Rachel Dickey

Rachel Dickey is an architectural design researcher. Recognizing that current technologies are allowing for an increasingly direct relationship between design and translation, her research seeks to investigate the potential for a machine and material epistemology in architecture. She explores the use of machines and tools in design not only in terms of material manipulation but also as instruments that affect people and their environments. Dickey's particular area of interest examines ways of engaging the body and technology to uncover design approaches which demonstrate the influential capacity of architecture to impact and enhance the lives of those who encounter it.

Dickey holds a master of design studies with a concentration in technology from Harvard GSD, and a bachelor of science in architecture and a master of architecture from Georgia Institute of Technology.

Academic Research/Specialty Areas

  • Architectural design
  • Architectural technology
  • Architectural theory
  • Collaborative practice
  • Digital media
  • Installation art
  • Public art
  • Technology and art

Classes (Selected)

  • ARCH 4509/6509 Robots, Cyborgs, and ArchitectureThis course addresses pertinent issues relative to the subject of Visual Representation. The instructor(s) of the course are drawn from the permanent and visiting faculty who may either broadly or narrowly define the course's scope and content. For precise content please see the Architecture Department webpage .
  • ARCH 5113 Core Design Studio III Focus on relational and ecological design thinking through interpretive, analytical, programmatic and generative uses of digital media. Emphasis on context, nonstandard architectonics and systems in the design of a mid-scale building.