Ding Wen 'Nic' Bao is a Lecturer in Architecture (permanent faculty) and Architecture Technology Course Area Coordinator at the School of Architecture & Urban Design, RMIT University. He is also an Australian Registered Architect, US Registered Architect and RIBA Chartered Architect in the UK over eight years of practical experience; he used to work for several Tier 1 Australian architecture firms as a project architect, including Bates Smart, Fender Katsalidis, BLP Architects, Noel Robinson Architects, Architectus and LAB Architecture.
Nic is the director of STUDIO NIC BAO (formerly BDW-Architecture), and co-founder & CEO of FormX Technologies (formerly X-Form Research Lab). He taught and lectured at RMIT University, the University of Melbourne, Monash University, Deakin University, Tongji University, Florida International University, Swinburne University of Technology, UNSW etc. in the past six years.
Nic Bao completed his Master of Architecture at the University of Melbourne in 2014 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 and School of Architecture and Urban Design, 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 2021 and ASCAAD 2021 Conferences.
Nic's projects and paper 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; IASS conference Barcelona 2019; Annual Design Research (ADR) conference, Monash University 2019; CAADRIA 2019 conference; Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture (Shenzhen-Hong Kong) 2019; Melbourne Design Week 2020 - Future Prototypes Exhibition 2020; 17th Venice Architecture Biennale Italian Pavilion 2021, Time + Architecture Magazine, Current Chinese Science Journal, top Architectural Journal in China, etc.
From 2018 - 2021, Nic received the first prize of the 5th International 3D Printing & Design Competition (hosted by China National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Center) in 2020; the first prize of 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 and Young CAADRIA Award (Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia) in 2021.
Nic has embarked on a new journey of 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.