June 29–September 4, 2017

MoMA PS1 YAP 2017


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With strong links to the Sabin Design Lab at Cornell AAP, Jenny Sabin Studio is an experimental architecture studio based in Ithaca, NY. The studio investigates the intersections of architecture and science, and applies insights and theories from biology and mathematics to the design, fabrication, and production of material structures and spatial interventions. We collaborate with scientists and engineers and employ architects, designers, and artists. Our applied projects are diverse and operate across multiple length scales including adaptive materials, building facades, installations, pavilions, tapestries, rugs, and architectural interventions. Our portfolio is equally diverse including clients such as Nike Inc., Cooper Hewitt Design Museum, the American Philosophical Society Museum, the Exploratorium, and the Frac Centre.


Built Projects

2017 Lumen wins YAP competition for MoMA PS1; on view at MoMA PS1 June 29-September 4, 2017, NYC USA

2016 LightWeb for Arbor House; Postgreen Homes commission to design and fabricate full façade for new residential building in PHILADELPHIA USA

2016 The Beacon at Jefferson University; design, fabrication, and installation of a 21-foot tall interactive structure woven nightly by drones; A MEDstudio at Thomas Jefferson University project and collaboration led by JSS. Director, Peter Lloyd Jones; part of Design Philadelphia 2016, PHILADELPHIA USA

2015 Polythread for Beauty, Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial; Invited Commission, Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum; design-build of a new knitted textile pavilion, NYC USA


Conferences and Symposia

APR17 FABRICATE 2017 conference; Session Chair by invitation, hosted by Institute for Computational Design, Achim Menges, STUTTGART GERMANY

MAR17 Matter Design Computation Symposium: The Art of Building from Nano to Macro, Cornell AAP Preston Thomas Memorial Lecture Series, co-chair and lead organizer, ITHACA NY

NOV16 Phyllis Lambert Seminar, Architects (Re)Search, University of Montreal; with Salmaan Craig, Jane Hutton, Robert Somol, Mario Carpo, Michael Hensel, Georges Teyssot; organized by Alessandra Ponte, MONTREAL CA

NOV16 Living Architecture Systems symposium; organized by Philip Beesley, School of Architecture, University of Waterloo, WATERLOO CA





JAN18 Minding the Digital, inaugural group exhibition by invitation, Design Society Museum + V&A, SHENZHEN, CHINA

OCT17 On Site: Jenny Sabin, portions installed of Lumen for MoMA and MoMA PS1 YAP by invitation, Art Omi, GHENT NY

SEPT17 New New York Icons, by invitation, Storefront for Art and Architecture, NYC

SUMMER17 MoMA & MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program, finalists’ work and winner of the 2017 program, Lumen by JSS; National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA), Seoul, South Korea, International partner project of the Young Architects Program at MoMA, SEOUL 

SUMMER17 MoMA & MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program, finalists’ work and winner of the 2017 program, Lumen by JSS ; Museum of Modern Art, NYC

FEB17 Mutations-Créations / Imprimer le monde (Printing the World), Centre Pompidou, PARIS FRANCE

FEB16 Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum; Beauty—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial, NYC

JUL15 Smart Flexibility, curated by Materfad, Barcelona’s materials center, Disseny Hub Barcelona (DHUB), hosted by RMIT, Melbourne, Australia; Design for impact festival at RMIT, BARCELONA SPAIN

JUL15 Data Clay: Digital Strategies For Parsing The Earth, Museum of Craft and Design, SAN FRANCISCO CA

SEPT-DEC14 Intimate Cosmologies: The Aesthetics of Scale in an Age of Nanotechnology, Cornell Council for the Arts, Cornell University, ITHACA NY

MAR14 Jenny E. Sabin – Datascapes, Bibliowicz Family Gallery, Milstein Hall, College of Architecture, Art & Planning, Cornell University,  ITHACA NY


FEB14 Eliciting Environments / Actuating Response, mini-symposium and exhibition focused on emerging design trends that embed adaptive behavior into architectural matter, School of Architecture, Carnegie Mellon University PITTSBURGH PA

JUL-NOV13 Smart Flexibility, curated by Materfad, Barcelona’s materials center, Disseny Hub Barcelona (DHUB), BARCELONA SPAIN

SEPT13 Archilab 2013, Naturalizing Architecture; invited participant; 9th Edition, FRAC, ORLEANS FRANCE

APR13 En Vie/Alive; invited participant; EDF Foundation; curated by Carole Collet PARIS FRANCE


Permanent Collections 

2017 Centre Pompidu, PolyBrick 1.0, PolyBrick 2.0, PolyBrick 3.0, Sabin Design Lab and Jenny Sabin Studio, 2017, PARIS FRANCE

2016 Centre National des arts plastiques, French National Contemporary Art Collection; Digital Ceramics: PolyMorph, JSS , 2015; drawings, molds, and prototypes, PARIS FRANCE

2014 FRAC Centre, Digital Ceramics: PolyMorph, JSS , 2013; 1,400 ceramic components forming a large spatial structure; produced for the 9th ArchiLab titled Naturalizing Architecture, ORELANS FRANCE

2014 Frac Centre-Val de Loire; eSkin Prototype; collaborative research design prototype and documentation,VAL DE LOIRE FRANCE

2013 Exploratorium,; PolyMorph by JS, drawings and models SAN FRANCISCO CA


NOV17 Yale University School of Architecture

OCT17 Rice Design Alliance and Rice Architecture, Rice University, Houston

SEPT17 US Frontiers of Engineering Symposium, National Academy of Engineering, keynote speaker

AUG17 SoHo House NYC on Lumen

APR17 FXFOWLE Women in Architecture Series, NY, NY

MAR17 CU Boulder Visiting Artist Program

AUG16 Rogers Partners, NY, NY, Reade Street Talks, Creative Hub

JUN16 Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, Game Changers Lecture Series, NY, NY

MAY16  Cornell University annual Board of Trustees meeting, Cornell University

APR16  MIT School of Architecture + Planning, Architecture and Building Technology Series

APR16 Kent State University, College of Architecture & Environmental Design

MAR16 Architecture Student Association at McGill University, Montréal, Keynote

MAR16 University of Toronto, John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design

MAR16 The Bartlett School of Architecture International Lecture Series, London


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