Imperial College London

Dr Marin Sawa

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Chemical Engineering

Research Associate







Sir Ernst Chain BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





I am a designer and researcher in the field of biodesign, continuing to contribute to the establishment of an emerging contemporary design practice that incorporates life - living organisms, living matter- into design strategies, aesthetics and functions often for ecological solutions (Myers 2012). My notable contributions include conceptual biotechnological installations ‘Algaerium’ (2010) and ‘Algaerium Bioprinter’ (2013) and my practice which demonstrates a co-inventor role of designer in scientific research (Sawa 2016).Please visit for further information.

My practice-based research explores the intersection of science and design. I have an interdisciplinary PhD in the intersection of design and algal biotechnology: my examiners were Rob Kessler, Professor of Art and Science, at Central Saint Martins, and Saul Purton, Professor of Biotechnology, at University College London. My research works have been internationally exhibited and published.

Prior to my research-based design career, I worked for a number of designers and architects in diverse capacities and have built up a portfolio ranging from fashion to web design to interior to architecture.



Sawa M, 2016, The laboratory life of a designer at the intersection with algal biotechnology, Arq-architectural Research Quarterly, Vol:20, ISSN:1359-1355, Pages:65-72


Myers W, Antonelli P, 2014, Bio Design Nature, Science, Creativity, Thames and Hudson, ISBN:9780500291504

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