2016 | Princeton University,  Ph.D. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

  • Dissertation title: Dynamics of self-assembled structures in Eciton army ants
  • Advisor: Iain Couzin

2009 | Columbia University, M.S. Advanced Architectural Design

2004 | Southern California Institute of Architecture,  B.Arch. Architecture

Academic and Teaching Positions

2016 – 2017 | Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, Department of Collective Behavior

Postdoctoral Fellow

2011 – 2014 | Princeton University, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology


2009 – 2013 | Drexel University, Westphal College of Media Arts and Design

Adjunct Professor

Non-academic Positions

2018 – 2020 | Self-employed / Freelance

Scientific Consultant / Data Scientist

20182019 | Art & Science Node Berlin, Germany

Scientific Curator

2016 – 2017 | Studio Tomas Saraceno  Berlin, Germany


2004 – 2008 | AkarStudios Santa Monica, CA

Director of Design / Project Architect

2003 – 2004 | PATTERNS Architects Los Angeles, CA

Intern Architect

Invited Talks and Presentations


Conference on Collective Behavior  |  Abdus Salam International Center for Theoretical Physics, Treiste, Italy.

Distributed, Collective Computation in Biological and Artificial Systems conference  |  Janelia Research Campus, Virginia, USA.

The 10th Beyond Humanism Conference: Cultures of the Posthuman | University of Lower Silesia, Wroclaw, Poland.

Invited seminar  |  Glowacki Lab, University of Bristol, UK


Architecture As a Presumed Future symposium (talk and panel discussion with Tomas Saraceno)  |  ZKM Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe, Germany.

Invited seminar  |  BBN / Raytheon Technologies, Cambridge, USA.


Invited seminar  |  SMNG-A Architects, Chicago, USA.


Symposium on Collective Behavior  |  Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, Konstanz, Germany.


Invited seminar  |  Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Barro Colorado Island, Panama.

Animal Behavior Society, 51st Annual Conference  |  Princeton, USA.


101st Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) Annual Meeting: New Constellations, New Ecologies  |  San Francisco, USA.

Social Insects in the Northeast Region (SINNERS), 2nd Symposium  |  Rockefeller University, NY, USA.


INPUT-OUTPUT: Adaptive Materials and Mediated Environments Symposium  |  Temple University, Philadelphia, USA.

Academic Service

Journal reviewer

Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology; Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution; Frontiers in Applied Mathematics and Statistics.

Guest design critic

Columbia University; University of Pennsylvania; Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; SCI-Arc; AA Visiting School Berlin; Temple University; Drexel University.