Beaman CV

 
 

Leighton Beaman


Education

Harvard University, Graduate School of Design | Cambridge, MA
Masters of Architecture | 06.2003

North Carolina State University, College of Design | Raleigh, NC
Bachelor of Architecture | Magna Cum Laude | 06.1999
  
North Carolina State University, College of Design | Raleigh, NC
Bachelor of Environmental Design in Architecture | Magna Cum Laude | 06.1998  

 

Academic Appointments

University of Virginia, School of Architecture | Charlottesville, VA
Visiting Assistant Professor of Architecture  | 01.2017 - present

  • Associate Director: Institute for Design Technology

  • Co-Founder & Co-Director: META-field \ Speculative and Applied Design Research Group

  • Core Member : Smart Environments Group

  • Founding Member : Institute for Design Technology

  • Media Lab: Immersive Modeling Research Group

 

Rhode Island School of Design | Providence, RI
Visiting Critic, Design Technologies | 08.2013 - present

  • Bio+Technology Research Group

  • Contemplative Studies Initiative (in conjunction with Brown University)

  • Co-Works Faculty Pilot Program

  • Inaugural Bridge Grants Program

 

University of Texas in Austin, School of Architecture | Austin, TX
Assistant Professor of Architecture | 08.2007 - 06.2010 / 09.2012 - 01.2013

  • Fellow, Center for Sustainable Development

  • Editorial Adviser, Issue, UT Austin School of Architecture Publication

  • Chair, Digital Technologies Committee

  • Chair, Lectures + Exhibitions Committee

  • Exhibitions Curator

 

University of Virginia, School of Architecture | Charlottesville, VA
Virginia Teaching Fellow  | 08.2010 - 08.2012

Harvard University, Graduate School of Design, Career Discovery Program | Cambridge, MA
Principal Drawing + Digital Media Instructor (Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Urban Design + Planning) | 02.2005 - 08.2008

North Carolina State University, College of Design | Raleigh, NC
Visiting Lecturer in Architecture | 01.2007 - 06.2007

Northeastern University, School of Architecture | Boston, MA
Visiting Lecturer in Architecture | 09.2004 - 01.2005 + 01.2013 - 06.2013

Harvard University, Graduate School of Design, Career Discovery Program | Cambridge, MA
Architecture Drawing + Digital Media Instructor | 06.2003 - 08.2003

Boston Architectural College | Boston, MA
Lecturer in Architecture | 08.2003 - 12.2003 + 01.2002 - 06.2002

Harvard University, Graduate School of Design | Cambridge, MA
Teaching Assistant    

  • Cities, Territories + Infrastructures | Professor Antoine Picon | spring 2003

  • Architecture, Science + Technology: 18th - 20th Centuries | Professor Antoine Picon | fall 2002

Research Assistant    

  • Media + Modernity | Professor Eve Blau | fall 2002

  • Architecture, Science + Technology: 18th - 20th Centuries | Professor Antoine Picon | fall 2002

 

Design Practice

Meta-field | Charlottesville, VA + Providence, RI
Co-founder + Co-director | academic design research group | meta-field.org | 2018 + 2019

Beta-field | Charlottesville, VA
Founder + Principal | design + research studio | beta-field.org | 2008 - 2019

GA Collaborative | Syracuse, NY + Kigali, Rwanda
Co-founder + Design Principal | design non-profit | gacollaborative.org | 2008 - present

ii Journal | International Journal of Interior Architecture + Spatial Design | Houston, TX
Associate Editor | 2012 - present

Architectural Record, McGraw-Hill | New York, NY
Design + Technology Writer | 2012 - present

OMA / AMO | New York, NY
Freelance Design & Research, Parametric Methodologies | 2006

Rafael Moneo Architects + Perry Dean Rogers | Boston, MA
Freelance Design & Research | 2006

Hashim Sarkis Architecture + Urban Design | Cambridge, MA + Beirut, Lebanon
Project Designer, Project Manager + Consultant | 2005 - 2006

