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  • Marie Davidova

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  • Cardiff
  • United Kingdom
  • (GMT -12:00) Eniwetok, Kwajalein
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  • Welsh School of Architecture / Collaborative Collective
  • Marie Davidová, MArch, MNAL, ARB, Ph.D., SF HEA is a lecturer (teaching & research) at the Welsh School of Architecture (WSA) and an affiliate of the Sustainable Places Research Institute at the Cardiff University. At the same university, she is a member of the Biodiversity and Resilience Action Plan Coommittee. Marie is a founding member and chair of Collaborative Collective practice design-research network NGO, a founding member of Systemic Design Association and a founding member and auditor of Creative Systemic Research Platform Institute. She is a practising architect registered in Norway and UK, researcher and educator. Marie proved her university teaching proficiency when becoming a Senior Higher Education Academy Fellow (SF HEA) in 2020. This certification is based on her research within the field of practice based research by design pedagogy that involves real-life implementation of Systemic Design, Service Design, Prototyping, CoDesign, and Empathy.
    Marie has defended her PhD thesis ‘Wood as a Primary Medium to Eco-Systemic Performance: The Case Study in Systemic Approach to Architectural Performance’ (Davidová, 2017) in Architecture: Theory and Design in January 2018 at the Czech Technical University in Prague, the Faculty of Architecture (FA CTU), MOLAB Department. The thesis was developed under the supervision of Miloš Florián (FLO|W) and Birger Sevaldson (Systemic Design Association) and represented an in-depth case study investigation within Systemic Approach to Architectural Performance (SAAP) design field. At this department, Marie was also collaborating as a scientific consultant in studios FLO|W, and PET‐MAT between 2013 and 2017. Before joining WSA, she has been a researcher and principal investigator of projects SAAP I and II held at the Faculty of Art and Architecture at the Technical University of Liberec (FUA TUL) in cooperation with the Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO).
    Marie gained her master’s degree in architecture (2007) at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design. The thesis ‘HOLOSLO – The Penetrating of Latent’ (Davidová, 2007) developed under the supervision of Birger Sevaldson (Ocean Design Research Association) and Per Kartvedt (Archigram) was focusing on an environment-responsive installation and was developed with Systems Oriented Design. Marie worked as an architect in design-research practices Snøhetta and Expology in Oslo and researched and taught as a university lecturer at the Faculty of Architecture and Fine Art at the University of Science and Technology in Trondheim (NTNU). She taught, as a Visiting Course Leader, trans-disciplinary studios in collaboration with the Faculty of Forestry and Wood Sciences at the Czech University of Life Sciences; at both the Architectural Institute in Prague and FUA TUL. These two courses focused on and resulted in the construction of two, full-scale prototype pavilions. Both pavilions used environment-responsive strategies to mitigate urban heat island conditions in Prague. Marie founded and led Trends and Tendencies in Contemporary Architecture reading seminar at FUA TUL, which focused on such design-research implementation in today's practice. Her trans-disciplinary community co-design built projects COLridors I and II are to use the environmental responsiveness for bio-tops and bio-corridors support within the city centre of Prague and Třebíč. The projects also use a responsive wood concept for a variety of micro-climates for dwellings of other species. For the built prototypes – ‘eco-systemic urban interventions’ - in public space, Marie founded a multi-genre community festival EnviroCity to promote her research and sustainable cities in general to the public. Her most recent projects ‘Synergetic Landscapes’ and ‘COLreg’ are proposing communal cross-species regenerative coliving and to its related new economic model via blockchain and other tokens.
    Marie has founded the Systemic Approach to Architectural Performance (SAAP) design field. This field discusses the question of cities’ adaptation to climate change and biodiversity loss. Current environmental ecology research shows that species that have adapted to agricultural land hundreds of years ago are recently adapting to life within the cities. Our agricultural land has become so toxic, due to pesticides, etc., that the built environment now offers them better-living conditions. Our cities, therefore, need to adapt to such coliving situation. The research demonstrates such adaptations through full-scale ecosystemic prototypical urban interventions, their and the ecosystem’s tokenisation and the prototypes’ historical context studies. It considers not only the prototypes’ design and creation process but also their performance within the ‘real-life’ environment. The research covers observations of prototypes’ generative codesigning agency across the ecosystem and speculations of their futures. The agency is including human and non-human, living and non-living communities. Further on, the work¬ reaches a larger scale and layer through spreading its parametric DIY recipes and codes for prototypes’ locally adapted iterations for communities across the world.
    SAAP is a fusion of process‐based fields formally initiated by the integration of Systems Oriented Design and Performance Oriented Architecture. It develops methodology and generates theory through experimental practice. SAAP involves Time Based EcoSystemic TransDisciplinary CoDesign that is performed by both biotic and abiotic agents, including humans. It belongs to the broader field of Systemic Design, considering the overall ecosystem. Marie has held guest lectures, presentations, and workshops in this field across Europe, North America, Asia, Africa, and Oceania, where she is also widely published and exhibited.
    This design-research has been by now financed by grants from the Global Development Research Fund, the EEA and Norway Grants, the EEA Grants, 2 Visegrad Fund grants and 3 Research Grants from the Czech Ministry of Education. It has been also supported by several stipends such as Anita Borg Institute for Women in Technology, Research and Education in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe, Erasmus + or several Mobility Funds from the Czech Ministry of Education and Czech Ministry of Culture. The research has also received funds and sponsoring from several Collaborative Collective NGO grant and sponsoring submissions, namely the Forests of the Czech Republic, Skanska, Rothoblaas, Stora Enso, Via Foundation, NUVIT research association and from Collaborative Collective sister practice network. In all these cases, Marie has created the project proposal and afterwards led the design-research project until its completion and final report.
    Marie absolved several disciplinary, ethics, pedagogical, and project leading courses concerning research and teaching in tertiary education. She has been volunteering in Prague Central Station Refugee Help Initiative since 2015 where she has been practically trained in ethics and various sensitivities issues (gender, sex, race, religion, anonymity protection, psychological issues, defence against racist and sexist attacks, etc.). Therefore, she has good experience and mindset to deal with and/or leading diverse teams, communities, and social groups. Marie, thus, often manages to practise her research by codesign in socially, politically as well as climatically extreme environments.


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