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Lucy Siyao Liu

Assistant Professor Adjunct

Lucy Siyao Liu is an artist and architectural designer. Her work and research spans multiple disciplines to address drawing as technology and the influence of representational techniques on ways of knowing and making. Her projects aim to communicate through modes of spatial-temporal practice, such as drawing, installation, animation and performance.

Liu is a cofounder of PROPS, an architecture and design studio, as well as the creator and co-editor of PROPS PAPER, a publication on imaging technologies. Her projects and writings have been featured in It’s Nice That, Design Indaba, The Creative Independent, Yale Paprika!, UED Magazine, Dutch Design Week, Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard University, MIT Keller Gallery, Ashmolean Museum at University of Oxford, China Central Academy of Fine Arts, among others. Recently, she received grants from Design Trust Hong Kong, Council for the Arts at MIT and MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives to pursue projects.

She holds a B.Arch from RISD and a post-professional research degree from the SMArchS Architectural Design group at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Liu is a member of Soft Surplus, an art, technology and design collective based in Brooklyn, NY. When she is not teaching on campus, you can find her thinking, drawing and building in her studio.

View Lucy Siyao Liu's full CV here.

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