Mr Paul Bavister
The Bartlett School of Architecture
Faculty of the Built Environment
- Joined UCL
- 1st Jun 2009
My work sits at the intersection of professional practice and academic research, forming a reciprocally beneficial triumvirate of, teaching, research and practice. The work is multidisciplinary and is based in the casual relationships between sound, music architecture and acoustics. The research work builds on innovative practices using both traditional methodologies of acoustic research as well as biometric sensing, evolutionary computation and neural networks informing digital modelling processes.
My work in practice at Flanagan Lawrence draws on traditional approaches to spaces from music and sound as well as novel architectural typologies for the presentation of Music externally integrating lightweight construction methods with acoustic performance. Alongside the architectural, the work engages with novel performance typologies, working with musicians and artists creating new modalities of performance.
The work has been exhibited in the UK at the Tate Modern, the Science Museum, RIBA, the Barbican, and internationally in Ars Electronica, Austria, Finland and Japan.
I have been part of the Bartlett community since I graduated in 1999. I have taught on a variety of courses since I started teaching in 2010 on the MArch Course leading Unit 14 with Jason Bruges for a year, and then with James O’Leary for an additional 3 years. During this time I made significant progress in developing strategies for integrating interactive performance typologies into a more architectural workstream that have proved popular and are part of my practice today. The work undertaken in Unit 14 has formed the basis for the new 15 Month Program Designing for Performance and interaction.
I have also worked on the iEDE course on the MsC in Environmental Design, teaching integrated architectural acoustics for 3 years. During this time I organised collaborative lectures with other academics and external companies such as Charcoal Blue, ARUP Acoustics and Flanagan Lawrence. I organised an extensive lecture series, Designing for Sound, that linked UCL’s cognitive neuroscience department, musicians, record labels, luthiers, Goldsmith’s Sound Department, and ETH in Zurich. The students from the course have gone on to become acousticians globally, in ARUP in the UK and in leading companies in China.
I am currently leading a research pathway PW03 on the 15 month Designing for Performance and Interaction program based in Here East. My work as part of the Interactive Architecture Lab and the Bartlett School of Architecture has been disseminated internationally and in the UK at lectures and seminars such as the World Architecture Festival where in 2017 I presented ideas on Performance and Architecture at both the WAF Festival and the INSIDE festival.
I am an architect, a researcher and an academic; I am a Project Director at Flanagan Lawrence, I am a Senior Lecturer (Architecture) at the Bartlett School of Architecture UCL, teaching on the new Designing for Performance and Interaction course and I am also in the final years of a PhD in Architectural Design at UCL, looking at design strategies using biometric evolution in sound and space.