Sayjel Vijay Patel (b. 1986) is an award-winning, Canadian designer based in Dubai. Through the cross-pollination of different industries, institutions, and cities, his work can be described as the serendipitous interaction of emerging digital design and manufacturing technologies with creative domains, including: architecture, video games, electronic music, fashion, education, and entrepreneurship.
In 2018, he was appointed a founding faculty member and Assistant Professor at the Dubai Institute of Design and Innovation -- a new University dedicated to advancing design in future industries, established in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Parsons New School of Design. Previously, Patel held positions with the Singapore University of Technology and Design, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. Professionally, he has worked for several acclaimed architecture offices, including: Coop Himmelblau (Vienna), Kohn Pedersen Fox (New York), and Gensler (Los Angeles).
He is the co-founder of Digital Blue Foam Pte. Ltd, a Singapore-based software company which creates web-based design tools to address the challenges of sustainability and mass-urban migration in the building industry. Previously Sayjel was a Principal Investigator with the SUTD Digital Manufacturing and Design Centre, where he pioneered break-through research to develop new design methodologies and software for voxel-based multi-material design.
Patel publishes regularly and has lectured at numerous prestigious academic conferences in the field of computational design and creativity, including the Association for Computational Design in Architecture, Design Modelling Symposium, “Design Computing and Cognition”, and the “International Conference of Engineering Design”. His work has been exhibited internationally including venues such as Google I/O, Milan Design Faire, World Maker Faire, Nuit Blanche Toronto, Toronto Interior Design Show, Dubai Design Week, and the Baltic Triennial. In 2018, he was awarded the acclaimed Red-Dot Award for his work in multi-material 3D printing.
He holds a Masters of Architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and an Honours Bachelor of Architectural Studies from the University of Waterloo.