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Lina BO BARDI

Achillina Bo was born on December 5, 1914 in Rome, Italy. Lina was the oldest child of Enrico and Giovana Bo, who later had another daughter named Graziella. In 1939, she graduated from the Rome College of Architecture at the age of 25 with her final piece, "The Maternity and Infancy Care Centre". She then moved to Milan to begin working with architect Carlo Pagani in the Studio Bo e Pagani, No 12, Via Gesù. Bo Bardi collaborated (until 1943) with architect and designer Giò Ponti on the magazine Lo Stile – nella casa e nell’arredamento. In 1942, at the age of 28, she opened her own architectural studio on Via Gesù, but the lack of work during wartime soon led Bardi to take up illustration for newspapers and magazines such as Stile, Grazia, Belleza, Tempo, Vetrina and Illustrazione Italiana. Her office was destroyed by an aerial bombing in 1943. From 1944-5 Bardi was the Deputy Director of Domus magazine.

The event prompted her deeper involvement in the Italian Communist Party. In 1945, Domus commissioned Bo Bardi to travel around Italy with Carlo Pagani and photographer Federico Patellani to document and evaluate the situation of the destroyed country. Bo Bardi, Pagani and Bruno Zevi established the weekly magazine A – Attualità, Architettura, Abitazione, Arte in Milan (A Cultura della Vita).[4] She also collaborated on the daily newspaper Milano Sera, directed by Elio Vittorini. Bo Bardi took part in the First National Meeting for Reconstruction in Milan, alerting people to the indifference of public opinion on the subject, which for her covered both the physical and moral reconstruction of the country.

In 1946, Bo Bardi moved to Rome and married the art critic and journalist Pietro Maria Bardi.

In Brazil, Bo Bardi expanded his ideas influenced by a recent and overflowing culture different from the European situation. Along with her husband, they decided to live in Rio de Janeiro, delighted with the nature of the city and its modernist buildings, like the current Gustavo Capanema Palace, known as the Ministry of Education and Culture, designed by Le Corbusier, Oscar Niemeyer, Lucio Costa, Roberto Burle Marx and a group of young Brazilian architects. Pietro Bardi was commissioned by a museum from Sao Paulo city where they established their permanent residence.

There they began a collection of Brazilian popular art (its main influence) and his work took on the dimension of the dialogue between the modern and the Popular. Bo Bardi spoke of a space to be built by living people, an unfinished space that would be completed by the popular and everyday use.

Hashim Sarkis

Hashim Sarkis is an architect, educator, and scholar. He is principal of Hashim Sarkis Studios (HSS), established in 1998 with offices in Boston and Beirut. He is also the Dean of the School of Architecture and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) since 2015.

Before joining MIT, Sarkis was the Aga Khan Professor of Landscape Architecture and Urbanism at Harvard University. He has also taught at the Rhode Island School of Design, Yale University, the American University of Beirut, and the Metropolis Program in Barcelona.

The architectural and urban projects of HSS include affordable housing, houses, parks, institutional buildings, urban design, and town planning. HSS has received several awards for its projects in Lebanon, including for the Housing of the Fishermen of Tyre, Byblos Town Hall, and the Courtower Houses, on the coast of Aamchit. The firm’s work has been exhibited around the world, including at the Pavilion of the United States at Biennale Architettura 2014 and the Pavilion of Albania at Biennale Architettura 2010, at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and at the International Architucture Biennale Rotterdam, the Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture of Shenzhen/Hong Kong, and the Bienal de Arquitectura y Urbanismo in Valparaíso. The work has also been published extensively, most recently in a monograph by NESS.docs (New York, Barcelona: Actar, 2017).

Sarkis was member of the international jury of Biennale Architettura 2016.

Sarkis earned a Bachelor of Architecture and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design, and a Master of Architecture and a PhD in Architecture from Harvard University. He is the author and editor of several books and articles on modern architecture history and theory, including Josep Lluis Sert, The Architect of Urban Design (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2008); Circa 1958, Lebanon in the Projects and Plans of Constantinos Doxiadis (Beirut: Dar Annahar, 2003); and Le Corbusier's Venice Hospital (Munich: Prestel, 2001).

Sofía Piñero Rivero

Sofía Piñero Rivero (Santa Cruz de Tenerife, 1988) Graduated in Architecture from the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria in 2017. She participated in the first edition of the DEMOLA program in the Canary Islands. Sofía Piñero has combined collaborations of varying lengths in various studios and real estate and construction companies with disparate jobs as a salesperson, singer, or storyteller. She has taken part in various archaeological studies and some publications. Sofía's profile is directed towards artistic restlessness, which she has nurtured through music, dance, and theater studies, being part of various theater and musical groups, and associations such as the Auditorio de Tenerife Spectator School.

Domingo Jacobo González Galván

Domingo Jacobo González Galván (Santa Cruz de Tenerife, 1988) Graduated in Architecture from the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria in 2014. Collaborator in various architecture offices in Tenerife such as Palerm & Tabares de Nava and Dos07 Arquitectos coordinates his professional life with the profile Researcher for both Canary Islands public universities and independently, and works on various projects related to architecture, landscape, heritage, and archeology. In 2019 he completed the Master in Theory and History of Art and Cultural Management at the University of La Laguna, where he was awarded the Extraordinary Master Award.

Andrzej Gwizdala

Andrzej Gwizdala (Krakow, 1988). He completed the Master of Architecture at LaCambre Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium 2007-2013) with the Grande Distinction mention. He has worked on a scholarship at internationally renowned firms such as Studio Massimiliano Fuksas in Rome, Atelier Christian de Portzamparc in Paris, and is currently an architect at GPY Arquitectos in Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Together with his current study, he has collaborated in various publications and projects on the islands such as the New Exhibition Space Casa de Los Volcanes Los Jameos del Agua in Lanzarote, obtaining multiple awards in competitions such as the International Architecture Awards IAA 2020.

Fernando Herrera Pérez

Fernando Herrera Pérez (Santa Cruz de Tenerife, 1988), Architect from the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria in 2013. Master's degree in teacher training from the University of La Laguna in 2019. He worked from 2013 to 2016 at the Technological Advisory Center (CAT) and Office of Architecture Competitions of the COAC - Official College of Architects of the Canary Islands - Demarcation of Tenerife, La Gomera, and El Hierro. Since then he has collaborated in various competitions and projects with various studios on the island.

