Ricardo Assis Rosa is a Senior Lecturer in Architecture and alumnus of Oxford Brookes University. His teaching and research is multidisciplinary focusing on the integration of Design and Technology bringing together methodologies and practices from Architecture, Interior Design, Product Design and Fine Arts.
Ricardo’s background is quite extensive having started his design carrier in the Theatre where he develops a special interest in materials, spatial experience and narrative. His relationship with architecture begun with hand tools on building sites having grown up in an environment of historical restoration of vernacular architecture in Portugal. His in-depth knowledge of making and crafting influences his approach to teaching and the style of his architectural propositions.
Ricardo's PhD by Design research titled: Mind Tool and Matter - Synergies in Digital Fabrication and Bamboo Craftsmanship can be found here.
The Abstract is:
Bamboo is widely used as a construction material in many places across the tropics, presenting a viable solution to locally sourced sustainable resources. Colombia has a well-established tradition in craftsmanship and design preserved in a legacy of vernacular and contemporary architecture. This research project studies the limitations and potential of large culms of bamboo (Guadua) for its use in mainstream architectural design and construction. The thesis is to integrate digital design and fabrication technologies into existing workflows to aid and enhance craftsmanship and design. This research project proposes a low-cost digital fabrication machine which through a workflow enhances the possibilities of innovative design, fabrication and application of bamboo buildings in mainstream contemporary construction. This proposed methodology of design to construction can support a wider use of bamboo through intermediate technologies, empowering communities with small to medium industrial solutions, encouraging sustainable social and economical growth. Overall bamboo in light of this project contributes to the aims of a circular economy and the sustainable development goals.