Susan Williams


Currently, Susan is an M.Arch candidate at MIT and holds a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in Textiles. Prior to beginning her Master’s, she worked in the Media Lab as a Research Specialist in the Mediated Matter Group with Neri Oxman. She has also worked as a Textile Designer for Maharam Design Studio in New York. 

She is intersted in understanding the cross section between the tactile and spatial through the lens of architectural discourse. 

Coastal Maine currently relies on ocean farming as a main point of industry. But as temperatures are rising, and sea life populations are dwindling, we must think the future of aquatic farming. Seaweed, an overlooked aquatic plant could be our answer. This project is a seaweed processing facility and community center. It encourages food cultivation and community engagement, honoring old tradition and welcoming the new.
Inhale. Exhale. The simple two step action that keeps the human body alive. The oxygen we breath is invisible, yet all encompassing. Our only indication of its existence is through the inflation/deflation of our physical forms. This project explores the relationship between kinetic inflation and knit structure. Using two different materials: elastic and monofilament, the fabric is brought to life in unexpected ways based on each materials distinct characteristics.

A double ecliptic walking path designed for the forever wanderer. Located at Boston’s Jamaica Pond, this project plays with the integration of visual illusion and simple geometric form. Impeding and revealing both spatial truth and a parallax collage of reality.