Alessandro Melis

Alessandro Melis (Cagliari, 6/7/1969) is an Italian architect and curator of the Italian National Pavilion at the XVII Venice Biennale. He is also a professor of architectural innovation at the University of Portsmouth.

Alessandro Melis is also Director of the International Sustainable Cities Cluster, and was previously Director of Graduate Engagement at the University of Auckland School of Architecture and Urbanism. He has also been invited as keynote speaker at the Chinese Academy of Art, MoMA in New York, Cambridge University, TEDx, the Italian Institute of Culture in London, the New Zealand Cycling Conference, the Foster Foundation (as a member academic staff) and UNESCO Headquarters in Paris.

In 1996, he founded Heliopolis 21, a multi-award winning architecture firm based in Italy, Germany and the UK. His projects, such as the SR1938 Institute of the University of Pisa, the Stella Maris Hospital and the Sant'Anna Auditorium, are recognized in both academic publications and popular magazines as examples of excellence in sustainable projects. The recognition of Alessandro's research is corroborated by a record of more than 150 magazine and book publications.

On the other hand, Alessandro Melis is recognized, together with Telmo Pievani, for introducing the concept of Exaptation in Architecture. His work on it was the subject of several exhibitions and a recent monograph (Rome, 2020) written by several scholars from the universities of Palermo and Bari and edited by Francesco Fallacara Chirico, entitled “Alessandro Melis, Utopic Real World”.

In 2017, Alessandro Melis and Steffen Lehmann created the interdisciplinary project CRUNCH: Climate Resilient Urban Nexus Choices: Operationalising the Food-Water-Energy Nexus, a research project funded by Horizon 2020, Belmont Forum Belmont Forum, ESRC and other funding bodies. Alessandro Melis is leading the project on behalf of the University of Portsmouth, where he is a professor of innovation in architecture.

Sara Noel Costa De Araujo. Studio SNCDA

Studio SNCDA, founded by the architect Sara Noel Costa de Araujo, has a special relationship with research, innovation, and the implementation of research projects. That is why every project, whatever its scale, is seen as a pretext to develop a new method to create a unique project. Over the years, this research has resulted in an independent « Gesamtcollage » project, which brings together thoughts about an autonomous and sustainable city system. The work of Studio SNCDA was exhibited at the Venice Architecture Biennale (Italy), the Architecture Triennial in (Portugal), the LUCA Luxembourg Center for Architecture (Luxembourg), the FRAC Orléans (France), and Etablissement d’En Face (Brussels).

Sara Noel Costa de Araujo started working in 2000 as an architect after graduating from the Bartlett School of Architecture (UCL) in London. She first gained experience with Zaha Hadid Architects in London and Coop Himmelb(l)au in Vienna. From 2003, she worked as a project manager at Xaveer De Geyter Architects, where she was responsible for designing and implementing architectural projects within the agency. Since 2014, Sara Noel Costa de Araujo has been building an autonomous and independent practice based on her various professional experiences.

Isadora Hastings

Isadora Hastings is a professor in Architecture from UNAM and the Polytechnic University of Madrid, 2007. She is a founding member of the non-profit organization Cooperation Comunitaria A.C. together with Eng. Gerson Huerta and, since 2010, director of said organization, where Habitat Social Production and Management projects have been developed, as well as Integral Reconstruction in rural communities of the most vulnerable states of Mexico. In the regions where she works, she has directed participatory and training processes with a comprehensive and systemic approach. For the comprehensive reconstruction work that it has directed, Community Cooperation has been recognized with 5 awards, including the Green Star Awards 2017, awarded by UNEP and OCHA, of the United Nations (UN) and the Transformative Cities Award 2019, in the category of housing awarded by the Trasnational Institute, in Amsterdam, Holland. Since 2003, she has conducted research on progressive self-produced housing processes, both in peri-urban and rural areas, and the impact of participatory social interactions on the production and social management of housing and habitat. In 2004 she was a FONCA fellow in the Young Creators program. She has been a judge at the Oscar Hagerman Awards, the IAP Social Foundation Share Awards, and the Transformative Cities Awards, TNI, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. She has published articles in the books Venandlungssache Mexiko Stadt and Städt im wandel, Berlin, Germany; in the magazine Informes de la Construcción and Traditional Architecture Journal, Madrid Spain and in the book La Vivienda Popular, Mexico. Challenges for the XXI Century, Mexico. Since 2020 she is a full-time academic at the National Academy of Architecture of Mexico.

Mauricio Rocha

Graduated from the Faculty of Architecture, Max Cetto Workshop (UNAM) 1985-1990 with Honorable Mention. In 1991 he founded Taller de Arquitectura Mauricio Rocha. Throughout 30 years of professional practice he has developed projects of a public and private nature of multiple scales, alternating his work with the realization of ephemeral architecture interventions in art exhibitions, as well as museography. He has been awarded on multiple occasions individually and as a firm, in 2013 the Faculty of Architecture of UNAM awarded him the Federico Mariscal Chair with the highest recognition of this house of studies for professional practice, in 2014 he received the Emerging Voices recognition granted the Architectural League of New York to 8 architecture firms from America; He has received the first prize and gold medal on two occasions from the Mexican Architecture Biennial, as well as the Quito Pan-American Architecture Biennial (BAQ) and the Ibero-American Architecture and Urbanism Biennial (BIAU), among other national and international recognitions. . In 2019, the French Academy of Architecture awarded him the Médaille d'Or Palmarés, the highest recognition for professional career. Last year he received the Brick Award, recognition for excellent brick architecture. He has been a fellow and jury for the FONCA Arts Commission, as well as for various institutions, competitions and Biennials. He is a life jury member for the Marcelo Zambrano Scholarship. Member of the National Academy of Architecture and Member of the National Academy of Arts. He has taught at various Universities in Mexico City and given conferences in different parts of Mexico, South America, USA and Europe. His work has been exhibited in Mexico, NY, China, Brazil, Venice, Turin, among other cities and countries; He has also been published in magazines and books such as Domus, 10x10 Phaidon, Arquine, Escala, Summa +, The Architectural Review, The Plan, among others; In 2011 he published his book Mauricio Rocha Taller de Arquitectura.

