Lucy Bullivant is an architectural curator, critic and author. A cultural historian with a Master's degree from the Royal College of Art, she began her twenty three year career working as an art curator and director of open art exhibitions. In the early 1990s she was Heinz Curator of Architectural Programmes at the Royal Academy of Arts, London. Lucy has worked internationally with leading museums, galleries, cultural institutions, publishers and corporate bodies since 1987. Many speculative exhibition and conference projects have been realised as a result of her fundraising work.
Lucy is a widely respected and internationally read critic and author in the field of architecture and urban design. She advocates higher design standards and experimental multidisciplinary strategies countering the negative effects of globalisation, and lectures and chairs events internationally on these issues. She also works as a specialist architectural expert witness in planning appeals.
Lucy has curated a wide range of ground-breaking and successful exhibitions - some global touring projects such as Space Invaders, for the British Council, London, and Kid size: the material world of childhood, for Vitra Design Museum, Germany - conferences and talks including Softspace, 4dspace, Spaced Out III, the Archis series and Shared Territories. Featuring exceptional practitioners from a range of disciplines, her exhibitions and conferences deal with topics including architecture's role as a social art, models of best practice in the emerging field of responsive environments, new design strategies for housing, the design of children's environments within and beyond the Western world, inclusive design and young architectural practices.
Her latest book, Responsive Environments: architecture, art and design (V&A Contemporary, 2006), explores the hybrid discipline of interactive architecture and design, complementing 4dsocial and 4dspace, two popular publications she guest edited for AD in 2005 and 2007. Anglo Files, her extensive analysis of young UK architects and their cultural and political context, was published in 2005 by Thames & Hudson, Princeton Architectural Press and DVA (in a German edition). She contributes to Domus, The Plan, a+u, Volume, Architectural Record and Indesign, some of the world's most authoritative international architectural magazines.
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