Siobhán is the leader of the Biomimetic BArch Studio Unit whose research is concerned with notions of ecological design and how contemporary ideologies may be translated into living systems with a future, rather than future living systems. Employing research by design methodologies, the unit embraces digital design technologies developed and applied in the framework of biologically inspired processes. Put simply, nature is the largest design laboratory that ever existed and ever will. While Biomimetics does not exclude emulating form, we are interested in the processes and systems in which all design resides.

Siobhán’s PhD research is primarily concerned with the relationship between processes of evolutionary and ecotonal adaptation, biomimesis, and bioclimatic architecture. Her MA thesis explored the principles and practices of a multi-scalar Bioclimatic Healthcare Model, a synergistic ecosystem of micro niches balancing patient perception and clinical needs.

She also lectures and teaches on undergraduate courses within the School, has presented internationally and has consulted on sustainable development strategies for both architectural practice and regional government.



Barry, SCM., 2014. Remembrance Exhibition in association with the National Trust, Dunham Massey, Cheshire to commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, Formal Gardens, Dunham Massey, Cheshire, 29/1/2014 - 17/2/2016.


Barry, SCM., 2013. 'Cold Light at Dunham Massey: Five Pavilions by students from msa', Manchester School of Architecture.

Barry, SCM., 2012. 'Manchester School of Architecture Cold Light Pavilion Project National Trust, Dunham Massey'.

Journal Articles

Barry, S., 2019. 'Flights of Fancy - The Modernist Terminal in the 21st Century: The Cases of Gander International Airport, Canada and Trans World Airlines, USA', Studies in History and Theory of Architecture, 7, pp. 157-170.

Conference Papers

Barry, S., 2019. 'Remembrance: The Architecture of Ideas', Salve Regina University, Newport, Rhode Island, USA.

Barry, S., 2019. 'Spatiality and the Memorialisation of Conflict', Mediating the Spatiality of Conflicts, TU Delft, The Netherlands, 6/11/2019 - 8/11/2019.

Barry, S., 2019. 'The Art of Remembrance: Sculpting an Idea', Manchester Metropolitan University.

Barry, SCM., 2013. 'To design and to build: Educational Perspectives from the Dunham Massey Pavilion Project', Patterns of Thought: An Interdisciplinary Conference on Aesthetics, Education and the Arts, The Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool, 21/6/2013 - 22/6/2013.

Barry, SCM., 2012. 'Hive Minds: Distributed Intelligence in the Biomimetic Studio', Eco-Architecture IV: Harmonisation between Architecture and Nature, Kos, Greece, 5/9/2012 - 7/9/2012, in Sustainable Development and Planning, 193, pp. 335-344.

Barry, S., Keeffe, G., 2010. 'Biomimetic Architecture: Ecotonic Transmutations Across the Urban Membrane', SB10 Finland Sustainable Community - buildingSMART Conference, Espoo, Finland, 22/9/2010 - 24/9/2010, in SB10 Conference Proceedings.


Barry, S. and Keeffe, G., 2010. 'Biomimetic Architecture: Ecotonic transmutations across the urban membrane', SB10: Finland - Sustainable Community Building Smart, Espoo, Finland, 22-24 September 2010.

Barry, S. and Edmondson, A., 2010. 'Urban metabolism: Feeding, the Suburbs to the City - A Biomimetic model for the synergistic remediation of local agriculture and urban sprawl', Diversity and Convergence: Planning in a World of Change, Anglia Ruskin University, U.K, 7-9 April 2010.

Barry, S. and Keeffe, G., 2007. 'The Biomimetic Studio: Organic Learning through Research by Design', TIA Conference, Danube University Krems, Austria, 14-15 September 2007.

Barry, S., 2006. 'Physician Heal Thyself: A Bioclimatic Solution to Community Healthcare Architecture', 44th International Making Cities Liveable Conference, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA, 18-22 May 2006, in IMCL Council Documentation Set 48, Social & Physical Health & the Built Environment.

Other Outputs

Barry, SCM., Pugh, C., 2014. 'Digital Design & Fabrication Symposium'.