_ Patricia Wu Wu (Málaga, Spain) is a design researcher with a focus on computational design and digital fabrication to explore data-driven material systems from the scale of the human body and beyond. She holds a Ph.D in Design (2017-2021) from The University of Edinburgh. Her research draws upon multiple fields of study ranging from Anthropocene studies, environmental humanities, design informatics, digital architecture, fashion studies and decolonial perspectives, to investigate new ways of thinking about the body in response to planetary scale issues. Through this PhD, Patricia developed novel methodologies in generating wearables that index patterns of human-induced changes on the environment.
Her work is often in the form of high resolution digitally fabricated wearables, data visualisations, generative animations, design diagrams and moving image. Recent exhibitions include: BBC Broadcasting House as part of the Bridging Responsible AI Divides (BRAID) Programme Launch, the British Museum, Disseny Hub Barcelona, Talbot Rice Gallery, Milan Design Week and Berlin Fashion Film Festival. She has published in peer-reviewed journals (Temes de Disseny, ELISAVA) and presented in academic conferences (ArcInTex European Research Network).
Patricia teaches postgraduate design studios at the Institute of Design Informatics and course modules drawing from body studies, material thinking, media culture, science and technology studies, across the wider design disciplines at the University of Edinburgh. Current interests lie in exploring the emergent feedback loops between human-AI interactions, such as the use of large-language models and diffusion models to think critically about its wider historical context and the politics of image generation through design-led responses.
She has a masters degree in Fashion and Textiles (Glasgow School of Art), with industry experience in renowned fashion studios such as Iris van Herpen.