Lucy Bullivant
Author & Curator

“If you feel it in your heart, that you want the mixture of science and art, just be tough about it.“ That’s the main advice Lucy Bullivant, Author & Curator, would give her 14-year-old self. What everything she does has in common is communication in the field of livable urbanism – through books, articles or exhibitions. The coolest thing about her job is that “I can design my life. I can choose who it is I work with.“


Drei Ratschläge an Dein 14jähriges Ich!

Hang on in there, if your headmistress is saying you should do A level art topics or sciences in fact architects tend to take A levels in both those fields so if those teachers are showing a bias and you feel in your heart, that’s what you want to do, have a mixture then you should be tough about it and try and get them to agree with you also because my mother didn’t let me to go to Paris when I was 14 because she thought I was going to too many parties, I’d say just have patience and you’ll get to Paris sooner or later.

Was steht auf Deiner Visitenkarte?

Lucy Bullivant, author, curator, journalist, consultant, editor in chief of My Own Web Scene and professor.

Was ist das coolste an Deinem Job?

The freedom to creating a meal you can decide whatever type of meal to make for whichever group of friends or family that come along, any particular type of a cuisine. I mean for me, I can design my own life, I can choose what I work with, I can choose who I have in my exhibitions, who I write about.

Welche Einschränkungen bringt Dein Job mit sich?

The biggest challenge is to actually make enough money and keep yourself going in a consistent way because you can have a good run, you can have a brilliant run for nine months financially and you need to have the discipline to put enough aside for the times which are leaner.

Worum geht es in Deinem Job?

Essentially everything I do have in common is I communicate. I have special skills, I write books, I write magazine articles, I have editorial skills in specialist area and what unites all of the things that I do is that I’m working in the field of urban design and planning and contemporary architecture. So essentially under the heading of livable urbanism which is really the theme of my web scene Urbanista and I’m a curator of exhibitions and conferences. So you will find me on a daily basis and there’s mountain of admin all the time but I’m very often going to receptions for exhibitions to public talks by people in the field, I’m researching, I’m investigating topics all the time and I’m making a lot proposals and I’m getting those proposals funded at the same time. Typical day is I don’t get up too early because I like to conserve my energy, maybe I wake up at 8 am, I’ll get ready, get some breakfast, maybe walk around the park, get to my desk. I tend to have days when I tailor make my days. So I focus on different tasks, some days I taking care of writing, making the creative elements of a proposal and then other days are much more admin based or there are days when I’m making budgets and things and then there are other days when I basically have a lot meetings with people. So in a way there’s a bit of a mixture with the intellectual plus the very sociable and pragmatic strategic. And then I like to go to exhibitions, researches and talks in the evening.

Wie sieht Dein Werdegang aus?

So I was born in University College Hospital and I grew up in Blackheath which is one of the most attractive suburbs in London and I was determined to go to the North of England to do BA in History Of Arts And English at Leeds University and then I took time to work for the British Council in the finance department for two years which gave me the rudiments of how to curate and organize exhibitions, how to ship absolutely anything from one place to another place and then I went back to college and did masters degree in Cultural History at the Royal College of Arts which the finest in my view, post graduate of Arts And Design Institution in the UK, London. And I’ve recently completed a PhD by prior output based around my latest book which is rather easier than doing a PhD the classic way. And in the between I’ve essentially worked as a consultant, as curator, a journalist, an author an advisor and so I’ve been working since the ‘80s.

Ginge es auch ohne Deinem Werdegang?

Yes, the people who could do my job would basically be the ones who are very keen to do my job and that’s architect because architects have a very generalized training and they love to curate exhibitions if you might have noticed in their spare time between designing buildings. A lot of architects really love writing and in fact a lot of architects are good at writing even though that is something that they don’t do every day, and I do recommend if you want to be a good writer, you have to write every single day.