He is widely cited as a pioneer in the rapidly expanding technology of responsive architecture with press including WIRED, TEDx, Vogue, Arte and Discovery Channel features. His collaborative research integrates disciplines of architecture, mechatronics engineering, computer science, and synthetic biology.
He has authored and edited eight books, four international proceedings and a number of catalogues, and appears on the cover of Artificial Life (MIT), LEONARDO and AD journals.
He was selected to represent Canada for the 2010 Venice Biennale for Architecture and the 2012 Biennale of Sydney. A series of dresses with Iris Van Herpen were recently launched at Paris Fashion Week.
Distinctions include Prix de Rome in Architecture (Canada), VIDA 11.0, FEIDAD, RAIC Allied Arts, ACADIA Emerging Digital Practice, Dora Mavor Moore awards. His graduates have received 2 Fulbright and 2 Tsinghua fellowships and the Berkeley prize.
Beesley’s funding includes core CFI, SSHRC, NSERC and Canada Council for the Arts grants.
He served as Dissemination Director for the NCE-funded Canadian Design Research Network.
His service includes executive work for ACADIA (Association for Computer-Aided Design in Architecture), and adjudicator for numerous grant programs.