Seth Barnard

Seth Barnard

Laguna Beach, CA, US



Seth Barnard grew up in Laguna Beach, CA and currently lives in Berkeley, CA. After living in New York CIty for 5 years, he received his B. Arch from The Cooper Union where he learned the value of an idea. He received his Masters of Architecture from the UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design, working with Professor Ron Rael.

Seth's research and work seeks to make architecture with ecological systems. Our ecological crisis demands alternative methods for construction and design. How can we design with animals, with plants? How can we reconfigure a human-centric profession to include other organisms? In a world where a computer-virus is more natural than a genetically-altered tomato, there is the potential for new-nature. Somewhere between the wild and domestic, Seth's work creates Feral Architectures for the 21st century. Seth is ready to pioneer radical proposals for future habitats.



Matsys Design, Oakland, CA, US, Assistant

Assisted in daily design activities. Fabricated a series of Spore Lamps and installed the P_Wall , featured in the "New West Coast Design 2" exhibition at the Museum of Craft and Design.

Oct 2013 - current

University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, US, Graduate Student Instructor

Sep 2012 - May 2013

Hurley International, Costa Mesa, CA, US, Retail Designer

Jun 2010 - Oct 2012

Laguna Beach Museum of Art, Laguna Beach, CA, US, Art Preparator/ Exhibition Coordinator

Jul 2012 - Sep 2012

Carl E. Smith Fine Art, Laguna Beach, CA, US, Artist Assistant/ Gallery Assistant

Jun 2012 - Aug 2012

SITE | Architecture and Design, New York, NY, US, Architectural Intern

May 2010 - Aug 2010

Jatun Sacha Foundation, Quito, Ecuador, Volunteer

Jun 2009 - Aug 2009

Steve Palessiro Construction, Laguna Beach, CA, US, Apprentice

May 2008 - Sep 2008

Self Employed - Freelance Architect, New York, NY, US, Architectural Designer

Mar 2008 - May 2008

Steve Palessiro Construction, Laguna Beach, CA, US, Apprentice

May 2007 - Sep 2007

Horst Architects, Laguna Beach, CA, US, Architectural Intern

May 2006 - Sep 2007


University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, US, MArch, Architecture

Sep 2012 - May 2013

The Cooper Union, New York, NY, US, BArch, Architecture

Sep 2005 - May 2010


Maker Faire, Blue RIbbon Editor's Choice Award, 1st Place

Graduate work featured in UC Berkeley Architecture booth at the 2013 Maker Faire in San Mateo, CA.


Berkeley Circus and Soirée, Award

Graduate work selected by alumni to best represent the Studio One graduate class of 2013.


Hurley International Internship Award, Award

Intern team awarded first place for their efforts in creating a concept, water-wise pavilion for the us open of surfing 2010 and brand identity for Hurley.


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