Assistant Professor, Architecture

Education: M.ARCH Harvard University Graduate School of Design; B.ARCH North Carolina State University; B.S. North Carolina State University

Michael Leighton Beaman is an Assistant Professor in Architecture at the University of Virginia and a Design and Technology Critic at the Rhode Island School of Design. His research and writing focus 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 has been named a MacDowell Fellow, an American Institute of Architects Emerging Practitioner, and a University of Virginia Teaching Fellow in Architecture. Prior to his appointment at the University of Virginia, Michael was an Assistant Professor of Architecture at the University of Texas in Austin, and has taught at Harvard University, the Rhode Island School of Design, North Carolina State University, Northeastern University, and the Kigali Institute of Science and Technology.

In addition to teaching, Michael is a writer for Architectural Record focusing on design technologies and techno-centric design practices. Michael has contributed articles and chapters to a number of publications including, Traces & Trajectories, Innovations in Landscape Architecture, Cite, Int|AR and Issue. Michael is also an associate editor for II Journal and is currently working on the design manual for housing in rural Kenya and Rwanda.

Michael is Co-founding Principal at GA Collaborative, a design-oriented non-profit organization focused on the design and strategic implementation of culturally specific architecture, landscape, urban design and planning projects, as well as research and education. GA Collaborative currently has projects in Rwanda, Kenya, Nepal, and Nicaragua, as well as ongoing research projects in the US.

Michael is also the Founding Principal of Beta-field, a multi-modal, research and design practice focused on material and procedural design processes, and their implications on technology, sustainability, design culture, and the built environment. Beta-field establishes a framework through which interdisciplinary collaborations, critical engagement with experimental and performative processes, emerging technologies, and materials research, are undertaken.

Michael holds a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from North Carolina State University and a Master’s degree in Architecture from the Harvard University.