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Sabinson, Elena

Assistant Professor


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research overview

  • My research and creative work are at the intersection of technology, psychology, and design. I study soft robots, interactive objects, and responsive environments designed to help humans flourish. My projects explore a range of topics, critical investigations on the future of emerging technologies to human-centered research to validate the effectiveness of technological systems for therapeutic purposes. In my current practice, I design and test interactive systems to promote human wellbeing and research how design can be used to embrace neurodiversity. My work studies the relationship between humans and the physical environment at multiple scales, from products to buildings, and utilizes a diverse set of methodologies, including empirical studies, narrative storytelling and media products, and designing and building full-scale interactive artifacts and immersive environments. As a neurodivergent researcher (Autistic and ADHD), I am passionate about neurodiversity and design and aim to use research and design to create supportive environments.


  • Neurodiversity



courses taught

  • ENVD 1020 - Studio 1: Introduction to Architecture
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2023
    The second of four introductory studios introduces students to strategies and techniques of architectural design and communication in a hands-on studio environment. Students design a small-scale architectural project that responds to environmental, contextual and programmatic needs while developing the necessary skills for iterative design processes.
  • ENVD 4979 - Honors Thesis
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2023 / Spring 2024
    Working with an advisor, students prepare, complete, and defend an honors thesis project, either written or creative.
  • EPOD 2100 - Studio 1: Foundations of Environmental Products of Design
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2024
    Immersive, project based studio environment where students focus on the design of products at a human scale with an emphasis on more advanced 3D modeling, parametric design, advanced visualization, and file-to-factory fabrication methods. Recommended corequisite: EPOD 2004.