Instructors

Skylar Tibbits, SJET

SKYLAR TIBBITS is a Designer and Computer Scientist whose research currently focuses on developing self-assembly technologies for large-scale structures in our physical environment. Skylar graduated from Philadelphia University with a 5 yr. Bachelor of Architecture degree and minor in experimental computation. Continuing his education at MIT, he received a Masters of Science in Design + Computation and a Masters of Science in Computer Science.

Skylar is currently a lecturer in MIT’s Department of Architecture, teaching 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 TED2011 fellowship and has been named a Revolutionary Mindin SEED Magazine’s 2008 Design Issue. His previous work experience includes: Zaha Hadid Architects, Asymptote Architecture, SKIII Space Variations and Point b Design. Skylar has exhibited work at a number of venues around the world including: the Guggenheim Museum NY and the Beijing Biennale, lectured at MoMA and SEED Media Group’s MIND08 Conference, Storefront for Art and Architecture, the Rhode Island School of Design, the Institute for Computational Design in Stuttgart and The Center for Architecture NY. He has been published in numerous articles and built large-scale installations around the world from Paris, Calgary, NY to Frankfurt and MIT.  As a guest critic, Skylar has visited a range of schools from the University of Pennsylvania, Pratt Institute and Harvard’s Graduate School of Design.

German W Aparicio Jr, informedCITIES

German W Aparicio Jr is founder of informedCITIES, a multidisciplinary firm focused on emerging technologies for future cities, cities driven by real-time data, systems and networks making urban areas better places to live, work and play. His current research interests include maps, data visualization, urban sensing, building information modeling and geographic information systems.

German Aparicio was born and raised in Los Angeles. He received a Bachelor of Architecture from Cal Poly Pomona where he was awarded a thesis design award by the department of architecture and a Masters of Science in Architectural Studies (SMArchS) Design and Computation from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

German Aparicio has both research and professional experience in the field of computational design as a consultant for Ove Arup design engineering firm and as research associate at SENSEable CityLaboratory (MIT). German Aparicio has taught architectural design at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), California College of Arts (CCA) in San Francisco and University of California, Berkeley and helped lead workshops around the world including workshops in Environmental Sensing and Actuated Architectures at the Institute for Computational Design, University of Stuttgart in Stuttgart, Germany. Most recently, German has been awarded Autodesk’s IDEA Studio Residency Award for a proposal on Future Cities and Urban Sensing.

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