Best Paper Award – ICSA 2022

Delighted to announce that our paper titled ‘Post-tensioned Ceramic Structures: Design, Analysis and Prototyping‘ has won the ‘Best Paper Award 2022‘ at the ICSA 2022 5th International Conference on Structures and Architecture , Aalborg, Denmark !!!

The paper can be found here.

MaP+S at ICSA 2022

We are happy to present our work on ‘Post-tensioned Ceramic Structures: Design, Analysis and Prototyping‘ at the ICSA 2022 5th International Conference on Structures and Architecture 06-08 July, Aalborg, Denmark.

The link to the full schedule is here.

The paper can be found here

Katarina Richter-Lunn (MDes ’21) awarded a 2022 Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship

Courtesy of Katarina Richter-Lunn

Harvard University Graduate School of Design DDes candidate Katarina Richter-Lunn (MDes ’21) has been awarded the 2022 Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans, a merit-based graduate school program for 30 immigrants and children of immigrants. Chosen from a competitive pool of over 1,800 applicants, Richter-Lunn was selected for her potential to make significant contributions through her research and work in the United States. She will join 10 other Harvard affiliated students who are being honored in 2022 by the Soros organization—all of whom receive up to $90,000 to support graduate studies.

More info here.

Architecture, Structures and Construction Journal (2022)

We are excited to publish our post-tensioned ceramic work in the ‘Architecture, Structures and Construction‘ Journal (2022). You can find the project post here (Link).

Link to the paper below :

Bechthold, M.†, Seibold, Z.† & Mhatre, S. ‘Post-tensioned ceramic structures: design, analysis, and prototyping.’ Archit. Struct. Constr. (2022). https://doi-org/10.1007/s44150-022-00025-0. (Paper)

Design + Technology + Materiality – Saurabh Mhatre

Poster of the talk 'Design + Tech+ Materiality' given by sr. Research Associate Saurabh Mhatre

Saurabh Mhatre, MaP+S, was recently invited to give a talk on Design+ Technology + Materiality as a part of the ‘Making a Difference Speaker Series’ organized by Brilliant Labs . The series features global speakers from diverse backgrounds to spark conversations on technological innovation, humanity-centered design, ethics, creativity, and leadership.
The recording of the talk can be found here: Link

Design Miami Basel – Vessels to hold Carbon

Vessels to Hold Carbon is a collection of three objects by Daniel Tish which have been 3D printed from a new climate-positive material being developed through a collaboration between the MaP+S Group at the Harvard GSD and the Daraio Lab at Caltech. The material is made from photosynthetic microorganisms which absorb many times more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere than is required to manufacture the pieces, storing atmospheric carbon for the life of the pieces. The vessels take on the fluid forms of the medium which they have captured, rendering the air that they embody as solid. 

The pieces are shown as a part of the Symbiotic Habitat installation of the work of the fellows of the Design Akademie Saaleck. More information about the show here, or take a virtual tour of the exhibition here

The research to develop this material and the fabrication system has been generously supported by the Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cities and further development is being supported by the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies.


Kiriform- Advanced Functional Materials- Back Cover

Kiriform (GSD + SEAS) has been featured on the back cover of Advanced Functional Materials Journal (26 Aug 2021).

The article can be found here :

Mhatre, S., Boatti, E., Melancon, D., Zareei, A., Dupont, M., Bechthold, M., Bertoldi, K., Deployable Structures Based on Buckling of Curved Beams Upon a Rotational Input. Adv. Funct. Mater. 2021, 2101144. (Link)

A.I., Machine Learning, and the Built Environment

Jose Luis Garcia del Castillo y Lopez – as a part of the Harvard GSD Executive Education is launching a new  program on Artificial  Intelligence / Machine Learning.

A non-technical introduction to the state of the art in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML), with particular emphasis on their current applications in the fields of Architecture, Landscape, Urbanism, and Real Estate. Participants will acquire the skills to manage a team in a successful machine learning project, without needing the expertise to understand the details of its technical implementation.

When: April 27, 28,30, 2021

Where: Online 

More information / Registrations  here.

Wyss Institute roboticists win NASA award for developing smart deep-space habitats

The organization of the Resilient ExtraTerrestrial Habitats institute (RETHi) project will bring together three interconnected research thrusts that work on complementary approaches for the realization of smart deep-space habitats. Credit: Purdue University

MaP+S Group’s Chuck Hoberman along with Justin Werfel (Wyss),  and Robert Wood (Wyss)   to lead development of robotic strategies able to maintain crewed and un-crewed extra-terrestrial habitats in space and on Mars. This multidisciplinary effort, called the Resilient ExtraTerrestrial Habitats institute (RETHi), is led by a team from Purdue University in partnership with Harvard and additional teams from the University of Connecticut and the University of Texas at San Antonio, and will receive as much as $15 million over a five-year period.

Full Post here

27 March: Thresholds – Design and Science

Hold the date for an intriguing day of conversations and presentations. The conference will be held on March 27 at the Radcliff Gym at Harvard – the event is free and open to the public. Breakfast and lunch will be served. Description: 

Science and design are often thought to represent opposite mindsets of analysis versus conjecture, of explanatory versus disruptive modes of thinking. Audacious, provocative, and unconventional work emerges when we cross the traditional disciplinary divide between science and design. The March 2020 conference assembles thought leaders from both areas—researchers and practitioners who interrogate the spaces in between through their work. The sessions, which are thematically aligned with the human senses, present a multitude of approaches, methods, and techniques that transcend the disciplinary focus. Conceived as an open forum for exploration and discussion, the conference is co-hosted by faculty from the Graduate School of Design and the John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Science at Harvard University. The projects and explorations featured range from fashion to material science, from therapeutic devices to building science, and from cooking to cognitive science.

Click here for more.

2020 DDes Conference

We welcome you to join us for the 2020 DDes Conference held on  February 26th at the GSD, Stubbins (Room 112) from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm.
The conference, titled, “Architecture as a ‘Learning’ Living Machine” will address new emerging concepts in the field of data-driven, adaptive and robotic architecture such as ML, Robotic Buildings, Smart Homes in a form of a symposium.
For more information and speaker list, please visit 

2020 Ceramics Installation @ Cevisama

We will be presenting this year’s ceramic installation, our tallest ever, at the Cevisama trade fair in Valencia from 3 – 7 February! Hope to see you there! We thank the Cevisama Trade Fair Organization and ASCER Tile of Spain for their support.

Design – Science Conference @ Harvard: 27 March.

Mark your calendar for our first Design – Science Conference at Harvard, showcasing intriguing and compelling work at the intersection of design and science at Harvard and beyond. Curated by Allen Sayegh, Joanna Aizenberg and Martin Bechthold, the event is held at the Radcliff Institute for Advanced Studies, free and open to the public.    more