Studio Luz | Boston, MA
Project Designer, Project Manager, Fabrication + Graphic Design | 2002 - 2005

Harvard University, Graduate School of Design, Exhibitions + Publications | Cambridge, MA
Exhibition Designer, Project Manager, Fabrication | 2003 - 2004

New York University + American University, Athens | Samothrace, Greece
Researcher - Architectural History, Building Technology | 2002

Frank Harmon Architect | Raleigh, NC
Project Designer, Project Manager, Fabrication + Graphic Design | 1999 - 2001

Duda Paine Architects | Durham, NC
Design Intern | 1998

 

Design & Technology Workshops

Harvard University, Graduate School of Design | Cambridge, MA
Land-forming | Undergraduate Architecture Studio | spring 2014

University of Virginia, School of Architecture | Charlottesville, VA
Computational + Material Practices 2 | Undergraduate + Graduate Architecture + Landscape Architecture Studios | spring 2012

Kigali Institute of Science + Technology, FAED | Kigali, Rwanda
Wallworks, Patterning in Load-bearing Modular Structures | Undergraduate Architecture Studio | fall 2011

University of Virginia, School of Architecture | Charlottesville, VA
Computational + Material Practices 1 | Undergraduate Architecture Studios | spring 2011 

 

Consluting & Collaborations

RISD Research Dept. + Textron Aviation | Wichita, KS & Providence, RI
Partnered Research  | 10.2015 - current

Harvard University, Graduate School of Design | Cambridge, MA
Platform 8 Publication | 03.2015 - 09.2015

RISD Art Museum | Providence, Rhode Island
Museum Patterns Research | 01.2015 - 07.2015

Tonic Design | Raleigh, North Carolina
North Carolina State Museum of Art, Outdoor Classrooms | Materials Research + Documentation, Materials + Lighting Simulation and Rendering | 05.2007 - 07.2007

OMA / AMO | New York, New York
Freelance Design & Research, Parametric Methodologies | 10.2006 - 12.2006

Rafael Moneo Architects + Perry Dean Rogers | Boston, Massachusetts
Freelance Design & Research | 08.2006 - 10.2006

Perry Dean Rogers | Boston, Massachusetts
Asian Women’s University, Bangladesh (funded by the Gates Foundation) | Master Planning, Phasing and Programming Research | 08.2006 - 10.2006

Studio Luz | Boston, Massachusetts
Diva Lounge, Somerville MA | Materials Research, Project Design + Presentation | 11.2002 - 05.2003

 

Lectures & Presentations

Artefacts for Humans | 2019
New York University | New York, New York

Things, a Series of Things, & Some Other Things | 2018
American Academy in Rome|  Rome, Italy 

Alterities | 2018
North Carolina State University |  Raleigh, NC

Alterities | 2017
University of Cincinnati |  Cincinnati, OH

Landscapes After the Bifurcation of Nature | 2016
ACADIA Conference, University of Michigan |  Ann Arbor, MI

The Ergonomic Frame: Humans, Nonhumans, and their Spatial Ontologies | 2016
CSA Conference, University of Hawaii | Honolulu, Hawaii

Other than Buildings | 2016
MacDowell Colony: On Speculation | Peterbough, NH

Artefacts & Phenomena | 2016
Roger Williams University | Bristol, RI

Computational Ecologies, A Discussion | 2015
ACADIA Conference | University of  Cincinnati | Cincinnati, OH

Preemption: Design Innovation for a Transforming Environment | 2014
Design for Urban Disaster Conference | Harvard University | Cambridge, MA

Materials As Collections | 2014
NCBDS30 Conference, Illinois Institute Technology, Chicago, IL

Ground-Formations: Simulation + Representation in Landscape Design | 2014
CELA Conference, Baltimore, MD

Beyond Hyper-Representation | 2013
ATINER Conference, Athens, Greece

Cross-Disciplinary Digital Pedagogies | 2013
CELA Conference, University of Texas, Austin, TX

Procedural + Corporeal Assemblies | 2012
Center for American Architecture and Design, Austin, TX

System Aesthetics | 2012
University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

