Artist and designer Andrea Brennen works at MIT, where she helps engineers tell better stories about the technology they develop. Andrea collaborates with researchers studying communication networks to develop illustrations, visualization tools, and multi-media demonstrations that help sponsors, government officials, and the general public to understand relevant emerging technologies.

Andrea is interested in the intersection between science and design – specifically, how scientists and designers produce knowledge and how they can collaborate to push the boundaries of both disciplines. Her work has been exhibited at the Venice Biennale, the Rotterdam Biennale, the Sao Paolo Biennale, the Canadian Center for Architecture, and published internationally.

Andrea received her M.Arch in Architectural Design from MIT in 2009. Her thesis – a building system for Antarctica's extreme climate and geopolitical context – deals with how environmental issues are changing the practice of architecture, in part, by encouraging the use of scientific rhetoric as justification for design decisions. Also at MIT, Andrea was involved in the creation of OUA, the “Office for Unsolicited Architecture,” a concept that advocates ways in which designers can seek out new territories for design intervention and engage in more pro-active forms of practice.

Prior to MIT, Andrea received degrees in mathematics and visual arts from Grinnell College. These days, she spends nearly all of her free time rock climbing.