Neri Oxman - Biography

Last Modified: Sep 28, 2022

Neri Oxman
Profession: Architect, Professor
Best Known For: Silk Pavilion, Ocean Pavilion, Synthetic Apiary (research)
Salary: Under Review
Net Worth: $1.5 million

Personal Details

Born on : February 6, 1976 (age 47)
Birth Name /
Full Name:
Neri Oxman
Birth Place: Haifa, Israel
Horoscope: Aquarius
Father's Name: Robert Oxman
Mother's Name: Rivka Oxman
Siblings: 1

Keren Oxman (sister)

High School: Hebrew Reali School
University: Technion – Israel Institute of Technology to study architecture, London Architectural Association School of Architecture, MIT
Ethnicity: Israeli
Nationality: American, Israeli


Sexual Orientation: Straight
Marital Status: Married
Married Date: January 19, 2019
Husband's Name: Bill Ackman

Osvaldo Golijov (2011-2015)

Children: 1

Raika Ackman (daughter)

Body Measurements

Height: 1.60 meter (5 feet 3 inch)
Weight: 53 kg (116.84 lb)
Hair Color: Black
Eye Color: Green
Shoe Size: N/A
Dress Size: 4 US
Breast Size: 34 inch
Waist Size: 25 inch
Hip Size: 35 inch
Bra Size: 34
Cup Size: A

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Who is Neri Oxman?

Neri Oxman is a designer and professor at the MIT Media Lab.

Neri Oxman – Age, Parents, Siblings

Neri Oxman was born on February 6, 1976, in Haifa, Israel to a Jewish family. Both her father Robert Oxman and mother Rivka Oxman worked as architects. Her parents raised her alongside her younger sister Keren Oxman who is now an artist. 

young Neri Oxman with her father (left) and mother (right) (Image: timesensitive)

Education, Ethnicity

As for education, she attended Hebrew Reali School, Haifa, and graduated from the same in 1994. She then moved to Jerusalem in 1997 and attended Hebrew University's Hadassah Medical School. 

But after two years she transferred to Technion – Israel Institute of Technology to study architecture. She then enrolled at the London Architectural Association School of Architecture and graduated in 2004.

Oxman was interested in earning a Ph.D. So, she moved to Boston to join the architecture Ph.D. program at MIT. In 2010 she was chosen to be an associate professor at MIT. 

Her ethnicity is Israeli.

Neri Oxman – Husband, Divorce, Boyfriend, Children

Neri Oxman was married to Argentine composer Osvaldo Golijov and had tied the knot in 2011. All the details of their marriage including wedding events and divorce are under wraps. As children, the couple never became parents to any child.

There were rumors that Neri Oxman and Brad Pitt had secretly started dating after they had met at MIT. He had attended one of her classes at MIT during an architecture project. They were often spotted together which had further fueled the romance rumors. Both the media and fans were obsessed with the rumored dating news. But it all turned out to be false. Reportedly, they are just friends.

Oxman is now married to Bill Ackman. The couple married on January 19, 2019. It was also revealed that she is actually pregnant with her husband's child and gave birth to their daughter named Raika Ackman in the spring of 2019.

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Neri Oxman – Career

Along with holding the post of associate professor at MIT, she is also the Sony Corporation Career Development Professor.

Over the course of an astounding academic career, Neri Oxman has had a series of accomplishments. She has published papers on parametric and contextual design while also founding the Mediated Matter research group, in which she serves as a director.

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Her work focuses on making use of different 3D printing techniques and her projects in the field include Imaginary Beings, a 3D printed body-sized wearable collection. For this, she has teamed up with fashion designer, Iris van Herpen, and materials engineer, Craig Carter to create Anthozoa.

Other notable projects of hers include Silk Pavilion, Ocean Pavilion, Synthetic Apiary, Wanderers, and Imaginary Beings. She has also created Rottlace, Vespers, etc.

Among all her designs, most media attention was gained by the Living Mushtari chest piece. It consisted of a liquid-filled synthetic digestive tract inhabited by a colony of photosynthetic bacteria and E. Coli.

Oxman has also appeared on the cover of Fast Company, Wired UK, ICON, and Surface magazine.

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Neri Oxman – Awards, Nominations

Neri Oxman has received several awards including Graham Foundation Carter Manny Award (2008), International Earth Awards for Future-Crucial Design (2008), HOLCIM Next Generation award for Sustainable Construction (2008), and METROPOLIS Next Generation (2009).

She was named Revolutionary Mind by SEED Magazine in 2008, Best and Brightest by Esquire magazine in 2009 and was also honored with the Vilcek Prize in Design, Carnegie’s Pride of America, and BSA Women in Design awards in 2014.

Source: Neri Oxman (Neri Oxman on the cover of Wired)

Neri Oxman – Net Worth, Salary

Her net worth is estimated to be around $1.5 million while details of her annual salary have not been publicly shared.

Neri Oxman – Instagram, Twitter, Facebook

On social media, Oxman is active on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook with thousands of followers. She also has an official website-

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