Elena Tudela

Elena Tudela has a Bachelor of Architecture from the UNAM Faculty of Architecture with a Diploma of Merit and a Master of Architecture in Urban Design in 2012 from the Graduate School of Design of Harvard University. She is a Doctorate Candidate in Architecture at UNAM on resilient urban design. She is a professor at the Faculty of Architecture and tutor of the Postgraduate Program in Sustainability Sciences at UNAM. She is a co-founder of the ORU Office of Urban Resilience focused on urban design, adaptation and sustainable development with an emphasis on water infrastructure, landscape and public space. She worked in the General Directorate of Strategic Projects of SEDUVI and in the Public Space Authority of Mexico City. In 2013 she was a FONCA fellow within the Young Creators Program. In 2014 he obtained an Honorable Mention in the Contest for the Mexico Pavilion at the Milan Expo 2015. He coordinated the urban design area of ​​the Quebradora Water Park Project (IIS UNAM) in Iztapalapa that received the regional Gold 2017 and Gold in the Global category in 2018 from Lafarge Holcim Sustainable Awards. She collaborated as an advisor to the Gaeta + Springall office on water infrastructures for the Parque Lineal Ferrocarril de Cuernavaca project, winner of the award for its construction, and second place at the Quito Biennial in 2018. She has been a jury for the Obras Award and has written for DOMUS, Arquine, Bitácora and Capitel magazines. She recently published an article for the book "Ecological Urbanism in Latin America" ​​by GG publishing house. She is currently a member of the Public Space Advisory Council and the Resilience Advisory Council of the Government of Mexico City and is part of the National System of Art Creators.

 

Kozo Kadowaki

Kozo Kadowaki, architect and associate Professor at Meiji University. Curator of the Japan Pavilion at La Biennale di Venezia of Architecture 2021.

Arno Brandlhuber Brandlhuber+

Brandlhuber+ is an architecture office dedicated to the idea of collaboration with other practices, disciplines, and individuals. It was founded by Arno Brandlhuber in 2006. Arno Brandlhuber works as an Architect and Urban Planner. He studied Architecture and Urbansim at the TU Darmstadt and the Accademia del Arte in Florence.

From 1992 on he initiated several project- and office partnerships. During this period numerous projects and publications were realized, including the projects Neanderthal Museum (Mettmann, 1996), Kölner Brett (Cologne, 2000), and Crystal (Copenhagen, 2006). In 2006, he founded Brandlhuber+ as an architecture office dedicated to the idea of collaboration with other practices, discplines, and individuals.

Expanding on the idea of collaboration, he started the ongoing practice of Brandlhuber+ Emde, Burlon with built projects such as Brunnenstrasse 9 (Berlin, 2009), the Antivilla (Krampnitz, 2014), and St. Agnes (Berlin, 2015); currently working on LoBe, a mixed use housing project in Berlin, and a private art collection. Furthermore he is collaborating with Muck Petzet, working on the Tacheles project; Christian Kerez & Muck Petzet working on the Spreestudios; Michalski&Wagner on projects in Sicily and Sam Chermayeff on projects in Berlin.

Arno Brandlhuber taught at several universities and colleges. From 2003 to 2017, he held the chair of architecture and urban research at the Academy of Fine Arts, Nuremberg and directed the nomadic masters program a42.org. In 2017 Arno Brandlhuber was named professor of architecture and design at the ETH Zurich, where he teaches and researches new methods of architectural production and representation in architecture and media, through the tool of TV.  He was a guest professor at several universities including TU Vienna, Harvard Graduate School of Design and others.

Besides his building practice he is researching the transition of spatial organization and production in German history, focusing specifically on the Berlin Republic. As part of this research he put on several exhibitions and publications including „Von der Stadt der Teile zur Stadt der Teilhabe“, „The Dialogic City: Berlin wird Berlin“ and others.  

In recent years Arno Brandlhuber’s practice has been dedicated to the idea of legislation in architecture as a main factor for the built environment. This mindset resulted in ongoing investigations, both built and theoretical, such as the ARCH+ issue titled Legislating Architecture and the 2016 film Legislating Architecture, made in collaboration with director and film maker Christopher Roth.
Together they formulated the second chapter The Property Drama which premiered at he 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial. The film provoked a vivid political discussion resulting in an ARCH+ issue on the topic of property and land tenure, as well as an travelling-exhibition starting in November 2018 at the V-A-I.

His work was exhibited at the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2004, 2006, 2008, 2012 & 2016.

Olaf Grawert

Olaf Grawert plans, writes and talks about architecture. He lives and works between Berlin and Zurich.

Since 2015 in alternating collaborations with ARCH+ Zeitschrift für Architektur und Urbanismus, Brandlhuber+, MakeCity Berlin, Christopher Roth and many others. In his work he deals with the economization and marketing of space and possible strategies for the re-popularization of architecture.

Together with Arno Brandlhuber and Christopher Roth he worked on the films The Property Drama (2017) and Architecting after Politics (2018) as well as the touring exhibition Legislating Architecture – Architecting after Politics, which premiered at the VAI Dornbirn in autumn 2018 and since then is traveling through Europe.

Grawert was a guest lecturer and speaker at various universities and colleges, including the Joint Master of Architecture Suisse, the Accademia di Architettura Mendrisio, the Hong Kong School of Architecture and the TU Vienna. Since 2017, he has been a research assistant at ETH Zurich, where he has set up and operated the architecture online TV station+ together with Arno Brandlhuber and Christopher Roth.

Nikolaus HIRSCH

Nikolaus Hirsch is an architect, curator, editor, and educator. Since autumn 2020 he is the Artistic Director of the architecture museum CIVA in Brussels, and previously was the Dean of Städelschule and Director of Portikus in Frankfurt.

