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Laia Mogas-Soldevila

Assistant Professor of Architecture

Laia Mogas-Soldevila is an Assistant Professor of Architecture at the Stuart Weitzman School of Design. Laia's research focuses on new material practices bridging science, engineering and the arts. Her pedagogy supports theory and applied methods understanding cultural, industrial, economical, and ecological aspects of materials and materialization in architecture. She has built scholarship over the past ten years reconsidering matter as a fundamental design driver and scientifically redesigning it towards unprecedented capabilities. She holds an interdisciplinary doctorate bridging biomedical engineering, life sciences, and digital design from Tufts University School of Engineering, two master's degrees from MIT School of Architecture and Urban Planning, and is a licensed architect with a minor in Fine Arts by the Polytechnic University of Catalonia School of Architecture.

Read an interview between Mogas-Soldevila and Design Weekly.

List of recent peer-reviewed publications:

Mogas L., Matzeu G., Lo Presti M., Omenetto F., (2021). Additively manufactured leather-like silk protein materials, Materials & Design, 203, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.matdes.2021.109631

Mogas, L. (2020). Reviving Matter: Design Companions in the Science of Life. PhD Thesis, Interdisciplinary Doctorate, Tufts University.

Matzeu, G., Mogas, L., Li, W., Naidu, A., Turner, T. H., Gu, R., Blumeris, P. R., Song, P., Pascal, D. G., Guidetti, G., Li, M., & Omenetto, F. G. (2020). Large‐Scale Patterning of Reactive Surfaces for Wearable and Environmentally Deployable Sensors. Advanced Materials, 32(28). https://doi.org/10.1002/adma.202001258

Duro, J., Mogas, L., & Oxman, N. (2019). Methods and Apparatus for Additive Manufacturing Along User-Specified Tool-Paths (Patent No. US 1028606 B2). USPTO.

Mogas, L. (2018). Formalizing Infinite Properties: Beyond Functionalism in Design. ACTAR UrbanNEXT, Designing Matter. https://urbannext.net/formalizing-infinite-properties/

Duro, J., Mogas, L., Kayser, M., & Oxman, N. (2015). Modelling Behaviour for Additive & Distributed Digital Construction. Proceedings of the DMSC Design Modelling Symposium.

Mogas, L. (2015). Water-based Digital Design and Fabrication: Material, Product, and Architectural Explorations in Printing Chitosan and its Composites [Massachusetts Institute of Technology]. https://dspace.mit.edu/handle/1721.1/101828

Mogas, L., & Oxman, N. (2015). Water-based engineering & fabrication: Large-scale additive manufacturing of biomaterials. Materials Research Society Symposium Proceedings, 1800. https://doi.org/10.1557/opl.2015.659

Mogas, L., Duro, J., & Oxman, N. (2015). FORM FOLLOWS FLOW: A Material-driven Computational Workflow For Digital Fabrication of Large-Scale Hierarchically Structured Objects. Computational Ecologies: Design in the Anthropocene Proceedings of the 35th Annual Conference of the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA).

Mogas-Soldevila, L., & Oxman, N. (2015). Water-based Engineering & Fabrication: Large-Scale Additive Manufacturing of Biomaterials. MRS Proceedings, 1800, mrss15-2135989. https://doi.org/10.1557/opl.2015.659

Mogas, L., Duro, J., Kayser, M., Lizardo, D., Patrick, W., Sharma, S., Keating, S., Klein, J., Inamura, C., & Oxman, N. (2015). DESIGNING THE OCEAN PAVILION: Biomaterial Templating of Structural, Manufacturing, and Environmental Performance. Proceedings of the International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures (IASS) Symposium.

Mogas, L., Duro, J., & Oxman, N. (2014). Water-based Robotic Fabrication: Large-scale Additive Manufacturing of Functionally-graded Hydrogel Composites via Multichamber Extrusion. 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing, 1(3). https://doi.org/10.1089/3dp.2014.0014

Duro, J., Zolotovsky, K., Mogas, L., Varshney, S., Oxman, N., Boyce, M. C., & Ortiz, C. (2014). MetaMesh: A hierarchical computational model for design and fabrication of biomimetic armored surfaces. Computer-Aided Design Journal.

Mogas, L., Duro, J., & Oxman, N. (2014). Water-based Robotic Fabrication: Large-scale Additive Manufacturing of Functionally-graded Hydrogel Composites via Multichamber Extrusion. 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing, 1(3). https://doi.org/10.1089/3dp.2014.0014

Mogas-Soldevila, L., Duro-Royo, J., & Oxman, N. (2014). Water-Based Robotic Fabrication: Large-Scale Additive Manufacturing of Functionally Graded Hydrogel Composites via Multichamber Extrusion. 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing, 1(3), 141–151. https://doi.org/10.1089/3dp.2014.0014

Mogas, L. (2013). New design companions: Opening up the Process through Self-made Computation [Massachusetts Institute of Technology]. https://dspace.mit.edu/handle/1721.1/82271