The Situated Technologies Research Group Lecture
April 23, 2014
301 Crosby Hall
Billie Faircloth, AIA, is the Research Director at KieranTimberlake, a prominent architecture firm established in 1984 and a leader in practice-based architectural research and innovative buildings. She leads a transdisciplinary group of professionals leveraging research, design, and problem-solving processes from fields as diverse as environmental management, chemical physics, materials science, and architecture. She fosters collaboration between disciplines, trades, academies, and industries in order to define a relevant problem-solving boundary for the built environment. In her professional and academic research she conspires to pursue an answer to the question: “Why do we build the way that we do?”
Billie oversees the deep investigations that initiate and inform each project at KieranTimberlake. During design, she guides teams in questioning and answering through empirical experiments, prototypes, and custom analysis tools created by the research group. She participates in the development of technology to inform high-performance design, including Wireless Sensor Networks, Predictive Temperature Modeling Tools, and Tally™, an application for Revit that provides accurate life-cycle data and reporting tools to designers. She is leading the development of Ideal Choice Homes, an affordable, quick-to-build housing solution for India.
Billie currently lectures at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Design. Prior to joining KieranTimberlake, she was an assistant professor at the University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture, where she instructed research studios exploring applications for conventional and emerging material technologies and conducted seminars on emerging construction and fabrication technologies.
Her articles have been published by the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, ACADIA and the Journal of Architectural Education and are forthcoming from Princeton Architectural Press. She lectures internationally to academic and industry audiences, including most recently for the Australian Institute of Architects, University of Nottingham, University of Washington, Columbia University, and the University of Texas at Austin.
Faircloth received a Bachelor of Architecture from North Carolina State University and a Master of Architecture with Distinction from Harvard University.
AIA Continuing Education Credits Available