7th International Workshop on the Design & Semantics of Form & Movement. 18-20 April 2012

Philip Beesley

Philip Beesley is a professor in the School of Architecture, University of Waterloo, an examiner University College London and is principal of the Toronto design collective PBAI. His work is widely cited as a pioneer in the rapidly expanding technology of responsive architecture and spans a diverse range of expressive media, from that of architecture to sculpture and installation. He has authored and edited eight books, three international proceedings and a number of catalogues, and appears on the cover of Artificial Life (MIT), LEONARDO and AD journals.

Philip Beeley was selected to represent Canada for the 2010 Venice Biennale for Architecture with the Hylozoic Ground project, demonstrating how buildings in the future might move, and even feel and think. This project features interactive kinetic systems that use dense arrays of microprocessors, sensors and actuator systems arranged within lightweight ‘textile’ structures exploring the potentials of emerging new technologies with digitally-fabricated components.

Distinctions include Prix de Rome in Architecture (Canada), VIDA 11.0, FEIDAD, Dora Mavor Moore and a number of Distinguished Performance awards from Waterloo. Beesley’s funding includes core CFI, SSHRC, NSERC and Canada Council for the Arts grants and he served as Dissemination Director for the NCE-funded Canadian Design Research Network. His service includes executive board member for ACADIA (Association for Computer-Aided Design in Architecture), and adjudicator for numerous grant programs.

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