Neri Oxman (6 February 1976) – best known as a triple-threat architect, designer, and artist – is an American–Israeli professor at the MIT Media Lab, where she leads the Mediated Matter research group. She is known for art and architecture that combine design, biology, computing, and materials engineering. From 3-D printing exoskeletons to creating biodegradable architecture, the MIT Media Lab professor is pioneering new hybrids of engineering and biology.
Her work embodies environmental design and digital morphogenesis, with shapes and properties that are determined by their context. She coined the phrase “material ecology” to define her work, placing materials in context. Stylistic trademarks include brightly colored and textured surfaces with structure at many scales, and composite materials whose hardness, color, and shape vary over an object. The results are often designed to be worn or touched, and inspired by nature and biology.