectural studio, thus learning a balance between nature and culture.

She relocated to Jerusalem and entered Hebrew University's Hadassah Medical School in 1997. Two years later, she decided to take up an architecture course at Technion – Israel Institute of Technology.

She next entered London Architectural Association School of Architecture from where she completed her master’s degree in 2004 with a thesis on using "structural, spatial and environmental" cues to drive shape generation. Moving to Boston in 2005, she joined the PhD program in architecture at MIT under adviser William J. Mitchell and wrote a thesis on material-aware design.

Career & Projects

After completing her PhD from MIT, Neri Oxman became an Associate Professor of Media Arts and Sciences at the MIT Media Lab in 2010, and currently also serves as the Sony Corporation Career Development Professor. At MIT, she later founded the Mediated Matter research group, of which she is also the director.

Subsequently, she focused on making use of different 3D printing techniques, often collaborating with printing companies like Stratasys. The Mediated Matter group has designed custom printers including a prototype to build 8-foot tall structures in outdoor spaces with its robotic arm and another to create free-standing objects without support structures.

In 2012, one of her first projects was to 3D-print her first set of body-sized wearable collection titled 'Imaginary Beings', which was inspired by legendary creatures. She then teamed up with fashion designer, Iris van Herpen, and materials engineer, Craig Carter, to 3D-print the multi-color and multi-material dress 'Anthozoa'.

In 2013, she began one of her best known projects, the 'Silk Pavilion', which is a polyhedral nylon-frame dome loosely woven by a robotic arm which was then finished by 6,500 free-ranging silkworms. It was an experiment to identify how silkworms respond to different surfaces and how to encourage them to spin onto an existing structure rather than spinning a cocoon.

Her 2014 installation titled 'Ocean Pavilion' consists of a water-based fabrication platform in which structures were built out of the chitin-like a water-soluble organic fiber chitosan. While the whole structure was made from the same base material, due to variations in how the fibers were deposited, the end-result was a combination of hard and soft structures.

She next built the room-sized installation 'Synthetic Apiary' in 2015 to study the behavior of bees within indoor environment and how they built beehives in and around different structures. For this project, she collaborated with a beekeeping company to explore how biological niches could be integrated into buildings as a way to avoid colony loss.

In 2015, she created the 'Wanderers' collection, 3D-printed wearable skins designed to help humans survive on other planets, in collaboration with Christoph Bader and Dominik Kolb. The one item that got most media attention was the 'Living Mushtari' chest-piece, which consisted of a liquid-filled synthetic digestive tract inhabited by a colony of photosynthetic bacteria and E. Coli.

Her 2015 chaise lounge 'Gemini', which was designed to produce a soothing acoustical environment for the recliner and consisted of a milled wood shell with a 3D-printed surface, was later acquired by SF MoMA. The same year, her team developed 'G3DP', the first 3D printer capable of printing optically transparent glass, which was designed in collaboration with MIT's Glass Lab and the Wyss Institute.

In October 2015, she delivered a TED talk titled 'Design at the Intersection of Technology and Biology' which has been viewed over 162k times on YouTube till date. During the talk, she discussed her vision for material ecology to combine scientific insight to achieve "symbiosis between our bodies, the microorganisms that we inhabit, our products and even our buildings."

She created a set of 3D-printed feathered, filamented, and textured masks for artist Björk titled 'Rottlace' in 2016, followed by 'Vespers', a collection of 15 death masks inspired by the film 'Alien'. She put on exhibit a set of glass vessels made with 'G3DP' at several museums in June, and designed the 10-foot tall sculpture of light and printed glass 'YET' for the 2017 Milan Design Week.

Major Works

Among Neri Oxman's vast list of innovative designs, some of the most notable ones include the 'Silk Pavilion' installation, 'Imaginary Beings' collection, 'Ocean Pavilion' installation and the 'Wanderers' collection.

