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Neri Oxman: Your guide to Brad Pitt’s new professor friend

With Brad Pitt’s and Angelina Jolie’s divorce almost finalised, Pitt has been linked to a new ‘very good friend’ called Neri Oxman.

People reported that the actor, 54, was spotted in November 2017 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where Oxman, 42, teaches.

Who is Neri Oxman?

Neri Oxman is an architect and a professor of Media Arts and Science at the MIT Media Lab.

She was born in Haifa, Israel on February 6, 1976 to architects Robert and Rivka Oxman.

In 1997 she moved to Jerusalem to enrol at a medical school but after two years she switched to an architecture degree at the Technion Israel Institute of Technology.

In 2004, she graduated from the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London.

Oxman to moved to Boston in 2005 to join the architecture PHD program at MIT. She became a professor at MIT in 2010.

In 2011 she married Grammy Award-winning Argentine composer Osvaldo Golijov who she said had an “incredible influence” on her work but they have since divorced.

In 2017, Oxman told W magazine she does not have children.

Neri Oxman’s career

Oxman’s work is included in collections around the world including the Museum of Modern Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Centre Georges Pompidou, Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum and Museum of Applied Arts in Vienna.

Her work can also be found in prestigious private collections.

Oxman’s most famous creation was built by silkworms. The structure is called the Silk Pavilion and can be found at the Media Lab in Cambridge.

The Silk Pavilion explores the relationship between digital and biological fabricationThe Silk Pavilion explores the relationship between digital and biological fabrication. Photo: Getty

Originally, a robotic arm wove thin nylon threads on a dome and then 6500 free-ranging silkworms were released in the gaps. They added layers to the structure and were then removed.

From this experiment, Oxman and her team identified how the silkworms would respond to different surfaces.

Oxman has also won numerous awards including Icon’s “Top most influential designers and architects to shape our future” and Seed Magazine’s “Revolutionary Mind”.

She has also appeared on the cover of several magazines including Wired UK in 2012 and Surface in 2016.

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