Patterning | 2011
Kigali Institute of Science + Technology, Kigali, Rwanda

Proxy No. 8 | 2011
University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

Procedural + Corporeal Assemblies | 2010
University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

Responsive Shading: Intelligent Façade Systems | 2010
ACADIA Conference | Cooper Union, New York, NY

Techne + Episteme | 2010
University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

Techne + Episteme | 2010
University of Texas, Austin, TX

The Problem with Technology | 2010
University of Texas, Austin, TX

Mapping Context: Rwanda | 2009
ESRI – GIS Conference, University of Texas, Austin, TX

Computations ( design + technology series) | 2009
American Institute of Architects, Austin, TX

Robots & Calculators ( design + technology series) | 2009
University of Texas, Austin, TX

Novel > Evolved > Massively Parallel ( design + technology series) | 2009
University of Texas, Austin, TX

Pedagogy & Design Technology ( design + technology series) | 2009
Environmental Science Institute, University of Texas, Austin, TX

Bio-Complexity | 2008
ACADIA Conference, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Projections (career discovery series) | 2008
Harvard University, Career Discovery Program, Cambridge, MA

Projections (career discovery series) | 2007
Harvard University, Career Discovery Program, Cambridge, MA

4 Paths | 2007
University of Texas, Austin, TX

4 Paths | 2007
Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO

4 Paths | 2007
University of Miami, Miami, FL

Foreign Languages: An Introduction to Representations (career discovery series) | 2006
Career Discovery Program, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Foreign Languages: An Introduction to Representations (career discovery series) | 2005
Career Discovery Program, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

The Model: Machetes to Parametrics | 2004
Northeastern University, Boston, MA

Presentation + Intention (career discovery series) | 2003
Boston Architectural Center, Boston, MA

Presentation + Intention (career discovery series) | 2003
Harvard University, Graduate School of Design, Cambridge, MA

 

Exhibitions & Installations

Playing Well With Others | 2019
Korean Biennial | Seoul, South Korea

Pliant Bodies | 2019
University of Virginia, School of Architecture | Charlottesville, VA

GAC / Lets Talk Business | 2019
Let’s Talk Business Exhibition | Yale University, School of Art & Architecture | New Haven, CT

This House Is Made Up Of Talk | 2019
Cinque Mostre Exhibition, Displacement | American Academy in Rome | Rome, Italy

Lumina Pavilion | 2017
Academical Village, University of Virginia | Charlottesville, VA

Platform 8 | 2016
Graduate School of Design, Harvard University | Cambridge, MA

Reciprocal Artifacts | 2015
Computational Ecologies Exhibition, ACADIA Conference | University of  Cincinnati | Cincinnati, OH

Proxy No. 16 | 2015
Computational Ecologies Exhibition, ACADIA Conference | University of  Cincinnati | Cincinnati, OH

Proxy No. 15 | 2015
Bigger Than A Bread Box Exhibition | Boston Society of Architects | Boston, MA

Intermittency Installation | 2015
Rhode Island School of Design, Art and Design Museum | Providence, RI

Landformation Catalogue: A Survey of Simulated Landforms | 2015
Harvard University, Graduate School of Design | Cambridge, MA

Excerpts from the Proxy Series | 2015
RISD Biennale | Chace Center for Art & Design | Providence, RI

The Good Cause: Architecture of Peace - Divided Cities | 2014
Architekturmuseum der TU München, Pinakothek der Moderne , Munich, Germany

Manufactured Assemblages | 2013
Harvard University, Graduate School of Design, Cambridge, MA

Proxy No. 13 | 2012
University of Texas, Austin, TX

Sudden Forest | 2012
Chroma Projects, Charlottesville, VA

173 + 15 + 60 + 1 | 2012
Unleashed Exhibition | Strathmore Arts Center, Bethesda, MD

Proxy No. 10 | 2012
Pavilion for AIA Headquarters | American Institute of Architects, Washington, DC

Proxies + Objects | 2012
AIA National Emerging Professionals Exhibition | American Institute of Architects, Washington, DC