He has taught at the Architectural Association in London, Institut für Angewandte Theaterwissenschaften at Giessen University, HfG Karlsruhe, Penn University in Philadelphia, and Columbia University in New York. His architectural work includes the award-winning Dresden Synagogue, Bockenheimer Depot Theater (with William Forsythe), unitednationsplaza (with Anton Vidokle), Cybermohalla Hub in New Delhi, and “Do We Dream Under The Same Sky“ (Art Basel, LUMA Arles).

Hirsch curated numerous exhibitions at Portikus, and „ErsatzStadt“ at Volksbühne Berlin (2005), “Cultural Agencies” (Istanbul, 2009/10), “Folly” for the Gwangju Biennale (2013), “Housing Question” at the HKW in Berlin (2015).

He is the author of the books “On Boundaries” (2007), "Institution Building" (2009), “Cybermohalla Hub” (2012), co-editor of the Critical Spatial Practice series at Sternberg Press and co-founder of e-flux architecture.

Photography by Armin Linke.

Christopher Roth

Christopher Roth is a film editor and director born on June 26, 1964 in Munich, Germany. His practice may be best understood as a kind of proactive intellectual scholarship that combines the factual and fictitious, with both analytic and poetic qualities. Roth’s work seeks to understand how information, words, pictures and ideas are received, travel and are mediated at a constantly accelerating pace. Since the 1990s, Roth has focused on the “emptiness” of single images and certain generic imagery that surround us. These images only accrue meaning in context—a function easily manipulated by the mass media. This knowledge — acquired and practiced as an accomplished film editor and director of feature films, and given theoretical underpinnings by his engagement with cultural history and philosophy—informs his entire practice. His major research project 80*81 with Georg Diez, for example, sought to reconstruct events in the period from January 1980 to December 1981 as evidence of important paradigmatic cultural and historical shifts. These were chronicled in eleven books assembled from contemporary images and texts, and interviews the authors undertook with contemporary witnesses, filmmakers and philosophers (among others). In addition, the project was presented at elaborately staged congresses and theater performances. Roth’s films also excel at channeling a characteristically voracious intake of images and ideas, giving them a visual equivalent without imposing an order, which he considers arbitrary by definition. Instead, his work relies on an active, engaged audience to draw its own inferences. Since the early aughts, projects increasingly experiment with the dissolution of linear time, posing an entirely fluid concept of past, present and future: fictionalizing the past (Baader, 2002), re-creating the future (Mozartbique, 2007–13, with Franz Stauffenberg), looking back from the year 2081 (2081 and 80*81, 2010–13, with Georg Diez), or reconstructing in 2026 the formation of a philosophical discourse that has since radically altered the world (Hyperstition, 2016, with Armen Avanessian).

Neyran Turan. NEMESTUDIO

Neyran Turan is an architect and a partner at NEMESTUDIO. She is currently Associate Professor at the University of California-Berkeley. NEMESTUDIO has been recognized with several awards, most recently the 2016 Architectural League New York Prize for Young Architects, multiple citations at the 2019, 2018, 2017 and 2016 The Architects' Newspaper Best of Design Awards, Core 77 Design Awards, ACSA Faculty Design Award, and multiple Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts awards.

NEMESTUDIO’s work, ranging from installations to buildings and landscapes, has been widely published and exhibited internationally at the Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism, Storefront Art and Architecture Gallery, Architecture and Design Museum in Los Angeles, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, Aedes Architecture Forum Gallery in Berlin, SALT in Istanbul, Betts Project in London, Banvard Gallery in Columbus, and Istanbul Design Biennial, among other venues.

Neyran's work focuses on alternative forms of environmental imagination and their capacity for new aesthetic and political trajectories within architecture and urbanism. She is the founding chief-editor of the Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD) journal New Geographies and was the editor-in-chief of the first two volumes of the journal New Geographies 0 and New Geographies: After Zero. Her recently published book titled Architecture as Measure (ACTAR Publishers, 2020) has been awarded by the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts. Neyran holds a Doctor of Design from Harvard University GSD, Master of Environmental Design from Yale University School of Architecture, and Bachelor of Architecture from Istanbul Technical University.

Emilio Marín

Emilio Marín was born in the city of Concepción, Chile, in 1972 and graduated as an Architect in 1998 from the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism of the University of Chile.

He founded his office in 2005. The office specializes in various fields of contemporary architecture, has developed projects for private clients, public and art projects.

He is the founder of the independent publishing house “Public Library”, which is dedicated to creating, publishing, and disseminating its own material and those of artists. He was selected by "ICON magazine" from a list of 20 architects in the world who are building the future.

He is currently an undergraduate workshop professor at the UC School of Architecture.

Rodrigo Sepúlveda Morales

Rodrigo Sepúlveda was born in the city of Santiago, Chile, in 1982 and graduated as an Architect in 2007 from the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism of the University of Chile, where he also obtained his Master's degree in 2019.

He currently works as a professor in the Department of Urbanism at the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism of the University of Chile.

In 2021 he served as curator together with Emilio Marín of "Testimonial Spaces, the Chilean Pavilion at the XVII Venice Biennale.

Paul Andersen

Paul Andersen is a licensed architect, which founded Independent Architecture, a Denver-based office with projects around the world, in 2009. He shapes the office’s agenda and practice, conducting design projects in professional and academic contexts.

He was appointed a Fulbright Specialist in Architecture, teaches at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and has previously been on the architecture faculties of the Universidad Torcuato Di Tella, the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and Cornell University.

He has been a guest curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver and the Biennial of the Americas and is a co-author of The Architecture of Patterns, Curve Culture, and The Monuments Power the Cars.

His office choreographs the interplay of design and pop culture to create projects that advance architectural thinking while appealing to broad audiences. This approach includes developing new forms of suburban architecture, designing provocative contexts for viewing art, and modifying ordinary objects and materials to make offbeat buildings. Built work includes galleries, a dormitory, and houses, among other building types.

Paul Preissner

Paul Preissner is an American architect, founder of Paul Preissner Architects, an award-winning architecture office from Oak Park, Illinois.

The studio is an ideas workshop where imagination and crude experimentation are used to create unique social spaces characterized by weird juxtapositions, plain materials, and an economy of form. Our thoughts on the problem of housing and houses, furniture and installations, libraries, community centers, museums, schools, stores, and also some other things are available to be seen here on this website.

