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Philip Beesley
* 1956, currently based: Toronto, Canada
Affiliated institution: University of Waterloo

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Philip Beesley is a professor in the School of Architecture at the University of Waterloo. A practitioner of architecture and digital media art, he was educated in visual art at Queen’s University, in technology at Humber College, and in architecture at the University of Toronto. At Waterloo he serves as Director for the Integrated Group for Visualization, Design and Manufacturing, and as Director for Riverside Architectural Press. He also holds the position of Examiner at University College London. His Toronto-based practice PBAI is an interdisciplinary design firm that combines public buildings with exhibition design, stage and lighting projects. The studio’s methods incorporate industrial design, digital prototyping, and mechatronics engineering. Philip Beesley’s work is widely cited in the rapidly expanding technology of responsive architecture. He has authored and edited eight books and appeared on the cover of Artificial Life (MIT), LEONARDO and AD journals. Features include national CBC news, Casa Vogue, WIRED, and a series of TED talks. His work was selected to represent Canada at the 2010 Venice Biennale for Architecture, and he has been recognized by the Prix de Rome in Architecture, VIDA 11.0, FEIDAD, two Governor General’s Awards and as a Katerva finalist. Beesley’s funding includes core CFI, SSHRC, NSERC and Canada Council for the Arts grants.
RESEARCH FOCUS: Responsive and distributed architectural environments and interactive systems, flexible lightweight structures integrating kinetic functions, microprocessing, sensor and actuator systems, with particular focus on digital fabrication methods and sheet-material derivations. Comprehensive architectural design and professional practice. textile structures; material crafts and fabrication; organicism and design integrated with nature; hybrid forms of nature. Emotion, romanticism and 20th century spiritualism as alternate qualities in Modernism; alterity and dissociation; chthonian and expanded definitions of space; the archaic. Current applied projects include solar-powered high-performance housing envelopes in exterior sites and architectural-scale geotextiles in museum spaces.

Philip Beesley Architect Inc.
Philip Beesley Architect Inc. (PBAI) is an interdisciplinary design firm located in Toronto, Canada, associated with the University of Waterloo School of Architecture. The studio’s design methods combine the durable crafts of heavy machining and building with advanced digital visualization, industrial design, digital prototyping, and mechatronics engineering. Sculptural work in the past three decades has focused on immersive textile environments, landscape installations and intricate geometric structures. The most recent generations of these works feature interactive lighting systems and kinetic mechanisms that use dense arrays of microprocessors and sensors. Chemical protocell metabolisms are in the early stages of development within many of these environments. These works contemplate the ability of an environment to be near-living, to stimulate intimate evocations of compassion with viewers through artificial intelligence and mechanical empathy. The conceptual roots of this work lie in 'hylozoism', the ancient belief that all matter has life.
PBAI is led by experimental sculptor/architect Philip Beesley. Current collaborators include Rachel Armstrong, Philippe Baylaucq, Martin Correa, Rob Gorbet, Jon Gotfryd, Martin Hanczyc, Iris van Herpen, Mark-David Hosale, Dana Kulic, Andrea Ling, Sal Miranda, Anne Paxton, Rolf Seifert, Michael Stacey and Mingyi Zhou. Currently there are 15 artists, scientists, architects, and engineers within the collective.

2011 Professor, University of Waterloo, School of Architecture
1996 Prix de Rome residency: Vatican Secret Archives, British School at Rome, American Academy at Rome
1996 Principal, Philip Beesley Architect Inc.
1981 - 1986 Bachelor of Architecture, University of Toronto
1981 Dip. Tech., Architectural and Mechanical Drafting, Humber College, Toronto
1978 Visual Artist
1973 - 1978 Bachelor of Fine Art, Queen’s University

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Publications & References
Glynn, Ruairi and Bob Sheil. »FABRICATE: MAKING DIGITAL ARCHITECTURE, Michael Stacey Interview with Philip Beesley.« Riverside Architectural Press , no. 2nd Edition (2013).
