Jenny Sabin

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 is the Arthur L. and Isabel B. Wiesenberger Associate Professor in the area of design and emerging technologies in the Department of Architecture at Cornell University. She is principal of Jenny Sabin Studio, an experimental architectural design studio based in Philadelphia, and director of the Sabin Design Lab at Cornell AAP, a hybrid research and design unit with specialization in computational design, data visualization, and digital fabrication.

Sabin was awarded a Pew Fellowship in the Arts in 2010, and in 2011 was named a United States Artists (USA) Knight Fellow in Architecture and Design, one of 50 artists and designers awarded nationally by USA. She was recently awarded the prestigious Architectural League Prize for Young Architects by the Architectural League of New York.

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Classes (Selected)

  • ARCH 5116, 4101/4102, 5101 Option Studio: Serpentine BodiesThe vertical studios are topical in nature and engage contemporary issues in architectural practice and research.
  • ARCH 4605/6609 Elective Seminar: Special Topics in Construction: Bio-Inspired Materials and DesignThis course addresses pertinent issues relative to the subject of Construction. The instructor(s) of the course are drawn from the permanent and visiting faculty who may either broadly or narrowly define the course's scope and content. For precise content please see the Architecture Department webpage .
  • ARCH 4605/6609 Special Topics in Construction: Digital CeramicsThis course addresses pertinent issues relative to the subject of Construction. The instructor(s) of the course are drawn from the permanent and visiting faculty who may either broadly or narrowly define the course's scope and content. For precise content please see the Architecture Department webpage .
  • ARCH 5113 Core Design Studio III: Data and Form: Archive and Library InformationScape (studio coordinator)Focus on relational and ecological design thinking through interpretive, analytical, programmatic and generative uses of digital media. Emphasis on context, nonstandard architectonics and systems in the design of a mid-scale building.

Awards, Grants, and Fellowships (Selected)

  • National Science Foundation EFRI ODISSEI: Cutting and Pasting - Kirigami in Architecture, Technology, and Science (KATS) [$2 million] Principal Investigators: Randell Kamien, Shu Yang, Dan Luo, Jenny Sabin (2013-17)
  • USA Knight Fellow, 1 of 50 fellowships awarded nationally by the United States Artists (2011)
  • Pew Fellowship in the Arts for architecture and design, Philadelphia (2010)
  • National Science Foundation 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)

Exhibitions and Presentations (Selected)

  • Archilab, Naturalizing Architecture; invited exhibition participant; 9th Edition, FRAC, Orleans, France (September-February 2014)
  • En Vie/Alive; invited exhibition participant; EDF Foundation, Paris (2013)
  • Invited Public Lecture, as part of the Synapse Series, Le Laboratoire, artscience labs, Paris (2012)
  • Working Prototypes: Design, Fabricate and Test; Nonlinear Systems Biology and Design Cluster; Design Hub Barcelona (DHUB), Barcelona (2010)

 

Publications (Selected)

  • Chapter essay by invitation, "Matrix Architecture," Inside Smart Geometry, edited by Terri Peters and Brady Peters, John Wiley & Sons Ltd., Chichester, West Sussex, England (2013)
  • Anne Tyng: Inhabiting Geometry, edited by Ingrid Schaffner, Srdjan Jovanović Weiss, and William Whitaker, ICA, Oddi Press, Iceland (2012)
  • "The Greenhouse & Cabinet of Future Fossils: Interfacing Nature in the Built Environment" ACADIA 2012: Synthetic Digital Ecologies ed. Cabrinha, Johnson & Steinfeld, Oct. 18–21, pp. 259–268 (2012)