Design Lab

Ani Liu is a multi-platform designer specializing in technologically mediated interactions spanning from the digital to the multi-sensory.

A recent graduate of MIT Media Lab, she seeks to link technological innovation with emotional tangibility.


Liu's work has been presented internationally, at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Asian Art Museum, MIT Museum, MIT Media Lab, Shenzhen Design Society, Wiesner Gallery, Harvard University, Open Gallery, Powerhouse Alliance Conference, Buildings as Cities Inaugural Conference and TEDxBeaconStreet. Her work has been featured in VICE, TED, National Geographic, FoxNews, WIRED, and several publications, including See Yourself X: Human Futures Expanded and Solid: Design Techniques.

In 2014-15, she led the research program in Sensory Mediation at the Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cities, which explores how information visualization, augmented reality and other emerging technologies can be harnessed to extend the human sensorium to redefine spatial experience.  She taught as an Associate Instructor at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, where she co-taught an advanced-level architectural studio called Architecture of Cultural Prosthetics: Tools for Communication and Expression in the Public Space with Krzysztof Wodiczko.

Liu has a BA from Dartmouth College and received a Masters of Architecture degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, earning a distinction for her thesis in wearable technologies, responsive environments and cultural prosthetics.

Ani is currently available for speaking engagements, art direction, interaction design, and multi-sensory commissions. She aims to create delightful, thought provoking experiences to reignite a sense of wonder.  

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology
MIT Media Lab 2017
Master of Science, 5.0/5.0 GPA

Harvard University
Graduate School of Design, 2014
Master of Architecture, Thesis Distinction

Dartmouth College
B.A., High Honors, 2008




Biological Art and Design Award
This award is an annual international competition, it's aim to allow artists and designers to experiment with bio art and design and to push back the boundaries of art and science. The award is an initiative of NWO, ZonMw, MU and BioArt Laboratories.  2018

Core 77 Design Jury Captain
I am serving as the Jury Captain of Core77's annual design competition in the Design Concept category. 2018

The Harold and Arlene Schnitzer Prize in the Visual Arts, 1st Prize
This award is presented annually to MIT students who have demonstrated excellence in a body of artistic work. The award is received at the Institute Awards Convocation and includes an exhibition at the Wiesner Gallery. 2017

MIT Arts Scholar
Fostering an active community of MIT students with an exceptional interest in the arts. The community’s resultant role is that of an arts leadership group, cultivated through events and mentorship. 2016-18

International Genetically Engineered Machine Competition (iGEM)
The iGEM Competition is a competition in Synthetic Biology, where students work together to solve real-world challenges by building genetically engineered biological systems with standard, interchangeable parts.  My team, EMW StreetBio, won honorable mention for our project, BiotaBeats. 2016

Wellington and Irene Loh Fund Graduate Fellowship
Nomination on behalf of MIT Media Lab, 2016

Alfred K. Priest Fellowship
Awarded to individuals who have demonstrated unusual promise, enabling them to study in any graduate program at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Wolfenden Fine Arts Prize
Awarded to two graduating students for excellence in the Arts

Class of 1960 Office of Residential
Life Art Acquisition Award
Awarded to graduating students whose art is purchased into the permanent collection of Dartmouth College.

Robert Dance Arts Initiative Award
A proposal-based award that provides monetary grant towards completing an installation.

Melissa Brown Hurlock-Hobson Award
Awarded to two sophomores are Dartmouth College annually who show exceptional promise in the Arts.


Selected Press & Links

Selected press about my work. 
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Selected Talks



PRIMER: Conference About the Future
May 2018. Keynote Speaker.
San Francisco, SF

Beta Real, Symposium at Syracuse University
March 2018
Syracuse, NY

Dense Emptiness, Symposium at University of North Carolina
March 2018
Charlottesville, NC

Keynote Speaker, Sanofi Pharmaceuticals
September 2017
Cambridge, MA

Campus Party Brasilia
June 2017
Brasilia, Brazil

Harvard Digital Arts and Humanities presents: ArtTechPsyche
April 2017
Cambridge, MA

Dent the Future
March 2017
Sun Valley, ID

TEDx, Beacon Street
November 2016
Cambridge, MA

Hacking Arts Conference
BioTech and Art
Co-Curator and Panel Lead 2016

Speak the Small Truths
IDEO Food+Futures CoLab
Storyteller, 2016

TEDx, Estée Lauder
Museum of Modern Art, NYC, 2016

Alumni Lecture, Dartmouth College
Hanover, NH, 2016

Tech Poetics
NuVu School, Boston, MA 2016

Embodied Potentials
MIT Media Lab, Boston, MA 2016

Powerhouse Alliance Conference
Harvard, Cambridge, MA 2015

Buildings as Cities Inaugural Conference
Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cities, Boston, MA, 2014

Alumni Lecture, Harvard University
Graduate School of Design, Boston, MA 2014





Massachusetts Institute of Technology,

Master of Science at MIT Media Lab. Research topics include synthetic biology, perceptual augmentation, speculative design and multimedia storytelling.

