The Bartlett School of Architecture

Miss Mollie Claypool

Miss Mollie Claypool

Lecturer in Architecture

The Bartlett School of Architecture

Faculty of the Built Environment

Joined UCL
1st May 2014

Research summary

Mollie Claypool is a Lecturer in Architecture at The Bartlett School of Architecture where she is Co-Director of Design Computation Lab (designcomputationlab.org). Her research interests include the history and theory of design computation, including design, fabrication and assembly methods and techniques utilising new technologies including robots and large-scale 3D printing, the history of formalism in architectural design and the economic, social and political implications of new technologies on architecture practice, housing, economics, policy-making and public engagement. Her work has been exhibited in Europe, North America and Japan. She regularly is a guest critic at universities in the US and Europe, most recently the University of Syracuse, AA School of Architecture, University of Westminster and Pratt Institute. She regularly presents her work at conferences and symposia in the UK and internationally and has recently presented work at the RIBA and Royal Academy of Art.

Mollie is currently on the Editorial Board for Enquiry: The ARCC Journal for Architectural Research and was Web Master for the European Architectural History Network (EAHN) from 2009-2015. She was on the Editorial Team for Architectural Histories: the open access journal of the EAHN. She has been involved with several research clusters and lecture series at the AA School, including AA City Cultures and AA Beyond Entropy: When Energy Becomes Form.

Mollie actively writes reviews, criticism and books about architectural design, history and theory. She has recently worked with or written for Phaidon Press, the RCA, Laurence King Publishing, DETAIL, AA Publications and The Journal of Architecture. In 2017 has published a book with Laurence King Publishing on the life of Antoni Gaudi titled This is Gaudi. She is currently working on a book with DETAIL to be published in 2018 titled Robotic Building: Architecture in the Age of Automation, co-authored with Gilles Retsin, Manuel Jimenez Garcia and Vicente Soler.

She is a fully-funded PhD candidate in Architecture at The Bartlett – first supervisor: Mario Carpo and second supervisor: Barbara Penner – on the rise of contemporary formalism in the 20th century.

Teaching summary

Mollie has taught extensively at the undergraduate, post-graduate and post-professional level for almost a decade.

She has been Programme Director of the BSc Architecture programme at The Bartlett School of Architecture since 2014, and was the Admissions Tutor for the same course from 2015-2016. She has been Design Tutor of MArch Architecture Unit 19 (http://unit-19.net) since 2012 partnering with Philippe Morel, Manuel Jimenez Garcia, Gilles Retsin and Jeroen van Ameijde. She teaches history and theory of digital design for MArch Architectural Design Research Cluster 4 and has previously taught in history and theory in MArch Urban Design for several years. Previously Mollie held positions at the AA School as a Tutor in the Design Research Laboratory (2009-2015), Lecturer in History and Theory Studies (2009-2017), Visiting Lecturer in History and Theory of Spatial Design at University of Brighton (2009-2011) and Visiting Lecturer in History of Art at University of Reading (2010-2012).


Mollie is a historian, critic and theorist of architecture with a particular specialty in digital design theory. She studied Architecture at Pratt Institute receiving Degree Project Honours and obtained her Masters with Distinction in Histories and Theories of Architecture at the AA School of Architecture. She has practiced in New York and London in various architecture and engineering practices.