Daisy is an artist, designer and writer, interrogating emerging technology and science, and the function and future of design.
As Design Fellow on Synthetic Aesthetics, an NSF/EPSRC-funded project at Stanford University and the University of Edinburgh, she has been curating an international programme researching synthetic biology, art and design, investigating how we might ‘design nature.’ The Synthetic Aesthetics book will be published by MIT Press in January 2014.
Through intensive research into synthetic biology, Daisy is exploring potential roles for design in a 'Biotech Revolution.' Works include The Synthetic Kingdom, a proposal for a new branch of the Tree of Life; E. chromi, a collaboration with James King and Cambridge University’s grand-prize-winning team at the 2009 International Genetically Engineered Machine competition (iGEM) and a science fiction short story - The Well-Oiled Machine, co-written with Oron Catts while resident at SymbioticA, the art and science laboratory at the University of Western Australia in 2009. Daisy taught both the ArtsScienceBangalore and Cambridge University iGEM teams in 2010. In 2011, Daisy designed ‘Synthesis’, a one-week intensive synthetic biology lab workshop for artists, designers, scientists and others, in collaboration with The Arts Catalyst, UCL, SymbioticA, and Synthetic Aesthetics, funded by The Wellcome Trust. Most recently, Daisy guest-edited the December 2012 issue of the scientific journal Current Opinion in Chemical Biology.
Daisy studied Architecture at Cambridge University, Design at Harvard University, and MA Design Interactions at the Royal College of Art. Her work has been exhibited at MoMA NY, The Art Institute of Chicago, The Wellcome Trust, London’s Design Museum, the Israel Museum and the National Museum of China. Daisy publishes, teaches and lectures internationally: recent talks include TEDglobal and PopTech. In 2011, her work was nominated for the Brit Insurance "Designs of The Year" and the Index Award and she won the World Technology Award (Design). In 2012, Daisy received the first London Design Medal for Emerging Talent.
Royal College of Art MA Design Interactions
10/2007 - 07/2009, London, UK.
Dissertation: "Design Evolution: Microbes and the Everyday" [Distinction].
09/2005 - 06/2006, Cambridge, USA.
Herchel Smith Scholarship from Cambridge University.
Visiting student at Graduate School of Arts and Sciences & Graduate School of Design
Cambridge University MA (Cantab) Architecture, First Class
09/2001 - 06/2004 , Cambridge, UK.
Ranked first in graduating year.
Purcell Miller Tritton Prize (Best Overall Student).
Nominated for entry in RIBA President's Medals Awards.
Dissertation: “Consuming Architecture:
Exploring the Ethics of a Sustainable Brandscape.”
Awards & Nominations
London Design Medal
Winner, Emerging Talent
London Design Festival, September 2012
World Technology Awards
World Technology Awards & Summit, New York, October 2011
Designs of the Year
E.chromi nominated for Brit Insurance Designs of the Year Awards.
Exhibition February 16 - August 2011
VIDA 12.0 Special Mention, Growth Assembly, 2010
Growth Assembly nominated for FutureEverything Award, 2010
Australian Bicentennial Fellowship Awarded by Kings College London to undertake research at SymbioticA, 2009
Herchel Smith Scholarship to Harvard University, awarded by Emmanuel College, Cambridge University, 2005 - 2006
Purcell Miller Tritton Prize Best Overall Student, Department of Architecture, Cambridge University, 2004
Residencies, Fellowships & Projects
Researcher and Curator, Grow Your Own
Science Gallery Dublin
April 2013 - October 2013
Design Fellow, Synthetic Aesthetics
Connecting Synthetic Biology & Creative Design
Stanford University, USA & Edinburgh University, UK,
Feb 2010 -
Visiting Fellow, ESRC Genomics Forum, University of Edinburgh, Feb 2010
Residency, SymbioticA , University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia, Sept 2009 - Dec 2009
Co-organiser, Long Now London
General Public Agency
London, Mar- Aug 2007
Cofounder and designer, GSD Green Design,
Harvard Graduate School of Design, Harvard University
Sept 2005 - May 2006
Architecture + Urbanism Unit, Greater London Authority
London, Feb - Aug 2005
Borgos Dance Architects
London, Sept 2004 - Feb 2005
New York, Aug -Sept 2003
London, Aug - Sept 2002