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Lucy Bullivant

Lucy Bullivant PhD Hon FRIBA is a leading architecture curator, critic, author and consultant who investigates and evaluates innovative synergies in contemporary architecture and urban design between theory and practice across cultures. She is a Built Environment Expert for Design Council Cabe, London, and her book Masterplanning Futures (Routledge, 2012) won Book of the Year at the Urban Design Group Awards, 2014. In February 2013 founded Urbanista.org, a new webzine promoting liveable urbanism. Issue 3, Dwell in possibility, on the future of public housing in the UK, is published in late spring 2016. She works internationally with leading museums, galleries, cultural and educational institutions, publishers, corporate and non-profit bodies, and is Adjunct Professor in the history and theory of urban design, Syracuse University.

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 Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design, 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 and author 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 monitoring new developments in the Gulf Region, published as a special edition of Volume.

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 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 ArchMarathon, Milan, 2014, 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: Responsive Environments: architecture, art and design (V&A Contemporary, 2006), 4dspace: Interactive Architecture, 4dsocial: Interactive Design Environments (Guest Editor, AD, 2005, 2007), and 4d Hyper local: a cultural toolkit for the open source city (Guest Editor, AD) due out in 2017.

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