Work from the office is included in the permanent collection of the Art Institute of Chicago, has frequently been exhibited internationally, and is widely published. Paul participated in both the 2015 and 2017 Chicago Biennial and is a co-curator of the US Pavilion for the 17th International Architecture Exhibition - la Biennale di Venezia.

Unscene Architecture.- Manijeh Verghese, Madeleine Kessler

Unscene Architecture was founded by Manijeh Verghese and Madeleine Kessler in 2019. Manijeh Verghese and Madeleine Kessler have worked together on summer school units, workshops and masterclasses on architecture across the UK over the past six years.

Manijeh Verghese is Head of Public Programmes and Exhibitions at the Architectural Association. She is also a Unit Master of AA Diploma 12, seminar leader for the Professional Practice for Fifth Year course and editor of the website AA Conversations. She is an architecture writer and educator. From 2015 to 2018, she led a postgraduate design studio at Oxford Brookes University. She has worked for architecture practices including John Pawson and Foster + Partners, and has contributed to design publications such as Disegno and Icon, as well as think-tanks, books and peer reviewed journals.

Madeleine Kessler is an Associate Architect at Haptic Architects, where she leads and contributes to international research visits, open-panel discussions, and events for the collaborative research programme Londonon. Previously she worked on cultural projects at Haworth Tompkins, HHF and Studio Weave. Madeleine sits on the National Infrastructure Commission’s Young Professionals Panel and teaches and gives lectures at universities that have included the AA, the University of Sheffield and the University of London. She is shortlisted for BD’s 2019 Female Architectural Leader of the Year Award.

Alexandra Kovaleva, Kei Sato. KASA

KASA (Kovaleva and Sato Architects) is a young Russian/Japanese architecture office based in Moscow and Tokyo, founded by Alexandra Kovaleva and Kei Sato.

In 2019, KASA won one of the Japan’s memorable architectural awards "SD Review Kajima prize" for their pavilion project for the Buddhism temple. In 2020, the atelier has been selected as a winner of an open competition for the renovation of the Russian Pavilion in Venice.

The team has been selected out of an open call with over 100 submissions to set up their temporary office inside the Rusian Pavilion, where they worked on the reconstruction of the building during the 17th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia 2020. Working together with local architects and engineers, KASA responded to a series of structural issues while also reviving the spirit of Shchusev’s architecture.

Alexey Schusev

Alexey Viktorovich Shchusev (October 8th 1873 - May 24th 1949) was a Russian and Soviet architect born in Chişinău (Kishinev), whose architectural style bridged several epochs. His works cover the restoration of medieval buildings, Russian Imperialist and Constructivist designs as well as Neoclassical and Stalinist architecture.

Shchusev embarked upon his most wide-scale project in 1913, when his design for the Kazan Railway Station won a contest for a Moscow terminus of the Trans-Siberian Railway. This Art Nouveau design fused elements of the Kremlin towers and traditional Tatar architecture in one of the most imaginative Revivalist designs ever put to execution. The construction of the railway station, however, was not finished until 1940.

After briefly experimenting with Neoclassicism, Shchusev turned to Constructivism in the 1920s. He taught at Vkhutemas from 1920 through 1924. Upon Lenin's death in 1924, he was asked to design a mausoleum for him. It took him just several days to come up with an original architectural solution blending Constructivist elements with features taken from some ancient mausoleums, i.e., the Step Pyramid and the Tomb of Cyrus. Other notable Constructivist designs of Shchusev were the Ministry of Agriculture or Narkomzem in Moscow (1928–1933) and the Institute of Resorts in Sochi (1927–1931), considered to be a major source for Alvar Aalto's Paimio Sanatorium.

After the mausoleum commission, Shchusev was cherished by the Communist authorities. In 1926, he was nominated director of the Tretyakov Gallery. He was appointed head of the group that designed major bridges and apartment complexes in Moscow. His name was attached to the luxurious designs of the Hotel Moskva just a few steps from the Kremlin (1930–1938) and the NKVD headquarters on Lubyanka Square (1940–1947). Some say that he was the first to come up with the idea of Gothic skyscrapers in Moscow.

In 1946, Shchusev established the Museum of Architecture, which helped to preserve remnants of demolished medieval churches and monasteries and was later renamed Shchusev State Museum of Architecture. His last works of importance were the Komsomolskaya station of the Moscow Metro, whose decoration was stylized after 17th-century Muscovite churches, and the plan for reconstruction of Novgorod after the ancient city had been destroyed by the Nazis (in recognition of that, one of Novgorod's modern streets was named after him). Shchusev died four years after the end of the World War II and was buried at the Novodevichy Cemetery.

Shchusev was awarded the Stalin Prizes in 1941, 1946, 1948, and posthumously in 1952; the Order of Lenin and other orders and medals.

Peter Mörtenböck

Peter Mörtenböck is Professor of Visual Culture in the Architecture Faculty at the TU Wien and Research Fellow at Goldsmiths College, University of London. His current work focuses on urban speculation, global resource consumption and new data publics.

Founding director of the Centre for Global Architecture, an interdisciplinary platform for the study of global changes in the contemporary production of architecture and cities. Peter Mörtenböck and Helge Mooshammer live in London and Vienna.

Helge Mooshammer

Helge Mooshammer works on urban and cultural research at the TU Wien und is also a Research Fellow at Goldsmiths College, University of London. He has initiated numerous international research projects around issues relating to (post-)capitalist economies and urban informality.

Founding director of the Centre for Global Architecture, an interdisciplinary platform for the study of global changes in the contemporary production of architecture and cities. Peter Mörtenböck and Helge Mooshammer live in London and Vienna.

Gerardo Caballero

Gerardo Caballero was born in Totoras, Argentina, in 1957. He studied at the Architecture School of the National University of Rosario from 1976 to 1982. As a student, between 1976 and 1982. As a student, between 1978 and 1981 he worked at the Shiira-Albano studio in Rosario. During the years 1983 and 1985 he worked as a collaborator in the Korea-Gallardo-Mannino studio based in Barcelona. In 1986 he moved to the United States and obtained his Master in Architecture, Washington University, Saint Louis.

