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Daniel Tish

Daniel Tish

Born in Chicago, Illinois in 1989, Daniel Tish is an American designer and researcher investigating the potential of robotics and biomaterials in the built environment. His work lies at the intersection of digital fabrication, computation, material science, and sustainability, exploring new design opportunities through the lens of bespoke materiality. He is presently a Doctor ofDesign Candidate at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. Tish received his Masters of Architecture with Distinction from the University of Michigan (2015) and a Bachelors ofScience in Architecture from Washington University in St. Louis with a self-guided special major in Sustainable Design (2011).

The focus on regeneration and syntropic materials had a major impact on me. I’ve been studying biomaterials for architecture and construction for quite some time, but our mentors explained we need to go beyond biomaterials to really study the systems they interact with. We need to not just limit our harm, but propose something restorative or healing. I’d never taken that next, deeper step; and that framework is something I’ll definitely take forward into my own research and practice.

Working in collaboration with material scientists, Tish’s dissertation research develops robotic fabrication techniques for a new class of carbon-negative biocomposites. He is also a ResearchAssociate at Autodesk, where he develops new technologies for construction robotics. Tish’s work has been published as a part of recent ACADIA, Fabricate, Rob|Arch, and IASS conferences, as well as in the book Towards a Robotic Architecture and the journalsConstruction Robotics and TAD.

Daniel Tish