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Designed Ecology 

Projects —

  1. (Re)wilding the City, Arup
  2. Urban Animal Hides [WIP]
  3. C.E.Os

  1. #01-#52 [WIP]

  1. More than Human Manifesto
  2. Anti-Anti-Pigeon
     3. Modular Habitats 2.0

  1. Arrogant Urbanism
  2. Sparrow Speculations
  3. Modular Habitats
  4. The Blackbird

Designed Ecology

Designed Ecology is a multidisciplinary design practice, that explores themes of ecological equality and the entanglement of human and non-human species. Founded by Artist-Designer Lauren Davies, Designed Ecology is based in Bristol, South West England.



Designed Ecology

Lauren Davies BA MA (Hons)
Foresight, Arup

Lauren Davies is a designer at Arup’s London office, working in the Foresight department. She holds a BA in Design and an MA in Design & Entrepeneurship, from Goldsmiths, University of London, where she founded Designed Ecology. The practice was shortlisted for the Distributed Design Awards 2020 and exhibited at the London Design Biennale 2021. 

Research Posts

Associate Lecturer, Graphic Design. UWE Bristol, 2020/21 Tutor for 3rd year Graphic Design students. Department at The University of the West of England, Bristol.

Junior Design Fellowship, UWE Bristol, 2019/20 A year long Design Fellowship within the Graphic Design Department at The University of the West of England, Bristol.


C.E.O’s* (*Climate Evolution Optimists)
The outcome of a year long design fellowship at The University of the West of England. 2020. A collaborative publication. 
With a rise in Critical & Speculative Design discourse taught across design schools worldwide, how are it’s processes, viability, impact and successes being reviewed & held to account?
First Class Masters dissertation. Goldsmiths, University of London, 2019.

Arrogant Urbanism: An Evolution of the Postmodern Animal, 2017
Undergraduate dissertation. Awarded 1st class mark. Goldsmiths, University of London, 2017. 


Distributed Design Awards 2020
Shortlisted. Adaptable & Open Design

Goldsmiths Innovation Awards, 2019

Santander Univertities Prototyping Fund, 2019

Tom Fund Grant, 2017



Design in an Age of Crisis, London Design Biennale 2021 Modular Habitats will exhibit at the London Design Biennale 2021 as part of the ‘Design in an Age of Crisis open call. Curated by Es Devlin. Somerset House, London. 2021 

Sadness is a no gO-zone August 2019 Modular Habitats & Anti-Anti-Pigeon Spikes exhibits this summer, 2nd - 4th of August at Copeland Park. Part of ‘Sadness is a no gO-zone’, a climate art show, exhibiting art and design with a defiant and cheeky response to the climate crisis. Curated and produced by Adaptive Capacity.

SHAPESLewisham 2019 Anti-Anti Pigeon Spikes exhibited at Second Floor Studios, Deptford, South East London. Part of the SHAPESLewisham launch event supporting local creatives in New Cross & Deptford, 15th May, 2019. 

HYPHEN 2017 Modular Habitats & Sparrow Speculations exhibited at The Old Truman Brewery, Shoreditch, London. Part of the Goldsmiths BA Design degree show, summer 2017. 

Talks & Workshops

Constructing Climate Futures, Arnolfini Gallery, The University of West England, Bristol, UK. March 2020.
Speculating on Climate Futures in Bristol, 2050, using scenarios drawn from current climate data and projections for the local area. The day comprised of a participatory walking tour, iterative drawing & lo-res prototyping. By designing speculative experiences through asking ‘what if’ questions, can we better understand and empathise with potential climate futures?

Collaborator: Jessica Duggan

Ecoliteracy, Design & The Housing Crisis,Arnolfini Gallery, The University of West England, Bristol, UK. Oct 2019.
A lecture for BA Graphic Design students at The University of West England. Responding to their live brief on the housing crisis, the talk touched on the connection between Graphic Communication, protest & the ecological crisis. Exploring works by Artists such as; Jenny Holzer & Justin Brice Guariglia, Protest groups such as; Extinction Rebellion & Adapt and Designers such as; Joyce Hwang & Jessica Duggan.

Modular Habitats, Copeland Park Gallery, London, UK
“Lauren Davies is the founder & creative director of Designed Ecology, a multidiciplinary design practice that seeks to address issues around species extinction and ecological inequality. Come & hear her talk through the concept behind her modular habitat boxes found throughout the exhibition.” Part of Adapt exhbition titled ‘Sadness is a no gO’zone’.