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Lucy Bullivant

Lucy Bullivant PhD Hon FRIBA is a leading architecture curator, a place vision strategist, award-winning author and consultant who investigates and evaluates innovative synergies in contemporary architecture and urban design between theory and practice across cultures. Through her consultancy, Lucy Bullivant & Associates, she works internationally with museums, galleries, cultural and educational institutions, local authorities, publishers, corporate and non-profit bodies, engaging suitably qualified subcontractors as needed to achieve project goals.

She provides extensive specialist guidance to clients nationally through her work as a Built Environment Expert (Design Council), as a member of the Brent Council Design Review Panel, Enfield Place and Design Quality Panel and the Yorkshire Design Review Service, and formerly as a member of the London Legacy Development Corporation Quality Review Panel (2012-13).

Her book Masterplanning Futures (Routledge, 2012) won Book of the Year at the Urban Design Group Awards, 2014. In 2013 she founded, a new webzine promoting liveable urbanism. She works internationally with museums, galleries, cultural and educational institutions, local authorities, publishers, corporate and non-profit bodies.

As a result of Lucy's conceptual planning and fundraising work, many speculative international exhibition, conference and publishing projects have been realised. A cultural historian with a PhD in adaptive planning tools and processes from the Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design, London Metropolitan University, she began her professional activities working as an art curator and director of open art exhibitions, and in the early 1990s became Heinz Curator of Architectural Programmes at the Royal Academy of Arts, London.

Lucy has curated a wide range of ground-breaking and successful exhibitions - some global touring projects such as Remake – We Make: frameworks for social and cultural exchange, for the Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture Shenzhen 2015-6, and Urbanistas: women innovators in architecture, urban and landscape design for Roca London Gallery, and Space Invaders, for the British Council, London, and Kid size: the material world of childhood, for Vitra Design Museum, Germany - conferences and talks including Softspace, 4dspace, Spaced Out III, the Archis series and Shared Territories. Featuring exceptional practitioners from a range of disciplines, her exhibitions and conferences deal with topics including architecture's role as a social art, models of best practice in the emerging field of responsive environments, new design strategies for housing, the design of children's environments within and beyond the Western world.

Lucy is a widely respected and internationally read critic in the field of architecture and urban design, a contributor to The Guardian, and to Domus, Volume and Indesign, some of the world's most authoritative international architectural magazines. She has also written for Al Manakh, published as a special edition of Volume monitoring new developments in the Gulf Region.

Lucy advocates higher design standards and experimental multidisciplinary strategies countering the negative effects of globalisation, and lectures and chairs events internationally on these issues. She has recently given guest lectures at the University of Tampere; Qatar University; Syracuse University; Cooper Union and NYIT, NYC; the AIA New York Center for Architecture; Gerald D. Hines School of Architecture, University of Houston; ETH Zurich; the Strelka Institute, Moscow (see the video here); Architectural Association; University of Rome; Westminster University; South Bank University; Royal College of Art and Plymouth University.

Lucy regularly judges architectural competitions including AJ Architecture Awards (2017 and 2018), ArchMarathon, Milan, 2014/16, RIBA London Awards (2010), the Emirates Glass LEAF Awards (2013, acting as Chair of the judging panel, 2012 and 2011, a year in which she was also compere of the evening Awards presentation), Outside the Box: Low and High Technologies for Emergencies, 2011 (Contamina), and City Sense: shaping our environment with real-time data (IAAC, 2011). She also works as a specialist architectural expert witness in planning appeals.

Lucy's award-winning book, Masterplanning Futures (Routledge, 2012) is a global analysis of the ideals and processes of contemporary adaptive planning. Recoded City: Co-creating urban futures, on participatory placemaking visions into action globally, co-authored with Thomas Ermacora, was published by Routledge in December 2015. Her other books include New Arcadians: emerging UK architects (Merrell, 2012), and Anglo Files, her extensive analysis of young UK architects and their cultural and political context, Thames & Hudson, Princeton Architectural Press and DVA (in a German edition), 2005. A complementary strand of Lucy's work explores the hybrid discipline of interactive architecture and design, and is represented by four publications: 4d Hyperlocal: a cultural toolkit for the open source city (Guest Editor, AD, Wiley, 2017); Responsive Environments: architecture, art and design (V&A Contemporary, 2006); 4dspace: Interactive Architecture and 4dsocial: Interactive Design Environments (Guest Editor, AD, 2005, 2007).

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