Yaniv Jacob Turgeman

I am an architect, designer, scientist, and researcher. Until recently, I have led the R&D of MIT Senseable City Lab in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning, where I helped conceive and direct projects such as Makr Shakr, Local Warming, and Waterfly. Having established the Underworlds project at MIT, I joined in parallel the MIT Alm Laboratory in the Department of Biological Engineering as a Research Lead.

In parallel, I am pursuing dual Master of Science degrees at MIT. I am a candidate in the Design & Computation Group at the MIT Department of Architecture, and the Environmental Microbiology Research Group at the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering. I am a Architecture Graduate Fellow, Senseable Consortium Research Fellow, and Alm Research Fellow.

Outside of academic R&D, I serve in roles such as Samsung’s Global UX Expert Committee, the Scientific Advisory Board of ISDI, and as an Expert Mentor for the EU funded IMPACT Accelerator. I have shared my ideas with audiences at TEDx, in the classrooms of Harvard, on the pages of Wired, and my work has been showcased and awarded at venues such as the Venice Biennale, Centre Pompidou, Rotterdam Biennale, Milan Design Week, and Google I/O, and featured by media such as The New York Times, CNN, BBC, Huffington Post, Time, Fast Company, Gizmodo, and The Creators Project.

As an architect and design director, I have led notable projects such as Shigeru Ban’s Temporary Paper Tube Studio in Paris, The American Book Center with ADP Architects in Amsterdam, and the Williams House Resort & Spa with Built Environment Designers (BED) in Tel Aviv, of which I am the principal and co-founder.

I am also a partner in Blade Kitesurfing, a global brand designing performance kitesurfing equipment, and I love to climb, snowboard, and kitesurf.