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Photo of Nick Puckett
Nick Puckett
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.


The Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA, USA Master of Architecture Bachelor of Architecture, Cum Laude Honours Thesis: Sit Closer to the T.V. An Investigation of Architecture's role in the perception / deception of broadcast media. The Architectural Association, Design Research Lab, London, UK Master of Architecture Thesis: Heathrow.comm: Implementing spatial typologies of the internet through an intelligent, auxetic mesh.

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 Kinectic installation created from 300 individual hardware nodes running Conway's Game of Life simulation as a means of activating an inertia-based material system. Urban Algae Folly EXPO 2015, Milan Italy Developed in Collaboration with EcoLogic Studio, Urban Algae Folly is an interactive pavilion that links the movement of people to the growth patterns of algae embedded in custom ETFE panels. The system creates a dialogue between the environmental needs of the algae for oxygen production and the needs of the visitors for shade. Meta-Folly FRAC Centre, Orleans, France Developed in Collaboration with EcoLogic Studio, MetaFolly is the first interactive project commissioned by the FRAC Centre for their permanent collection. This interactive pavilion functions as a 'swarm instrument"whereby the movement visitor's movements affect the synchronization of hundreds of piezo elements that function as a hybrid system of material and electronic computation. MetaMatic Reloaded Museum, Tinguely, Basel, Switzerland Exhibited the Responsive Live-Streaming system as part of the MAI Prototype MAI Prototype Luminato Festival, Toronto, ON Exhibited the Responsive Live-Streaming system as part of the MAI Prototype MAI Extension Luminato Festival, Pearson International Airport, Toronto, ON. In conjunction with the exhibition of the MAI Prototype, an installation was created at Pearson Airport's Terminal 1 that allowed vistors to experience the Prototype via the Responsive Live-Streaming System. Magic Materials The Science Gallery, Dublin, Ireland Showed current research developing responsive polymer systems for design. Responsive Patterns University of Calgary, Calgary, Canada Exhibition of current work using Responsive Polymers as an intelligent building skin. CyberGarden v4 Copenhagen, Denmark Robotic Bacteria prototype exhibited as part of Smart Geometry 2011. CyberGarden v4 ACADIA 2011, Calgary, Canada Juried exhibition of works in conjunction with the ACADIA conference. Xiamen Energy Masterplan Model Post Fact: Visualizing Information, Monterrey, Mexico Exhibition of the Xiamen Energy Masterplan model developed with Chora.

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. BIBLIOGRAPHY 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.