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)

LinkedIn | HCIE-Website | Google Scholar  | TEDx Talk  (New)

Curriculum Vitae(PDF) | Portfolio (PDF)


Designer of spaces and explorer of places, Dishita has studied and worked at top international practices in India, Switzerland, UK, Singapore and the US. Architect and researcher by profession, writer and photographer by passion, she is forever a student at heart. Culture, technology and people are her favorite subjects and she aspires to connect them through her work in Architecture and Computer Science. Over the last decade, her research interests have transitioned from interactive spaces, robotics and kinetic architecture to neuroscience, artificial intelligence and building socially intelligent creative machines.   

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]