Michael Fox is a founder and principal of FoxLin Inc. In 1998, Fox founded the Kinetic Design Group at MIT as a sponsored research group to investigate interactive architecture. In 2001, he founded the Ocean Design Collaborative in Venice California which his office eventually evolved from. Prior to founding ODesCo he served as an assistant to New York’s Chuck Hoberman and a design team leader for Tokyo’s Kitamura Associates. Fox currently teaches design courses related to biomimicry and interactive architecture at the California Polytechnic University at Pomona and recently published a treatment on Interactive Architecture with the Princeton Architectural Press.
Ehsaan Mesghali graduated from Cal Poly Pomona with a Bachelors in Architecture in 2010 and a Masters in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation in 2012. He has worked extensively with Prof Fox on the Space Elevator Base design studio which involved the implementation of biomimetic and interactive design philosophies. His research activities involve experimentation with swarm intelligence and its application to architecture with Roland Snooks of Kokkugia as well as applications of cellular automatan with Ezio Blasseti using tools such as Processing and Python. You can also view his design portfolio here.
Hunter Ruthrauff graduated from Cal Poly Pomona with a Bachelors in Architecture in 2009. His research focuses on biomimetic design and process by studying organisms found in extremely hostile environments who have taken a very specific evolutionary path after millions of years of refinement to become efficient survivors. Other interests include input from the digital and physical world to inform robotic transformation of architectural assemblies. He is currently attending the University of Washington’s Master of Science in Architecture Design Computation program and is scheduled to graduate in March 2012.