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Prof Bob Sheil
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Wates House, Bartlett School of Architecture
London
WC1H 0QB
Appointment
  • Professor of Architecture and Design through Production
  • The Bartlett School of Architecture
  • The Bartlett School
  • Faculty of the Built Environment
Role
Head of Department
 
 
Biography


Bob Sheil is an Architect, Professor in Architecture and Design through Production, and Director of Technology at The Bartlett School of Architecture, where he also runs MArch Unit 23 with Emmanuel Vercruysse and Kate Davies. 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. As Director of Technology he has been responsible for the Schools significant acceleration of investment in digital technologies, which led to the establishment of the Digital Manufacturing Centre (2009) and more recently, the Bartlett Manufacturing and Design Exchange (B-MADE).

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


I was appointed Director of Technology and Computing at the Bartlett School of Architecture UCL in 2009, with an overarching remit to cultivate the schools teaching, research and development in these fields. My research is focused on experiments in the production of architecture where questions are developed through integrated acts of design, making and writing, most often in collaboration with my colleagues in sixteen*(makers), a multidisciplinary practice in which I am a co-founder. In essence, my work explores the complex relationship between design and making, and in particular how this relationship affects and determines the architectural product.  Most recently I have posed these questions to an international audience as co-chair of the highly successful peer reviewed conference FABRICATE, alongside my colleague Ruairi Glynn with whom I also co-edited an extensive conference publication.
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 and both the role and skillset of the designer has been presented with an unprecedented opportunity to expand and diversify. Sixteen*(makers) was established in 1995 to engage with and influence these developments as they evolved. The vehicles for my work are a series of speculative projects (such as STAC, Blusher, Assembling Adaptations, 55/02, and Perform) that develop and evolve across realms of design, making and writing as an iterative and cross-disciplinary practice involving both digital and analogue approaches, I define this field as 'Protoarchitecture', a vital and critical branch of speculative architectural production that seeks to create and hypothesise alternative and simultaneous approaches to making architecture, involving varied methodologies of design, and varied methodologies of making.

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 presently with Emmanuel Vercruysse and Kate Davies.  My approach to teaching stems from a root in 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 and Computing, I oversee all related taught modules in BSc and MArch, which involves 12 part-time members of academic staff, an equivalent number of facilities staff, and a team of more than 50 part-time consultants. In 2008 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
2013 Chair of Frozen Relic & Other Absent Landscapes Symposium   Architectural Association, United Kingdom
2013 EngD Internal Examiner   UCL, United Kingdom
2012 Professor in Architecture and Design through Production   University College London, United Kingdom
2012 Speaker at Bartlett Means Business Event   UCL, United Kingdom
2012 Author ‘cMADE’ Report on Bartlett Workshop Future   UCL, United Kingdom
2012 Member Steering Committee   UCL Institute of Making/MakeSpace, United Kingdom
2012 Wates House Refurb / Chair Workshop Consultation Group   UCL, United Kingdom
2011 PhD Supervisor Bartlett School of Architecture University College London, United Kingdom
2011 Chair Bartlett School of Architecture Technology Forum UCL, United Kingdom
2011 – 2011 Module Coordinator on Design Realisation   UCL, United Kingdom
2011 Acting Module Coordinator on Design Realisation   UCL, United Kingdom
2011 Member of Bartlett/UCL academission to Chongqing, Changsha a   UCL, 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 – 2012 Enterprise Coordinator (Architecture School) Bartlett School of Architecture University College London, United Kingdom
2009 Director of Technology and Computing Bartlett School of Architecture University College London, United Kingdom
2009 Advisor and Research Coordinator FARO-UCL 3D scanning equipment loan (Valued at £100k) UCL, United Kingdom
01-SEP-2005 – 31-AUG-2009 Director of Graduate Diploma/MArch in Architecture The Bartlett School of Architecture UCL, United Kingdom
01-SEP-2005 Senior Lecturer in Architecture The Bartlett School of Architecture UCL, United Kingdom
2005 – 2009 Director of Graduate Diploma/MArch in Architecture Bartlett School of Architecture University College London, United Kingdom
2005 – 2012 Senior Lecturer   University College London, United Kingdom
2005 – 2009 Co-Coordinator Bartlett International Lecture Series UCL, United Kingdom
2005 – 2009 Postgraduate Admissions Tutor   UCL, United Kingdom
2005 – 2009 Academic advisor to Digital Manufacturing Centre Digital Manufacturing Centre UCL, United Kingdom
2004 – 2005 Project Manager Bartlett Web Information Systems UCL, United Kingdom
2004 – 2009 Administrator Administrator Bartlett Leverhulme Trust and RSH+P Bursaries UCL, United Kingdom
2003 Tutor Diploma 23 Bartlett School of Architecture University College London, United Kingdom
2003 – 2005 Instigator and Coordinator “Making Buildings”’ lecture series UCL, United Kingdom
2002 – 2005 Lecturer in Architecture (Grade B)   University College London, United Kingdom
2000 – 2004 Lecturer in 'Materials and Forming Techniques' Bartlett School of Architecture University College London, United Kingdom
2000 – 2004 Architecture Technology Coordinator Bartlett School of Architecture University College London, United Kingdom
2000 – 2005 Faculty Webmaster / IS Developer Bartlett School of Architecture University College London, United Kingdom
2000 – 2009 BSc Admissions interviewer   UCL, United Kingdom
2000 – 2004 Developer Bartlett Web Information Systems UCL, 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 – 2003 Tutor BSc Unit 6 Bartlett School of Architecture University College London, United Kingdom
1997 – 1999 College Teacher   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 – 2000 Workshop Supervisor and Tutor Bartlett School of Architecture University College London, United Kingdom
1995 – 1997 Artist-in-Residence   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 – 1996 Architectural Assistant / Job Runner   Northington Street Group Practice, United Kingdom
1988 Architectural Assistant Sheppard   Epstein and Hunter Architects, United Kingdom
1987 Job Runner   John Brunton Partnership, United Kingdom
1985 Architectural Assistant   F.G. Frizzell and Partners EC1, United Kingdom
1985 – 1987 Job Runner   Douglas Paskin Associates, United Kingdom
Academic Background
1994 DipArch Diploma of Architecture University College London
1991 BSc Bachelor of Science University College London
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