Photo of Nick Puckett
Photo of Nick Puckett
Nick Puckett
Chair, Associate Professor
Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Graduate Studies

Area(s) of Expertise

Responsive Architecture, Smart Materials, Digital Fabrication


Nick Puckett is focused on creating dynamic links between software, robotics, biological agents, chemical engineering, and material behaviour that generate new potentials for the design of intelligent environments. He has previously taught at institutions including The University of Kentucky, SCI-Arc, The Architectural Association, The University of Westminster, and The Royal College of Art.


M.Arch The Architectural Association, Design Research Lab, London, UK 

B.Arch The Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA, USA 

Professional Experience

AltN Research + Design Founder/Director Design practice that develops interactive installations both independently and in collaboration with designers, architects, and artists. The work has been published and exhibited internationally. Zaha Hadid Architects Advanced Tech. and Research Group, London, UK Performed a dual role in the practice as an architect and as a developer of custom computational tools.

Selected Exhibitions

Pulse v1,   Re-Living the City 2015 Hong Kong "Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism & Architecture, Shenzhen China

Urban Algae Folly,    EXPO 2015, Milan Italy Developed in Collaboration with EcoLogic Studio, 

Meta-Folly,   FRAC Centre, Orleans, France Developed in Collaboration with EcoLogic Studio

MetaMatic Reloaded,    Museum, Tinguely, Basel, Switzerland 

MAI Prototype,   Luminato Festival, Toronto, ON 

Heat-Responsive Polymer, Magic Materials The Science Gallery, Dublin, Ireland

Responsive Patterns, Kasian Gallery University of Calgary, Calgary, Canada

CyberGarden v4,  Copenhagen, Denmark

CyberGarden v4 ACADIA 2011, Banff, Canada

Xiamen Energy Masterplan Mode, l Post Fact: Visualizing Information, Monterrey, Mexico 

Selected Publications

If Material is the New Software, then How do I Write it? Paradigms in Computing: Making, Machines, and Models for Design Agency in Architecture Evolo, New York, USA Editors: Dr. David Jason Gerber & Mariana Iba–ez

Designing Intelligence: DIY Robotics for Responsive Environments (Book Chapter) Inside Smart Geometry, Wiley, London, UK Book Chapter presents the role of DIY in the rapid development of robotics in architecture over the past 10 years.

The CyberGarden Self-published eBook Coauthored with Claudia Pasquero and Marco Poletto This book documents the design and production of CyberGarden v4, a self-regulating shading system that uses embedded robotics structures to cultivate active bacteria components. CyberGarden V4.

Proceedings of the 2011 ACADIA Conference Coauthored with Claudia Pasquero and Marco Poletto Article documenting the design and production of the CyberGarden v4 robotic bacteria prototype.

Material Animation: A New Interface to Custom Fabrication –FABRICATE: Making Digital Architecture–. Riverside Architectural Press, Cambridge, Ontario, Canada Chapter presenting work from AltN Research that proposes a framework for developing custom fabrication equipment as a system of physical animation.

Explorations of Agent-Based Simulations for Architectural Design Proceedings of the Symposium on Simulation for Architecture and Urban Design, ACM Library Presents research on using Massive Prime as an agent-based, digital construction tool.


EcoLogicStudio Transforms Cladding System Into a Bioreactor, Ben Hobson

Urban Algae Folly, Federico Collela PLOT Futuristic Urban Algae Folly grows food, fuel and shade.,

Tafline Laylin Urban Algae Folly,

Marcos Cruz Will Buildings of the Future be Cloaked in Algae?,

Emily Matchar

Heat Responsive Wearables Using Polymer, Kate Hartman Make: Wearable Electronics Cooperative Design,

Zoe Ryan Hyperlinks, Yale University Press, Cambridge Review of the RoboFold robotic folding system for Laarman lab. Energie-Inkubator Tempelhof: Postfossile Infrastruken

Arch +, 196/197 Article documents the Xiamen Energy Masterplan Model as part of a special issue.

Young Punks, Tom Verebes DRL Ten: A Design Research Compendium, Architectural Association Press Section of the book that highlights the work of 20 graduates of the AADRL.