CED/Architecture/Room 1000 Lecture: Bryony Roberts | Bryony Roberts Studio

Through the lens of recent design projects and her guest-edited issue of Log 48: Expanding Modes of Practice, Bryony Roberts discusses methods of combining art, architecture, historic preservation, and urban design to address the complexities of social conditions in public space.

Bryony Roberts leads the design and research practice Bryony Roberts Studio based in New York. Roberts combines experience in studio art, architecture, and historic preservation to create projects that activate public spaces and historical sites around the world. For over ten years, Roberts has been designing site-specific projects that bring deep engagement with existing buildings and communities and find expression through experimental material craft. Her approach offers an expanded site-specificity—responding not only to the architecture and landscape of a site, but also to complex cultural histories and social conditions through processes of community engagement. The practice has been awarded the Architectural League Prize and New Practices New York from AIA New York as well as support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Graham Foundation, the MacDowell Colony, and the American Academy in Rome, where Roberts was awarded the Rome Prize for 2015-16. Roberts also instigates research and publication projects about designing in response to social and cultural histories. She guest-edited the recent volume Log 48: Expanding Modes of Practice, edited the book Tabula Plena: Forms of Urban Preservation published by Lars Müller Publishers, and co-guest-edited Log 31: New Ancients. Roberts earned her B.A. at Yale University and her M.Arch at the Princeton School of Architecture. She teaches architecture and preservation at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation in New York. She also practices as part of the WIP Collaborative, a group of independent women practitioners that collaborate to realize shared projects in the public realm.