Rachel Armstrong innovates and designs sustainable solutions for the built and natural environment using advanced new technologies such as Synthetic Biology – the rational engineering of living systems – and Smart chemistry. Rachel challenges perceptions, presumptions and established principles around the building blocks of life and society.
She creates open innovation platforms for academia and industry to address environmental challenges such as carbon capture & recycling, smart ‘living’ materials and new approaches to sustainable design. She has been nominated for a Katerva Award in Urban Design as the designer of the smart chemistry in a team of visionary practitioners for the Hylozoic Ground installation.
Rachel encourages and designs change as well as promoting new transferrable ways of thinking ‘outside the box’ that enables others to develop innovative environmental solutions. Her approaches are outlined in her TED book on Living Architecture.
In 2009 she embarked on a PhD in chemistry and architecture to pursue her long standing passion for evolutionary processes and environmental impact. Continuing in the academic field, Rachel is a Professor at Newcastle University in experimental architecture.
Rachel has an optimistic view of our relationship with technology, which she considers to be the way that our ideas are embodied and implemented. Core to her practice is the belief that new ways of thinking can drive innovation and generate technology that can help us overcome seemingly impossible problems to create a better future for ourselves.