Nassia Inglessis is a Design Engineer based in London who focuses her work in designing interventions with the aim to provide impactful solutions, to promote new prototypes of behaviour and communicate with her audience.
In search of Interactive Interventions she explores the fields of Innovation in Digital x Physical interfaces & Interaction Design, Healthcare & Medical Design, Biotechnology & Synthetic Biology, Energy & Awareness, constantly challenging the boundaries between the designer and her audience.
Nassia is currently is in the MIT Media Lab working with Neri Oxman and the group Mediated Matter at the intersection of computational design, digital fabrication, materials science and synthetic biology and apply that knowledge to design across scales from the micro scale to the building scale. (Link)
Nassia originally trained as an Engineer at Oxford University where she obtained an MEng with first class honours. She continued her research in Control Engineering & Synthetic Biology post graduation, as an Oxford Engineering Dep. Research Associate and then immersed herself in the energy industry working as as a strategy consultant for 3 years. She delivered innovative interactive communication tools and designed strategy workshops for the largest international oil & gas and technology companies across all continents, to help her clients make high risk/high return investment decisions. She subsequently trained in Parsons School of Art Paris, Central Saint Martins London, Opus Deco (Innovative Furniture Design Studio), Adam Aaronson Glassblowing Studio and has worked alongside the renowned greek artist Pavlos Samios.
She focuses on Interaction design and design of haptic interfaces seeking to redefine our relationship with the digital and physical world and our interactions in its cross-section, working for and in response to commissions from large organisations such as Selfridges, Helen Hamlyn Centre of Design (RCA), Ultimaker, Seagate, Plumen and King's College London . She has also been awarded an Industrial Design bursary from the Royal Commission of 1851 to attend the Royal College of Art and Imperial College London as a Masters student of the Innovation Design Engineering course (MSc/MA).
As an active member of Makerversity (a thriving diverse design community in Somerset House London), Nassia strives for an 'antidisciplinary' approach. She believes that impact comes through collaboration and the ability to harness diverse disciplines, skills and attitudes into a unified creative effort. Driven by this view she is currently leading the effort for the establishment of a similar community in Athens: a think tank for the interaction between designers, artists, performers, philosophers, scientists, authors sheltered within a building in the historical centre of the city, Plaka.