Proxy No. 8 | 2011
University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

Proxy No. 7 | 2011
Des Cours, American Institute of Architects, New Orleans, LA

Tirana Local : Venice Biennale | 2010
On Color Exhibition | Albanian Pavilion | Venice, Italy

Constructions in Paper | 2009
Materials Resource Center, University of Texas, Austin, TX

Novel, Evolved, Massively Parallel | 2009
Materials Resource Center, University of Texas, Austin, TX

Discarded | 2004
A Exhibition of Work from Studio Luz | Northeastern University, Boston, MA

If…Then Architectural Speculation: The Work of Studio Luz | 2004
Young Architects No. 06 Exhibition | Architectural League of NY, New York, NY

 

Chapters & Articles

*peer-reviewed

"Lumina Pavilion" * | 2018
article | Infidelity | ACADIA Conference Proceedings

“By Proxy” * | 2018
article | AIA + ACSA: Anual Conference Proceedings 

"Meet Gita" | 2017
article | Architectural Record, February |  architecturalrecord.com

“The Oyster-Block Project” * | 2017
article | Water | IntAR Journal, Vol. 8 

“Architecture & Virtualization” | 2016
article | Architectural Record, November | architecturalrecord.com

“Landscape After the Bifurcation of Nature” * | 2016
article | Post-Human Frontiers: Data, Designers, and Cognitive Machines | ACADIA Conference Proceeding

“The Ergonomic Frame: Humans, Nonhumans, and their Spatial Ontologies” * | 2016
article | Building for Health and Well-Being: ACSA Conference Proceedings | ACADIA Conference Proceeding

"Visualization Tools for BIM" | 2016
article | Architectural Record, July | architecturalrecord.com

"Manufacturing Resonance" | 2016
chapter | in Innovations in Landscape Architecture, Routledge | Co-Authored with Zaneta Hong

"The Digital Sketchbook" | 2015
review | Architectural Record, December | architecturalrecord.com

“Materials As Collection” * | 2014
article | NCBDS30 Conference Proceedings | Co-authored with Zaneta Hong

“Ground-Formations: Simulation + Representation in Landscape Design” * | 2014
article | CELA Conference Proceedings | Co-authored with Zaneta Hong

"Sefaira Energy Analysis"  | 2014
article | Architectural Record, September | architecturalrecord.com

"Gehry Technologies Spins Off Its Software and Services Businesses" | 2014
article | Architectural Record, September | architecturalrecord.com

"Other Complexities" *  | 2014
article | ii Journal: International Journal of Interior Architecture + Spatial Design | University of Houston Atrium Press

"Real-time Energy Analysis for SketchUp and Support for Revit" | 2013
review | Architectural Record, November | architecturalrecord.com

"Could Computational Design Go Mainstream?" | 2013
article | Architectural Record, August | architecturalrecord.com

"Beyond Hyper-Representation" * | 2013
article | ATINER Conference Proceedings

"Cross-Disciplinary Digital Pedagogies" * | 2013
article | CELA Conference Proceedings | Co-authored with Zaneta Hong

"A Robust Cross-Disciplinary Platform" | 2013
review | Architectural Record, January | architecturalrecord.com

"Material Identities: Materi•ontology" *  | 2013
article | ii Journal: International Journal of Interior Architecture + Spatial Design,  University of Houston Atrium Press | Co-Authored with Zaneta Hong

"iPad Tracings" | 2012
review | Architectural Record, October | architecturalrecord.com

"A Kinder Gentler BIM" | 2012
article | Architectural Record, September | architecturalrecord.com

"Collaboration in the Cloud" | 2012
article | Architectural Record, July | architecturalrecord.com

"Mapping Materials" | 2012
article | Lunch #5 | University of Virginia Press

“Responsive Shading: Intelligent Façade Systems” *  | 2010
article | Life Information: ACADIA Conference Proceedings | Co-authored with Stefan Bader

