dishita turakhia


Researcher | Computational Designer | Architect

Dishita is a researcher in the Human Computer Interaction Engineering (HCIE) Group at Computer Science Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her current work focuses on adaptive tools for mastering motor skills using  personal fabrication.   

email: dishita[at]

office: 32 Vassar St, Cambridge, MA 02139 (Map)

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Curriculum Vitae(PDF) | Portfolio (PDF)



  I worked as an architect and computational designer for 5+ years before starting PhD in Computer Science at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. My current research is in the field of Human Computer Interaction with focus on tools for adaptive learning tools with applications in sports, rehabilitation and gaming. My research is highly interdisciplinary drawing from fields of Cognitive Science, Neuroscience, Architecture and Urban Design. 

Selected Publications

  • Turakhia, Dishita. "Thirteen Ways of Looking: A theoretical inquiry in computational creative thinking" (MIT Thesis 2017). Link
  • Turakhia, Dishita G. "Dynamic Tensegrity Systems: A case for reconfigurable structures in urban context." (CAADRIA 2013). PDF
  • Turakhia, Dishita. "Overview of Scientific Aspects of Spatial Cognition : Significance in Architectural Design" (2016). PDF

All Publications


Current Research

Past Research

Past Work 

Academic Background


  • 2017 - M.S. Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, MIT, Cambridge 
  • 2017 - SMArchS Design and Computation, MIT, Cambridge
  • 2011 - M.S. EmTech (Emergent Technologies in Design), AA School of Architecture, London
  • 2008 - B.Arch, KRVIA, Mumbai University, Mumbai

 Technical Expertise

  • 3D Modeling (Rhino, Grasshopper, Sketchup, Vray, Flamingo, Solidworks)
  • Programming (Python, Tensorflow, WebPPL, Machine Learning)
  • Prototyping (Lasercutting, 3D printing, CNC milling, Waterjet cutting)
  • Parametric Design (Rhinoscript, GH, GC, VB Script, Arduino, Processing)
  • Analysis (Ecotect, Strand7, Ansys)
  • Presentation (Adobe Indesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Premier, MS Office, Autocad, Revit, Microstation, VectorWorks)



  • 2017, Bill Mitchell Funding, MIT
  • 2016, MISTI-CHILE Travel Grant, MIT
  • 2016, DesignX Accelerator Finalist
  • 2015, Research Fellowship, Digital Design and Fabrication Group, MIT 
  • 2015, Tuition Scholarship, MIT 
  • 2010, AIA-UK Design Charette (3rd Prize)

Leadership + Entrepreneurial Work


Personal Work

Creativity as a Social Exercise


A new personal project bringing together my passion for collaborative creative problem solving

(coming soon...)

  • DesignAndBuild.Me
  • BrainstormWith.Me


Travel Photography


31 Countries, 5 Continents and soon some more...

  • Africa - Kenya | Madagascar | Mauritius | Morocco
  • Asia - Cambodia | India | Indonesia | Malaysia | Singapore | Sri Lanka | Thailand | UAE
  • Europe - Austria | Belgium | Czech Rep |  Estonia | Finland | France | Germany | Hungary | Iceland | Italy | Luxembourg | Netherlands | Spain | Switzerland | United Kingdom
  • North + Central Americas - Belize | Cuba | Guatemala | Mexico | United States | Canada | Nicaragua 
  • South America - Chile

(All Pics)

MIT Blogs


Some blog entries about my life at MIT...


I am always looking for research and entrepreneurial opportunities in the field of design and technology. Looking to connect with other curious minds to initiate innovative projects! 

Contact: dishita[at]