I am a Space architect and technologist whose work on habitat designs has been awarded by NASA and private institutions and widely exhibited. I was the principal designer and team leader behind Marsha, a novel Mars habitat form which NASA awarded 1st place in the finale of the 3D Printed Habitat Challenge. Marsha was the recipient of the 2019 Index Award which has previously honored the Tesla Roadster, The Ocean Cleanup, and Raspberry Pi. I co-designed the NASA-awarded Mars Ice House (2015) and NASA co-developed Mars Ice Home (2017), two inventive designs that utilized water ice as a light-transmitting shield for cosmic radiation. I hold graduate and undergraduate degrees in architecture from Columbia University and Northeastern University, respectively, and am a research fellow at Open Lunar Foundation.
The American Institute of Astronautics and Aeronautics (AIAA) defines Space architecture as “the theory and practice of designing and building inhabited environments for use in Space”. I currently work in this capacity at Blue Origin, where I hold the position of Senior Space Architect.
The current chapter of the Space Age—a chapter driven by governments and private capital alike—is historically significant not because private entities manifest technological progress more effectively, but because they promise visions of futures that ripple through society. In this light, my aim for myself as a Space architect is that I can make Space architecture as spatially rich and virtuous as terrestrial architecture and that I establish the field as one that asks questions about the problems inherent in human spaceflight such that they do not preclude those architectural virtues.
Deep design, like science, rests on a foundation of inquiry rather than certainty. There are often many valid answers. My experience has taught me that something special emerges when we put as much effort into formulating questions as we do looking for answers.