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Profile: Dave Pigram

Martha VoulgariConsultant, Area of Expertise: Architecture

Dave Pigram is founding partner of the advanced computational architecture practice supermanoeuvre (with Iain Maxwell). He is a New York based designer and academic.

Pigram's work has been exhibited at the UN Habitat World Urban Forum III, the National Museum of Australia as well as in Paris, Vienna, New York, Los Angeles, Beijing, Melbourne and Auckland. Awarded the Marten Bequest Traveling Scholarship, an Australian Government Research Grant and the Rotary Youth Leadership Award, in 2003 Dave was one of seven graduates across Australia to receive the RAIA Chapter Medallion.

Dave has worked for, and consulted to, Studio Daniel Libeskind, where he lead projects including the 5.5 Billion Euro Monaco expansion project. He has taught design studios and seminars at the Architecture Association, Columbia's GSAPP, the Pratt Institute, the University of Michigan and the University of Canberra and been an invited jury critic for SCI-Arc, UPenn, Cornell, and Goa Universities.

Educated in USA, Australia, Finland and Thailand, Mr. Pigram received his Masters in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University.

He played a Viking in 'The Rising', the largest Bollywood film ever made.


About  supermanoeuvre

supermanoeuvre is an architectural practice dedicated to advancing the application and theory of computational design. The practice was cofounded in 2006 by Dave Pigram and Iain Maxwell and operates out of New York and London. The practice has exhibited in UK, USA, China and Australia and have lectured on their work at the AA, Columbia University, London's Royal College of Art, The Pratt Institute, Aalborg University and the University of Canberra.

supermanoeuvre sees computation as an means of opportunistically collaborating with the heterogeneity and flux of social, cultural and ecological substrates. Seeking to move beyond the diagram as the dominant mode of architectural understanding, supermanoeuvre employs both genetic and phenotypical strategies of formation in which multiple intelligences and behaviors compete for the gift of instantiation. The resulting complex and adaptive morphologies achieve their definition performatively as the emergent outcome of highly specific architectural concerns embedded within generating rulesets.

supermanoeuvre represented Australia at the 2008 Beijing Architecture Biennale.