Technical Studies Lecture Series: Ana Gatóo “Regenerative Design for Planetary Wellbeing” | Thursday, October 26 at 18:00 (BST), M416 + Online


When: Thursday, 26th of October at 6pm (BST)

Where: M416, University of Westminster, 35 Marylebone Road, NW1 5LS + Online

Dr Ana Gatóo is a recent graduate of the doctoral programme at the Centre for Natural Material Innovation (CNMI) in the Department of Architecture, University of Cambridge where she is a Cambridge Trust Scholar and an Open-Oxford-Cambridge Doctoral Training Partnership scholar. Ana had previously worked as a researcher at the CNMI for three years developing structural bamboo products as well as improved social housing with natural materials for informal settlements.

Ana is a partner at Light Earth Designs a practice focused on environmentally sensitive architecture and innovative engineering and whose work most notably includes the Rwanda Cricket Stadium in Kigali, which was awarded the 2018 A+Awards Popular Winner in the Stadium category. Ana is also a Board Advisor for Prospectives Journal, and a Committee Advisor for REDER Journal and she has worked for several years with NGOs on emergency architecture, disaster response and development with the use of natural materials and sustainable technologies in various countries.

Ana’s research develops flexible interiors with engineered timber and digital tools for affordable housing, creating a sustainable and adaptable living environment that cares for the planet and the people.

  • Engineered timber acts as a carbon sink.
  • Flexibility of interior spaces has become crucial with social, economic, and environmental benefits.
  • Mass customization, and with the growth of digital factories and open-source designs, interior walls can become affordable, sustainable and creative.

This research, exhibited at the London Design Biennale 2021, has received a prestigious Design Exchange Partnership from AHRC and was exhibited at the Design Museum in London. Ana collaborated with PLP Architecture and colleagues at Cambridge.

Ana has recently joined us at the School of Architecture and Cities, University of Westminster as a lecturer in Regenerative Technical and Environmental Design

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