Kelly Zona

Director of Media Studios

Kelly is the Director of the Media Studios Organization at Northeastern University. She is also Founder and Director of Metaforma, a hybrid design practice at the intersection of architecture, engineering, and computer science.

Previously, she has worked as Director of Engineering Design at the Teaching Institute for Excellence in STEM and as a consultant to the Fab Foundation, a digital fabrication organization based out of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Center for Bits and Atoms (CBA). She has served as the lead developer and lead instructor for the Fab Foundation’s MENTOR2 program, a design and engineering course developed in conjunction with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. During this time, she was also a senior instructor for Fab Academy; the digital fabrication certificate program offered through MIT’s CBA.

Before her position with TIES and the Fab Foundation, she directed Fab Lab Baltimore, a public-access workshop that is part of the international Fab Lab network managed by MIT’s CBA. At the lab, she developed classes and workshops in digital fabrication and design.

She also worked for the Johns Hopkins University Digital Media Center, where she developed and taught a workshop series covering topics ranging from press-fit construction systems to shape-memory polymers.

In addition, she has worked for Cornell University’s Department of Architecture as a Design and Construction Specialist for the US Department of Energy Solar Decathlon Competition, as well as several architecture firms.

She holds a M. Arch from Cornell University, and a B.S. in Architecture from SUNY Buffalo.

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Education

  • Cornell University, Master of Architecture
  • SUNY Buffalo, Bachelor of Science