Associate Professor of the Practice, Graduate & Undergraduate Architecture

Eric Farr, Ph.D.

About Eric

Dr. Eric Farr is a cosmopolitan trilingual architectural theorist, scholar and author, with a continuous track record of outstanding performance as architectural designer, urban designer, design consultant, researcher, educator and architecture critic since 1998. Holding a Bachelor, a Master and a Doctorate degree in design and theory, specializing in architectural theory and history as well as computational design and digital architecture and fabrication, he has experienced the decorated Technical University of Berlin (TU-Berlin) in Germany, where he graduated the doctoral program summa cum laude. He taught and practiced architecture, digital design and urban planning/design in three continents, and experienced high architecture with Coop Himmelb(l)au, JM Architects, PRP Architects among others for more than 15 years. He has been a foreign licensed architect, individually practicing proactively since 2004.

He has delivered several keynotes addresses and speeches internationally, presented and published his research in more than thirty journal publications, book chapters and conference papers through well-known international conferences and organizations, publishing houses and academic centers worldwide. He has been invited, by various academic centers, to deliver lectures, keynotes, seminars and workshops.

Acting as the founding principal of NONAMES Design Research and Studies (NN) focusing on: intramural built environment (IBE), fabrication economy, deep learning and generative adversarial network (GAN), fuzzy logic, (Mass-) customization and personalization, and facade systems, he leads a team of international designers and researchers worldwide with the goal of “Promoting Architecture Again (PAA)”. He is an invited member of board of directors of a UK-based research center, MAVRiC with an inspiration to investigate and promote Mixed, Augmented and Virtual Reality in the AEC industry, and a member of international advisory board to Digital Construction Lab at School of Environment and Technology, University of Brighton, which seeks to investigate the integration of new and advanced technologies into the design, (pre)fabrication, assembly and construction processes in architecture and the built environment.

He has also contributed constantly to the development of the architecture curriculum of education by designing new courses and creative syllabuses encouraging originality, introducing exploratory and pioneering topics to the pedagogical arena at both undergraduate and graduate levels, where he has designed and taught eight distinctive courses over the last 5 years. In 2018, he initiated a minor/concentration/certificate in architecture at NewSchool, proposed a roadmap and defended the proposal successfully before the scientific committees. As a result, he established and launched the minor, concentration and certificate in Digital Architecture and Fabrication (DAF), focusing on digital means of design and fabrication nurtured, invigorated and enriched by what he has been teaching for more than a decade in several schools and universities including NewSchool. As a result, his fully trained students, equipped with digital thought process and proportionate technological tools, are transferring their acquired knowledge, the digital culture and sophisticated computational analysis skills, into the industry and practices where they start as young professionals as well as to the other schools and relevant programs where they choose to pursue their education.

As the chair of Digital Architecture and Fabrication (DAF) program and the coordinator of undergraduate architectural and urban theory and history, he supervises and consults on graduate and undergraduate theses with theoretical and applied implications and outcomes, as well as helping the next-generation of thinkers, scholars and designers, with adopting inter-, multi-, cross- and trans-disciplinary approaches to flourish design-research thinking through cutting-edge research projects and papers. He has been acting as external examiner, critic and reviewer to several journals and conferences including Energy and Buildings, Capitalism, Nature and Socialism, Automation in Construction and academic centers such as Architecture Association, University of Applied Arts Vienna, University of Toronto, Ryerson University, University of Brighton, University College London, Sci-Arc and UCLA. He is also active and leads a team of designers in his commission-based design practice, Studio DENAMES/Original Office (OO), where they work on live projects in the UK.

As an award-winning researcher and designer with several recognitions, under his direct supervision, his organization was shortlisted as a finalist in the international architectural competition of Liberland in 2016 out of about 200 submitted competition entries. Dr Farr and his research partners won SEEDS awards for three years, in 2015, 2016 and more recently in 2018 where he won “The Frontiers Award” for “the Best Paper in Building Performance and Evaluation” in Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), Dublin, Ireland. His paper which was commended by the jury and described as a highly technical and sophisticated original research paper, focused on sustainably of Integrated Facade Systems (IFS) under the title of: “Sensitivity analysis of energy consumption of Integrated Facade Systems (IFS): System and sub-system level variables of a base-case model for Building Energy Simulation (BES).” In Dallas’s prestigious Ken Robert (KRob) Delineation Competition, his oeuvres were pronounced as finalists for two years in a row, in 2016 and 2017.

With a track record of providing support for promoting the roles of women and ethnic groups in architecture and design, he has been advancing public awareness and research topics in human-centered design and gamification in the age of digital articulation, high-rise design, holistic and comprehensive design, mixed, virtual and augmented technologies in the built environment, as well as computational design at undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels. His former students and mentees have joined up top-ranked firms like Gensler, MG2, Greenberg Farrow, Leonidas, Carrier-Johnson and Autodesk to work; or continued to further pursue their graduate studies in leading academic institutions such as Columbia University, UCL (London), UC Berkley, MIT, Georgia Institute of Technology, Cambridge University, University of Michigan and University of Pennsylvania.

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