Beaman CV

 
 

Michael Leighton Beaman


Education

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

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

 

Academic Appointments

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

  • Co-Director: Center for Speculative Environments

 

Rhode Island School of Design | Providence, Rhode Island
Critic, Design Technologies and Adaptive Reuse | 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, Texas
Assistant Professor of Architecture | 08.2007 - 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, Virginia
Virginia Teaching Fellow  | 08.2010 - 08.2012

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

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

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

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

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

Harvard University, Graduate School of Design | Cambridge, Massachusetts
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
 
 

Professional Practice

Beta-field | Cambridge, Massachusetts
Founder + Principal | design + research studio | beta-field.net | 2008 - present

GA Collaborative | Cambridge, Massachusetts + Syracuse, New York
Co-founder + Design Principal | design non-profit | gacollaborative.org | 2007 - present

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

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

Hashim Sarkis Architecture + Urban Design | Cambridge, Massachusetts + Beirut, Lebanon
Project Designer, Project Manager + Consultant | 04.2005 - 06.2007

Studio Luz | Boston, Massachusetts
Project Designer, Project Manager, Fabrication + Graphic Design | 11.2002 - 06.2005

Harvard University, Graduate School of Design, Exhibitions + Publications | Cambridge, Massachusetts
Exhibition Designer, Project Manager, Fabrication | 6.2003 - 06.2004

New York University + American University, Athens | Samothrace, Greece
Researcher - Architectural History, Building Technology | 06.2002 - 08.2002

Frank Harmon Architect | Raleigh, North Carolina
Project Designer, Project Manager, Fabrication + Graphic Design | 05.1999 - 10.2001

Duda Paine Architects | Durham, North Carolina
Design Intern | 05.1998 - 12.1998

 

Design & Technology Workshops

Harvard University, Graduate School of Design | Cambridge, Massachusetts
Digital / Material Methodologies | Undergraduate Architecture Studio | spring 2014

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

 

Consluting & Collaborations

RISD Research Dept. + Textron Aviation | Wichita, Kansas & Providence, Rhode Island
Partnered Research  | 10.2015 - current

Harvard University, Graduate School of Design | Cambridge, Massachusetts
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

Office of Metropolitan Architecture | New York, New York
Proposal for Alternative Workflows + Design Processes | 10.2006 - 12.2006

Rafael Moneo Architects + Perry Dean Rogers | Boston, Massachusetts
Chase Center, RISD Museum of Art, Providence, Rhode Island | Material Researcher, Project Detailing | 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

By Proxy | Intersections : ACSA + AIA National Conference |  Orlando FL |  forthcoming 04.2017

Alterities | University of Cincinnati |  Cincinnati, OH |  03.2017

Landscapes After the Bifurcation of Nature | ACADIA Conference, University of Michigan |  Ann Arbor, Michigan |  10.2016

The Ergonomic Frame: Humans, Nonhumans, and their Spatial Ontologies | ACSA Conference, University of Hawaii | Honolulu, Hawaii | 09. 2016

Other than Buildings | MacDowell Colony: On Speculation | Peterbough, New Hampshire | 06.2016

Artefacts, Phenomena and the Bifurcation of Nature | Roger Williams University | Bristol, Rhode Island | 05.2016

Computational Ecologies, A Discussion | ACADIA Conference | University of  Cincinnati | Cincinnati, Ohio | 10.2015

Preemption: Design Innovation for a Transforming Environment | Design for Urban Disaster Conference | Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts | 05.2014

Materials As Collections | NCBDS30 Conference, Illinois Institute Technology, Chicago, Illinois | 04.2014

Ground-Formations: Simulation + Representation in Landscape Design | CELA Conference, Baltimore, Maryland | 03.2014 

Beyond Hyper-Representation | ATINER Conference, Athens, Greece | 06.2013

Cross-Disciplinary Digital Pedagogies | CELA Conference, University of Texas, Austin, Texas | 03.2013

Procedural + Corporeal Assemblies | Center for American Architecture and Design, Austin, Texas | 10.2012

System Aesthetics | University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia | 07.2012

Patterning | Kigali Institute of Science + Technology, Kigali, Rwanda | 09.2011

No. 8 | University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia | 08.2011

Procedural + Corporeal Assemblies | University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia | 10.2010

Responsive Shading: Intelligent Façade Systems | ACADIA Conference | Cooper Union, New York, New York | 10.2010

Techne + Episteme | University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia | 04.2010

Techne + Episteme | University of Texas, Austin, Texas | 03.2010

The Problem with Technology: notes on a rules based pedagogy | ACSA Conference, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico | 10.2009

Mapping Context: Rwanda | ESRI – GIS Conference, University of Texas, Austin, Texas | 08.2009

