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 taught design studios and seminars in architecture at the University of Pennsylvania from 2005–11. She is principal of Jenny Sabin Studio, an experimental architectural design studio based in Philadelphia. She is cofounder and codirector of the Sabin+Jones LabStudio, a hybrid research and design unit, 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.
- ARCH 5113 Core Design Studio III
- Meander, Variegating Architecture, coauthored with Ferda Kolatan (2010)
- “Branching Morphogenesis,” Science, vol. 327, issue 5968 (2010)
- “Nonlinear Systems Biology and Design: Surface Design,” coauthored with Peter Lloyd Jones, presented at Acadia 2008: Silicon + Skin, Biological Processes and Computation (2008)
Awards, Grants, and Fellowships (selected)
- Pew Fellowship in the Arts for architecture and design, Philadelphia (2010)
- G. Holmes Perkins Award for distinguished teaching by a member of the Associated Faculty of the School of Design, University of Pennsylvania
- NSF EFRI-SEED: Energy Minimization via Multi-Scalar Architectures, $2.0 Million. Shu Yang (PI), Jenny E. Sabin, Nader Engheta, Jan Van der Spiegel, Peter Lloyd Jones (co-PIs), Andrew Lucia (Senior Personnel) (2010–14)
- Graham Grant for Individual Collaborative Projects (publication/documentation); awarded for production and publication of LabBook by Sabin+Jones, $10,000 (2009–10)
- American Institute of Architects Upjohn Research Grant to Sabin+Jones LabStudio, $18,000 (2007)
Exhibitions and Presentations (selected)
- design IMAGING / IMAGINING in the Terrain of Water; by Narendra Juneja, Ian L. McHarg, Louis I. Kahn, Lawrence Halprin, and works by current University of Pennsylvania faculty; James Corner, Dilip da Cunha, and Jenny Sabin (2011)
- Working Prototypes: Design, Fabricate and Test; Nonlinear Systems Biology and Design Cluster; Design Hub Barcelona (DHUB), Barcelona (2010)
- Ars Electronica 2009 inaugural exhibition, featuring Branching Morphogenesis by Sabin+Jones LabStudio, Linz, Austria (2009–10)