Haque Design + Research specialises in the design and research of interactive architecture systems. Architecture is no longer considered something static and immutable; instead it is seen as dynamic, responsive and conversant. Our projects explore some of this territory.
Usman Haque is founding partner of Umbrellium, formerly known as Haque Design + Research, and the founder of Pachube, a data infrastructure and community for the internet of things. Trained as an architect, he has created responsive environments, interactive installations, digital interface devices and dozens of mass-participation initiatives. His skills include the design and engineering of both physical spaces and the software and systems that bring them to life. He has been an invited researcher at the Interaction Design Institute Ivrea, Italy, artist-in-residence at the International Academy of Media Arts and Sciences, Japan and has also worked in USA, UK and Malaysia. As well as directing the work of Haque Design + Research he was until 2005 a teacher in the Interactive Architecture Workshop at the Bartlett School of Architecture, London. He received the 2008 Design of the Year Award (interactive) from the Design Museum, UK, a 2009 World Technology Award (art), a Wellcome Trust Sciart Award, a grant from the Daniel Langlois Foundation for Art, Science and Technology, the Swiss Creation Prize, Belluard Bollwerk International, the Japan Media Arts Festival Excellence prize and the Asia Digital Art Award Grand Prize.
His work has been exhibited widely throughout the world, including the Institute of Contemporary Arts (London), Ars Electronica, Transmediale, Hillside Gallery (Tokyo), The National Maritime Museum Greenwich, the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Itau Cultural, Sao Paulo, NTT Inter-Communication Centre, Tokyo, the Singapore Biennale, the Dubai World Cup 2009, and the National Art Museum, Beijing, China.
Nitpak "Dot" Samsen (www.dotmancando.info) was an architect but graduated from Design Interactions, Royal College of Art. He loves computer games but he thinks computer games will ruin his life. He hates capitalism but he is still working for it. He loves self sufficient economy but he can't live with it. Now he wants to save the world but the world doesn't really need it.
We often work with the following people, and are thankful for their ongoing collaboration:
- Robert Davis (http://homepages.gold.ac.uk/rdavis/)
- Seth Garlock (www.senseinate.com)
- Rolf Pixley (www.anomalousresearch.com)
- David Cuesta (www.sabarain.com)
- Mo-Ling Chui (www.flickr.com/photos/mo-ling/)
- Adam Somlai-Fischer (www.aether.hu)
- Bengt Sjolen (www.automata.se)
Support has been provided by:
- The Architectural League of New York City
- The City of Santa Monica, California
- New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc.
- National Arts Council, Singapore
- Foundation for Art and Creative Technology
- Belluard Bollwerk International
- Texas Instruments, Inc.
- the Daniel Langlois Foundation for Art, Science and Technology
- the Interaction Design Institute Ivrea
- the Wellcome Trust
- the Arts Council/London Arts
- London Transport's Platform For Art
- the International Academy of Media Arts and Sciences
- International Flavours and Fragrances
- Oxford Chemicals
- MPS Electronics
- The Danish Embassy, Japan
- Nichia Corp, Japan