Bastian Beyer


  • Bastian Beyer is an ArcIntex Early Stage Researcher (Marie-Curie Action) on the Textiles programme at the Royal College of Art. ArcInTex is a European training network for new PhD students researching and exploring the expressions of sustainable forms of future living through textile thinking in the intersection of Architecture, Fashion Design and Interaction Design. Beyer’s PhD research is supervised by Dr Jo-Anne Bichard.

  • Biography

  • Bastian Beyer studied Architecture in Munich and Berlin. He graduated from the Berlin University of Arts in 2015. Throughout his work he experiments with innovative manufacturing methods and their relation to specific design tasks. For his Diploma he investigated the use of renewable compound materials and possible applications within architecture. Questioning modern materials and their intensive use of energy and resources he developed a solar powered manufacturing method for biodegradable building components. For this work he received the Max Taut Prize of the Berlin University of Arts 2015.

    In 2015 he joined the Royal College of Art as part of the ArcInTex research Program. The EU founded project is part of the Marie Skłodowska Curie Research Program and investigates the relation between Architecture, Interactive Design and Textiles.

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  • External collaborations

  • Collaborative Universities within the ArcInTex programme:

    Royal College of Art, London

    Heriott-Watt University, Edinburgh

    TU Eindhoven

    University of Arts, Berlin

    University of Borås

    AB Ludvig Svensson, Kinna

    Vilnius Academy of Arts

    Collaborative Companies within the ArcInTex programme:

    Philips, Eindhoven

    Heatherwick Studio, London

    Haworth Tompkins, London

    Audejas UAB, Vilnius

    AB Ludvig Svensson, Kinna

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  • Publications, exhibitions and other outcomes

  • Exhibitions:

    2014 Gallery of Association of German Architects Berlin

    2014 BDA Nachwuchsförderpreis 2013, Haus der Berliner Festspiele

    2015 Karl Hofer Society / Leinemann Foundation Berlin

    2015 Academy of Arts Berlin

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  • Awards and Grants

  • 2015 Max Taut Prize, Berlin University of Arts

    2012 Bernd Tibes Award, Association of German Architects Berlin

    2011 Paul-Baumgarten Grant of Berlin University of Art

    2011 second prize Art-in-Building contest Max Delbrueck Center for Molecular Medicine 


Research interests

The application and manufacturing of renewable compound materials on an architectural scale.

Current and recent research

2015: Final Project Berlin University of Arts, Max Taut Prize 2015

During the project, modern building materials were analysed concerning their energetic demand in manufacturing. In relation to the theoretical research a solar powered manufacturing method for biodegradable building components was designed. The project also investigated future applications of the principle.

2012: Bernd Tibes Grant, Association of German Architects Berlin

Over a period of one year various low tech manufacturing methods for renewable and recycling materials were designed and tested. 

2011: Paul Baumgarten Grant, Berlin University of Arts

In order to investigate the process of design in extreme situations, the work documented a person locked in a space over a period of one week with very limited resources. The work consisted of a short movie documenting design processes and behavior and the designed artifacts themselves.

2011: Art in Building, Max Delbrueck Center for Molecular Medicine

Designing street furniture for the Max Delbrueck center as a art intervention in the public space. The concept was to modify the shape of conventional street furniture in order to indicate the magnetic fields generated by magnetic resonance tomography research.

2009, Munich: Built a temporary structure in Munich South using building components which were collected during a three-month period on a specific recycling plant. The work consisted of four spaces located in a grid of 4.5 x 3.5 x 8 (length x width x height) metres.