Changing Places Research Lead - City Science, MIT Media Lab
Suleiman Alhadidi is an architect, researcher, and engineer. He is a Research Lead at the City Science Group - MIT Media Lab. His research focuses on developing the next generation of affordable robotically enabled buildings that promote more entrepreneurial, livable, and high-performing built environment and cities. His projects include advanced transformable architecture for micro-units, design-to-build prefabrication manufacturing systems, urban living lab, co-sharing/co-living environments, Building Information Modelling, Sustainable and data-driven designs, smart cities, and advance robotic fabrication technologies. Suleiman has a private architecture practice called O(n) Studio based in Australia that aim at building the next generation of smart environments. He has an affiliation with Harvard University - Graduate School of Design, Material Processes and Systems Group (MaP+S), and the University of New South Wales in Australia.
Alhadidi received several international awards including the 2018 American Australian Association Award (AAA) as a Chevron Scholar for the work he has been doing in sustainable architecture. He received academic awards from the University of Melbourne and Harvard University whereby he is conducting his doctoral research work. He received project awards in France, USA, Jordan, South Korea, and Australia.
Suleiman taught graduate and undergraduate levels at several universities including the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, University of Sydney and the University of Melbourne.
His previous research work includes Internet of Things, robotics in design, Augmented Reality, computational design, and sustainable architecture. During 2016-2018, Suleiman took an elected position in the administration council of The Association for Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia, he currently serves as a reviewer for several architecture journals and conferences such as ACADIA and CAADRIA.
Alhadidi practiced architecture for more than a decade in Europe, Australia, the Middle East, and the United States. He is a registered architect in New South Wales in Australia. He worked previously with well-known architecture practices such as Coop Himmelblau, Laceco, HASSELL, and BVN. At BVN he developed research work in collaborative robotics and performance-driven design on large scale projects such as stadiums and towers. At HASSELL, he established and led the computational design group where he was part of the winning teams for significant architecture projects in Australia and Asia.