design + research + robots




Currently a SMArchS candidate in Design and Computation at MIT and research assistant at the Self-Assembly Lab, Kate Hajash is an architectural designer and researcher. Her interests include computation, fabrication, robotics, social and urban spaces, and interactive design. In 2015, her research with Carmen Trudell, "Breathe Brick" received an R+D Award from Architect Magazine.  Working with Andrew Atwood and Landscape Morphologies Lab in 2012, she developed early iterations of the Rapid Landscape Prototyping [RLP] Machine and designed new solutions for dust mitigation at Owen's Lake. The RLP Machine lets users easily create a design, scan it, and immediately see projected feedback information right on the model. In 2013, Kate graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Here, her undergraduate research focused on socially interactive and kinetic design, digital fabrication, and urban architecture. Continuing this research, she was a finalist for the 2013 SOM Prize and Traveling Fellowship program. Her ambition is to use her experience in computation, robotic fabrication, and architectural design to create collaborative robots that work together to build large-scale structures.