Lucy Bullivant Hon FRIBA

Gives lectures regularly internationally, for example: at the National Council of Architecture, Helsinki, the Swedish Institute of Architects, Stockholm, the Malaysian Institute of Architects, IAAC Barcelona, the University of Rome, and the Smart Cities Forum and Barcelona.


Lucy Bullivant  

Lucy is an author, critic, curator, guest lecturer and consultant specialising in architecture and urban design, and Adjunct Professor, Urban design history and theory, Syracuse University in London. In 2012 she founded her own webzine, Urbanista.org, on urban design responding to contemporary social, cultural and political patterns. Lucy has a Master’s degree in cultural history (RCA). Formerly Heinz Curator of Architecture, Royal Academy of Arts, London, she has curated exhibitions for Vitra Design Museum, Triennale di Milano, and the British Council, and her conferences have been staged at Tate Modern, the ICA, the Architectural Association, and Strelka Institute, Moscow.

Lucy is currently a member of the Scientific Committee of the Institut pour la Ville en Mouvement PSA Peugeot Citroen, Paris and the Technical Committee of the FRAC architecture centre, Orléans, curator and chair of the V&A’s Talking Architecture series (2010-) and co-curator of the Urbanista.org/Recode Gallery series of talks at LimeWharf futures gallery, London. From 2007-2010 she was Renaissance Advocate for Yorkshire Forward. Lucy regularly gives lectures internationally, for example at the National Council of Architecture, Helsinki, the Swedish Institute of Architects, Stockholm, the Malaysian Institute of Architects, IAAC Barcelona, the University of Rome, and the Smart Cities Forum, Barcelona. She is the author of eight books on contemporary architecture and urban design, including Masterplanning Futures (Routledge, 2012), which won Book of the Year, Urban Design Group, 2014:New Arcadians (Merrell, 2012), Responsive Environments (V&A Contemporary, 2006), Anglo Files: UK architecture’s rising generation (Thames & Hudson, 2005), 4dsocial (AD, 2007), 4dspace (AD, 2005) and Home Front (AD, 2003).

Lucy is a correspondent to Domus, The Plan, Architectural Review, Architecture Today, Volume and Indesign.

PhD research thesis title:

  • "From Masterplanning to Adaptive Planning: understanding the contemporary tools for civic urban order" 

Current research activities

Writing Recoded City: Co-Creating Urban Futures, Routledge, February 2015, with Thomas Ermacora, completing Live Work Play: recent work by Hampshire architects, an exhibition for Winchester Discovery Centre, 13 June- 6 July 2014, and developing the new issue of Urbanista.org, my webzine on urban design, for which I curate a regular programme of events including events such as the Rebooting the Masterplan series in conjunction with Limewharf gallery, E2, the Urban Design Group and others.

Forthcoming lectures: Palazzo Widmann, Venice, 6 June, during the opening week of the Venice Architecture Biennale; Critical Subjects: Architectural Review Summer School, Arup, Masterplanning the Future, 14 July 2014; Syracuse University, Department of Architecture, autumn 2014.