Marta Nowak will join the Knowlton School as the Christos Yessios Digital Fabrication Assistant Professor of Architecture beginning autumn 2021. Nowak is a registered architect, educator, and a founding principal of AN.ONYMOUS. Her practice, jointly founded with Iman Ansari, focuses on speculative approaches towards architecture and urbanism in relation to science and technology. She has been a design consultant at numerous innovation and technology companies, including Hyperloop Transportation Technology, and NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Nowak's research focuses on the relationship between the human body and the machine within buildings and urban spaces, looking specifically at mobility, micro-spaces, and prosthetic technology. Her work has been exhibited in international venues including MoMA PS1, A+D Museum, and Hammer Museum. She has presented her work at the World Economic Forum, Amazon Radical Urban Transportation Forum, Automobilia, and Aerial Futures among other venues.
Prior to joining Knowlton, Nowak was a Senior Innovation Manager at Google R+D for the Built Environment where she focused on cross-functional design research around the future of the workplace, including hybrid collaboration, robotic office furniture, and intelligent environments. Her work from the Lab was featured in The New York Times, NBC, and the Google Blog. Nowak was also the recipient of a Google 2019 R+D Fellowship.
Nowak has taught at UCLA Architecture and Urban Design, and the Art Center College of Art and Design. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, Minnesota, and a Master of Architecture from Harvard University Graduate School of Design.