Ruairi Glynn [Design for Performance & Interaction] (UK)

Fri 12 May, 13:00
De Brakke Grond

Design for Performance and Interaction

Ruairi Glynn has been teaching on Masters design programmes since 2007 in Architectural, Textile and Industrial Design and Research. What brings these all together is his interest in designing interaction at scales from the micro/invisible to the architectural and urban. Masters students within Ruairi Glynn’s Interactive Architecture Lab build and tests at 1:1 scale, experimental objects and interactive installations that uncover new design opportunities to sense and respond to the natural and built environment, to people and other living things, to data local and global.

At the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London – the UK’s leading and largest Faculty of the Built Environment – Glynn initiated a new 15-month Masters programme Design for Performance & Interaction offering students an opportunity to learning about Design in 4 Dimensions. Students will design the performance and interaction of objects, environments and people using the latest fabrication, sensing, computation, networked and responsive technologies. Emphasis is placed on prototyping, from interactive objects and installations to staged events, and performance architecture.

Ruairi Glynn is part of the Moving Matter(s) in the Red Space panel on Friday.


Ruairi Glynn practices as an installation artist and is Director of the Interactive Architecture Lab at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London. He has exhibited internationally with recent shows at the Centre Pompidou Paris, the National Art Museum of China Beijing, and the Tate Modern, London. His interactive installations reflect on rapid developments in robotics, material science and computational technologies exploring the emerging aesthetics of behaviour permeating across art, architecture and design.

He has worked with leading cultural and research institutions including the Royal Academy of Arts, the Medical Research Council and BBC and built public installations for commercial clients including Twitter, Nike, Arup, Buro Happold, and Bank of America Merrill Lynch. He often works collaboratively with artists, architects and choreographers including Shobana Jeyasingh, Marshmallow Laser Feast, Studio Roso, onedotzero, Tellart, Haptic and Alma-nac Architects.