Luisel Zayas

Puerto-Rican born, Luisel Zayas San Miguel, did his schooling at University of Puerto Rico, San Juan and completed a Master of Architecture degree at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge. He now lives in Boston where he works on various research projects, with includes smart casting molds and composites prototyping, collaborating with professors like Brandon Clifford and Joel Lamere. He has managed to build small scale installations and recently was given an award by the Holcim Foundation, for the continuation of his research project, in double curvature surfaces optimization and casting.

He currently works at the Rapid Prototyping Lab at MIT and has also worked as a graphic designer at the Media Lab where he collaborated with Azra Aksamija. In the past has work on several architecture firms in Puerto Rico, such as Information Studio and Ramirez Buxeda Arquitectos where he gained experience in multiple scale projects. 

2016 MArch Thesis: Robotic Formwork


Research Assistant, MIT School of Architecture
Teaching Position, MIT School of Architecture
Master of Architecture, MIT School of Architecture and Planning

Academic Experience

2008 - 2012
Bachelors of Environmental Design, Montana State University
2012 - 2014
Designer, BarkowLeibinger

Professional Experience

2007 -
Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honors in Architecture, University of Ulster, Belfast
TATA Fellowship with Urban Risk Lab, MIT School of Architecture
UK Fulbright Battersea Power Station Scholar, UK Fulbright Commission
BUNAC Best Scholarship, British Universities North American Club