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Nicole Koltick
Nicole Koltick
Associate Professor
Associate Professor

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Design Futures Lab, URBN Center, 430

Nicole is an Associate Professor and the founding Director of the Design Futures Lab where she leads a graduate research group in critical design practices and speculative provocations. Nicole teaches a variety of seminars that explore advanced computational strategies for design and fabrication within the built environment. She pursues a diverse trans-disciplinary collaborative research agenda that seeks to synthesize and explore a variety of ideas and methodologies in the service of novel design narratives and outcomes.

Nicole’s work engages a wide array of complex entanglements negotiating between the biological, the technological, the philosophical and the computational. This includes a critical engagement with the sociopolitical implications of emerging technologies and the potential of the designer to intervene in more disruptive, imaginative and nuanced capacities. Her lab pursues speculative design research through software, hardware and material experimentation with extensive exploration of digital fabrication methods and material innovations. This includes full scale prototyping and investigation using a variety of electronics, sensors, robotics, micro-controllers and bio-materials. Her recent multi-year project Phenomenal Machines examines speculative robotics and synthetic ecologies for the near future.

MArch, UCLA
BFA, Carnegie Mellon University