Awards & Achievements

In 2008, Neri Oxman won a 'Graham Foundation Carter Manny Award', the 'International Earth Awards for Future-Crucial Design', and the 'HOLCIM Next Generation award for Sustainable Construction'. That year, she was also named 'Revolutionary Mind' by 'SEED Magazine'.

She won a 'METROPOLIS Next Generation' award and was named one of the 'Best and Brightest' by 'Esquire' magazine in 2009.

She was honored with the 'Vilcek Prize in Design', Carnegie’s 'Pride of America' and 'BSA Women in Design' awards in 2014.

In 2015, she received an 'Emerging Voices' award from the Architectural League of New York and the 'Innovation by Design award' from Fast Company. Recently, she earned the San Jose Forum's 'Visionary Award' in 2017.

Personal Life & Legacy

In 2011, Neri Oxman married Grammy Award-winning Argentine composer Osvaldo Golijov who, according to an interview in 'Surface magazine', had "incredible influence" on her work. The couple has since then separated, even though the details about their divorce have not been revealed.

In early April 2018, 'Page Six' reported that she was spending time together with renowned Hollywood actor Brad Pitt after meeting through an architecture project at MIT. They reportedly bonded over their passion for architecture, design and art, even though the source claimed that they were strictly friends at the time.

Following the link-up with Pitt, it was revealed that she was actually dating billionaire hedge fund manager Bill Ackman was happy with her current relationship.

Trivia

After the death of Zaha Hadid, another pioneering woman in the primarily male-dominated field of architecture, Neri Oxman received numerous messages encouraging her "to move forward with the same thinking and intensity".

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Neri Oxman biography timelines

