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- Professor of Architecture and Design through Production
- The Bartlett School of Architecture
- Faculty of the Built Environment
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.
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.
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.
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).
|01-JAN-2014||Director of School||Bartlett School of Architecture||UCL, United Kingdom|
|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|
|1994||DipArch||Diploma of Architecture – Architecture||University College London|
|1991||BSc||Bachelor of Science – Architecture||University College London|