Felecia Davis

Felecia Davis

Assistant professor, Stuckeman Center for Design Computing, Penn State University

Felecia Davis is the director of SOFTLAB@PSU. Her work in design explores the role of communication to people through computational textiles or e-textiles, textiles that can sense and respond to the environment with embedded electronics and sensors. Davis has lectured, taught workshops, published, and exhibited her work in textiles, computation, and architecture internationally, including the Swedish School of Textiles, Microsoft Research, and the MIT Media Lab. Davis has taught architectural design for more than 10 years at Cornell University, and design studios, most recently at Princeton University and the Cooper Union in New York. Principal in her own design firm, FELECIADAVISTUDIO, she has received several finalist awards for her architectural designs in open and invited design competitions such as the California Valley Central History Museum, the Queens Museum of Art Addition and the Pittsburgh Charm Bracelet Neighborhood Revitalization Competition, and the Little Haiti Housing Association in Miami. Davis earned a Ph.D. from the Design and Computation Group in the School of Architecture and Planning at MIT. She received her M. Arch. from Princeton and her B.S. in engineering from Tufts University. While at MIT, she designed computational textiles — textiles that respond to commands through computer programming, electronics, and sensors for use in architecture. Such responsive textiles, used in lightweight shelters, will transform how we communicate, socialize, and use space.

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Web: https://stuckeman.psu.edu/faculty/felecia-davis