sqrlonpaper - rachelle villalon

This site is a place for documenting research initiatives by Rachelle Villalon at MIT, exploring and inventing technologies for the built environment.


Master's Thesis (Reasonable Computing for Architectural Fabrication, 2008)

How To Make (Almost) Anything

The Nature of Mathematical Modeling

Mobile computing with georeferencing and computer vision


My Github



Rachelle Villalon is pursuing a Ph.D. in Computation at MIT, where she is a Presidential Fellow. She received a SMArchS degree in Computation at MIT in 2008, and received a B.Arch from Woodbury University in Los Angeles. While at MIT, she is also involved with technical consulting and entrepreneurship. Rachelle is also the Hackathon Chair for Hacking Arts 2016, a conference that focuses on entrepreneurship and innovation within the creative arts. Her work has been published and presented internationally at various architecture and computer science conferences. Rachelle did consulting at Gehry Technologies (architect, Frank Gehry's technology firm) and was the Digital Technology Manager at CO Architects, where she helped advance research and development in architecture and information technology. She has instructed on Computer Numerical Controlled machines as a Teaching Assistant, research plasma jet machining, as well as develop design software for digital fabrication at MIT. In 2005, she was the award recipient of the American Institute of Architects - American Architects Foundation, Woodbury University "Grand Critique" prize for outstanding cumulative works in architecture, and recipient of the Thesis Prize (2006). Rachelle's research focuses on applied machine learning, computer vision, and data analysis for architecture/engineering/construction.

Contact: rvill@mit.edu