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Siobhán is the leader of the Biomimetic BArch Studio Unit whose research is concerned with notions of ecological design and how contemporary ideologies may be translated into living systems with a future, rather than future living systems. Employing research by design methodologies, the unit embraces digital design technologies developed and applied in the framework of biologically inspired processes. Put simply, nature is the largest design laboratory that ever existed and ever will. While Biomimetics does not exclude emulating form, we are interested in the processes and systems in which all design resides.

Siobhán’s PhD research is primarily concerned with the relationship between processes of evolutionary and ecotonal adaptation, biomimesis, and bioclimatic architecture. Her MA thesis explored the principles and practices of a multi-scalar Bioclimatic Healthcare Model, a synergistic ecosystem of micro niches balancing patient perception and clinical needs.

She also lectures and teaches on undergraduate courses within the School, has presented internationally and has consulted on sustainable development strategies for both architectural practice and regional government.


A selection of recent research outputs.


Barry, S. and Keeffe, G., 2010. 'Biomimetic Architecture: Ecotonic transmutations across the urban membrane', SB10: Finland - Sustainable Community Building Smart, Espoo, Finland, 22-24 September 2010.

Barry, S. and Edmondson, A., 2010. 'Urban metabolism: Feeding, the Suburbs to the City - A Biomimetic model for the synergistic remediation of local agriculture and urban sprawl', Diversity and Convergence: Planning in a World of Change, Anglia Ruskin University, U.K, 7-9 April 2010.

Barry, S. and Keeffe, G., 2007. 'The Biomimetic Studio: Organic Learning through Research by Design', TIA Conference, Danube University Krems, Austria, 14-15 September 2007.

Barry, S., 2006. 'Physician Heal Thyself: A Bioclimatic Solution to Community Healthcare Architecture', 44th International Making Cities Liveable Conference, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA, 18-22 May 2006, in IMCL Council Documentation Set 48, Social & Physical Health & the Built Environment.

Siobhan Barry