Lucas Artists Fellow

  • RESIDENCY DATES : Sep 7th 2010 to Dec 15th 2010
  • FROM : USA
  • MEMBER OF Climate Clock

Brent Bucknum lives and works in former wetlands of West Oakland, California, where he founded the Hyphae Design Laboratory; an ecological design and civil engineering firm dedicated to bridging the gap between architecture, environmental art and applied biological research. The company is currently working on a diverse range of projects from affordable housing water studies, to living roof design,  greywater system design, environmental sensor-based public art installations, rural sanitation in developing countries, and ultra-green data centers. Bucknum also regularly collaborates with greenmeme, an art collective in Los Angeles, and is founder and director of the Urban Biofilter, a local environmental justice non-profit, dedicated to urban forestry and green infrastructure.

Bucknum has experience managing large projects in the architectural, engineering an d consulting sectors and in the non-profit sector. From 2005-2008, Bucknum worked for Rana Creek, an ecological restoration and design firm based in Carmel Valley, California. He helped launch the Living Architecture department and served as its first design director. Bucknum's work includes the design of institutional, municipal, commercial, and residential scale living roofs, ecological landscapes, rainwater catchment systems, living walls, greywater systems and constructed wetlands. In the A/E/C sector he previously, worked for Greenfield International, a brownfield remediation company in Cambridge, Massachusetts; Organic Arts, a natural building firm in Minnesota; for Scully Construction, a custom building company in Vermont.

In the non-profit and community sector, Bucknum worked for the Hayward Unified School District as a grant writer; and as assistant director to SMFN, a farmer-run food distribution and branding non-profit supporting 55 local farms. Bucknum also co-founded, The Chlorophyll Collective an environmental education group educating and researching about algae-based food and biofuels, in Oakland. California.

Bucknum received two degrees from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, in International Environmental Policy and Environmental Technology and Science. He has gained most of his practical knowledge, working in the field. Research and international projects have enabled him to work with a variety of cultures in Mexico, the Philippines, Europe, New Zealand, India, and Morocco, equipping him with a diverse knowledge of appropriate building techniques.

Bucknum regularly lectures on diverse topics from architecture to entomology. He has lectured at U.C. Santa Cruz, CCAC, Berkeley Extension and Merritt College. He has taught workshops on living roof construction, ecological design, stormwater management and earth building. He has also spoken and critiqued student work at U.C. Berkeley, Stanford, U.C. Santa Cruz, Cabrillo College, Sci-Arc, University of Maryland, West Coast Green, Planit Green, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, and local USGBC and AIA Chapter meetings.