In 1988 Gerardo moves back to Argentina and starts his professional career in Rosario, being partner with Architect Ariel Giménez up to 1992. In 1993 he founds Caballero Fernández Arquitectos together with
Maite Fernández, which continues until 2013. Since 2013 he works on his own.

He has been invited by the University of Arkansas, Kansas University, Graduate School of Design Harvard University, Pontificia Universidad Católica in Chile, University Andrés Bello, University Diego Portales and University of Talca in Chile, Mas Fisher Chair University of Michigan, University Torcuato Di Tella and University of Palermo in Buenos Aires, and by the Lebanese American University in Beirut. Since 1993 he is Professor for International Programs for Graduates, offered by the Washington University in Barcelona and Buenos Aires.

Gerardo’s works have been recognized, exhibited and published in America and Europe, and he has received many prizes and awards, as well as honorable mentions in national and international architectural design competitions.

He is a founding member of Group R in Rosario.

Sven Anderson, Alan Butler, David Capener, Donal Lally, Clare Lyster, Fiona McDermott. ANNEX

Annex is an international research and design collective founded in 2019. Annex is comprised of a core team of architects, artists, and urbanists who collaborate with a range of research associates to develop projects on different scales. Current members include Sven Anderson, Alan Butler, David Capener, Donal Lally, Clare Lyster, and Fiona McDermott.

Annex has been selected to curate Ireland’s pavilion for the 17th International Architecture Biennale at Venice in 2020. The pavilion - Entanglement - will catalyse a public conversation about the societal, environmental and cultural changes brought about by network and communications technologies in the production of space.

Sven Anderson is an artist whose practice operates through collaborative research, artistic intervention, participatory actions and interactive design. Sven develops projects in which different voices and perspectives surface together, prioritising shared authorship and collaborations that converge on systems articulated in public space.

Alan Butler is an artist who has produced a significant number of technological installations in galleries and museums around the world. Specifically, his expertise lies in the use of technology and physical materials/structures to explore ideas that address the effects that current technologies have on human experience.

David Capener, is an architect, critic, writer, academic and educator. He is a researcher at Technological University Dublin. He has taught on the master’s program at Queens University School of Architecture and has written for the Irish Times, The Guardian, The Sunday Times, and numerous other print and online publications.

Donal Lally is an architect and principal at zero-degree machine [z-dm], an architecture studio that operates in areas within and beyond the traditional boundaries of architecture, landscape and urbanism. Donal is a Lecturer in Design Theory at TU Dublin. Donal’s PhD project, titled The Posthuman City, explores how data infrastructures reconfigure human and non-human habitats.

Clare Lyster is an Irish-born architect based in Chicago. She is an Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago and founder of CLUAA. Her creative practice explores the implications of emerging technological systems for architecture and urbanism, the subject of her book Learning from Logistics: How Networks Change Cities (Birkhauser, 2016). Fiona McDermott –

Fiona McDermott is a researcher at Trinity College Dublin and a former Fulbright Scholar whose work concerns the intersection of emerging network and communication technologies with the materiality and politics of cities. She has led and contributed to numerous multidisciplinary research projects that work across architecture, urbanism, design and technology.

Mirabela Jurczenko, Bartosz Kowal, Wojciech Mazan, Bartłomiej Poteralski, Rafał Śliwa and Robert Witczak PROLOG +1

PROLOG was established in 2017 as a collective of people living in Europe (Rotterdam NL, Chur CH, London UK, Graz AT, Wrocław PL). PROLOG creates architecture and works in virtual space.

PROLOG +1 is made up of Mirabela Jurczenko, Bartosz Kowal, Wojciech Mazan, Bartłomiej Poteralski, Rafał Śliwa plus Robert Witczak.

Mirabela Jurczenko, founding member of PROLOG since 2017. She studied at the Faculty of Architecture of the Wrocław University of Technology and at Universidade do Minho (Portugal). She currently lives and works in Rotterdam. She has collaborated on research projects at the Technische Universität Berlin and Technische Universität München.

Bartosz Kowal, founding member of PROLOG since 2017. He has worked as an architect in Switzerland, Germany and in Poland. Member of SIA. Completed master's studies at the University of Liechtenstein. Previously, he studied in Munich, Istanbul and Wrocław.

Wojciech Mazan, founding member of PROLOG since 2017, currently studying as part of the Projective Cities programme at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London. Studied at the Faculty of Architecture of the Wrocław University of Technology and the Rotterdam Academy of Architecture and Urban Design. Worked as a researcher at the Royal College of Art in London and participated in competitions in architectural firms in Madrid, Rotterdam, Mexico City and Graz.

Bartłomiej Poteralski, founding member of PROLOG since 2017. Studied at the Faculty of Architecture of the Wrocław University of Technology, acquired experience in studios in Poland, Spain and Austria. As part of his work at the Atelier Thomas Pucher, he worked on designs of the Sinfonia Varsovia headquarters in Warsaw and the Universitätsbibliothek in Graz.

Rafał Śliwa, founding member of PROLOG since 2017. Studied architecture in Portugal, at Universidade do Minho in Guimarães, Universidade de Coimbra and Universidade do Porto. He is currently working on his master’s thesis at the Wrocław University of Technology and is collaborating on competition concepts at the ANALOG firm.

Robert Witczak studied at the Faculty of Architecture at the Wrocław University of Technology. He recently completed his master’s degree at Technische Universiteit in Delft. In his thesis he took up spatial problems of suburbanisation in Poland. Winner of numerous architectural competitions. He has gained professional experience in competition concepts in architectural offices in Poland and abroad.

Sudarshan V. Khadka Jr.

Sudarshan V. Khadka Jr. is the principal of i.incite, architects. Formerly, he was an associate at Leandro V. Locsin Partners (LVLP) where he was in-charge-of multiple projects. He is a member of the curatorial team of the Philippine Pavilion, “Muhon: Traces of an Adolescent City” at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale. He is driven by the critical search for a modern vernacular and the exploration of the tectonic potential of construction.

