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

Her work focuses on the potential of automation to transform the way that the built environment is produced, and in developing more inclusive and equitable design and production practices and frameworks. Her work proposes that the Discrete, an architectural approach that is interested in rethinking the basic building blocks of architecture, is central to these ideas. Her forthcoming book, Robotic Building: Architecture in the Age of Automation (October 2019, DETAIL Verlag) co-authored with Manuel Jimenez Garcia, Gilles Retsin and Vicente Soler, explores some of these ideas.

Recent work includes: 
Discrete Automation, The Conference, Malmo, August 2019: https://videos.theconference.se/mollie-claypool-discrete

Our Automated Future, Architectural Design, April 2019: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/ad.2411

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. She does peer-review for the IADRS and ACSA.

Mollie actively writes reviews, criticism and books about architectural design, history and theory as well as presents her work at conferences and symposia. She has recently worked with or written for e-flux, Phaidon Press, the RCA, Laurence King Publishing, DETAIL Verlag, AA Publications and The Journal of Architecture. In 2017 she published a small book with Laurence King Publishing on the life of Antoni Gaudi titled This is Gaudi

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

Teaching summary

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

She is Coordinator of Theory in MArch Architectural Design from 2018 having taught Theory for MArch Architectural Design Research Cluster 4 part of Design Computation Lab (http://designcomputationlab.org) since 2014. Mollie previously taught in history and theory in MArch Urban Design for several years. 

She was Design Tutor of MArch Architecture Unit 19 (http://unit-19.net) from 2012-2018.

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 Claypool is an architecture theorist, critic and educator. She is currently a Lecturer in Architecture at the Bartlett School of Architecture where she is Co-Director of Design Computation Lab (http://designcomputationlab.org) and Coordinator of History & Theory in MArch Architectural Design. She is director of Automated Architecture Ltd (AUAR), a design and technology consultancy (automatedarchitecture.io). 

She was Co-Director of the undergraduate BSc Architecture course from 2014-2018 alongside Matthew Butcher and ran MArch Unit 19 (http://unit-19.net) from 2012-2018 partnering with Philippe Morel, Manuel Jimenez Garcia, Gilles Retsin and Jeroen van Ameijde.

She has taught and lectured extensively across the UK and Europe, including the AA School of Architecture from 2009-2017 in Design Research Laboratory (AADRL) and History & Theory Studies, as well as the University of Brighton and University of Reading.

Mollie studied at Pratt Institute, the AA and is completing her PhD at the Bartlett.