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Virginia Ellyn Melnyk

Foundations Fellow

Virginia Melnyk's research interests consist of material design,  textiles, tensegrity, and architecture. Her wide range of interests in digital Fabrication, computational design, craft and feminist culture are integrated into her research practice. She explores applications for temporary light-weight structures within a contemporary architectural context. Her work is both material design as well as digital design and fabrication, balancing between the digital and craft.

Textiles, Deployable Structures, Tensegrity, Knitting

Arch 151

Installations Projects: 
“Tensegrity Tower” Arts Letters and Numbers Artist Residency Show

“Glow Globs” Blink art festival Cincinnati OH

“Color Constellation” Play/Ground Art, Medina NY

“Glissando” Music Is Art + Green Window City, Riverworks, Buffalo NY

“Sparks” Dusklit Interactive Art Festival Sugar Loaf NY August 2018

“Window Web” Green Window City, Buffalo NY

“Strange Succulents” In The Air: Byrdcliffe Artist In Residence Show 2017, April - June

“Summer Igloo” Francis, Sharon. Bubbletecture : Inflatable Architecture and Design. Phaidon Press.

“Where the Computer Ends and The Making Begins”. Shundana Yusaf and Ole W. Fischer (ed.) Dialectic VI : CRAFT, University of Utah Journal, ORO Editions.

“Engagement Through Art”. Farhana Ferdous and Bryan Bell (Ed.) All In: All-Inclusive Engagement in Architecture. Routledge Publication.

  • Organizer of DigitalFUTURES
  • Mentor Faculty at Architecture is Free
  • Signatory and Committee member of Architects Declare


PhD in progress at Tongji University

MArch from University of Pennsylvania 

B.S. Architecture from University at Buffalo