USC Cinematic Arts

Behnaz Farahi is an architect and interaction designer, exploring the potential of interactive systems and their relationship to the human body. Her primary interest is the implementation of emerging technologies in contemporary art/architecture practice. Her goal is to enhance the relationship between human beings and the built environment by implementing design/motion principles inspired by natural systems. Application areas include architecture, fashion and interaction design. She also specializes in additive manufacturing and robotic technologies.

Her work has been exhibited internationally and has been featured in Wired, The Guardian, the BBC, CNN, Motherboard, Dezeen, Frame Magazine, The Creators Project and many more. Farahi has won numerous awards, including a Madworkshop Grant and a Rock Hudson Fellowship, and has worked with such leading firms as Autodesk, Fuksas Studio, and 3DSystems/ She has also collaborated with USC Professor Behrokh Khoshnevis on two NASA-funded research projects developing robotic fabrication technology to 3D print structures on the moon and Mars.

Currently Farahi is an Annenberg Fellow and PhD candidate in Interdisciplinary Media Arts and Practice at the USC School of Cinematic Arts. She has also been an Artist-in-Residence at Autodesk's famed Pier 9. She has an Undergraduate and two Master’s degrees in Architecture.