Rachel Dickey

Instructor, Design Research Fellow


Rachel Dickey is the Design Innovation Fellow at Ball State University and a researcher in the Institute for Digital Fabrication research group. She holds a Master of Design Studies with a concentration in technology from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture and Master of Architecture from Georgia Institute of Technology, where she received the Ventulett Distinguished Chair Award and Prize for her project Weil Veil: A Bereavement Community Center for New Orleans.

Her research and work has been published in many journals including Architectural Review and was recently published in Robotic Fabrication in Architecture, Art, and Design and in Paradigms in Computing: Making, Machines, and Models for Design Agency in Architecture. Dickey has exhibited at the Office for the Arts Ceramic Innovation Exhibition at Harvard, the Graduate School of Design “Making Things” exhibition, Des Cours in New Orleans, and the Museum of Design in Atlanta.

Dickey has worked as researcher for the Responsive Environments Lab at the GSD and Formations Studio in Atlanta. She has also worked at various architecture firms in the south which have provided a platform for both production and criticism of contemporary practice. Recognizing the complex and changing character of design practice, Dickey seeks to not only highlight the current state of architectural practice, but also emphasizes the importance of making and machines to provide the capacity to understand and redefine the role of the architect. Through a critical investigation of the role of art and design in the public domain, her research seeks to illuminate the ways design can address larger social, cultural, and political issues and while also informing designers of their larger options to address such issues. As a teacher of undergraduate architecture studios and design and fabrication seminars her classes investigate critical, theoretical, and practical technological approaches which emphasize design agency in architecture.