“The Problem with Technology” *  | 2010
article |ACSA Conference Proceedings

"Gentlemen Do (Not) Operate Machinery: A Few Thoughts on Technology. Knowledge and Craft " | 2010
chapter | in Traces + Trajectories | University of Texas Press | 2010

"Introduction" | 2010
article | Issue #005 | University of Texas, Austin, School of Architecture | 2009

"Contested Continuities" | 2009
review| | CITE Magazine | Rice University Press

“Bio Complexity” * | 2008
article | ACADIA Conference Proceedings

 

Media Citations

“5 Online Resources That Explore The Intersection Between Landscape, Architecture and Culture” | 2017
ArchDaily | Landformation Catalogue | Beta-field

"Le Maison de Masoro" | 2016
Borders, January ed. | GA Collaborative

"Computational Ecologies" | 2015
Architect's Newspaper | Beta-field

"Housing: Masoro Village Project"  | 2015
UN Habitat: Accessibility of Housing Handbook, United Nations |  GA Collaborative

"On Purpose Project"  | 2014
Good Morning America |  GA Collaborative

"Funding Informed Design Decisions"  | 2014
Our RISD | Beta-field

"How Fashion Brand Kate Spade Is Empowering Women in Rwanda" | 2014
ABC News | GA Collaborative

"Working Side By Side To Help Rural Rwanda" | 2014
Shift Boston | GA Collaborative

"The Masoro Village Project" | 2014
Architecture In Development | GA Collaborative

“GA Collective Partners with Rwandan Women's Group for Housing Redevelopment” | 2014
Archinect | GA Collaborative

"Masoro Village Project" | 2013
Phaidon Atlas | GA Collaborative

“GAC: Masoro Village Project” | 2013
Domus | GA Collaborative

"Masoro Village Project" | 2013
Archdaily | GA Collaborative

"StitchWorks Brings Together Artists and Designers to Create Prints to Raise Money for Rwanda" | 2013
InHabitat | GA Collaborative

“Buy a Print, Help Rwandans” | 2012
The New York Times | GA Collaborative

"Art=Relief: Benefit art auction for Japan" | 2011
Archinect | GA Collaborative

"People Meet in Architecture: Biennale Architecttura 2010" | 2010
La Biennale di Venezia Official Catalogue, Kazuyo Sejima | GA Collaborative

"Progressive Architecture Awards" | 2007
Progressive Architecture | Hope for the Children Orphanage, Haiti (Collaboration with Studio Luz)

Young Architects 6: If…Then Architectural Speculation: | 2005
(as a member of Studio Luz) | Princeton Architectural Press | 2005

 

Grants & Awards

Visiting Artist, American Academy in Rome | 2018/2019
Rhytodoids Series | American Academy in Rome | Rome, Italy

Kenya Building Manual Research | 2017
University of Virginia Research Grant | University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

The Speculative Landformations Project | 2016
Rhode Island School of Design Professional Research Grant | Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI

MacDowell Colony Fellow | 2016
The Speculative Landformations Project | MacDowell Colony Peterborough, NH

Object-Oriented Ergonomics | 2016
Design Technologies Research Grant | Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI

Bridge Research Grant | 2015
Rhode Island School of Design Funded Research Grant | Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI

Woven Building Systems | 2015
Rhode Island School of Design Professional Research Grant | Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI

Computectonic Assemblies | 2014
Awarded to Michael Leighton Beaman+ Carl Lostritto  | Awarded, Co-Works Pilot Research Project Selection, Providence, RI

Intermittency | Co-Works Pilot Studio Selection  | 2014
Awarded to Michael Leighton Beaman + Liliane Wong + Amee Spondike, Providence, RI

Graham Foundation for Arts and Architecture | 2014
Beta-field: Landformation Catalogue | Graham Foundation for Arts and Architecture, Chicago. IL

Arnold W. Brunner Grant | 2013
Awarded to GA Collaborative |  Center for Architecture Foundation, New York, NY

AIA National Emerging Professional  | 2012
Beta-field | Awarded by American Institute of Architects National, Washington, DC 

