Neri Oxman

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Neri Oxman
Neri Oxman at C2MTL.JPG
Neri Oxman at C2MTL 2013 in Montreal, Canada
Nationality Israeli
Alma mater Technion
Hebrew University
Occupation Associate professor of media arts and science[1]

Neri Oxman is an Israeli designer and architect. She is best known for her work in environmental design and digital morphogenesis. She currently teaches at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab as Associate Professor of Media Arts and Sciences, and founded the MaterialEcology design lab.

Neri Oxman

Life and work[edit]

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Oxman graduated from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, and then studied medicine at Hebrew University before attending the London Architectural Association School of Architecture and later MIT to study architecture. She coined the phrase "material ecology" to define her work, placing materials in context.[2][3]

Work and exhibits[edit]

Some of Oxman's work has been displayed at the Museum of Modern Art, the International Biennial of Contemporary Art of Seville, and the 2008 Beijing International Art Biennale. Exhibits include:[4]

Museum of Science, Boston, 2009
  • Beast: Prototype for a Chaise Longue
  • Carpal Skin: Prototype for a Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Splint
Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2007
  • Raycounting
  • Subterrain: Variable Property Analysis and Fabrication of a Butterfly Wing


Oxman's work has won awards including the Earth Award for Future Crucial Design in 2009, Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction's Next Generation Award in 2008, a Graham Foundation Carter Manny Award, and the AICF Award of Excellence.

In April 2012, Shalom Life ranked her Number 1 on its list of “the 50 most talented, intelligent, funny, and gorgeous Jewish women in the world."[5] She received the Vilcek Prize in Design in 2014.[6]


  • 2006: M. Joachim, Neri Oxman, Douglas Joachim, "PeristalCity" and "River Gyms". Thresholds Journal #32 ACCESS, Ed. Pamela Karimi, MIT.


  1. ^ Hill, David J. (June 4, 2012). "3D Printing Is The Future Of Manufacturing And Neri Oxman Shows How Beautiful It Can Be". Retrieved June 4, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Material Ecology site". Retrieved October 15, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Material Ecology « The Dirt". August 20, 2009. Retrieved April 25, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Structuring Materiality: Design Fabrication of Heterogeneous Materials - Oxman - 2010 - Architectural Design - Wiley Online Library". July 8, 2010. doi:10.1002/ad.1110. 
  5. ^ Ashley Baylen (April 12, 2012). "Top 50 Hottest Jewish Women (10-1) - Page2". Shalom Life. Retrieved May 2, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Media Lab’s Neri Oxman awarded Vilcek Prize". MIT News. Retrieved 2015-11-11. 

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