The Material Art & Design (MAAD) Speakers' Committee are pleased to be presenting visual artist and architect, Philip Beesley, as our fall speaker on Wednesday, November 23 at 1:00 pm. The talk will be held in Rm. 230 at 100 McCaul St. with a reception to follow at 2:00 pm. Beesley's Toronto-based practice, Philip Beesley Architects Inc, collaborates internationally with artists, scientists, and engineers, and incorporates industrial design, digital prototyping, and mechatronics engineering in his array of hybrid projects. His recent multi-media installation Ocean, in collaboration with the H&M Garment Collecting Initiative, was a highlight of Nuit Blanche 2016.
Philip Beesley, MRAIC OAA RCA, is a practicing visual artist, architect, and Professor in Architecture at the University of Waterloo and Professor of Digital Design and Architecture & Urbanism at the European Graduate School.
He serves as the Director for the Living Architecture Systems Group, and as Director of Riverside Architectural Press. His Toronto-based practice Philip Beesley Architect Inc. operates in partnership with the Europe-based practice Pucher Seifert and the Waterloo-based Adaptive Systems Group, and in numerous other collaborations. The studio's methods incorporate industrial design, digital prototyping, and mechatronics engineering. Beesley frequently collaborates with artists, scientists and engineers. Recent projects include a series of hybrid fabrics developed with Atelier Iris Van Herpen, curiosity-based machine learning environments developed with Rob Gorbet and Dana Kulic of the Adaptive Systems Group, and the synthetic metabolisms developed with Rachel Armstrong of the University of Newcastle. His most recent collaboration with Iris Van Herpen has translated a shared sensibility for subtle materials, electricity, and chemistrly into a collection of highly complex and diverse textile and haute couture collections.
His research focuses on responsive and distributed architectural environments and interactive systems, flexible lightweight structures integrating kinetic functions, microprocessing, sensor and actuator systems, with particular focus on digital fabrication methods and sheet-material derivations.
Beesley has authored and edited sixteen books and proceedings, and has appeared on the cover of Artificial Life (MIT), LEONARDO and AD journals.
Features include national CBC News, Vogue, WIRED, and a series of TED talks. His work was selected to represent Canada at the 2010 Venice Biennale for Architecture, and has received distinctions including the Prix de Rome, VIDA 11.0, FEIDAD, Azure AZ, and Architizer A+.