Curriculum Vitae


2011- 2016 Doctor of Philosophy in Architecture: Design and Computation. Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge, MA

2008 -2010 Master of Science in Architecture Studies: Design and Computation. Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge, MA

1999-2004 Bachelor of Science in Architecture. University of Minnesota, College of Design Minneapolis, MN.



2017 Critic Rhode Island School  of Design, Department of Architecture, Providence, RI

2016-2017 Session Drummer East Left Productions, Charlestown, MA

2016 Marketing Consultant Tulip Interfaces, Media Lab start-up, Somerville, MA

2012-2016 Research Assistant MIT Digital Design Fabrication Group Cambridge, MA

2011-2012 Research Specialist MIT Changing Places Group The Media Lab, Cambridge, MA

2009-2010 Co-Founder Physical Design Enterprises Cambridge, MA   

2008 Designer and Fabricator Loom Studio Minneapolis, MN

2006-2007 Designer and Fabricator Howeler + Yoon Architects Boston, MA

2004-2005 Designer Pompeii Architecture and Design NYC

2002-2004 Fabricator Lightworks Minnneapolis, MN

2000 Intern Charles Levin Architects Minneapolis, MN



2011 5 Year Full Research Assistant Tuition and Stipend Award. SUTD-MIT International Design

2009 1.5 Year Full Research Assistant Tuition and Stipend Award. MIT Department of Architecture 

2009 Maker Faire Editor’s Choice Award

2008 Maker Faire Editor’s Choice Award 



2015-2016 Interactive Design Cognition - PhD Research Pilot Studies with undergraduate researchers in Engineering Design, Computer Science, and Mathematics. 

2014 Digitally Fabricated Shape Translation Studies with Computer Science researchers from the Singapore University of Technology and Design

2011-2012 Mass Customization Energy Impact Study with MIT Media Lab

2010-2012 CityHome and Home Genome Projects with MIT Media Lab

2010 i-Teams: Shelter in a Box with MIT Sloan School of Management

2009 Beta Fabricator Network with MIT Design Computation Group and 25 Intl Fabricators

2007-2008 Museum of Modern Art's Digitally Fabricated Housing for New Orleans with the MIT Digital Fabrication Group



Smithwick, D., and Sass, L. (2014) Embodied Design Cognition: Action-based Formalizations in Architectural Design, International Journal of Architectural Computing, Issue 4, Vol 12, pp 399-417.

Sass, L. and Smithwick, D. (2013) Mass Customized Structures for Relief: Physical Production with Digital Fabrication” in Piller and Piroozfar (eds) Mass Customization and Personalization in Architecture and Construction, Routledge: New York. 



Smithwick, D., Sass, L, and Kirsh, D. (2016). "Creative Interaction with Blocks and Robots," in Papafragou (ed) Proceedings from the 38th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, Philadelphia, PA.

Smithwick, D., Kirsh, D., Sass, L. (2016). “Designerly Pick and Place: Coding physical model making as preparation for better robotic interaction,” in Gero (ed) Proceedings from Design Computing and Cognition ’16, Chicago.

Kirsh, D., and Smithwick, D. (2015). “Creativity and Phenomenal Stimulation,” Paper selected for presentation at the EuroAsianPacific Joint Conference on Cognitive Science, Torino, Italy.

Smithwick, D., and Kirsh, D. (2015). “Let’s Get Physical: Thinking with Things in Architectural Design.” Paper selected for poster presentation at 37th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, Pasadena, CA.

Smithwick, D. (2015) “Interactive Design Cognition and Computation,” dissertation research poster selected for presentation at the SUTD-MIT International Design Centre 2015 Design Summit, Singapore.

Smithwick, D. and Sass, L. (2014). “Physical Design Cognition: Embodied Intelligence for Taming the Digitally Fabricated Singapore Horses,” poster in Gero (ed) Proceedings from Design Computing and Cognition ‘14, London, England.

Smithwick, D. and Sass, L. (2013). “Physical Design Cognition: A Non-symbolic Formalization for Performing Design Knowledge,” Proceedings from the Iberoamerican Society of Digital Graphics, Valparaiso, Chile, November 20-22.

Smithwick, D. and Sass, L. (2012). “Designing in HiFi: Digital Fabrication for Physical Computation.” Proceedings from the Iberoamerican Society of Digital Graphics, Fortaleza, Brazil, November 13-16, pg 622-624.

Smithwick, D. and Chin, R. (2011) “Smart Customization: The New Driver of Sustainability: A Case Study in Custom vs. Standard Men’s Dress Shirts,” Poster presented at MCPC 2011, Proceedings of the 6th International Conference. San Francisco, CA.

Smithwick, D. and Larson, K. (2010). “Home Genome Project: Customer Co-Design, A Design Search and Recommendation Engine.” Poster Presented at the Smart Customization Seminar, MIT Media Lab, Cambridge, MA.

Chin, R. and Smithwick, D. (2009) “Environmental Impacts of Utilizing Mass Customization: Energy and Material Use of Mass Customization vs. Mass Production.” Presented at MCPC 2009, Proceedings of the 5th Intl’ Conference. Helsinki, Finland. 



