Ding Wen 'Nic' Bao is a Lecturer (a.k.a., Assistant Professor, tenured) and Architecture Technology 3 Course Coordinator at the School of Architecture & Urban Design, RMIT University. He has been appointed as a Visiting Professor in Civil Engineering at Shenzhen University, working on the Key Research Program "New Biomimetic Sustainable Ocean Floating Structures" from 2022 - 2025. He is also an Australian Registered Architect, US Registered Architect and UK RIBA Chartered Architect with over ten years of practical experience; he used to work for several Tier 1 Australian architecture firms as a project architect, including Bates Smart, Fender Katsalidis, Billard Leece, Noel Robinson Architects, Architectus and LAB Architecture.
Nic is the Director & Principal Architect of BDW. Architects Pty Ltd, Co-Founder of FormX Technology Pty Ltd and Director of FormX + CSCEC Intelligent Construction Research Lab. He was invited to lecture at RMIT University, the University of Melbourne, Monash University, Deakin University, Tongji University, Florida International University, Swinburne University of Technology, University of New South Wales, Universita Di Pisa, Shenzhen University, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, The University of Newcastle, Warsaw University of Technology, UCL Bartlett, ETH Zurich, Southeast University, etc.
Nic Bao completed his Master of Architecture at the University of Melbourne and his Bachelor of Architecture at RMIT University in 2012. He used to study at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong), Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, UPC (Barcelona) and Tsinghua University (China) as an exchange student. In 2020, Nic gained the Graduate Certificate of University Teaching from the School of Education at the University of Melbourne.
Nic is completing his PhD at the Centre for Innovative Structures & Materials, School of Engineering (supervised by Dist. Prof. Yi Min 'Mike' Xie) and Practice-Based Research (PRS) School of Architecture and Urban Design (supervised by Assoc.. Prof. Roland Snooks) , RMIT University, where he received the full PhD research scholarship award & engineering top-up award. His research explores design methodologies for establishing a complementary relationship among computational design, structural engineering, behavioural algorithms, and robotic fabrication.
Nic is also an Affiliated Researcher in the BioInspiration Research Initiative at The University of Melbourne. He is a Scientific Peer Reviewer for proceeding of the DigitalFUTURES conference (Springer), proceeding of the CAAD Futures and Frontier of Architectural Research journal (Elsevier), and Session Chair for CAADRIA, ASCAAD, DigitalFUTURES and eCAADe International Conferences.
Nic's projects and papers have been exhibited and published in several well-known exhibitions, conferences and publications, including Business of Design Week Hong Kong (BoDW HK) 2018; DigitalFutures, Tongji University 2019 & Global 2020 and Hybrid 2021; IASS conference Barcelona 2019; Annual Design Research (ADR) conference, Monash University 2019; CAADRIA 2019, 2020 & 2021 conferences; Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture (Shenzhen-Hong Kong) 2019; Melbourne Design Week 2020 - Future Prototypes Exhibition; Melbourne Design Week 2021 - Printed Tectonics Exhibition; 17th Venice Architecture Biennale Italian Pavilion 2021, Time + Architecture Magazine, Current Chinese Science Journal, top Architectural Journal in China, Sampling the Future Exhibition - National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), Melbourne Design Week 2022 - Melbourne Design Fair, etc.
From 2018 - 2022, Nic received the first prize in the 5th International 3D Printing & Design Competition (hosted by China National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Center) in 2020; the first prize in the 3rd National Competition on Aerospace Structure Optimization & Additive Manufacturing (hosted by China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation) in 2019; the International award for the most influential digital tool of the year from DigitalFuture Coding Award in 2020; RMIT HDR Discipline Prize & Certificate of Excellent Awards (the award is based on the quality and quantity of Scopis-indexed papers published and research impact) in 2020, Young CAADRIA Award (Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia) in 2021, Eureka Award for Acceleration in Innovation and Entrepreneurship 2021, International MUSE Design Awards, 2021 RMIT Prize for Research Impact - HDR (Design), and 2021 Grand Prix Du Design Paris - Gold Award.
Nic has embarked on a new journey in architectural (engineering) technology. He is continuously seeking to uncover new architectural methodologies and thoughts instead of the possibilities of theories and realities. Nic is exploring internal and external implications of generative design & digital fabrication in the current scene, and he is hoping to share his affinity for all things digital in architecture, engineering technology, and science.