Steve Hardy

Steve Hardy

Steve Hardy

Associate Professor of Architecture

Brief Vitae

M.Arch with Distinction, The Bartlett School, University College London, 1996
B.Arch with Distinction, University of Kansas, 1995
PIET, Missouri State University, 1990

Steve has been a member and director of Urban Future Organization since 1998, an international architectural practice and design research collaborative with an emphasis in the use of digital design techniques ( Steve has lectured in Europe, the U.S. and Asia and his work with Urban Future Organization has been widely published and exhibited. To date, successes include the international competition winning proposal for the Sarajevo National Concert Hall and first prizes in the Castelmola Art Museum and the Mount Etna North Ski resort competitions. Urban Future Organization has exhibited its work at the Venice Biennale and was one of six practices to represent the United Kingdom at the Beijing Biennale. The work of Urban Future Organization was recently featured by Zaha Hadid in 10X10 v. 2 as one of the most interesting contemporary international young practices.

Before joining UNL in 2008, Steve held the appointments of Research Curator and Diploma Unit Master (Dip16) at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London. He concurrently served as Departmental co-Chair of Digital Design/IT/AV/CAD and Course Leader of the MA in Architecture & Digital Design at the Department of Architecture and Spatial Design at London Metropolitan University. Steve has also taught graduate design studios with an emphasis on digital techniques at UCL’s Bartlett School, the University of Westminster and the University of Greenwich.

Areas of Interest

Si (Silicon) + C (Carbon); computational + environmental. Steve’s interest and specialism is in digital design with an emphasis on generative techniques, parametrically-driven spatial organizations, environmental performance, environmental aesthetics, and affect-oriented simulations. As a design generalist he uses computation, not as an end in itself, but rather as a means through which to explore, evaluate and optimize designs that engage and propel the architectural discourse and its material, organizational and spatial effects.


His most recent publication Environmental Tectonics: Forming Climatic Change was published by AA Publications in November 2008, for which he served as the book’s editor while authoring the ‘Environmental Morphologies’ article. He recently presented “The Impact of Explicit Logic on Process and Design Elegance” at ASCA’s West Central Conference on Architecture in the Age of Digital Reproduction and has been the recipient of the SABE Research Grant at the University of Westminster in 2004-06 for his work on computational processes in ‘Generative Iterations’.