Dave Pigram

Dave Pigram is an international award winning designer, researcher and educator relocated to Sydney after 6 years living and working in New York. Dave’s work has been exhibited at the Centre Pompidou, UN Habitat World Urban Forum, the National Museum of Australia, the Gallery of Australian Design, RAIA National Headquarters as well as in Lisbon, Paris, Florence, New York, Los Angeles, Beijing, Lexington, Melbourne and Auckland. 

A graduate of Columbia University’s renowned Graduate School of Architecture Preservation and Planning, Dave has studied in USA, Australia, Finland and Thailand and holds a Masters of Science in Advanced Architectural Design, a Bachelor of Architecture (First Class Honours) and a Bachelor of Applied Science in Environmental Design. His global education is matched by international professional experience having worked in the USA, Australia, Ireland, Hong Kong and United Kingdom as well as leading a pro-bono development aid project in India.

Awarded the Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship, an Australian Government Research Grant and the Rotary Youth Leadership Award, in 2003 Dave was one of seven graduates across Australia to receive the RAIA Chapter Medallion.

In 2006 Mr. Pigram was hired by Daniel Libeskind to take a leading role in projects such as a 5.5 billion Euro scheme to expand Monaco into the Mediterranean Sea and a competition design for the Parliament House of Hong Kong.

Dave has taught at Columbia University and the Pratt Institute, New York; the Architectural Association, London; Princeton University; the University of Michigan; Aalborg School of Architecture, Denmark; the University of Canberra; and San Carlos University, the Phillipines. He has served on invited review panels at MIT, Cornell, Sci-Arc and the University of Pennsylvania and is a co-founder of Apo Mechanes, an annual private intensive studio into algorithmic architecture in Athens, Greece.

Dave is currently the Director of the Master of Advanced Architecture program at the University of Technology, Sydney. He serves on the advisory panel for the Masters of Digital Design Program at the University of Canberra, co-founded the International Fabrication Robotics Network; co-directs research into robotic fabrication at the University of Michigan; and is a Research Affiliate at MIT's Media Lab.

He played a viking in what was the largest Bollywood film ever made.

Dave was visiting faculty at the Block Research Group from July 2014 to February 2015, and returned in February 2016 as part-time Researcher in Residence at the National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) Digital Fabrication, while also directing the realisation of the NEST HiLo project.



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