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]