Lucy Begg

Lucy joined Thoughtbarn as Co-Director in 2010.  She studied at UC Berkeley (M.Arch) and Cambridge (B.Arch) and her crooked architectural path has wound through Pollen Architecture and KRDB's offices in Austin, Simon Conder and Eldridge Smerin’s in London and the Rural Studio Outreach Program in Alabama. Along the way she’s worked on net-zero housing developments, private homes, hotels, retail fit-outs, a school refurbishment, a recycling facility and a screened porch addition to a mobile home (her first collaboration with Robert, in 2003).

In 2006 she was awarded the Branner Travelling Fellowship from UC Berkeley, enabling her to spend a year working with architects around the globe innovating with participatory design methods. Her travels took her to Berlin, Buenos Aires and New Orleans to take part in projects that used games and theatre to rethink a range of urban issues, from disaster relief to public transport systems.

In 2010 she completed a year-long series of workshops in Nonprofit Leadership and Management, the latest chapter in her ongoing effort to fuse architectural practice with public-interest and advocacy work.  She was involved in the start-up of the Austin-based housing non-profit Design Build Alliance and currently serves on the board of Pecha Kucha Austin.