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Mr RAMANDEEP SHERGILL profile picture
  • Student
  • The Bartlett School of Architecture
  • Faculty of the Built Environment

Ram Shergill is an interdisciplinary researcher specialising in bio-integrated design, photography, and creative direction. Internationally recognised for his contribution to the fashion industry, Ram has advanced his practice through science and wearable technology. Working in the field of bioastronautics, Shergill is designing novel photobioreactor extensions to the body via biochemical engineering and architectural design. Speculatively designed portable life support systems (PLSS) are innovated working with microalgae, benefitting habitation in harsher environments on Earth and for potential life support beyond low earth orbit (LEO).


Ram has been a speaker at various conferences internationally including The University of Oxford and The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he has delivered talks on science, art, technology, and the ecological environment. Ram is a lecturer at University of the Arts London (UAL) and has previously lectured at the Arts University Bournemouth (AUB). In 2016, Ram was awarded the Arts Culture and Theatre Award (ACTA) for his contribution to the industry. His art and design work has been shown in exhibitions internationally including Sotheby’s, The Wallace Collection, Somerset House, and the Museum of Contemporary Arts (MOCA). Ram Shergill’s portraits are housed in the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery. 

Research Summary

Ram Shergill is undertaking doctoral research at University College London, The Bartlett of Architecture under the supervision of Professor of innovative environments, Professor Marcos Cruz, and Associate Professor in sustainable bioprocess design at UCL Biochemical Engineering, Dr. Brenda Parker. 
Shergill's thesis title is “The Critical Posthuman Carapace: Constructing Exoskeletal Hybrid Living Systems (EHLS)” in which he creates novel forms of architecture in constructing a carapace acting as a shield to the body, as a response to harsher conditions on Earth and beyond Low Earth Orbit (LEO). Using architectural design in combination with biochemical engineering bioregenerative outputs are created, combining human with non-human organisms, innovating a mode of critical posthuman practice. His research aims to explore the present-day body from a new and uncharted viewpoint using advanced apparatus and technologies. Examining forms of sympoietic relationality, challenging the perception of the body as a singular cultural agent. Methodologically, the approaches in creating a carapace function as a set of biologically integrated interfaces between the body and its surroundings. 
In principle, Shergill’s research sets out to reimagine and redefine the body in an environmentally fragile planet — achieving new aesthetics, evidencing systems and materials which respond to internal and external transformations relating to the human body, through the construction of Bioregenerative Posthuman Bodying Systems.

Teaching Summary

Institute Marangoni

Consultant 2022-2023

MA Supervisor

University of the Arts London

June 2021 - present
Lecturer, MA Fashion Photography

Arts University Bournemouth        
Jan 2018 – October 2019
Photography lecturer, MA/ BA Commercial Photography

Falmouth University                           
September 2017 – Jan 2018    
Associate Lecturer Fashion Photography
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