Reef Design Lab
Reef Design Lab was founded by industrial designer Alex Goad. Our multidisciplinary studio works closely with marine ecologists to develop habitat infrastructure for a range of research and commercial applications. RDL’s particular focus is how we can use innovative design and manufacturing methods to create more effective habitat solutions. Our extensive knowledge of how 3D printing can be used to minimise cost while increasing geometric complexity has made us a world leader in this field.
We have been creating longterm partnerships with research institutions and communities around the world to develop techniques for enhancing the ecological performance of artificial structures. These collaborations between designer, scientist and community are essential to improving our relationship between the built and natural environment.
Alex is an industrial designer and founder of Reef Design Lab. His work investigates how we can design for marine ecosystems and is currently collaborating with marine ecologists on a range of research-based design projects. Combining 3D printing with traditional manufacturing to achieve complex geometric outcomes at scale are a particular focus of his personal and RDL studio.
Alex is best know for creating MARS (Modular Artificial Reef Structure) while at university in 2013. The project was recently installed in the Maldives as a coral farming device and is also on display in Broken Nature at La Triennale di Milano.
David is an artificial reef expert with over 30 years industry experience.
David grew up by the sea and started diving as soon as he could in 1981, working in dive centres on weekends and summers by the age of 16. He became a commercial diver in 1985, PADI instructor in 1987, and completed his BSc Oceanographic Technology in 1989 and then completed a MSc in Environmental Management in 1994.