Discipline: Architecture – design

Michael Leighton Beaman

Discipline: Architecture – design
Region: Charlottesville, VA
MacDowell Fellowships: 2016

Michael Leighton Beaman is an architectural designer, researcher and writer. His work focuses on the history, discourse, and speculative future of technology in architecture and landscape architecture, and its implications for design culture, environmental responsibility, and socially conscious design practices.

Michael is the founder of Beta-field, a speculative design studio; and is a co-founding principal of the design-non-profit GA Collaborative, which works with vulnerable and underrepresented communities internationally.

Michael currently teaches at the Rhode Island School of Design. He has also taught at Harvard University, the University of Texas in Austin, North Carolina State University, the University of Virginia, Northeastern University, and the Kigali Institute of Science and Technology.



Michael Leighton Beaman worked in the Eastman studio.

Thanks to the generous support of MacDowell Fellow and board member Louise Eastman, this century-old farm building was reinvented as a modern, energy efficient live and workspace for visual artists. Originally built in 1915 to house a forge and provide storage when the residency program was expanding, this small barn was simply converted for…

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