Rivka Oxman


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Rivka Oxman holds the B.Sc., M.Sc., and D.Sc. degrees from the Technion Israel Institute of 
Technology where she is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Architecture and Town
Planning. Among recent academic appointments, she has been Vice Dean for Teaching. She
was a Visiting Professor at Stanford University, USA, Delft University of Technology, the
Netherlands; and held research appointments at MIT, USA, Berkeley, USA, and at the
Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. 

Her prior research was in the field of AI in Design where she has explored experimental
methods and formalized various design paradigms that were founded on concepts and
methods in Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence (Rule-based Design, Expert
Systems, Frame-based Representations and Case-based Reasoning) as a basis for the
development of design systems.
Currently she is conducting research on theories of digital design and exploring the
contribution of digital technologies to novel paradigms in design and architecture. Among
recent specific research topics, she is investigating the impact of material-based fabrication
technologies on novel models of design tectonics. 

Her recent co-authored book “The New Structuralism: Design, Engineering and Architectural
Technologies” is a special issue of AD: Architctural Design published by John Wiley, 2010. A
Selected Publications:

2013- Oxman Rivka and Oxman Robert (eds.) “The Digital in the Theories of Architecture” Rutledge Publications to appear fall 2013

2012- Oxman Rivka “Informed Tectonics in Material-based” in The International Journal of Design Studies, 33(5): 427-455, 2012

2011- Oxman Rivka “Design Paradigms for the Enhancement of Presence in Virtual Environments” in Xiangyu Wang and Jerry Jen-Hung Tsai (eds.)Collaborative Design in Virtual Environments, Springer,

2010- Oxman Rivka and Oxman Robert (eds.) “The New Structuralism: Design, Engineering and Architectural Technologies” AD Architectural Design 80 (4), July-Aug., 2010, Wiley Publications, ISBN: 978-0-470-74227-3

2008-Oxman Rivka “Digital architecture as a challenge for design pedagogy: theory, knowledge, models and medium” The international Journal of Design Studies 29(2): 99-120, 2008

2006- Oxman Rivka “Theory and Design in the First Digital Age” in the international Journal of Design Studies, 27(3): 229 – 265, 2006

2006- Sass L. and Oxman Rivka “Materializing Design” in the international Journal of Design Studies, 27 (3) pp. 325 – 355, 2006

2004- Oxman Rivka “Think-Maps: Teaching Design Thinking in Design Education” in the international Journal of Design Studies, 25(1) pp. 63-91, 2004

1994- Oxman Rivka "Precedents in Design: a Computational Model for the Organization of Precedent Knowledge", Design Studies, 15(2): 141-157, 1994