Ng, Rashida and Sneha Patel, ed. PERFORMATIVE MATERIALS IN ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN, Foreword by Philip Beesley. Bristol: Intellect Ltd, 2013.
Beesley, Philip. SIBYL. Projects 2010-2012. Kitchener, Ontario: Riverside Architectural Press, 2012.
Dunn, Nick, ed. DIGITAL FABRICATION IN ARCHITECTURE. London: Laurence King, 2012.
Sheil, Bob, ed. MANUFACTURING THE BESPOKE. Making and prototyping architecture. Chichester: Wiley, 2012.
Gangvik, Espen and Philip Beesley, ed. 2012 META.MORF A MATTER OF FEELING, Essay by Philip Beesley. Trondheim: TEKS Publishing, 2012.
de Zegher, Catherine and Gerald McMaster, ed. 18th BIENNALE OF SYDNEY CATALOGUE. Sydney: 18th Biennale of Sydney, 2012.
Cook, Sarah and Sara Diamond, ed. EUPHORIA AND DYSTOPIA: THE BANFF NEW MEDIA INSTITUTE DIALOGUES. Banff: Riverside Architectural Press, 2012.
Beesley, Philip. »Hylozoic Ground.« Volume 28 (2011): 72-79.
Beesley, Philip, ed. LIVING CITIES: VISION AND METHOD FOR REGENERATIVE DESIGN. Archer: Resource Positive Architecture and Waterloo Architecture, 2011.
Armstrong, Rachel and Philip Beesley. »Soil and Protoplasm: The Hylozoic Ground Project.« ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN: PROTOCELL ARCHITECTURE 81, no. 2 (2011): 78-89.
Cambridge Galleries, Design at Riverside and Esther E. Shipman. Millions served. Cambridge, ON: Cambridge Galleries, 2011.
Beesley, Philip, ed. KINETIC ARCHITECTURES AND GEOTEXTILE INSTALLATIONS. Toronto: Riverside Architectural Press, 2010.
Isaacs, Hayley and Pernilla Ohrstedt and Philip Beesley, ed. HYLOZOIC GROUND, LIMINAL RESPONSIVE ARCHITECTURE. Toronto: Riverside Architectural Press, 2010.
Beesley, Philip. »Hylozoic Soil.« Leonardo: Journal of the International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology 42, no. 4 (2009).
Khan, Omar and Philip Beesely, ed. RESPONSIVE ARCHITECTURE / PERFORMING INSTRUMENTS. New York: The Architectural League of New York, 2009.
Dubbeldam, Heather and Lola Sheppard, ed. TWENTY + CHANGE: EMERGING TORONTO DESIGN PRACTICES. Toronto: Riverside Architectural Press, 2009.
Spiller, Neil, ed. DIGITAL ARCHITECTURE NOW: A GLOBAL SURVEY OF EMERGING TALENT. New York: Thames & Hudson Inc., 2009.
Thun, Geoff and Philip Beesely and Kathy Velikov and Robery Woodbury, ed. NORTH HOUSE: TEAM NORTH ENTRY TO THE SOLAR DECATHLON. Toronto: Riverside Architectural Press, 2008.
Rivard, Hugues and Philip Beesely and Anna Rocki and Robert Woodbury, ed. SOLAR HOUSE: TEAM MONTEAL ENTRY TO THE SOLAR DECATHLON. Toronto: Riverside Architectural Press, 2008.
Gorbet, Rob and Philip Beesely, ed. SIMAE: SIMPOSI D'ARQUITECTURA EMERGENT. Barcelona: SIMAE (Simposi d'Arquitectura Emergent), 2008.
Ladly, Martha and Philip Beesely, ed. MOBILE NATION: CREATING METHODOLOGIES FOR MOBILE PLATFORMS. Toronto: Riverside Architectural Press, 2008.
Poletto, Paola and Philip Beesely, ed. OURTOPIAS. Toronto: Riverside Architectural Press, 2008.
Leach, Neil and Xu Weigo, ed. (IM)MATERIAL PROCESSES: NEW DIGITAL TECHNIQUES FOR ARCHITECTURE, Hylozoic Soil by Philip Beesley. Beijing: China Architecture & Building Press, 2008.
