Jenny E. Sabin’s work and research is at the forefront of a new direction for 21st-century architectural practice---one that investigates the intersections of architecture and science, and applies insights and theories from biology and mathematics to the design of material structures. She is a new Assistant Professor in the area of Design and Emerging Technologies in Architecture at Cornell University. Sabin taught design studios and elective seminars in Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania, 2005-2011. She is Principal of Jenny Sabin Studio, an experimental architectural design studio based in Philadelphia USA. She is co-founder of LabStudio, a hybrid research and design network, together with Peter Lloyd Jones. Sabin is also a founding member of the Nonlinear Systems Organization (NSO), a research group started by Cecil Balmond, where she was Senior Researcher and Director of Research. Jenny holds degrees in Ceramics and Interdisciplinary Visual Art from the University of Washington (98’ Hons) and a Master of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania where was awarded the AIA Henry Adams first prize medal and the Arthur Spayd Brooke gold medal for distinguished work in architectural design, 2005.
Sabin is the co-recipient, along with a team of 6 scientists and designers, of a $2 Million National Science Foundation EFRI SEED grant. Sabin & Jones were also awarded the prestigious Upjohn research grant administered by the American Institute of Architects. Sabin was awarded a Pew Fellowship in the Arts 2010 and was recently named a USA Knight Fellow by US Artists. She has exhibited nationally and internationally most recently at the Siggraph 09’ Design and Computation Galleries and at Ars Electronic, Linz, Austria. Sabin is a member of the international Smart Geometry Group and was a senior tutor and lecturer at the 2007 – 2011 Smart Geometry workshops and conferences. Her work has been published in A+U, Mark Magazine, 306090, 10+1, ACM, American Journal of Pathology, Science, the New York Times, Wired Magazine and various exhibition catalogues and reviews. She has co-authored Meander, Variegating Architecture with Ferda Kolatan. Sabin and Jones were awarded a 2010 Graham Foundation publication grant for the production of LabBook, a monograph highlighting intersections between architecture and science and the work of LabStudio.