Smithwick, Daniel (2016). “Physical Design Cognition: An analytical study of exploratory model making to inform creative robotic interaction.” PhD Dissertation, MIT.

Smithwick, Daniel (2010). “Architectural Design 2.0: An Online Platform for the Mass Customization of Architectural Structures.” S.M. Thesis, MIT.



2017 Critic RISD 235101 Advanced Topics in Computation: Complexity in Digital Fabrication

2015 Instructor MIT 2.00b Toy Product Design with Professors D Wallace and M Yang

2015 Instructor MIT 4.553 How to Train your Robot: programming pick and place assembly 

2014 Module Instructor MIT 4.500 Geometric Modeling with Professor L Sass

2012 Teaching Assistant MIT MAS.552/4.557 Designing Resilient Cities Professor K Larson

2011 Teaching Assistant MIT MAS.552/4.557 MIT Living Labs Professor K Larson

2011 Teaching Assistant MIT 4.185 Architectural Design CityHome Professor K Larson

2008 Teaching Assistant MIT 4.501 Architecture Computation and Construction Prof L Sass



                                MIT Undergraduate Research Supervisor

2015                       Jaguar Kristeller, Junior in Mechanical Engineering

                                Dana Gretton, Junior in Computer Science

                                Steven Homberg, Freshman in Mathematics and Computer Science


2014                       MIT 6.100 Student Independent Project Supervisor

Raghavasimhan Sankaranarayana, Computer Science (visiting student from India)


MIT Undergraduate Research Supervisor

2014                       Rachel Rotteveel, Junior in Computer Science

                                Kalin Malouf, Sophomore in Architecture


                                MIT Undergraduate Research Supervisor

2011                       Patrick Gichuiri, Junior in Computer Science

                                Dhruv Parthasarathy, Junior in Mathematics

                                Kevin Hsiue, Junior in Computer Science

                                Helen Driftmier, Sophomore in Media Studies (Wellesley student)

                                MIT Undergraduate Research Supervisor

2010                       JT White, Junior in Architecture (Wentworth student)

                                Heidi Ashley, Junior in Architecture




MIT-SUTD International Design Center

2015                       Invited Speaker – Talk: “Let’s Get Physical: Thinking with things in Architectural Design”


MIT Smart Customization Seminar at the Media Lab

2012                       Panel leader and seminar co-organizer – Digital Design and Fabrication Track


                                AARP Foundation Ideation Session on Housing – Washington DC

2011                       Panel participant - Invited by VP of Housing to help integrate user design principles for future housing of aging populations


                                MIT Media Lab Sponsor Week: Workshops on Mass Customization

2011                       Co-organizer – Leader of brainstorming sessions with 3 sponsor groups


                                MIT Smart Customization Seminar at the Media Lab

2010                       Invited speaker – digital fabrication technologies for mass customized housing



                                MIT Graduate Student Council

2015                       Vice President of GSC, Summer 2015


                                MIT Committee on Graduate Programs

2014-2015            One of two graduate students selected for one year service term


                                MIT Spring Career Fair

2014                       Student volunteer


                                MIT A.T.Hack

2014                       Supervisor for Assistive Technologies Undergraduate Student Hackathon



·         “The Idea Factory,” by Gregory Malone, The Atlantic Magazine, Oct 2011

·         “Lab Report: Research of the Changing Places Group,” by Sherin Wing, Metropolis Magainze Oct 2011

·         “Friction Fit” in Ana Miljacki (ed.) Uncertain Futures: Two Years of Student Research at the MIT Department of Architecture,” SA+P Press, 2009

·         “Physical Design,” by Daniel Smithwick, ShopBot Web Columns, June 2009

·         “Dan and the Puzzle Houses,” by Chris Connors, Make Magazine, May 2009

·         “Interview: The Next Generation of Architectural Design: Daniel Smithwick from Physical Design Co.” by Frank Piller, Mass Customization and Open Innovation News, March 2009

·         “Next: A Snap-On Addition?” Journal of Light Construction, January 2009

·         Bergdoll, B., Christensen, P. and Broadhurst, R., Home Delivery: Fabricating the Modern Dwelling, The Museum of Modern Art Press, NYC, 2008

·         “The Beast: Intermodal Transit Station,” in Alexander D’Hooghe (ed.) Certain Agendas in Architecture: One Year of Student Research at MIT’s Dept of Architecture, SA+P Press, 2007



·         CAD Rhino & AutoCAD

·         CAM KUKA Robotics, Multi-axis CNC Milling

·         Programming Grasshopper, Processing, Python, Scratch

·         Graphic Design Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign

·         Animation/ Rendering/Movie 3D Max, Flash, Premier

o    Producer/editor of original MIT CityHome YouTube video - 28k views

·         Web Development JavaScript, HTML, CSS, Flex, Joomla

o    Professional web sites completed: Media Lab Changing Places Group (2011), MIT/Harvard Explorations in Cyber International Relations (2011), MIT Smart Customization (2010), MIT Living Labs (2010), AbodeZ Development (2010)


Contact Info

Spring Hill, Somerville MA 02143


Daniel Smithwick is a multimodal talent. thinker whose work spans many fields