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Prof Bob Sheil
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Bartlett School of Architecture
140 Hampstead Road
London
Appointment
  • Professor of Architecture and Design through Production
  • The Bartlett School of Architecture
  • Faculty of the Built Environment
Role
Head of Department
Biography

Bob Sheil is an Architect, Director of The Bartlett School of Architecture, Professor in Architecture and Design through Production, and the School’s Director of Technology. He is a founding partner of sixteen*(makers), whose work in collaboration with Stahlbogen GmbH ‘55/02’ won a RIBA award for design in 2010, and also includes a ten year catalogue of experimental projects both internationally published and exhibited. He is an educator, critic, researcher, collaborator and practitioner, as well as an experimental designer who is fascinated by transgression between making, craft, and technology, in architectural design practice. He has played a leading role in the Schools significant acceleration of investment in digital technologies since he took over as Director of Technology in 2007, including founding the Digital Manufacturing Centre (2009) and later evolving it into the Bartlett Manufacturing and Design Exchange (B-MADE), which merges all workshop and laboratory resources of the School under one organization.

He is the author of multiple book chapters, refereed papers, and articles on design, making and technology. He has co-designed and built 6 significant artefacts/built works, and been internationally exhibited on 11 occasions. He has edited five books, including three issues of Architectural Design; ‘Design through Making’ (2005), ‘Protoarchitecture’ (2008), and the forthcoming ‘High Definition : Negotiating Zero Tolerance’ (2014), an AD Reader ‘Manufacturing the Bespoke’ published in 2012, and ‘55/02: A sixteen*(makers) Monograph’ (also 2012). In 2011, he Co-Chaired the highly acclaimed international conference 'FABRICATE' with Ruairi Glynn, for which he also co-edited the substantial parallel publication. FABRICATE has now become an internationally established conference brand, with the 2014 event hosted by ETH Zurich. A number of his lectures on design and making can be viewed online including his inaugural lecture “Design through Production” which has registered over 1000 plays.

He has recently founded The Protoarchitecture Lab at UCL where he is currently developing new strand of collaborative research between making, performance and 3D scanning, in collaboration with the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, SHUNT, and ScanLAB projects.

Research Summary

In the post digital age, as new tools have dissolved boundaries between the drawn and the made, how we design has become of equal importance to what we design. Both the role and skillset of the designer has been presented with an unprecedented opportunity to expand and diversify. His research is focused on experiments in the production of architecture where questions are developed through integrated acts of design, making and writing. His work explores the complex relationship between design and making, and in particular how this relationship affects and determines the architectural outcome. He defines this field as ‘Protoarchitecture’, a speculative approach to architectural production that seeks to create and hypothesize alternative and simultaneous approaches to making architecture, involving varied methodologies of design, and varied methodologies of making.

In collaboration with sixteen*(makers) and Stahlbogen GmbH, he won a design award from the RIBA in 2010 for the building ‘55/02’ in Kielder Northumberland. Since 2000, he has published multiple international papers on design research, and edited three issues of Architectural Design; ‘Design through Making’ (2005), and ‘Protoarchitecture’ (2008), and ‘High Definition’ (2014). In 2011 he Co-founded the triennial international conference FABRICATE at UCL with Ruairi Glynn, and in 2012, he published ‘Manufacturing the Bespoke’ an AD Reader on prototyping and making architecture in the digital age, and a monograph on 55/02.

Selected Publications

Sheil, R. (2014). High Definition: Zero Tolerance in Design and Production.  Architectural Design: London: John Wiley & Sons.

Sheil, R., Callicott, N., Ayres, P., & Sharpe, P. (2012). 55/02 A sixteen*(makers) Project Monograph. Toronto: Riverside Architectural Press.

Sheil, R. (2012). Manufacturing the Bespoke. London and New York: : John Wiley & Sons.

Sheil, R., & Glynn, R. (2011) FABRICATE - Making Digital Architecture (1st ed.). Toronto: Riverside Architectural Press.

Sheil, R. (2008). Protoarchitecture: Analogue and Digital Hybrids. Architectural Design: London: John Wiley & Sons.
Sheil, R. (2005). Design through Making. Architectural Design: London: John Wiley & Sons.

Teaching Summary

I have been teaching at the Bartlett since 1995 when sixteen*(makers) were appointed artists-in-residence in the School of Architecture’s workshops, later to be graded teaching fellows in design and making. In 2005 I was appointed Senior Lecturer in Architecture, and have been tutoring dedicated design units since 1997, firstly in BSc as Unit 6 with co-tutor Nick Callicott (1997-2003), then in MArch as Unit 23 with Graeme Williamson (2003-2007), and with Emmanuel Vercruysse and Kate Davies until 2014 when I took over as the School’s Director. My approach to teaching stems from workshop experimentation, physical and tactile engagement with the production of design, exposure to a broad field of evolving technologies and tooling, and a motive to challenge the expected norms of architectural practice and its disciplinary habits. The unit is distinguished by its dedication to learning by doing, and its critical approach to drawing as an iterative and cyclical process associated with instructions to make. As Director of Technology, I was awarded a £490k grant by UCL to set up an establish the Digital Manufacturing Centre at The Bartlett, the first such facility of its kind in any UK school. In 2011, I was awarded a similar sum which has led to founding the Bartlett Manufacturing and Design Exchange (B-MADE).

