Brad Pitt 'spending time' with MIT professor and award-winning artist Neri Oxman

Brad Pitt may be taking romance clues from longtime pal George Clooney.

Pitt is reportedly "spending time" with Neri Oxman, an acclaimed MIT professor whose architectural designs and art installations have won more than a few awards, according to Page Six.

The two reportedly "hit it off" thanks to their shared interests in architecture, design and art. A source called it a "professional friendship," noting that Pitt was initially referred to the Israeli-American Oxman to collaborate on a personal project.

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Should a relationship with Oxman blossom, it would certainly be a change for Pitt, who's enjoyed a string of high-profile wives and girlfriends over the years, including Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Aniston and Gwyneth Paltrow. But it's possible that like Clooney, who wed rockstar human rights lawyer Amal in 2014, Pitt is now looking outside Hollywood for love.

"Their friendship has not turned into romance ... as both are cautious and this is, again, more of a professional friendship," the report continues, "but Brad is very interested in spending more time with Neri; she is fascinating."

Although a rep for Pitt declined to comment, a friend of his did acknowledge that Oxman is "very impressive."

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