This lecture will take place in Fine Arts 015.
Philip Beesley’s (FRAIC OAA RCA, visual artist, architect) research focuses on next-generation architecture that asks fundamental questions: can architecture feel, and care? Can new digital fabrication, artificial intelligence, and synthetic biology combine in architecture that comes close to life itself? Beesley’s practice includes multiple crafts of architecture, sculpture, industrial design, instrument making, and mechatronics. He often collaborates with artists, including couture designer Iris van Herpen and futurist Rachel Armstrong. He is a Professor at the University of Waterloo and European Graduate School, and serves as the Director for the 40-partner Living Architecture Systems Group and Riverside Architectural Press. He has authored and edited sixteen books and proceedings, and has appeared on the cover of Artificial Life (MIT), LEONARDO and AD journals. Features include Vogue, WIRED, and a series of TED talks. His work has received multiple distinctions, and was selected to represent Canada at the 2010 Venice Biennale for Architecture.