4-VA Arts Grant | 2012
Rapture Sculpture: Design to Destroy: Performative Kinetic Landscape Art | Video documentary of the effects of limestone polluted by acid mine drainage in Virginia’s post-industrial watersheds | Awarded by the University of Virginia

Insight Student-Faculty Research Grant  | 2012
Technology + Teaching Grant | University of Virginia, School of Architecture, Charlottesville, VA

DesCours | 2011
Official Selection | Beta-field: American Institute of Architects LA, New Orleans, LA
Analogue, data-driven, interactive installation - Proxy No. 09 

International Faculty Fellowship Grant, University of Virginia | 2011
Grant sponsoring research and education workshops at Kigali Institute of Science + Technology, Kigali, Rwanda

Venice Biennale | 2010
Selected Exhibitor | GA Collaborative: ON COLOR - Tirana Local, Albanian Pavilion
Speculative project on the redevelopment of Tirana

DesCours | 2010
Official Selection | Beta-field: American Institute of Architects LA, New Orleans, LA
Parametric tensional integrity installation - Proxy No. 07

Virginia Teaching Fellowship | 2010
Recipient of the two-year Fellowship in Architecture, University of Virginia School of Architecture, Charlottesville, VA

Research Travel Grant | University of Texas, Austin | 2010
Lecture Presentation: Responsive Shading - Intelligent Façade Systems | ACADIA Conference, New York, NY

University of Texas Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award - Finalist | 2010
Single Finalist in Architecture, University of Texas, Austin, School of Architecture | Awarded by the University of Texas System

Design Research Grant | University of Texas, Austin | 2009
Grant sponsoring research into geographical data mapping for Rwanda, Africa

Research Travel Grant | University of Texas, Austin | 2009
Lecture Presentation: The Problem with Technology | Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture Conference

Design Technologies FasTex Grant, University of Texas, Austin | 2009
Design Research Initiative | Web-based digital technologies database + instruction framework

Research Travel Grant, University of Texas, Austin | 2008
Student Work Presentation: ACADIA Conference
 
Boston Society of Architects Research Grant | 2008
Awarded to GA Collaborative +  Amanda Eichler
Research: Women’s Roles in Community + Building Development in Rwanda since 1994
 
Progressive Architecture Award for Un-Built Work | 2007
Project: Hope for the Children Orphanage, Haiti (In Collaboration with Studio Luz)

 

Invited Juror

Boston Architecture College | Boston, Massachusetts

Columbia University, Graduate School Of Architecture, Planning + Preservation | New York, New York

Cornell University, School of Architecture, Art & Planning | Ithaca, New York + Rome, Italy

Georgia Institute of Technology, School of Architecture | Atlanta, Georgia

Harvard University, Graduate School of Design | Cambridge, Massachusetts

Massachusetts Institute of Technology | Cambridge, Massachusetts

New York University, Gallatin School of Individualized Study | New York, New York

North Carolina State University | Raleigh, North Carolina

Northeastern University, School of Architecture | Boston, Massachusetts

Ohio State University, Knowlton School of Architecture | Columbus , Ohio

Rhode Island School of Design | Providence, Rhode Island 

Roger Williams University, School of Architecture, Art and Historic Preservation | Bristol, Rhode Island

Stanford University, Institute of Design | Stanford, California

Syracuse University, School of Architecture | Syracuse, New York

Tulane University, School of Architecture | New Orleans, Louisiana + Rome, Italy

University of California, Berkeley | Berkeley, California

University of Cincinnati, DAAP | Cincinnati, Ohio

University of Houston, College of Architecture | Houston, Texas

University of Kentucky, College of Design | Lexington, Kentucky

University of Miami, School of Architecture | Miami, Florida

University of Texas, School of Architecture | Austin, Texas

University of Toronto, John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape + Design | Toronto, Ontario

University of Virginia, School of Architecture | Charlottesville, Virginia

Virginia Polytechnic Institute + State University, School of Architecture | Blacksburg, Virginia

Washington University in St. Louis, Sam Fox School | St. Louis, Missouri 

Wentworth Institute of Technology | Boston, Massachusetts