Monika Brandić Lipińska
Monika is a PhD researcher at the Hub for Biotechnology in the Built Environment at Newcastle University and NASA Ames Research Center. She is researching new material practices for the construction of living habitation in extreme and extraterrestrial environments. The project is in close collaboration with the “Myco-architecture off-planet” project developed in Lynn Rothschild’s Astrobiology Laboratory at NASA ARC focused on the study of mycelium-based composites and implementation of synthetic biology for extraterrestrial constructions methods.
Monika’s academic background consists of an investigation into experimental architecture, design for extreme environments and of a degree in space studies. During her course of learning and research, she had involvement with living organisms and the implementation of biomimicry into the design. She sees tremendous potential in biotechnological solutions for building habitable environments in space. Facilitating low technology readiness level construction systems and in-situ resource utilization, tightly enmeshed in biology, developing biotechnological solutions for building habitable environments in space and the biocomposite application for the construction system has been the focal point of her research.
Her thesis project was researching the growth of the nano-cellulose and the biocomposite application for the construction system for the Lunar Base. The study was motivated by the need to develop a system of protection against solar and cosmic radiation for the surface lunar base, which would allow for more freedom in shaping
the structure and introduces the sunlight to the habitat.
Doctoral Studies – Hub for Biotechnology in the Built Environment, Newcastle University, Newcastle, England – 2020 –
Master of Science in Space Studies – International Space University, France, 2018-2019
Master Science in Architecture with specialization in Spatial Experiments (Extreme Environments, Additive Manufacturing, Computational Design) – Lund University, Sweden – 2016 – 2018
Bachelor of Science in Architecture, Wroclaw University of Science and Technology, Poland – 2011-2015, Politecnico di Milano, Italy – 2012-2013