Sheila Kennedy is an American architect, innovator and educator. She is a Professor of Architecture at MIT and a founding Principal of KVA Matx, an interdisciplinary practice widely recognized for innovation in architecture, material research, and the design of soft infrastructure for emerging public needs. Kennedy received the 2014 Innovator Award from Architectural Record and is the 2015 recipient of the Rupp Prize and the 2016 Lemulson Foundation grant for Green Innovation. Sheila directs KVA’s material research division Matx, which works with business leaders, cultural institutions and public agencies to design resilient ‘soft’ infrastructure for networked cities and urbanizing global regions. Her design work has been widely published, and has been exhibited at the United States Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, at MoMA, the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, the International Rotterdam Biennial, the Vitra Design Museum, and the TED conference in California.