Associate Professor Tierney’s research operates at the intersection of new media and the built environment by leveraging emergent technologies for the public benefit. During 2006, she was a doctoral researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Laboratory studying computational systems. Prior to teaching, Tierney worked as a practicing architect in San Francisco, where she founded tt_studio, an applied design intelligence group concerned with formulating new paradigms that merge research, innovation and practice. Tierney is the author of several publications including, Intelligent Infrastructure: Zipcars, Invisible Networks and Urban Transformation (2017), The Public Space of Social Media (2013), Abstract Space: Beneath the Media Surface (2007), co-editor of Network Practices: New Strategies for Architecture & Design (2007) and essays in Thresholds, AD: Architectural Design, and Leonardo: Journal of the International Society of Arts, Science and Technology. In addition to teaching, Tierney also directs the URL: Urban Research Lab (


Ph.D., DE: New Media, University of California Berkeley; 2009
M.Arch, University of California Berkeley
B.A., Landscape Architecture, University of California Berkeley
B.Arch, California College of Art; 2002