Beesley, Philip and Sarah Bonnemaison, ed. ON GROWTH AND FORM: ORGANIC ARCHITECTURE AND BEYOND. Halifax: TUNS Press and Riverside Architectural Press, 2008.
Lilley, Brian and Philip Beesely, ed. EXPANDING BODIES: ART - CITIES - ENVIRONMENT. Halifax: Riverside Architectural Press and TUNS Press, 2007.
Foundation, Daniel Langlois and Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, ed. e-art: New Technologies and Contemporary Art. Montreal: The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts with the Daniel Langlois Foundation, 2007.
McClelland, Michael and Graeme Stewart, ed. CONCRETE TORONTO: A GUIDEBOOK TO CONCRETE ARCHITECTURE FROM THE FIFTIES TO THE SEVENTIES. Toronto: Coach House Books and E.R.A. Architects, 2007.
Bonnemaison, Sarah and Christine Macy and Rob Gorbet and Philip Beesley, ed. RESPONSIVE TEXTILE ENVIRONMENTS. Halifax: Riverside Architectural Press and TUNS Press, 2007.
Beesley, Philip and Oliver Neumann, ed. FUTURE WOOD. Innovation in Building Design and Manufacturing. Toronto: Riverside Architectural Press / Canadian Design Research Network, 2007.
Beesley, Philip and Sachiko Kirosue and Jim Ruxton and Marion Trankle and Camille Turner, ed. RESPONSIVE ARCHITECTURES: SUBTLE TECHNOLOGIES 2006. Toronto: Riverside Architectural Press, 2006.
McQuaid, Matilda and Philip Beesley and Sean Hanna, ed. EXTREME TEXTILES: DESIGNING FOR HIGH PERFORMANCE. New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2005.
Temkin, Aron, ed. EVOLVING TOOLS: DIGITAL FABRICATION IN ARCHITECTURAL EDUCATION. Toronto: Riverside Architectural Press, 2004.
Beesley, Philip and Nancy Yen-Wen Cheng and R. Shane Williamson, ed. FABRICATION: EXAMINING THE DIGITAL PRACTICE OF ARCHITECTURE. Toronto: Riverside Architectural Press, 2004.
Cathcart, Fatauzzi and van Elslander. GRAVITY: PAMPHLET ARCHITECTURE 24. New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2003.
Beesley, Philip. SKIN DEEP: LIMINAL STATES. Chatham: The Thames Art Gallery, Chatham Cultural Centre, 2002.
Beesley, Philip. THE WHEEL PROJECT. The George R. Gardiner Museum for Ceramic Art. Toronto: Thistle Printing, 2002.
Beesley, Philip and Sarah Bonnemaison, ed. ON GROWTH AND FORM: THE ENGINEERING OF NATURE, Conference, October 5-7, 2001. Waterloo, Ontario: University of Waterloo School of Architecture, 2001.
Beesley, Philip and Rachel Machenry and Evelyn Michalofski. ON GROWTH AND FORM: TEXTILES AND THE ENGINEERING OF NATURE, Catalogue of an exhibition held at the Textile Museum of Canada. Toronto: Textile Museum of Canada, 2001.
Donath, Dirk. PROMISE AND REALITY. Weimar: eCAADe (Education in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe) and Bauhaus Universitat Weimar, 2000.
Beesley, Philip. NEIL FORREST: HIVING MESH. Halifax: St. Mary's University Art Gallery, 2000.
Haldenby, Eric and Beth Kapusta. Roma: THE LESSON OF ROME XX. Toronto: Riverside Architectural Press, 2000.
Mannell, Steven, ed. IMAGES OF PROGRESS. Kitchener: Twin City/Dwyer Printing Co. Ltd., 1997.
Alessi, Alberto and Francesco Moschini, ed. ARCHITETTURA DI MOSTRA. 9 progetti per lo spazio espositivo della galleria A.A.M.. Rome: A.A.M. Architettura Arte Moderna, 1996.