Sarat Babu

Designer and Materials Architect based in London.

Currently running Betatype. Research Assistant at Imperial College and Senior Visiting Tutor on Innovation Design Engineering.

Project work

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Bayern Motor Worken Group, British Broadcasting Corporation, Imperial College London, Microsoft, Sony EMI, University College London.


2013 / 3D Print Show, DesignJunction, Generation Modification, Arhus Arkitektskolen.

2012 / Designblok, Maison & Objet, 100% Materials Australia, Inspiring Matter, Surface Design Show, The Big Egg Hunt

2011 / Labcraft, 100% Materials

2009 / Labcraft, ICA, RCA Show Two

Research Grants & Awards

R&D Grant from NIHR BRC at the Royal Marsden and the Institute of Cancer Research Funds, 2014

R&D Grant from OA Centre & Wellcome Trust, 2014

Industrial Fellowship from The Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851, 2011

Bursary from the James Dyson Foundation, 2009

Publications & Print

To The Micron — A New Architecture Through High Resolution Multi-Scalar Design And Manufacturing,
Architectural Design, Volume 84, Wiley, 2014.

Designing Functionally Graded Materials,
Persistent Modelling — Extending the Role of Architectural Representation, Routledge, 2012.

Designing Hybrid Materials,
Material Matters: New Materials in Design, Black Dog, Publishing, 2012.

Speech Patterns,
Crafts Magazine, May/June 2009


Guerrilla Thinking Through Making,
RCA—KIDP, Busan, South Korea, 2012

Digital Representation & Analogue Matter,
Unit 20, The Bartlett School of Architecture, London, 2012

Royal College of Art, London, 2010 & 2011

Talks & Interviews

Material Properties (FIGS Forum),
Slade Research Centre, University College London, 2014

Generation Modification,
ROCA Gallery & DGDC Workshop, Central Saint Martins, 2013

New Material — New Architecture? Seminar,
Arhus Arkitektskolen, Denmark, 2013

20 x 20 Symposium,
DAMADEI, ROCA Gallery, 2013

Persistent Modelling Seminar,
CITA, KARCH, Denmark, 2012

SatNet Virtual Seminar
SatNet, 2011

Creative Industries KTN,
London, 2010

Innovation in Recession,
Hidden Art Forum, 2010

Online Press

Architectural Review, Core77, Craft Magazine, suckerPUNCH