BiographyLucy Bullivant is an architecture and design curator, critic, award-winning author and advisor based in London. In 2010 she was elected an Honorary Fellow of RIBA. In July 2013 she became Adjunct Professor, history and theory of urban design, Syracuse University in London. Through her international exhibitions, conferences and publishing projects, public speaking and consultancy work she has consistently advocated higher design standards and experimental multidisciplinary strategies to help counter the negative effects of globalisation. In Feb 2013 she launched Urbanista.org, her webzine on urban design. Many exhibition and conferences have been realised as a result of her fundraising.
A cultural historian with a Master's degree from the Royal College of Art, who submitted her PhD by Prior Output to London Metropolitan University (Sir John Cass Institute of Art, Architecture and Design) in November 2014, she worked as an art curator and director of open art exhibitions before launching her own company, Lucy Bullivant & Associates, in the mid-80s, working internationally with leading museums, galleries, cultural institutions, publishers and corporate bodies. Lucy’s roles have included Heinz Curator of Architectural Programmes at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, Guest Curator for Vitra Design Museum, Germany, Curator and British Commissioner at the XIX Triennale di Milano, and curator of several conferences at venues in London including Tate Modern, ICA, RIBA and the Royal College of Art. She is a Co-President of the ArchMarathon B2B architectural competition. Milan, 2014-; and a member of the Scientific Committee of the Institut pour la Ville en Mouvement PSA Peugeot Citroen, Paris, and of the Acquisitions Committee of the FRAC, Orléans, France. She was Renaissance Advocate to Yorkshire Forward (Renaissance Cities and Towns; 2007-10) and a member of the Quality Review Panel, London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC, 2012-3).
Lucy is in demand internationally as a guest lecturer and chair of events for bodies including the V&A (Talking Architecture series, 2009-), ETH Zurich; IAAC and FAD, Barcelona; AIA NY Center for Architecture; NYU Gallatin; UCLA, Los Angeles; Tate Modern; Swedish and Malaysian Institutes of Architecture; Barbican Art Gallery, London; the British Council and Strelka Institute, Moscow. Her successful, ground-breaking exhibitions, conferences and talks feature exceptional international practitioners from a range of disciplines. They focus on architecture's role as a social art - its adaptivity and alternative models; inclusive environments in and beyond the Western world. Many of her exhibitions have toured globally including Space Invaders (British Council), and Kid size: the material world of childhood (Vitra Design Museum). Her latest curatorial project is Urbanistas: women innovators in architecture, urban and landscape design for Roca London Gallery (March-June 2015). She has staged and chaired many conferences including Softspace (Tate Modern, 2007), Anglo Files: UK architecture’s rising generation (RIBA, 2005), Home Front, on new housing design (Architectural Association, London, 2003), 4dspace (ICA, 2003; AA, 2005), Spaced Out III (ICA, 1997) and Archis talks (RIBA, AA, the Bartlett, Photographers’ Gallery, 1998-2001), and curated events for Limewharf, London (2013-14).
Lucy is a widely respected and internationally read author and critic in the fields of architecture and urban design investigating emergent modes of practice and their social effects. Her books include Masterplanning Futures, on adaptive planning in the 21st century, supported by CABE (Routledge, 2012), which won Book of the Year at the Urban Design Awards 2014; New Arcadians: emerging UK architects (Merrell, 2012); Anglo Files: UK architecture’s rising generation, an analysis of young UK architects and their cultural and political context (Thames & Hudson, Princeton Architectural Press, DVA, 2005). Her publications Responsive Environments: architecture, art and design (V&AContemporary, 2006), 4dsocial and 4dspace (AD/Wiley, 2005, 2007) were the first of their kind to investigate the impact of interactive architecture and design, followed in 2017 by 4d Hyper-local: a cultural toolkit of the open source city (AD/Wiley). Her latest book, Recoded City: Co-creating Urban Futures, on participatory placemaking, with Thomas Ermacora (Routledge, June 2015).
Lucy contributes to The Plan, Domus, Volume, Indesign, A+D+M, a+u (from 2005 her features charted the relationship between urban design and landscape architecture) and Harvard Design Magazine, and has written many essays for exhibition catalogues and books including ‘No More Tabula Rasa: Progressive Architecture Practices in England’, The New Architectural Pragmatism, A Harvard Design Magazine Reader, 5, 2007 (ed. William S. Saunders; essays by Kenneth Frampton, Alejandro Zaera-Polo, Stan Allen, Hal Foster et al), University of Minnesota Press. [Bio date: March 2015]
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Relationships between architecture, design and societies, encompassing 20th century-contemporary architecture, urban and landscape design, interactive architecture and design/hyper-local, social smart cities, from masterplanning to adaptive planning, participatory placemaking.
All of the above, politics, sociology, human rights, psychology, geography, visual arts, museums & galleries, film, theatre, photography, online cultural platforms.
By: Lucy Georgina Bullivant
Subjects: Built Environment
Urbanistas: the women changing the design of our cities today
New exhibition at Roca London Gallery, London
6 March – 27 June 2015
Urbanistas: women innovators in architecture, urban and landscape design, showcases the ideas of some of the finest women practitioners based in, or working in, the UK today. Each is a role model for their peers and those entering the profession, showing incredible ingenuity and resourcefulness as they tackle societal needs through their designs for urban living.
