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Episode 29: Bryan Bell, Design Corps, SEED, & NC State

James Benedict Brown

The 2017 AAE conference (see episode 26) presented the opportunity to sit down with Bryan Bell, Founder and Executive Director of Design Corps and Associate Professor of Architecture at NC State University in Raleigh, North Carolina. We spoke about his experiences of architectural education and practice, from studying under Peggy Guggenheim to meeting and working with Sam Mockbee. After grad school, he worked for a brief period in the office of Steven Holl before realising his calling lay elsewhere.

Bell is the editor of Good Deeds, Good Design (Princeton Architectural Press, 2003), co-editor with Katie Wakeford of Expanding Design: Architecture as Activism (Metropolis Press, 2008), and co-editor with Lisa M. Abendroth or both the Public Interest Design Practice Guidebook (Routledge, 2015) and the forthcoming Public Interest Design Education Guidebook (Routledge, 2018).

Bryan is also the co-founder of the SEED (Social Economic Environmental Design) Network, who are collaborating with the Pacific Rim Community Design Network for the 2018 SEED + Pacific Rim Awards Competition celebrating excellence in Public Interest Design. Three winners will be selected by each of the two networks that represent their principles and selection criteria, with six winning projects receiving a USD3,000 honorarium for a trip for one team representative to present their work at an international conference, taking place at the National University of Singapore on December 14-16, 2018. Click here for more information about the competition - the deadline is 23:59EST on 15 July 2018, and winners will be announced on 4 September 2018.