Guan Lee is a practicing architect, lecturer, and director of Grymsdyke Farm. He carried out his architectural studies at McGill University in Montreal, the Architectural Association in London, and the Bartlett School of Architecture, where he completed his doctoral studies on the relationship between architectural craft, making and site. In addition to his long experience as an educator, in his own practice he explores digital fabrication in conjunction with hands-on building processes using a range of materials, including clay, concrete and plaster.
Guan and his collaborator, artist Eleanor Morgan, were recently awarded an RIBA Research Trust Award. Entitled, Clay Robotics: Sustainable practice in a digital world. this two-year practice-led research project will reconsider the extraction and use of local clay deposits by combining traditional expertise with robotic technologies. Focusing on the geological and cultural sites of clay beds in Buckinghamshire, our aim is to advance sustainable and site-responsive architectural practices. We understand sustainable practices as being of natural and social benefit both now and in the future.
For more information on this project, click on:
Oliver Wainwright, 'Clay Robotics: The future of architecture is happening now on a Chiltern's Farm', The Guardian, 8 August 2014.
or the RIBA project webpage.