Thora H Arnardottir is a researcher and an interdisciplinary designer with a background in architecture. She has a passion for pursuing analogy with nature through her work, not merely taking inspiration from our ecology but, speculating concerning our changing relationship with it through engineered biological systems and new material processes. Her PhD titled 'Bacterial Sculpting' at Newcastle University in the School of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape addresses the possibilities of integrating biological systems in the built environment and focuses on more-than-human design and cross-species interaction. With expertise in biomineralization (MICP), her research combines biotic agency with design concepts and innovative crafting techniques.
Thora holds a master's degree in Advanced Architecture from the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) in Spain and a bachelor’s degree from the Arts University Bournemouth (AUB), UK.
She is currently an Associate Lecturer at Central Saint Martins on the MA Biodesign program and a Research Associate at the Hub for Biotechnology in the Built Environment, where she manages the Macro Bio-Design Lab, and on projects centred on the Living Construction theme.
At Newcastle, she has worked on the EPSRC-funded Living Manufacture project, and the EPSRC-funded Thinking Soils project, where she has been a design-led researcher exploring the design potentials of living materials which respond to physical forces in their environment.