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Keynote: Felecia Davis

AIA Forum on Architecture + Design

Felecia Davis’ work in computational textiles questions how we live and she re-imagines how we might use textiles in our daily lives and in architecture. Davis is interested in developing computational methods and design in relation to specific bodies in specific places engaging specific social, cultural and political constructions. Davis is an Associate Professor at the Stuckeman Center for Design Computing in the School of Architecture at Pennsylvania State University and is the director of SOFTLAB@PSU. She completed her PhD in Design Computation at MIT. Davis’ work in architecture connects art, science, engineering anddesign and was featured by PBS in the Women in Science Profilesseries. Davis’ work was part of the Museum of Modern Art’s exhibition Reconstruction: Blackness and Architecture in America. She is a founding member of the Black Reconstruction Collective a not-for-profit group of Black architects,scholars and artists supporting design work about the Black diaspora. Davis is also principal in her own design firm, FELECIADAVISTUDIO, which has recently been awarded an 2022 Emerging Voices Award from the New York Architectural League.


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 -"Architects love predictability. They want to know how a material is going to behave,” she said. “But researchers love unpredictability. We like playing with a material and seeing how it misbehaves.”




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