Archive of Author | Behnaz Farahi

Behnaz Farahi is an architect and interaction designer, exploring the potential of interactive environments and their relationship to the human body. In particular she is interested in the implementation of emerging technologies in contemporary art/architecture practice. Her goal is to enhance the relationship between human beings and the built environment by implementing design/motion principles inspired by natural systems. Application areas include architecture, fashion and interaction design. She also specializes in additive manufacturing and robotic technologies.

Her work has been exhibited internationally in USA, Canada and China, and has been featured in several magazines and online websites including WIRED, The Guardian, BBC, CNN, Motherboard, Dezeen, Frame Magazine, the Creators Project and many more. Behnaz Farahi has won several awards including first prize for the international Kinetic Art Organization competition in 2013, first prize for the best student work at ACADIA conference in 2014, and an honorable mention at Beyond: Pavilion of Innovation in Barcelona in 2015. She is also the recipient of the Madworkshop Grant and the Rock Hudson Fellowship.

Behnaz Farahi has worked with leading firms such as Autodesk, Fuksas Studio, and 3DSystems/ will-i-am. She has also collaborated with Professor Behrokh Khoshnevis on two NASA funded research projects developing a robotic fabrication technology to 3D print structures on the Moon and Mars.

She was an Artist in Residency at Autodesk, Pier 9. Currently she is an Annenberg Fellow and PhD candidate in Interdisciplinary Media Arts and Practice at USC School of Cinematic Arts. She has an Undergraduate and two Masters degrees in Architecture.

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Articles with Behnaz Farahi


Caress of the Gaze

Our skin is constantly in motion. It expands, contracts and changes its shape based on various internal/ external stimuli including not only temperature and moisture but also feelings, such as fear, excitement and anger. What if our outfit could recognize and respond to the gaze of the other? What if our clothing could behave as an artificial skin capable of changing its shape and operating as an interface with the world defining social issues such as intimacy, gender and even personal identities? Behnaz Farahi is an architect and interaction designer, exploring the potential of interactive environments and their relationship to the human body.