Computations | American Institute of Architects, Austin, Texas | 08.2009

Robots & Calculators | Explore UT Program, University of Texas, Austin, Texas | 05.2009

Novel > Evolved > Massively Parallel | University of Texas, Austin, Texas | 03.2009

Hot Science, Cool Talks: Design Education | Environmental Science Institute, University of Texas, Austin, Texas | 02.2009

Bio-Complexity: Instructing with Relational Generatives | ACADIA Conference, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota | 10.2008

Projections | Harvard University, Career Discovery Program, Cambridge, Massachusetts | 07.2008

Projections | Harvard University, Career Discovery Program, Cambridge, Massachusetts | 07.2007

4 Paths | University of Texas, Austin, Texas | 03.2007

4 Paths | Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri | 03.2007

4 Paths | University of Miami, Miami, Florida | 10.2006

Foreign Languages: An Introduction to Representations | Career Discovery Program, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts | 06.2005

From Machete to Parametric | Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts | 11.2004

Representation + Intention | Boston Architectural Center, Boston, Massachusetts | 10.2003

Representation + Intention | Harvard University, Graduate School of Design, Cambridge, Massachusetts | 07.2003

 

Exhibitions & Installations

Localizing Coordinates | Fischer Center, Syracuse University | New York, New York | forthcoming: 2017

Platform 8 | Graduate School of Design, Harvard University | Cambridge, Massachusetts |  3.2016 - 06.2016

Computational Ecologies Installation: Reciprocal Artifacts | ACADIA Conference | University of  Cincinnati | Cincinnati, Ohio |  10.2015 - 12.2015

Proxy No. 15 | Bigger Than A Bread Box Exhibition | Boston Society of Architects | Boston, Massachusetts | 06.2015 - 10.2015

Intermittency |  Rhode Island School of Design Art and Design Museum | Providence, Rhode Island | 05.2015 - 06.2015

Landformation Catalogue: A Survey of Simulated Landforms | Harvard University, Graduate School of Design | Cambridge, Massachusetts | 03.2015 - 05.2015

Excerpts from the Proxy Series: RISD Biennale | RISD Museum | Providence, Rhode Island | 2.2015 - 03. 2015

The Good Cause: Architecture of Peace - Divided Cities | Architekturmuseum der TU München, Pinakothek der Moderne , Munich, Germany | 06.2014 - 11.2014

Manufactured Assemblages | Harvard University, Graduate School of Design, Cambridge, Massachusetts | 02.2013 - 04.2013    

4411 Montrose Proxy No. 13 | 4411 Montrose Galleries, Houston, TX + University of Texas, Austin, Texas | 12.2012

Sudden Forest  Proxy No. 12 | Chroma Projects, Charlottesville, Virginia | 05.2012

173 + 15 + 60 + 1 | Unleashed Exhibition | Strathmore Arts Center, Bethesda, Maryland | 04.2012 - 05.2012

12% Pavillion  Proxy No. 10 | Pavilion for AIA Headquarters | American Institute of Architects, Washington, DC | 03.2012 - 05.2012

AIA National Emerging Professionals Exhibition | American Institute of Architects, Washington, DC | 03.2012 - 04.2012

Proxy No. 9 | Des Cours, American Institute of Architects LA, New Orleans, Louisiana | 12.2011 (unbuilt)

Jeffersonian Structures Proxy No. 8 | University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia | 05.2011 - 10.2011

Proxy No. 7 | Des Cours, American Institute of Architects LA, New Orleans, Louisiana | 12.2010 (unbuilt)

Venice Biennale | ON COLOR: Tirana Local | Albanian Pavilion, Venice, Italy | 10.2010 - 12.2010

Constructions in Paper | Materials Resource Center, University of Texas, Austin, Texas | 10.2009

Digital Manufacturing at UT Austin | Explore UT | University of Texas, Austin, Texas | 05.2009

Recent Work | 60th Anniversary Exhibition | North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina | 03.2009

Novel, Evolved, Massively Parallel | Materials Resource Center, University of Texas, Austin, Texas | 03.2009

Discarded: The Work of Studio Luz | Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts | 10.2004 - 12.2004

Young Architects 6: If…Then Architectural Speculation: The Work of Studio Luz | Architectural League of NY, New York, New York | 05.2004 - 06.2004

Lift: Michael Maltzan Architecture | Harvard University, Graduate School of Design, Cambridge, Massachusetts | 12.2003 - 01.2004

 

Peer-Reviewed Articles

By Proxy AIA + ACSA: Anual Conference Proceedings  | forthcoming 2017

The Oyster-Block Project | Int|AR Journal, Vol. 8  | forthcoming 2017

Landscape After the Bifurcation of Nature | Post-Human Frontiers: Data, Designers, and Cognitive Machines: ACADIA Conference Proceedings  | 2016

