Inventor Chuck Hoberman seamlessly fuses the disciplines of art, architecture and engineering. He demonstrates that objects which are foldable, retractable or shape-shifting have functional benefits: portability, instantaneous opening, and intelligent responsiveness to the built environment. His practice, Hoberman Associates, works on diverse projects, from consumer products to deployable shelters, space structures, and buildings. In 2008, Hoberman co-founded the – Adaptive Building Initiative – a joint venture with the global engineering firm Buro Happold dedicated to designing a new generation of buildings that optimize their configuration in real time by responding to environmental changes. Hoberman holds a bachelor’s degree in sculpture from Cooper Union and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Columbia University. He won the Chrysler Award for Innovation and Design in 1997 and has several dozen patents and patents pending for his inventions.