Shai Yeshayahu |yəˈSH-ä-yə-ho͞o|, is the co-founder of VerS +, an international research and design practice responsive to how ancient, emerging, and local knowledge and data informs making. The collaborative has designed, fabricated and mounted several complex installations, curated exhibitions, and completed commissioned architectural projects. Shai holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture Technology (BSAT) from New York Institute of Technology and a MArch from Ohio State University, Knowlton School of Architecture
Before his appointment at RSID Shai held an Assistant Professor position and the coordination responsibilities for the development and implementation of an Interdisciplinary Foundation Curriculum at UNLV School of Architecture. Before arriving at UNLV, he held a tenured position at SIUC where he founded and directed the Digital Fabrication Lab, df_Lab, and was leading an initiative to implement a digital culture across the university’s curriculum. The df_lab role was to act as a catalyst for applied interdisciplinary research and immersive learning opportunities in the area of digital fabrication. Its goal was to serve as a conduit between students, design professionals, and community stakeholders. Additionally, the Lab supported curricular components related to real time experimentation and rigorous examination of the logic behind design and making.
Shai’s creative scholarly work aims to develop an educational platform in which analog and digital technologies such as; software, hardware, and tools are inclusive to the Design studio’s Curriculum. Hence, by prioritizing experience-based learning over project-based ones, technology, then, serves as a gateway for applied interdisciplinary research and immersive learning opportunities in the area of Design and Making. In parallel to this, his other interests are driven by the curiosity to explore spatial experiences that are evoked by atmospheric conditions and embody a sentient quality. To that end this mind set recognizes that there are optimal and non-optimal terrains in which our environment can co-exist with human structures; it strives to intervene with critical reflection and design so that they enhance one another both vitally and aesthetically.