The Ergonomic Frame: Humans, Nonhumans, and their Spatial Ontologies | Building for Health and Well-Being: ACSA Conference Proceedings | 2016

Materials As Collections | NCBDS30 Conference Proceedings, Illinois Institute Technology | Co-authored with Zaneta Hong | 2014

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

"Other Complexities" | ii Journal: International Journal of Interior Architecture + Spatial Design | University of Houston Atrium Press | 02.2014

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

Cross-Disciplinary Digital Pedagogies | CELA Conference Proceedings, University of Texas | Co-authored with Zaneta Hong | 2013

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

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

The Problem with Technology | ACSA Conference Proceedings | 2010

Bio Complexity: Instructing with Relational Generatives | ACADIA Conference Proceedings | 2008

 

Chapters & Articles

"Meet Gita" | in Architectural Record,  architecturalrecord.com | 02.2017

"Total Immersion" | in Architectural Record,  architecturalrecord.com | 11.2016

"Visualization Tools for BIM" | in Architectural Record,  architecturalrecord.com | 07.2016

"Manufacturing Resonance" | in Innovations in Landscape Architecture, Routledge | Co-Authored with Zaneta Hong | 04.2016

"The Digital Sketchbook"Architectural Record & architecturalrecord.com | 12.2015

"Sefaira Energy Analysis"Architectural Record & architecturalrecord.com | 09.2014

"Gehry Technologies Spins Off Its Software and Services Businesses"Architectural Record (architecturalrecord.com) | 09.2014

"Real-time Energy Analysis for SketchUp and Support for Revit" | Architectural Record (architecturalrecord.com) | 11.2013

"Could Computational Design Go Mainstream" | Architectural Record (architecturalrecord.com) | 08.2013 

"On Digital Workflows" | Book Review | Architectural Record (architecturalrecord.com) | 5.2013 (forthcoming)

"A Robust Cross-Disciplinary Platform" | Technology Review | Architectural Record (architecturalrecord.com) | 01.2013

"iPad Tracings" | Technology Review | Architectural Record (architecturalrecord.com) | 10.2012

"A Kinder Gentler BIM" | Architectural Record (architecturalrecord.com) | 09.2012

"Collaboration in the Cloud" | Architectural Record (architecturalrecord.com) | 07.2012

"Mapping Materials" | Lunch #5 | University of Virginia Press | 04.2012

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

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

"Contested Continuities" | Book Review | CITE Magazine | Rice University Press | 12.2009

 

Media Citations

"Le Maison de Masoro" | Borders | GA Collaborative | 01.2016

"Computational Ecologies" | Architect's Newspaper | Beta-Field | 10.2015

"Housing: Masoro Village Project" | UN Habitat: Accessibility of Housing Handbook, United Nations |  GA Collaborative | 02.2015

"On Purpose Project" | Good Morning America |  GA Collaborative | 06.2014

"Funding Informed Design Decisions" | Our RISD | Beta-field | 05.2014

"How Fashion Brand Kate Spade Is Empowering Women in Rwanda" | ABC News | GA Collaborative | 05.2014

"Working Side By Side To Help Rural Rwanda" | Shift Boston | GA Collaborative | 04.2014

"The Masoro Village Project" | Architecture In Development | GA Collaborative | 03.2014 

“GA Collective Partners with Rwandan Women's Group for Housing Redevelopment” | Archinect | GA Collaborative | 01.2014

"Masoro Village Project" | Phaidon Atlas | GA Collaborative | 12.2013

“GAC: Masoro Village Project” | Domus | GA Collaborative | 11.2013

"Masoro Village Project" | Archdaily | GA Collaborative | 09.2013

"StitchWorks Brings Together Artists and Designers to Create Prints to Raise Money for Rwanda" | InHabitat | GA Collaborative | 12.2012

“Buy a Print, Help Rwandans” | The New York Times | GA Collaborative | 08.2012

"Art=Relief: Benefit art auction for Japan" | Archinect | GA Collaborative | 04.2011

People Meet in Architecture: Biennale Architecttura 2010 | La Biennale di Venezia Official Catalogue, Kazuyo Sejima | GA Collaborative | 04.2010

"Progressive Architecture Awards" | Progressive Architecture | Hope for the Children Orphanage, Haiti (Collaboration with Studio Luz) | 01.2007

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

 

Grants & Awards

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

Harvard University, Graduate School of Design | Cambridge, Massachusetts

Massachusetts Institute of Technology | Cambridge, Massachusetts

North Carolina State University | Raleigh, North Carolina

Northeastern University, School of Architecture | Boston, Massachusetts

Rhode Island School of Design | Providence, Rhode Island 

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

Syracuse University, School of Architecture | Syracuse, New York

University of California, Berkeley | Berkeley, California

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