Student Profile
Student Profile: Lira Nikolovska

Skopje, Macedonia
Dipl. Engineer-Architect, University St. Cyril and Methodius, Skopje, Macedonia (1993)
MSc in Building Design, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ (1996)

PhD candidate in Design and Computation, MIT SA+P (expected graduation September 2006)

Interest Areas:

My interests are at the intersection of furniture and pervasive /
embedded technologies, aiming to design new types of hybrid objects
and understanding how situations are restructured in the presence of
emerging technologies.

Thesis Topic:

For my doctoral dissertation I am developing several projects that
look at socio-cultural issues related to our interactions with
furniture. Check out this paper for more information.

Career Ambition:

Ideally, I would like to work in academia and also work in a design
studio that focuses on the exploration of emerging materials in
projects that are at the intersections between design and art.

Why MIT?:

MIT is a place where students are given an amazing amount of freedom
to explore ideas and the resources to support that exploration. I
have greatly benefited from the diverse academic community at the
Institute and in particular at the Design and Computation program at
MIT Architecture, where I was a PhD student. As a member of the
Computing Culture group at the MIT Media Lab, I advanced my knowledge
in the use of interactive technologies and manufacturing processes.
And I have met so many amazing people in the process; I wouldn't mind
starting all over again!