The five exhibitors are Irena Bauman, co-founder of Bauman Lyons Architects, Leeds; Alison Brooks, founder, Alison Brooks Architects, London; Alessandra Cianchetta, co-founder of AWP, Paris; Liza Fior and Katherine Clarke, co-founders of Muf Architecture + Art, London; and Johanna Gibbons, co-founder, J&L Gibbons, London. With projects completed and ongoing for sustainable urban and suburban mixed-use developments, a variety of housing types (including live-work), landscape architecture and masterplanning frameworks, the Urbanistas represent the highest standards of cohesive design.
The exhibition complements Roca’s focus on creativity and sustainability, manifest both in its long commitment to working with the world’s leading architects – from Herzog & de Meuron and Zaha Hadid to Rafael and Belen Moneo and David Chipperfield – and in its environmental policies. Roca London Gallery Manager Eva Woode explains the relevance of Urbanistas to the company’s sustainability agenda: “We wanted to highlight the contribution that women are making to urban design, through sustainable and livable examples, because we believe that cities should be developed by city users – and that emphatically means both genders. As an extension of this, we are founder sponsors of the AJ Women in Architecture Awards, which celebrate excellence in design and thought leadership and promote role models for aspiring architects and young women in practice.” Now in their fourth year, the 2015 AJ Women in Architecture Awards will be announced on 27 February.
Urbanistas curator Lucy Bullivant says: “This is a particularly exciting time to be looking closely at urban design and those marshalling ground-breaking projects in the field, as the pressure to generate long-term sustainable and socially responsible solutions increases. Although there has been a lot of discussion recently about the value and viability of ‘garden cities’, a concept dating back to the end of the 19th century, Urbanistas shows that re-evaluating existing neighbourhoods is more important to today’s urban design and liveability agenda, and of course far more sustainable in terms of future-proofing spaces to help support people’s lives in the 21st century.”
Exhibition highlights include: Alison Brooks’ innovative reinterpretation of the archetypal London garden suburb, Barnet, compact live-work housing, Harlow, and variations on the Bath Crescent housing typology on a former industrial site; Irena Bauman’s versatile retrofitting strategies with the community in Dewsbury and Holbeck, Leeds; multi-scalar urban design by Alessandra Cianchetta at AWP – from long-term strategic planning to detailed retrofitting work, at La Défense, Paris, regenerating 100,000m2 of unused space for public use; Muf’s inspired integrative regenerative strategies, identifying and nurturing the community assets of areas such as Dalston, east London; and Johanna Gibbons’ vision of the city as a conceptual landscape.
Exhibition designers, the architectural firm Feix & Merlin, described their approach: "We designed a family of five objects, each individually adaptable to the selected exhibits, as a series of geometrically folded ribbons that echo the nature of the exhibition as well as respond to the interior design of Roca London Gallery itself.”
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Notes to editors:
Two public evening talks on 16 and 30 April 2015 will feature the exhibitors and the curator in debate about topical issues and challenges faced by cities today and the role contemporary architecture and urban design can play in their sustainable futures. Please check for programme updates on www.rocalondongallery.com
Roca London Gallery
Roca Galleries are part of Roca’s international strategy to express the brand values of design, innovation, sustainability and well-being. They also convey a desire to maintain an ongoing dialogue with society and professionals who share an interest in shaping the future of bathroom spaces. The various Roca Galleries in Barcelona, Madrid, Lisbon, Shanghai and London are a vehicle for expressing this desire, while providing a meeting place and area for interior decorators, designers and architects worldwide.
First opened in October 2011, the Roca London Gallery is the result of a cooperative effort with Zaha Hadid Architects. The Roca London Gallery is a functional and flexible area where the Roca product showroom shares its space naturally with exhibitions, presentations, professional meetings and events relating to design, architecture and sustainability.
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Roca is a company specializing in the design, production and marketing of products for bathroom spaces as well as ceramic floorings and wall coverings used in architecture, construction and interior design. The firm has more than 21,100 employees and 76 production plants and is present in more than 135 countries around the world.
Roca, world leader in the definition of bathroom spaces, collaborates with highly prestigious designers, architects and interior designers such as Rafael Moneo, David Chipperfield, Zaha Hadid, Herzog & de Meuron, Schmidt & Lackner, and Javier Mariscal, among others. Additionally, it works incessantly to develop and promote initiatives that aid environmental conservation. Roca’s commitment has led to ongoing developments in new products focused on water conservation.
Lucy Bullivant, curator, Urbanistas: women innovators in architecture, urban and landscape design
Lucy Bullivant 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 works internationally with leading museums, galleries, cultural and educational institutions, publishers, corporate and non-profit bodies, and in February 2013 founded Urbanista.org, a new webzine of critical analysis of urban design.
She is Adjunct Professor in the history and theory of urban design, Syracuse University in London, and her book Masterplanning Futures (Routledge, 2012) won Book of the Year at the Urban Design Group Awards, 2014. In May 2015 her new book, Recoded City: Co-Creating Urban Futures, (Routledge), with Thomas Ermacora, is published.
Feix&Merlin Architects is a boutique architecture studio based in London and Sao Paulo, co-founded by Julia Feix and Tarek Merlin in 2006. Since its creation Feix&Merlin have consistently produced work that is magical and full of mystery, trying to keep an emphasis on work that is progressive, unusual and whimsical. Their first built project, ‘Eyes Wide sHut’, a beach hut on the east coast of England, completed in 2007, sought to create a new interest in the traditional UK holiday destination. Since then they have worked for some of the UK’s leading developers such as Argent, Igloo and Urban Splash; educational institutions such as the London School of Economics; retail brands like Ferrari; London property estates including Shaftesbury and Crown Estates, as well as a number of other exciting projects for private residential clients.
Feix&Merlin were finalists for the Young Architect of the Year award in 2008 and nominated for the LEAF Awards 2009.