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Winter 2021 Lecture Series: Billie Faircloth

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RESEARCH IN PRACTICE | Working across knowledge boundaries in practice, Billie Faircloth asks: what is a transdisciplinary research group?

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Billie Faircloth is a Partner at KieranTimberlake and an Adjunct Professor at the Weitzmann School of Design, University of Pennsylvania. She was recently made a Fellow of the American Institute of Architecture in recognition of her contributions to research, architecture, environmental ethics and empowerment.

At KierenTimberlake, Billie 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.

Billie oversees the queries and investigations that begin and inform each project at KieranTimberlake. During design, she guides project teams through empirical experiments, prototypes, and analysis. She leads the development of technology that informs high-performance design, including Pointelist™, a wireless sensor network, Tally™, a life-cycle assessment application, and Roast, a post-occupancy survey tool. She is also working on Ideal Choice Homes, an affordable, quick-to-build housing solution for India's emerging middle class.

Billie has taught at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design and Harvard University, and has served as Portman Visiting Critic at Georgia Institute of Technology and VELUX Visiting Professor at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. 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 Journal of Architectural Education, Princeton Architectural Press, Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, and ACADIA. She is the author of Plastics Now: On Architecture's Relationship to a Continuously Emerging Material published by Routledge in 2015, and the recipient of Architectural Record's Women in Architecture Innovator Award in 2017.


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