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Mr Roberto Bottazzi
2.22
22 Gordon Street
London
WC1H 0QB
Appointment
  • Lecturer in Architecture
  • The Bartlett School of Architecture
  • Faculty of the Built Environment
Role
UCL Principal Supervisor,UCL Subsidiary Supervisor
Biography

Roberto Bottazzi is an architect, researcher, and educator based in London. He has studies at University of Florence, Italy and University of British Columbia, Canada before moving to London. His research analyses the impact of digital technologies on architecture and urbanism.

I have lectured and exhibited internationally including: UK, USA, China, Italy, and Portugal. He was Visiting Professor at the Politecnico of Milan and Visiting tutor at the Innovation Design Engineering [IDE] at the Royal College of Art.

I am Programme Director of the Master in Urban Design at the Bartlett School of Architecture. Previously I was design tutor and research coordinator at the Royal College of Art [2005-2015].

Research Themes
Research Summary

My research focuses on the impact of digital technologies on architecture and urbanism. This research has been developed through a number of related activities.

I have extensively published on this subject culminating with the publication of Digital Architecture Beyond Computers: Fragments of a Cultural History of Computational Design (Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2018). Writings on the history of digital design and the role that AI will play in the design process have published by Birkhauser and Wiley.

I have been lecturing and exhibiting internationally including: UK, USA, China, Italy, Austria, and Portugal. My design work has been exhibited at the Centre Pompidou [N2P2], at the Tulpenmanie Gallery in Milan [DatArchitecture],  at Site Unseen public art exhibition, Chattanooga, USA, 2012], [35 Degrees], Xiamen Cina [Xiamen City Energy Masterplan, With Chora, 2009], and Places Festival, Porto, Portugal [Molecular City, with T.Klein and T. Varoudis].

I have also been involved in several academic symposia either as an organiser or chair. Partcuallry I have been organising the BPro Prosepctive lecture series for the past three years in which international speakers have discussed the history anf theory of computational design.

Finally, I have been actively contributing to debate on architectural research by acting as reviewer for the following publishing companies: Wiley, Bloomsbury, Routledge, and Springer as well as contributing to The Architectural Review and Opere


Teaching Summary
I am the Programme Director of the Master in Urban Design a 12-month course investigating the future of urban environments and the impact that digital technologies will have on them.

I have beenVisiting Professor at the Politecnico of Milan [MIAW 2015: ‘Urban Data Lab’] and Visiting tutor at the Innovation Design Engineering [IDE] at the Royal College of Art.

Students’ works have been exhibited at the Royal Academy, New London Architecture – Building Centre, Christie, Architecture Foundation, V&A Museum, Honk Kong/Shenzhen Biennale, and Venice Biennale. 

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