The Bartlett School of Architecture


Jenny Sabin – Bartlett International Lecture Series

02 October 2019, 6:30 pm–8:00 pm

Lumen by Jenny Sabin Studio. Photo by Jesse Winter.

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The Bartlett School of Architecture


Christopher Ingold Auditorium
22 Gordon Street
United Kingdom

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Surface Architecture and New Paradigms of Making 

Lecturer's Abstract

Jenny Sabin presents her ongoing trans-disciplinary research, spanning the fields of cell biology, materials science, physics, fiber science, fashion, mechanical and structural engineering, and architecture. The research investigates a material of nonlinear fabrication and self-assembly, both on the surface and at a deeper structural level. In parallel, her work offers novel possibilities that question and redefine architecture within the greater scope of generative design and fabrication. 

Jenny outlines the research methods, prototypes, and architectural projects that she and her collaborators have achieved. These include adaptive building skins, fabric structures and ceramic assemblies, and architectural interventions that ultimately (re)configure their own performance based upon local criteria and human interaction.


Jenny Sabin is an architectural designer whose work investigates the intersections of architecture and science and applies insights and theories from biology and mathematics to the design of responsive material structures and adaptive architecture. 

She is the Arthur L. and Isabel B. Wiesenberger Professor in Architecture, and Associate Dean for Design at the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning at Cornell University, where she established a new advanced research degree in Matter Design Computation. She is principal of Jenny Sabin Studio, an experimental architectural design studio based in Ithaca, and Director of the Sabin Lab at Cornell AAP. 

Jenny’s collaborative research, teaching, and design practice focusses on the contextual, material, and formal intersections between architecture, science, and emerging technologies. Her book, LabStudio: Design Research Between Architecture and Biology, co-authored with Peter Lloyd Jones, was published in 2017. In 2017, she won the MoMA & MoMA PS1’s Young Architects Program with her submission, Lumen.

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Image: Lumen by Jenny Sabin Studio for The Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1’s Young Architects Program 2017. Image courtesy MoMA PS1 and Jenny Sabin Studio. Photography by Jesse Winter.