Tyler is a CG artist, architectural designer, fabricator, and photographer. His work interests delve into assembly systems, advanced fabrication and construction techniques, computer graphics, emerging material technologies, and simulation. He studied architecture, art, and design computation at Washington University in St. Louis and MIT.

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Tyler Crain

tylercrain.arch [at] gmail.com

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MIT School of Architecture + Planning
Master's of Architecture

Washington University in St. Louis - Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts
Bachelor of Arts in Architecture

Minor in Art


AiFi Inc
Product Design Engineer
January 2018-Present
Santa Clara, CA

  • Project Management
  • New product concepts
  • Deep learning training data production for computer vision applications

Architectural Computer Graphics Professional
June 2013-April 2017
New York, NY

  • Headed development of spherical imagery and animation web interface technology (Javascript, HTML, XML)
  • Marketing images for One Bennett Park in Chicago with Related and Robert A.M. Stern Architects
  • Marketing images for Monad Terrace project in Miami with JDS Development and Jean Nouvel Architects
  • Managed marketing image production and directed photography shoots for 'The Getty' with Peter Marino and Shvo Development. Located at 24th and 10th Ave. in Manhattan
  • Developed custom Javascript tools using Adobe Extendscript that integrate compositing workflow between 3DS Max and After Effects. Estimated to save users multiple hours on each project, resulting in hundreds of hours of gains annually.
  • Designed document for procuring digital and physical asset collection for project initialization
  • Assisted in the research and development of new virtual reality workflows for commercial use
  • Served as in-house backplate photographer for projects with construction sites in New York City. Also shot spherical HDRIs for image-based lighting.
  • Backplate photography and custom modeling for 625 West 57th (BIG Architects)
  • Modeling, texturing, lighting, and post-production for The Flynn branding campaign images
  • 3d modeling for most scenes in 626 1st Avenue, NYC (SHoP Architects & JDS Development Group) marketing campaign
  • Modeling and texturing of 224 Mulberry St. (Flank Architecture & Development)
  • Modeling and texturing of 180 Avenue of the Americas (BKSK Architects)
  • Modeling of 540 West 49th St. (Perkins Eastman)

MIT Self-Assembly Lab
Research Assistant
January-June 2014
Cambridge, MA

  • Collaborated on projects for prototyping novel fabrication and architectural assembly methods based on the concept of material computation and self-assembling parts. Worked with Skylar Tibbits and several fellow graduate and undergraduate students in architecture and engineering
  • Directed Fluid Lattices project in conceptual phase to develop small, 3-dimensionally packable lattice structures that can form structural aggregates in fluids with random, fluctuating currents.
  • Worked with Skylar Tibbits and PhD students at Stuttgart University’s Institute for Computational Design program to develop the Aero Aggregates project in concept stages. The project consists of small units that assemble themselves via randomized air currents in a contained space.

MIT School of Architecture + Planning
Fabrication Assistant
June 2012-June 2013
Cambridge, MA

  • Monitoring shop facilities, assistance with 3-axis CNC milling, 3D printing, waterjet cutting, laser cutting, toolpathing and file preparation, furniture fabrication, etc.
  • Fabricated seven workbenches for the woodshop and digital fabrication lab at the School of Architecture + Planning
  • Maintained safe operation of two shop facilities on all equipment
  • Routine machine and shop maintenance and logistics

Ball-Nogues Studio
Art Studio Intern
October 2010-Feb. 2011
Los Angeles, CA

Architectural Intern
July-October 2010
St. Louis, MO

Architectural Intern
May-August 2011
Los Angeles, CA

  • Assisted in design of nine floors of Gwangju digital media production center, housing server centers, audio production studios and a small theater
  • Parametric modeling and exploration for in-house research and development on haptic modeling interface and sensory input
  • Concept presentation drawings

Contract Design, Visualization, Fabrication, Web, and Art
St. Louis, Los Angeles, New York, Florence, & Boston

  • Website design for Royalty Compliance Organization
  • Architectural visualization for Gensler, Texas Medical Center, Selgascano, Rafal Zeilinski
  • Design/illustration
  • Fine art photography sold to private collections
  • Set building for award-nominated Death Cab for Cutie music video
  • Fabrication work for 'Objects by Architects' exhibition at MIT, curated by Sarah Hirschman
  • Patent drawings for various product designs

Awards & Press

Technical Expertise

  • Rosemary Danehy Grimshaw Award for Thesis Proposal
  • Marvin E. Goody Award for Thesis Proposal
  • Architectural visualizations published in New York Times, Curbed NYC, New York Yimby, USA Today, architects' websites, clients' websites, marketing agency websites, etc.
  • Thesis project displayed in MIT I.D.C. at DA League conference on MIT Campus
  • Published photography in Mark Magazine, American Photo on Campus magazine, Ball-Nogues website, Boston.com, MIT SA+P website, The Maneater Newspaper, etc.
  • Winner of MIT SA+P pavilion design competition with Dave Miranowski, Chris Mackey, and Brian Hoffer
  • Interview with MIT's The Tech newspaper on Kerf project. 
  • 'Tunable House' project documented for MIT archive
  • Honorable mention prize in Incheon, Korea urban design competition with Axi:Ome
  • Set construction collaboration nominated for 2011 MTV video music awards for best art direction 
  • Widmann Award nominee for most outstanding graduating architecture student at Washington University in St. Louis


software + programming

  • Illustrator
  • InDesign
  • Photoshop
  • After Effects
  • Microsoft Office
  • Rhinoceros
  • Grasshopper
  • 3DS Max
  • Unreal
  • Forest Pack
  • Vray
  • Railclone
  • MasterCAM
  • OMAX waterjet
  • AutoCAD
  • 3D Printing
  • Realflow
  • WUFI
  • MultiFrame
  • Python
  • Extendscript
  • Javascript
  • HTML & CSS
  • Revit
  • Mudbox
  • Z-Brush
  • ArcGIS


  • waterjet cutting (OMAX)
  • laser-cutting
  • 3-axis CNC milling
  • 3D printing (Makerbot, Formlabs, Zcorp, Dimension)
  • SLR Photography (digital, gum bichromate, silver gelatin, infrared)
  • standard woodworking tools
  • molding/casting
  • Arduino
  • hand drafting