Appointments
01-JAN-2014 Director of School Bartlett School of Architecture UCL, United Kingdom
2013 EngD Internal Examiner   UCL, United Kingdom
2013 Chair of Frozen Relic & Other Absent Landscapes Symposium   Architectural Association, United Kingdom
2012 Wates House Refurb / Chair Workshop Consultation Group   UCL, United Kingdom
2012 Member Steering Committee   UCL Institute of Making/MakeSpace, United Kingdom
2012 Author ‘cMADE’ Report on Bartlett Workshop Future   UCL, United Kingdom
2012 Speaker at Bartlett Means Business Event   UCL, United Kingdom
2012 Professor in Architecture and Design through Production   University College London, United Kingdom
2011 Member of Bartlett/UCL academission to Chongqing, Changsha a   UCL, United Kingdom
2011 Acting Module Coordinator on Design Realisation   UCL, United Kingdom
2011 – 2011 Module Coordinator on Design Realisation   UCL, United Kingdom
2011 Chair Bartlett School of Architecture Technology Forum UCL, United Kingdom
2011 PhD Supervisor Bartlett School of Architecture University College London, United Kingdom
2010 Administrator Bartlett Leverhulme Student Mentorships UCL, United Kingdom
01-SEP-2009 Director of Technology & Computing The Bartlett School of Architecture UCL, United Kingdom
2009 Advisor and Research Coordinator FARO-UCL 3D scanning equipment loan (Valued at £100k) UCL, United Kingdom
2009 Director of Technology and Computing Bartlett School of Architecture University College London, United Kingdom
2009 – 2012 Enterprise Coordinator (Architecture School) Bartlett School of Architecture University College London, United Kingdom
01-SEP-2005 Senior Lecturer in Architecture The Bartlett School of Architecture UCL, United Kingdom
01-SEP-2005 – 31-AUG-2009 Director of Graduate Diploma/MArch in Architecture The Bartlett School of Architecture UCL, United Kingdom
2005 – 2009 Academic advisor to Digital Manufacturing Centre Digital Manufacturing Centre UCL, United Kingdom
2005 – 2009 Postgraduate Admissions Tutor   UCL, United Kingdom
2005 – 2009 Co-Coordinator Bartlett International Lecture Series UCL, United Kingdom
2005 – 2012 Senior Lecturer   University College London, United Kingdom
2005 – 2009 Director of Graduate Diploma/MArch in Architecture Bartlett School of Architecture University College London, United Kingdom
2004 – 2009 Administrator Administrator Bartlett Leverhulme Trust and RSH+P Bursaries UCL, United Kingdom
2004 – 2005 Project Manager Bartlett Web Information Systems UCL, United Kingdom
2003 – 2005 Instigator and Coordinator “Making Buildings”’ lecture series UCL, United Kingdom
2003 Tutor Diploma 23 Bartlett School of Architecture University College London, United Kingdom
2002 – 2005 Lecturer in Architecture (Grade B)   University College London, United Kingdom
2000 – 2004 Developer Bartlett Web Information Systems UCL, United Kingdom
2000 – 2009 BSc Admissions interviewer   UCL, United Kingdom
2000 – 2005 Faculty Webmaster / IS Developer Bartlett School of Architecture University College London, United Kingdom
2000 – 2004 Architecture Technology Coordinator Bartlett School of Architecture University College London, United Kingdom
2000 – 2004 Lecturer in 'Materials and Forming Techniques' Bartlett School of Architecture University College London, United Kingdom
01-SEP-1999 – 31-AUG-2005 Lecturer in Architecture The Bartlett School of Architecture UCL, United Kingdom
1999 – 2002 Lecturer in Architecture (Grade A)   University College London, United Kingdom
01-SEP-1997 – 31-AUG-1999 Teaching Fellow The Bartlett UCL, United Kingdom
1997 – 1999 College Teacher   University College London, United Kingdom
1997 – 2003 Tutor BSc Unit 6 Bartlett School of Architecture University College London, United Kingdom
1996 – 1996 Architectural Assistant (Part 3 experience)   David Quigley Architects, United Kingdom
01-SEP-1995 – 31-AUG-1997 Artist in Residence The Bartlett UCL, United Kingdom
1995 – 1997 Artist-in-Residence   University College London, United Kingdom
1995 – 2000 Workshop Supervisor and Tutor Bartlett School of Architecture University College London, United Kingdom
1994 Founding Partner   Sixteen Makers, United Kingdom
1993 Architectural Assistant   Morgan Gregorczyk Architects, United Kingdom
1991 – 1991 Job Runner   15th Century Tower (private), United Kingdom
1990 – 1992 Architectural Assistant   Jestico and Whiles Architects NW1, United Kingdom
1988 Architectural Assistant Sheppard   Epstein and Hunter Architects, United Kingdom
1988 – 1996 Architectural Assistant / Job Runner   Northington Street Group Practice, United Kingdom
1987 Job Runner   John Brunton Partnership, United Kingdom
1985 – 1987 Job Runner   Douglas Paskin Associates, United Kingdom
1985 Architectural Assistant   F.G. Frizzell and Partners EC1, United Kingdom
Academic Background
1994 DipArch Diploma of Architecture – Architecture University College London
1991 BSc Bachelor of Science – Architecture University College London
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