Alexander Eriksson Furunes

Alexander Eriksson Furunes studied at the Architectural Association before receiving his masters in architecture at NTNU, Norway. As co-founder of the design collective WORKSHOP architecture he has worked with communities in India, Philippines, UK and China. More recently Alexander’s studio erikssonfurunes completed project Tagpuro, Philippines (2013-16), following the destruction of project Tacloban (2010) by super typhoon Haiyan (nov 2013). Alexander is currently doing a research on participative planning, design and build processes as a fellow at the The Norwegian Artistic Research Programme (PKU)(2016-19). His work is a critical reflection on previous projects as well as an exploration of collaborative placemaking through new projects in both Asia and Europe.

Idis Turato

Idis Turato (1965) is a Croatian architect, professor at the Faculty of Architecture in Zagreb, and visiting professor at the faculties of architecture in Belgrade (Serbia), Ljubljana (Slovenia), and Split (Croatia).

In 1992 he co-funded the architecture office Randic-Turato in Rijeka and in 2010 he established his own office Arhitektonski biro Turato.

He initiated the conception of DeltaLab — Centre for Urban Transition, Architecture and Urbanism at the University of Rijeka, dedicated to the issues of city, territory, infrastructure, ecology and globalization.

His works have been published in the most important foreign, regional and local professional publications. Laureate of all major Croatian and regional architectural awards, his projects have been nominated as many as eleven times for the EU Mies van der Rohe Award.

He represented Croatia three times in La biennale di Venezia, in 2006 as co-author of the project “In Between” (Vedran Mimica, curator; Andrija Rusan and Ministry of Culture and Media RH, commissioner), and in 2010 with the project “Pavillion,” co-authored with fifteen Croatian architects (Leo Modrčin and Ministry of Culture and Media RH, commissioner).

Jan Boelen

Jan Boelen (b. 1967, Genk, Belgium) is artistic director of Z33 House for Contemporary Art in Hasselt, Belgium, and artistic director of atelier LUMA, an experimental laboratory for design in Arles, France. He also holds the position of the head of the Master department Social Design at Design Academy Eindhoven in the Netherlands.

Work

2001.- Artistic Director of Hasselt, Z33 House for Contemporary Art. Belgium
2016.- Artistic Director of Atelier LUMA, LUMA Arles. Arles, France
2010.- Head of Master Department Social Design, Design Academy Eindhoven. Eindhoven, The Netherlands
2001 - 10.- Lecturer, Design Academy Eindhoven, Department Man and Well-Being. Eindhoven, The Netherlands
2001 - 11.- Project Manager, Design, Anno ’02. Kortrijk, Belgium
1998 - 01.- Director, Centre for Integral Product Design CEPRO. Waregem, Belgium
1998 - 99.- Host Lecturer, Product Design, Katholieke Hogeschool Limburg. Genk, Belgium
1995 - 98.- Product Manager, Kreon. Antwerp, Belgium
1995 - 96.- Lecturer and host lecturer, Design Theory, Provinciale Hogeschool Limburg, Department Graphic and Advertisement Design. Hasselt, Belgium

Education

1986 - 1992.- Product Design, Katholieke Hogeschool Limburg (former SHIVKV). Thesis: The Game as Metaphor for the Twentieth Century. Magna cum laude. Genk, Belgium

Current Aditional Activities
 
2016.- Member of the advisory board. Fondazione Matera-Basilicata 2019. Matera, Italy
2015.- Member of the advisory board. V&A Museum of Design Dundee. Dundee, Great Britain

Julijonas Urbonas

Julijonas Urbonas is an artist, designer, researcher, engineer, lecturer. He is the former Pro-Rector of arts at Vilnius Academy of Arts and the CEO of an amusement park in Klaipeda. For more than a decade, he has been working between critical design, amusement park engineering, performative architecture, choreography, kinetic art and sci-fi and has been developing various critical tools for negotiating gravity: from a killer roller coaster to an artificial planet made entirely of human bodies. 

As part of his research, he has coined the term ‘gravitational aesthetics’, which involves manipulating gravity to create experiences that push the body and imagination to the extreme. His work has been exhibited internationally and has received numerous awards, including the Award of Distinction in Interactive Art, Prix Ars Electronica 2010. His works have been acquired by private and museum collections.

Philip Beesley

Philip Beesley is a professor in the School of Architecture at the University of Waterloo. A practitioner of architecture and digital media art, he was educated in visual art at Queen’s University, in technology at Humber College, and in architecture at the University of Toronto. At Waterloo he serves as Director for the Integrated Group for Visualization, Design and Manufacturing, and as Director for Riverside Architectural Press. He also holds the position of Examiner at University College London. His Toronto-based practice PBAI is an interdisciplinary design firm that combines public buildings with exhibition design, stage and lighting projects. The studio’s methods incorporate industrial design, digital prototyping, and mechatronics engineering. Philip Beesley’s work is widely cited in the rapidly expanding technology of responsive architecture. He has authored and edited eight books and appeared on the cover of Artificial Life (MIT), LEONARDO and AD journals. Features include national CBC news, Casa Vogue, WIRED, and a series of TED talks. His work was selected to represent Canada at the 2010 Venice Biennale for Architecture, and he has been recognized by the Prix de Rome in Architecture, VIDA 11.0, FEIDAD, two Governor General’s Awards and as a Katerva finalist. Beesley’s funding includes core CFI, SSHRC, NSERC and Canada Council for the Arts grants.

Professor, School of Architecture, University of Waterloo
Director, Integrated Group for Visualization, Design and Manufacturing, University of Waterloo
Chair, Association for Computer-Aided Design in Architecture ACADIA 2013 Adaptive Architecture
Director, Riverside Architectural Press

Reinier de Graaf

Reinier de Graaf. Reinier de Graaf joined OMA in 1996. He is responsible for building and masterplanning projects in Europe, Russia, and the Middle East, including Holland Green in London (completed 2016), the new Timmerhuis in Rotterdam (completed 2015), G-Star Headquarters in Amsterdam (completed 2014), De Rotterdam (completed 2013), and the Norra Tornen residential towers in Stockholm. In 2002, he became director of AMO, the think tank of OMA, and produced The Image of Europe, an exhibition illustrating the history of the European Union.

