Programme Director, MArch Architecture
Mike Dring is an architect, senior lecturer, MArch programme director and researcher at the Birmingham School of Architecture and Design. He brings seven years of professional practice to his role with a track record of delivering award winning projects. He is involved in a number of emergent and established research projects and groups spanning architecture, urbanism, art and design, and ecology.
His MArch design studio unit, ‘Plastic’, is concerned with revisiting new towns with particular reference to regional examples, aligning educational and research agendas through the NRG (New Town Research Group). He was instrumental in instigating 'CO.LAB' as a cross level and school 'live' project vehicle, building on the Schools historic and current reputation for engaging in real scenarios and embedding research in the curriculum.
Themes of study include the modernist utopia of the city/region in collaboration with artists photographer Stuart Whipps of Birmingham School of Art, guerrilla ecology in the post-capitalist lacuna in collaboration with colleagues at the Birmingham School of the Built Environment, and the future development and integration of digital media in creative processes and practices. The latter led to a conference paper at the RDPM Conference in June 2010, co-authored with colleague Alessandro Columbano.
Mike is also collaborating with Ed Wall, landscape architect and PhD student at LSE, on projects and competitions related to collaboration and experimentation across design and environmental fields.