  • // 1976
    Neri Oxman was born in 1976 in Haifa, Israel to Robert Oxman and Rivka Oxman. Both his parents are architects. She spent most of her childhood alternating between her grandmother's garden and her parent's architectural studio, thus learning a balance between nature and culture.
  • // 1997
    She relocated to Jerusalem and entered Hebrew University's Hadassah Medical School in 1997. Two years later, she decided to take up an architecture course at Technion – Israel Institute of Technology.
  • // 2004 To 2005
    She next entered London Architectural Association School of Architecture from where she completed her master’s degree in 2004 with a thesis on using "structural, spatial and environmental" cues to drive shape generation. Moving to Boston in 2005, she joined the PhD program in architecture at MIT under adviser William J. Mitchell and wrote a thesis on material-aware design.
  • // 2008
    In 2008, Neri Oxman won a 'Graham Foundation Carter Manny Award', the 'International Earth Awards for Future-Crucial Design', and the 'HOLCIM Next Generation award for Sustainable Construction'. That year, she was also named 'Revolutionary Mind' by 'SEED Magazine'.
  • // 2009
    She won a 'METROPOLIS Next Generation' award and was named one of the 'Best and Brightest' by 'Esquire' magazine in 2009.
  • // 2010
    After completing her PhD from MIT, Neri Oxman became an Associate Professor of Media Arts and Sciences at the MIT Media Lab in 2010, and currently also serves as the Sony Corporation Career Development Professor. At MIT, she later founded the Mediated Matter research group, of which she is also the director.
  • // 2011
    In 2011, Neri Oxman married Grammy Award-winning Argentine composer Osvaldo Golijov who, according to an interview in 'Surface magazine', had "incredible influence" on her work. The couple has since then separated, even though the details about their divorce have not been revealed.
  • // 2012
    In 2012, one of her first projects was to 3D-print her first set of body-sized wearable collection titled 'Imaginary Beings', which was inspired by legendary creatures. She then teamed up with fashion designer, Iris van Herpen, and materials engineer, Craig Carter, to 3D-print the multi-color and multi-material dress 'Anthozoa'.
  • // 2013
    In 2013, she began one of her best known projects, the 'Silk Pavilion', which is a polyhedral nylon-frame dome loosely woven by a robotic arm which was then finished by 6,500 free-ranging silkworms. It was an experiment to identify how silkworms respond to different surfaces and how to encourage them to spin onto an existing structure rather than spinning a cocoon.
  • // 2014
    Her 2014 installation titled 'Ocean Pavilion' consists of a water-based fabrication platform in which structures were built out of the chitin-like a water-soluble organic fiber chitosan. While the whole structure was made from the same base material, due to variations in how the fibers were deposited, the end-result was a combination of hard and soft structures.
  • // 2014
    She was honored with the 'Vilcek Prize in Design', Carnegie’s 'Pride of America' and 'BSA Women in Design' awards in 2014.
  • // 2015
    She next built the room-sized installation 'Synthetic Apiary' in 2015 to study the behavior of bees within indoor environment and how they built beehives in and around different structures. For this project, she collaborated with a beekeeping company to explore how biological niches could be integrated into buildings as a way to avoid colony loss.
  • // 2015
    In 2015, she created the 'Wanderers' collection, 3D-printed wearable skins designed to help humans survive on other planets, in collaboration with Christoph Bader and Dominik Kolb. The one item that got most media attention was the 'Living Mushtari' chest-piece, which consisted of a liquid-filled synthetic digestive tract inhabited by a colony of photosynthetic bacteria and E. Coli.
  • // 2015
    Her 2015 chaise lounge 'Gemini', which was designed to produce a soothing acoustical environment for the recliner and consisted of a milled wood shell with a 3D-printed surface, was later acquired by SF MoMA. The same year, her team developed 'G3DP', the first 3D printer capable of printing optically transparent glass, which was designed in collaboration with MIT's Glass Lab and the Wyss Institute.
  • // 2015 To 2017
    In 2015, she received an 'Emerging Voices' award from the Architectural League of New York and the 'Innovation by Design award' from Fast Company. Recently, she earned the San Jose Forum's 'Visionary Award' in 2017.
  • // Oct 2015
    In October 2015, she delivered a TED talk titled 'Design at the Intersection of Technology and Biology' which has been viewed over 162k times on YouTube till date. During the talk, she discussed her vision for material ecology to combine scientific insight to achieve "symbiosis between our bodies, the microorganisms that we inhabit, our products and even our buildings."
  • // 2016 To 2017
    She created a set of 3D-printed feathered, filamented, and textured masks for artist Björk titled 'Rottlace' in 2016, followed by 'Vespers', a collection of 15 death masks inspired by the film 'Alien'. She put on exhibit a set of glass vessels made with 'G3DP' at several museums in June, and designed the 10-foot tall sculpture of light and printed glass 'YET' for the 2017 Milan Design Week.
  • // Apr 2018
    In early April 2018, 'Page Six' reported that she was spending time together with renowned Hollywood actor Brad Pitt after meeting through an architecture project at MIT. They reportedly bonded over their passion for architecture, design and art, even though the source claimed that they were strictly friends at the time.

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  • What is Neri Oxman birthday?

    Neri Oxman was born at 1976-02-06

  • Where is Neri Oxman's birth place?

    Neri Oxman was born in Haifa

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    Neri Oxman's nationalities is American

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    Neri Oxman's boyFriends is Bill Ackman

  • Who is Neri Oxman spouses?

    Neri Oxman's spouses is Osvaldo Golijov

  • What was Neri Oxman universities?

    Neri Oxman studied at Hebrew University Of Jerusalem,Massachusetts Institute Of Technology (MIT), Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Architectural Association School of Architecture, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  • What was Neri Oxman notable alumnis?

    Neri Oxman's notable alumnis is Hebrew University Of Jerusalem, Hebrew University Of Jerusalem, Massachusetts Institute Of Technology (MIT)

  • Who is Neri Oxman's father?

    Neri Oxman's father is Robert Oxman

  • Who is Neri Oxman's mother?

    Neri Oxman's mother is Rivka Oxman

  • What is Neri Oxman's sun sign?

    Neri Oxman is Aquarius

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