Skylar Tibbits

Skylar Tibbits
Co-director and founder of the Self-Assembly Lab at MIT

CREW Network Featured Speaker


Skylar Tibbits is on the cutting edge of 4D technology. In his Self-Assembly Lab at MIT, the future of how we make things is being mapped out—and the implications are enormous. Imagine, as just one example, water pipes that are “intelligent,” that can contract and expand as needed. Tibbits forecasts a world where buildings and machines will be self-assembling, replicating, and repairing—changing cities, businesses, and manufacturing.

Tibbits is a trained architect, designer, computer scientist, and artist whose research focuses on developing self-assembly technologies for large-scale applications in our physical environment. He is currently a faculty member in MIT’s Department of Architecture. Previously, he worked at a number of renowned design offices, has designed and built large-scale installations around the world, and has exhibited work at The Guggenheim Museum in New York. Tibbits has been published in The New York TimesWired, and Fast Company, and has guest lectured at The University of Pennsylvania, Pratt Institute, and Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. He was recently named R&D Magazine’s 2015 Innovator of the Year and awarded an Architectural League Prize and a TED Senior Fellowship.

Tibbits will speak during the Thursday General Session at the 2019 CREW Network Convention and Marketplace.