Machine Inspired Art is a design studio and fabrication workshop. We specialize in artwork and large scale installations for the hospitality and entertainment industries.
We are a boutique studio dedicated to giving personal attention to our clients in order for each project to receive focused investigation and thoughtful consideration. This process allows both our clients and us to receive a feeling of satisfaction when their idea is turned into reality. We thrive on one-on-one contact and this flexibility with our clients eliminates the need for an intermediary found in most corporate environments.
Our tag line – “You think it. We make it.” – sums up what we can do here at MIA. Constant experimentation and collaboration keeps our creativity flowing. Feel free to call us and set up an appointment, we love showing people our creations!Our Philosophy
Behn Samareh, Director:For the past 25 years, Behn has devoted his professional and academic life to the pursuit of meaningful ways of combining art and technology. Behn received a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from the University of Maryland. From there he went on to complete a Master’s Degree in Architecture at UCLA, where he also completed his academic journey and received a Ph.D. in Architecture with a focus on Design and Computation. Previously Behn co-founded Plasis Design, a multi-disciplinary design collective, and is currently the Director for Machine Inspired Art (MIA) Gallery and Studio. He is also an instructor of architecture studio at The California State University in Pomona.
Jamilah Haygood, Senior Architect:Jamilah grew up in Alaska and was raised by a single mom who left inner city Newark, New Jersey to give her daughter better opportunities. In 1992, after completing high school, Jamilah moved from Anchorage to New Haven, where she graduated from Yale University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture. Finally landing in Los Angeles, Jamilah earned her Master’s Degree in Architecture from UCLA and has been certified as a licensed architect in the State of California since 2007. She has worked on diverse project types that range from high-end residential to low-income housing and from gasoline service stations to commercial tenant improvements to quick serve restaurants.
Abraham Salgado, Production Assistant/Apprentice: Abraham assists with projects and in managing the shop.
Thomas Schaper, Branding/Graphics
Peter Won, Designer