Researcher in Residence

Member of the Food Studio at IDEO in San Francisco designing the future of food. Research areas include the impact of food choices and manufacturing processes on climate change, and nutrition and food as an integral component on the future of health and medicine.
Summer 2016

Massachusetts Institute of Technology,
Teaching Fellow

MAS.863: How To Make Almost Anything
MAS.s56: Speculative Design: The Future of Empathy

Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cities,
Research Director:
 Sensory Mediation
HCGBC Research Associate. I developed the research program in Sensory Mediation at the Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cities which includes the areas of sensory mediation, information visualization and augmented reality. Research explores how the technology can be developed further to extend human sensorium to redefine spatial experience.

Rose Technology,
Creative Director
Creative director for a Machine Learning and Data Visualization Startup. Designed branding strategy, data visualization innovation and UX/UI concepts.

Harvard University, Graduate School of Design
Teaching Associate
Course Title: Architecture of Cultural Prosthetics: Tools for Communication and Expression in the Public Space.

Harvard University Graduate School of Design
Teaching Associate
Course Title: Projection/ Installation/ Intervention

Junior Designer

Intern designer at an exhibition design firm, specializing in 3d modeling and designing spaces with narrative.
Summer 2013

Acconci Studios
Junior Designer

Member of design team for two competitions winning honorable mention: Boffo NYC Building Fashion and Water as the 6th Borough by OnePrize. Actively participated in design discussions, produced renderings, diagrams, and process models.
Summer 2011

Dartmouth College
Special Instructor
Studio Art




See Yourself X: Human Futures Expanded
Contributing Artist.
Book by Madeline Schwartzman
Black Dog Publishing, 2016 

Design Techniques
edited by Aurora Fernandez Per
& Javier Mozas
Contributing writer and cover feature
A+T Architecture Publishers, 2015

GSD Platform 7
Harvard GSD Actar, 2014-2015

A View On Harvard GSD Vol. 3
Tank Form Ltd., 2011

Undergraduate Thesis at Dartmouth College




Mana Contemporary
Please Touch: Body Boundaries
Curated by Ysabel Pinyol
May 2018
Jersey City, NJ

Shenzhen Design Society
Minding the Digital
Jan 2018
Shenzhen, China

Boston Center for the Arts (Solo Show)
Laboratory of Longings: The Experiments of Ani Liu
Mills Gallery, Boston Center for Arts
Curated by Ethan Vogt
October 8 2017
Boston, MA

Mirror Mirror
Feb 2018 - Jan 2019
Paul Robeson Gallery at Rutgers
Curated by Anonda Bell
Newark, NJ

La Factoría Cultural
February 2018
curated by María Castellanos
Avilés, Spain

Boston Museum of Fine Arts
Summer Event: Hacking Perceptual Affect with the Hot Milks Foundation
Collaborative participatory installation
June 18th 2017
Boston, MA

Open Gallery
Body Politic
Curated by Laura Zittrain
Winter 2017
Boston, MA

Wiesner Gallery
Harold and Arlene Schnitzer Prize Exhibition
Curated by MIT
Spring 2017
Boston, MA

Boston Museum of Fine Arts
MFA NOW series: Primordial Spoof with MIT's Hacking Arts
Collaborative participatory installation
October 14, November 4th, December 9
Boston, MA

Asian Museum of Art
TAKEOVER series with The Perennial
Creative direction and execution for installation on behalf of IDEO
August 4, 2016
San Francisco, CA

Paper Curiosities
Wiesner Gallery
Fall, 2016
Cambridge, MA

Grounded Visionaries
Exploring Artful Technology
Harvard Graduate School of Design, 2014
Cambridge, MA

SciEx Film Festival
MIT Museum, 2014
Cambridge, MA

Cultural Prosthetics
Solo Show
40 Kirkland Gallery, 2014
Cambridge, MA

GSD Platform 7
Harvard GSD Actar, 2014-2015
Cambridge, MA

A View On Harvard GSD Vol. 3
Tank Form Ltd., 2011
Cambridge, MA

Juried Show, Emerging Artists
ISE Cultural Foundation, 2009
New York, NY

Between You and Me
Barrows Rotunda
Hopkins Center
Hanover, NH, 2009

Invitational Show, Emerging Artists
New Hampshire Arts Association Gallery
Fall 2008

A Melon Strolling on Two Tendrils
Spring  2007
Hanover, NH