He has overseen AMO’s increasing involvement in sustainability and energy planning, including Zeekracht: a strategic masterplan for the North Sea; the publication in 2010 of Roadmap 2050: A Practical Guide to a Prosperous, Low-Carbon Europe with the European Climate Foundation; and The Energy Report, a global plan for 100 percent renewable energy by 2050, with the WWF.

De Graaf has worked extensively in Moscow, overseeing OMA’s proposal to design the masterplan for the Skolkovo Centre for Innovation, the ‘Russian Silicon Valley,’ and leading a consortium which proposed a development concept for the Moscow Agglomeration: an urban plan for Greater Moscow. He recently curated two exhibitions, On Hold at the British School in Rome in 2011 and Public Works: Architecture by Civil Servants (Venice Biennale, 2012; Berlin, 2013). He is the author of Four Walls and a Roof, The Complex Nature of a Simple Profession.

OMA. Office for Metropolitan Architecture

Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) is a leading international partnership practicing architecture, urbanism, and cultural analysis. OMA's buildings and masterplans around the world insist on intelligent forms while inventing new possibilities for content and everyday use. OMA is led by ten partners – Rem Koolhaas, Ellen van Loon, Reinier de Graaf, Shohei Shigematsu, Iyad Alsaka, David Gianotten, Chris van Duijn, Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli, Jason Long and Michael Kokora – and maintains offices in Rotterdam, New York, Beijing, Hong Kong, Doha and Dubai.

OMA-designed buildings currently under construction include Taipei Performing Arts Centre, Qatar National Library, Qatar Foundation Headquarters, Bibliothèque Multimédia à Vocation Régionale in Caen, Fondation d’Entreprise Galeries Lafayette in Paris, Bryghusprojektet in Copenhagen, Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec, and Faena Arts Center in Miami.

OMA's recently completed projects include Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow (2015); Fondazione Prada in Milan (2015); G-Star Headquarters in Amsterdam (2014); Shenzhen Stock Exchange (2013); De Rotterdam, a large mixed-use tower in the Netherlands (2013); CCTV Headquarters in Beijing (2012); New Court, the headquarters for Rothschild Bank in London (2011); Milstein Hall at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York (2011); and Maggie's Centre, a cancer care centre in Glasgow (2011). Earlier buildings include Casa da Música in Porto (2005), Seattle Central Library (2004), and Netherlands Embassy in Berlin (2003).

 

Jaime Daroca, José Mayoral and José Ramón Sierra. Práctica Arquitectura

PRÁCTICA was founded by Jaime Daroca, José Mayoral and José Ramón Sierra while working together at Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Their broad international professional experiences throughout Switzerland, UK, USA, Chile and Spain, and collaboration with firms such as Herzog & de Meuron, David Chipperfield Architects, Rafael Moneo, e2a Architekten, Tod Williams Billie Tsien, Sergison Bates Architects and Ábalos-Sentkiewicz, project a global view on their works of various scales and programs.

PRÁCTICA’s founders attended the Technical Schools of Architecture of Madrid and Seville (ETSAM and ETSAS), before pursuing a Masters of Architecture at Harvard University Graduate School of Design. They continue to have an active role in Academia through teaching and research positions at Harvard University GSD, Columbia University GSAPP, Universidad Católica de Chile and Academy of Art University in San Francisco, CA.

PRÁCTICA has grown to become a diverse and multidisciplinary team of global professionals, with experts in architecture, urbanism and design. Their varied perspectives and experiences contribute to building a nourishing design environment that translates into creative and unexpected solutions.

PRÁCTICA’s work has been exhibited and published at several international institutions such as MoMA New York, the Architecture Biennials of Venice, Chile and Spain, Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Columbia University GSAPP and University of Seville among others.

ZAHA HADID

Zaha Hadid, (Bagdad, 31 October 1950 – Miami, 31 March 2016) founder of Zaha Hadid Architects, was awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize (considered to be the Nobel Prize of architecture) in 2004 and is internationally known for both her theoretical and academic work.

Each of her dynamic and innovative projects builds on over thirty years of revolutionary exploration and research in the interrelated fields of urbanism, architecture and design. Hadid’s interest lies in the rigorous interface between architecture, landscape and geology as her practice integrates natural topography and human-made systems, leading to experimentation with cutting-edge technologies. Such a process often results in unexpected and dynamic architectural forms.

Education: Hadid studied architecture at the Architectural Association from 1972 and was awarded the Diploma Prize in 1977.

Teaching: She became a partner of the Office for Metropolitan Architecture, taught at the AA with OMA collaborators Rem Koolhaas and Elia Zenghelis, and later led her own studio at the AA until 1987. Since then she has held the Kenzo Tange Chair at the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University; the Sullivan Chair at the University of Illinois, School of Architecture, Chicago; guest professorships at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Hamburg; the Knolton School of Architecture, Ohio and the Masters Studio at Columbia University, New York. In addition, she was made Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Fellow of the American Institute of Architecture and Commander of the British Empire, 2002. She is currently Professor at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, Austria and was the Eero Saarinen Visiting Professor of Architectural Design at Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut.

Awards: Zaha Hadid’s work of the past 30 years was the subject of critically-acclaimed retrospective exhibitions at New York’s Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in 2006, London’s Design Museum in 2007 and the Palazzo della Ragione, Padua, Italy in 2009. Her recently completed projects include the MAXXI Museum in Rome; which won the Stirling award in 2010. Hadid’s outstanding contribution to the architectural profession continues to be acknowledged by the most world’s most respected institutions. She received the prestigious ‘Praemium Imperiale’ from the Japan Art Association in 2009, and in 2010, the Stirling Prize – one of architecture’s highest accolades – from the Royal Institute of British Architects. Other recent awards include UNESCO naming Hadid as an ‘Artist for Peace’ at a ceremony in their Paris headquarters last year. Also in 2010, the Republic of France named Hadid as ‘Commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres’ in recognition of her services to architecture, and TIME magazine included her in their 2010 list of the ‘100 Most Influential People in the World’. This year’s ‘Time 100’ is divided into four categories: Leaders, Thinkers, Artists and Heroes – with Hadid ranking top of the Thinkers category.

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