William Patera

Will Patera completed his SMarchS in the Design and Computation Group in 2012. After receiving his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cornell University, he moved to Bangkok and worked at Duangrit Bunnag Architects and concurrently as an adjunct professor at Chulalongkorn University. He was an adjunct professor of architecture at Chulalongkorn University, International Program in Design and Architecture (INDA).

Central to his research at MIT, is the acknowledgement that space is becoming increasingly mediated by tightly intertwined social and technical performances. These complex spatial relationships are often ill understood both from a design and social perspective. He seeks to develop new representational methods that take steps toward revealing the entanglement of these socio-technical spaces. In order to achieve this goal, we need to develop new techniques to study the role of the human actor within this mediated space. This has led Will to research eye movements, the history of scientific instruments used to “measure” vision, develop tools to measure relationships between speech and vision, and conduct experiments with these tools. He is currently working in collaboration with Moritz Kassner (another SMarchS Design and Computation Group graduate) on a joint thesis which extends their previous research on eye movements and subjective perception of space. Jointly, they founded Pupil Labs in Berlin, Germany and of which Will is the Managing Partner.

2012 SMArchS Thesis: PUPIL: Constructing the Space of Visual Attention