Meibodi Named a 2022 Construction Institute Visionary

Mania Aghaei Meibodi, an assistant professor of architecture at Taubman College, has been selected as one of four leaders and visionaries for the Construction Institute’s 2022 Visionaries Forum.

The Construction Institute is a nonprofit association of professionals working to improve the industry by sharing experiences and knowledge, advancing relationships, and developing business leaders. They provide a leading network and a neutral forum for cross-industry collaboration among architects, engineers, constructors, owners, and other industry stakeholders.

The organization is known for its high-quality professional education, publications, and annual programs, including the Visionaries Forum — a platform for trendsetters and thought-leaders to envision and reshape the architecture, engineering, and construction industry’s future. Visionaries are selected by the Board of Directors for their expertise in industrialized construction, disruptive computational design and robotic hybrid fabrication, leveraging big data and advanced analytics to improve performance, and innovative, sustainable materials.

Meibodi is a leader in innovative computational design and fabrication methods for large-scale manufacturing in the building industry. Her research and lab focus on developing disruptive computational design and robotic hybrid fabrication methods with additive manufacturing at its core for real-world construction. During her time as a senior researcher at ETH Zurich, she led multiple projects with innovative design-to-fabrication processes such as the “Smart Slab” and “Digital Metal” projects.

Meibodi is the director of Digital Architecture Research and Technologies (DART) at U-M, a lab of faculty, students, and researchers developing computational design and additive manufacturing strategies in architecture. She teaches in Taubman College’s Digital and Material Technologies master’s program and is actively expanding the Ph.D. program at Taubman College.

Learn more about the Construction Institute’s Visionaries Forum.