Exploring the potential of interactive environments and their relationship to the human body, Behnaz Farahi is interested in the implementation of emerging technologies in contemporary art/architecture practice. Her goal is to enhance the relationship between human beings and the built environment by implementing design/motion principles inspired by natural systems. Application areas include architecture, fashion and interaction design. She also specializes in additive manufacturing and robotic technologies.
Her work has been exhibited internationally and has been featured in several magazines and online websites including WIRED, BBC, CNN,The Guardian, Motherboard, Dezeen, Frame Magazine, The Creators Project and many more. Behnaz Farahi has won several awards and is the recipient of the Madworkshop Grant and the Rock Hudson Fellowship.
Farahi has worked with leading firms such as Autodesk, Fuksas Studio, and 3DSystems / will-i-am. She has also collaborated with ProfessorBehrokh Khoshnevis on two NASA funded research projects developing a robotic fabrication technology to 3D print structures on the Moon and Mars.
Most recently, she is an Artist in Residence at Autodesk Pier 9. Currently she is an Annenberg Fellow and PhD candidate in Interdisciplinary Media Arts and Practice at the USC School of Cinematic Arts. She has a Bachelor’s and two Masters degrees in Architecture.
Daqian Cao is a designer who recently graduated from University of Southern California with a Bachelors of Architecture. He is originally from China and is now based in Los Angeles. His Hyper Chair is a project from the furniture design class taught by Scott Mitchell and John Uniack at USC School of Architecture. The Hyper Chair project won a fellowship and was sponsored by the Foundation to be further developed in its design and fabrication.
Sonia Lui is a student at ArtCenter College of Design, pursuing her Bachelor of Science in Product Design. She is originally from Hong Kong and based in Los Angeles. She began working with MADWORKSHOP when she won a fellowship for a class sponsored by the Foundation and realized her design, Sanke, a multi-leveled communal seating system that encourages human interaction. The permanent installation was unveiled at the plaza at The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles in collaboration with the ArtCenter College of Design. Sonia is currently working simultaneously as a brand and product development consultant for Natural Link, a start-up lifestyle brand in Hong Kong; and as an R&D and Marketing intern at Herman Miller, also in Hong Kong.
Joy Han recently graduated from the University of Southern California with a Bachelors of Architecture. Joy was born and raised in Texas and is currently based in Los Angeles. The CAD chair was a project that was designed during her fifth year at USC through the furniture design class taught by Scott Mitchell. The CAD chair was one of the two final projects chosen and sponsored by the MADWORKSHOP foundation to be further designed for commercial production.
David C. Martin
David C. Martin, FAIA, a third-generation architect, continues his family’s legacy of major involvement in the architectural planning and civic life of Southern California. Martin received his Bachelors of Architecture from the University of Southern California (USC) and his Masters of Architecture from Colombia University. Upon completion of his formal studies, Martin spent four months on a Traveling Fellowship researching the great urban spaces of the world.
David was Design Principal for AC Martin Partners, a 110-year old architecture firm founded by his grandfather and noted for its historic and contemporary landmark projects. During his tenure with AC Martin, David transformed neighborhoods, academic institutions, and cities. Martin’s final project was the 80-story high-rise hotel and office complex in the heart of Downtown –the new Wilshire Grand Tower.
Martin is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council at USC, a past President of the Southern California Chapter of the AIA, and a former Board Member of the AIA California Council. He is currently on the Boards of the Los Angeles Conservancy, USC School of Architecture and the Art Center: College of Design in Pasadena. Martin is an award-winning designer that has been recognized for his innovative, inspirational, and cutting-edge projects. David, along with his business partner and cousin Christopher C. Martin, FAIA, have received the American Institute of Architecture (AIA), Los Angeles Chapter’s Gold Medal of Honor, for their major contribution to the built environment in the City of Los Angeles.
David is an avid watercolorist and his works have been exhibited throughout the U.S., including “On Site: Travel Sketches by Architects” at Hunter College, “line.dot – Drawing the Design Process at the Martin Design Studio” at UCLA, and “Form Follows Software: A Revolution in the Architectural Process” at USC, University of Arizona, and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.
Currently, David along with his wife, Mary Klaus Martin, have established MADWORKSHOP, a foundation that endows innovative designers with the opportunity to freely explore their ideas from inspiration to reality.
Sofia Borges is a practicing writer, architect, designer, curator, and trend consultant. She is a faculty member at the USC School of Architecture, a regular contributor to Mark Magazine, and a contributing curator at viction:ary….+
October 6, 2016
MADWORKSHOP | USC
MADWORKSHOP has collaborated with the University of Southern California School of Architecture (USC) to establish the MADWORKSHOP Homeless Studio.
The coursework explores the architect’s role in helping to solve the Los Angeles homeless crisis.
Driven by the need to address Los Angeles’ rapidly accelerating homelessness crisis, the concept of the Studio was conceived in 2015 by Mary Klaus Martin, Co-Founder of MADWORKSHOP, and developed in partnership with USC and USC faculty members R. Scott Mitchell and Sofia Borges.+
October 6, 2016