Tiffany Cheng is a computational designer from Taiwan. Interested in robotic fabrication and programmable material systems, Tiffany’s research focuses on the creation of digital workflows that allow mass-customization of material properties, behavior, and performance.

Tiffany holds a Master in Design Studies with a concentration in Technology from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. Previously, she graduated from USC with a Bachelor of Architecture, Minor in Digital Studies and Honors in Multimedia Scholarship (USC School of Cinematic Arts).

Tiffany has worked as a researcher with the MaP+S Group at Harvard GSD developing novel robotic systems for bespoke carbon fiber structures. She has also practiced with StudioFV designing biking infrastructure and facilities for LA Metro. Her professional experience ranges from electronics production and embedded programming to interaction design.

Tiffany’s research agenda at the ICD aims to advance the knowledge of programmable shape-changing material systems as well as to develop the complimentary hardware and software tools that can fabricate them.




Research Projects:



  • ITECH Masters Thesis Topic – Programmable Matter, 2018-19
  • ITECH Masters Thesis Preparation and Research Structure Module, 2018-19
  • ITECH Masters Thesis Topic – Programmable Matter, 2017-18



Poppinga, S., Zollfrank, C., Prucker, O., Rühe, J., Menges, A., Cheng, T., Speck, T.: 2017, Toward a New Generation of Smart Biomimetic Actuators for Architecture. Advanced Materials, Vol 30, Issue 19, pp. 1-10. (DOI: 10.1002/adma.201703653)