Yaniv Jacob Turgeman is an architect, designer, and researcher, leading the research and development of the MIT Senseable City Lab with lab directors Carlo Ratti and Assaf Biderman. Their mission is to lead researchers - designers, planners, engineers, physicists, mathematicians, biologists, as well as social, computer, and data scientists - in collaboration with global industry leaders and metropolitan governments on five continents in speculating on urban futures. Yaniv’s motivation is to create social innovation through applied science, design, art, and technology.
In parallel, Yaniv is pursuing a dual masters at MIT in the Design & Computation Group and the Computer Science Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, as an Architecture Graduate Fellow and Senseable Consortium Research Fellow. His thesis research investigates a theoretical framework for design as human self-directed evolution.
Yaniv enjoys sharing his ideas with varied audiences, on stage at TEDx, on the pages of Wired, and in-house at companies such as Samsung and Coca-Cola. His work has been showcased worldwide at venues such as the Centre Pompidou, Rotterdam Biennale, Milan Design Week, and Google I/O, and has been featured in CNN, BBC, Huffington Post, Time, Fast Company, and Gizmodo.
As an architect and design director, Yaniv has led 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 he is the principal and co-founder.
He graduated Bezalel Academy of Art & Design (5 yr. BArch) with a thesis project investigating intervention strategies for informal environments, for which Yaniv received the best in show Parallel Cases Biennale Award at the 4th International Architecture Biennale of Rotterdam.