Richard Beckett

Richard Beckett is a Lecturer in Architecture at the Bartlett School of Architecture at University College London. His research area focuses on BioAugmented Design – a body of ongoing research that explores new paradigms for architecture through a multidisciplinary approach utilising design, computation, microbiology and material science methodologies. 

This research is furthered through international collaborations with designers and scientists and explored through various platforms including funded research, PhD research, and teaching. The work questions what architecture should be in the age of the Anthropocene and considers how buildings and cities  – including their design, materials and construction, can be better integrated as a productive part of the biosphere. In opposition to the dead and inert approaches of our current urban fabric, it explores at the fundamental level how to design for and amalgamate living matter in to buildings as an approach to more sustainable, resilient and healthy strategies for the built environment. Operating in both the design studio and in the laboratory, a multitude of techniques are employed including Computational Design, Novel Fabrication Methods alongside Material Property Testing, Experimental Microbiology, DNA Sequencing and Environmental Monitoring.

 

 

Collaborators:

  • Dr Sean Nair : Reader in Cellular Microbiology, microbial diseases, Eastman Dental Institute, UCL.
  • Dr Carolina Ramirez-Figueroa : Lecturer, Design Products, Royal College of Art.
  • Dr Lena Ciric : Senior Lecturer, Dept of Civil, Environ & Geomatic Eng, UCL.
  • Dr David Thaler : Biozentrum – Center for Molecular Life Sciences, University of Basel.
  • Dr Jack Gilbert : Gilbert Lab, UC San Diego.
  • Dr Martyn Dade-Robertson : Reader in Architecture, Newcastle University.
  • BaumLeahy, London

 

BioAugmented Design integrates students of RC7 in the MArch Architectural Design programme. The cross-collaborative nature of the work allows RC7 students to work individually as designers and as part of greater teams that are exploring new ways to respond to the increasing environmental challenges in our cities.