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I find the integration between biology and architecture to be highly interesting and I was wondering if there are any PhD or Masters programs that heavily explore this integration. I currently hold a 5 Year accredited B.Arch degree and I am studying for the BS section of the ARE's. While the professional and licensing aspect of architecture is important, I am finding myself more interested in researching and integrating the latest scientific discoveries and breakthroughs into architecture, creating a more integrative relationship between building and nature (synthetic).
What do you guys think?
Brendan I'm with you. I too am having a hard time finding archi schools in the USA that are considering biology or protocells. I do believe this is a result of a rigid NCARB and NAAB standards. In the states it seems we'll have to study biological systems as a complete different field.
I know that Rachel Armstrong is sort of the leader in protocell architecture (http://www.ted.com/speakers/rachel_armstrong.html) and she does this all in England. As well it seems other countries like German are on board but...yeah nothing so far that I've found in the states.
I recommend reading anything by Nikos Salingaros and Michael Mehaffey. Here's a link to some of their essays at Metropolis:
check out labstudio and the things they teach (jenny sabin and peter lloyd jones). i think they're at cornell now, used to be at penn.
also carnegie mellon has a program that integrates studies of biology and physiology with design and art; i'm unsure though how much of an architecture choice there is.