Dingwen 'Nic' Bao is an Australian Registered Architect and UK RIBA Chartered Architect over eight years of practical experience in Australia and China; he used to work for several Tier 1 Australian architecture firms as a project architect, including Bates Smart; Fender Katsalidis; BLP Architects and Noel Robinson Architects.
Nic is the director of STUDIO NIC BAO (BDW-Architecture), associate partner of ANS Design Studio and co-founder of X-FORM Research Lab. He taught Digital Design Fabrication (DDF), Construction Technologies subjects, SuperStudio 2019, DigitalFutures 2019 Workshop X-Form and DigitalFutures 2020 Workshop BioForm and CAADRIA Pre-conference Workshop ReForm at the University of Melbourne, Monash University, Deakin University, Tongji University in the past years.
Nic Bao completed his Master of Architecture at the University of Melbourne in 2014 and Bachelor of Architecture at RMIT University in 2012. He used to study at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (HongKong); Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, UPC (Barcelona) and Tsinghua University (China) as an exchange student. Recently, Nic gained the Graduate Certificate of University Teaching, from the School of Education at the University of Melbourne.
Currently, Nic is a PhD Researcher (final year) with RMIT full research scholarship award & engineering top-up award at the School of Engineering & School of Architecture and Urban Design; Design Studio Leader (sessional faculty) at the School of Architecture & Urban Design at RMIT University and Affiliated Researcher in BioInspiration Research Initiative at The University of Melbourne. In 2020, Nic is re-appointed as the instructor of DigitalFUTURES 2020 Workshop "BioForm" and peer review of proceeding of the 2020 DigitalFUTURES -- The 2nd International Conference on Computational Design and Robotic Fabrication (CDRF 2020) Springer. He is also journal reviewer of Frontier of Architectural Research (Elsevier) and Construction Robotics (Springer).
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; 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, The University of Melbourne 2020, Time + Architecture Magazine and permanent Cover Page of Current Chinese Science Journal. From 2018 - 2020, Nic received the first prize of the 5th International 3D Printing & Design Competition (hosted by China National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Center); the first prize of the 3rd National Competition on Aerospace Structure Optimization & Additive Manufacturing (hosted by China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation); the International award for the most influential digital tool of the year from DigitalFuture Coding Award and RMIT HDR Discipline Prize & Cenrticaite of Excellent Awards (the award is based on the quality and quantity of Scopis-indexed papers published and research impact).
Nic has embarked on a new journey of architectural (engineering) technology as a researcher. He is continuously seeking to uncover new architectural methodologies and thoughts instead of the possibilities of theories and realities. In the current scene, Nic is exploring internal and external implications of generative design & digital fabrication, and he is hoping to share his affinity for all things digital in architecture, engineering technology and science.