Alicia is an architect who explores design through the integration of materials and technology in relation to context specific environments. Her professional and research work has focused on exploring the relationship between design, architecture, technology and fabrication by implementing computational and fabrication techniques on large scale design projects and architectural installations.
She is currently a Ph.D. research fellow at the Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University where she explores human – robot collaborative design processes by looking at the synergies between designers, materials and digital design and fabrication methods. Her research focus includes the mediation between digital design technologies and traditional material crafts.
Alicia is also a course tutor at the Architectural Association Design Research Laboratory Master’s program where she co-directs nahmad-bhooshan studio which focuses on exploring the future of housing at the intersection of social dynamics, architectural systems and novel fabrication techniques.
Alicia is a former Artist In-Residence at Autodesk Pier 9 where she focused on implementing machine learning techniques that enable robots to understand the deformation and behaviours of phase-changing construction materials and hence allow them to become collaborators to the designers throughout the creative process.
She completed her Master’s degree at the AA school of Architecture, London in 2010. Her work and research has been published and presented at various events including TxA Emerging Design and Technology, IJAC, IASS, Acadia, Archdaily etc. She has also taught international workshops and delivered lectures on related topics at institutions such as KADK Copenhagen, Tec de Monterrey Mexico, Belas Artes Sao Paulo, PUC Rio de Janerio, AA visiting school India and China. Previously, she worked with the parametric design group at Populous and at Zaha Hadid Architects, London.