Morphosis: Emergence of complex hybridized systems
Kerenza Harris – Morphosis Architects
Morphosis is intentionally blurring the line between what is digital and physical, product and prototype, design and research, simulation and fabrication. Our focus is shifting from design ‘solutions’ as a single end-product and instead moving towards a broader intelligent organizational system-based design process where infinite possibilities and outcomes exist simultaneously.
Director of Design Technology – Morphosis Architects
Kerenza Harris oversees advanced computational design and simulation for all projects at Morphosis. Her team focuses on the research, development and integration of advanced technologies into the design and construction process, using diverse software including 3DEXPERIENCE to model and rationalize forms, skins, and structures. She also guides the firm’s use of XR technology to create immersive environments that aid in testing and communicating concepts through all phases.
Joining the firm in 2008, she has played a central role in major projects including the AIA National Honor Award-winning Perot Museum of Nature and Science, where she led the creation and coordination of the facade’s innovative pre-cast concrete paneling system.
Kerenza is also faculty at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), where her teaching focuses on digital design tools and construction. She is a frequent lecturer on design computation and the intersection of architecture and XR.
Founded in 1972, Morphosis is an interdisciplinary practice involved in rigorous design and research that yields innovative, iconic buildings and urban environments. With founder Thom Mayne serving as design director, the firm today consists of a group of more than 60 professionals, who remain committed to the practice of architecture as a collaborative enterprise. With projects worldwide, the firm’s work ranges in scale from residential, institutional, and civic buildings to large urban planning projects. Named after the Greek term for ‘to form or be in formation’, Morphosis is a dynamic and evolving practice that responds to the shifting and advancing social, cultural, political and technological conditions of modern life.