Eric Guibert is a gardener architect.
He has studied in France at the École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Nantes, Germany and the UK where he completed his Masters at the Bartlett, UCL, London.
Since 2011, Eric has been a lecturer in the Architecture Department of the University of Westminster in London. He co-created and taught Design Studio 9 with Camilla Wilkinson where they researched how architecture could enhance the agency of inhabitants through ecological design processes.
Eric is a keen ecological gardener. Through a lifelong experience of gardening both indoors and out, he has developed an extensive knowledge of horticulture and ecology. In the last 10 years he has been developing a wild garden in France which acts as a testbed for experimentation in designing with the dynamic of a place through the performance of Landscape Gestures. It is also in this location that the prototypes of some of the Growths projects are being tested.
Since 2015, he has been developing this research further using the framework of a PhD using a through reflective practice methodology – The Gardener Architect: Designing with the emergent Natures of Places – (online access). Eric was awarded a 22 months ADAPT-r research fellowship at the Faculty of Architecture in Brussels of KU Leuven, Belgium, (funded by the EU through the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions – Research Fellowship Programme).
He is taking the unearthed insights into a new design studio that researches how to design with the dynamic processes of socio-ecosystems to increase diversity and agency of inhabitants: humans, animals and plants alike – The Gardener Architect.
Eric chaired the Small Practice Committee at the RIBA where he organised Guerrilla Tactics for 5 years; this is the Small Practice Conference.