MDes Cohort

Effie Jia

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  • Bio

    I am a recent graduate from MIT who loves to make things, travel, draw, read, hike, and listen to music. I studied design and architecture, but am curious about everything. My interests range from fabrication to sustainability to literature and more. I am passionate in exploring ways in which design can help create a healthier individual, community, and earth. My areas of focus are fabrication, digital design, creative ideation, and human-centered innovation. Fun fact: my spirit plant is a cactus.

    I am most looking forward to engaging with the faculty and my peers, since the program involves such a wide variety of backgrounds and areas of expertise. Coming from an architecture and product/visual design background, I am excited to learn more about the technology and programming side to design!



    Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Bachelor of Science in Art and Design, 2016-2020


    Academic Experience

    Architecture Student Council Representative

    Undergraduate Association Committee on Sustainability

    Undergraduate Researcher for Digital Design Fabrication Group and Fluid Interfaces at Media Laboratory

    Publication Editor for Rune Art and Literary Magazine

    MIT Women’s Varsity Tennis Team

    MIT Women’s Club Ice Hockey


    Professional Experience

    Creatives Editor, Dronegenuity, 2020-Present

    Design Fellow, MIT Office of Sustainability, 2017-2020

    Instructor, The Ecological Greenhouse, 2019-2019

    Architecture Intern, Perkins+Will, 2018-2018

    Architecture Researcher, Universite Catholique de Louvain, 2017-2017


    Design@Large Experience (Summer 2021)