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Doreen Bernath

Andrea A. Dutto

Braden Engel

Armando U. Hernandez

Costandis Kizis

Giorgio Ponzo

Teresa Stoppani

George Themistokleous

 

 

 

Doreen Bernath

 

Doreen Bernath is an architect and a theorist working across disciplines of design, technology, philosophy, visual art, media and cultures. Trained at Cambridge and the AA, she won an RIBA scholarship and was a finalist in 2011 for the RIBA President’s Award for Outstanding Thesis (PhD). She is an editor of RIBA’s The Journal of Architecture and a co-founder of the research collective ThisThingCalledTheory. She co-edited special issue of Architecture & Culture (Nov 2015) focused on ‘Theory as Apparatus’, ‘Theory as Transaction’ and ‘Theory as Craft’. Her previous publications appeared in Time + Architecture (China), Dialogue (Taiwan), and the research journal of the Asia Centre at the London School of Economics.

Since 2018, Doreen co-directs the Architectural Association Visiting School in Budapest ‘The Uncommon Walk’, which explores pedestrian modes of urban activism, through workshops, travelling exhibitions, installation and filmmaking, eventually leading to international symposium and publication. Doreen was a co-director of DEZACT, and a founder of SpaceMedia, an initiative of digital art and architectural collaborations such as the biennale ‘Modern Body Festival’ between Den Haag and Taipei.

Doreen has taught in many universities internationally since 2006, including UCL Bartlett School of Architecture, Nottingham University and Plymouth University, and was a guest lecturer at China Academy of Arts, University of Costa Rica, University of Detmold, Germany and Shih-Jian University Taipei. Currently she supervises PhDs and teaches History and Theory Studies at the AA, in the Diploma School and in the Projective Cities MPhil Programme. She also teaches at the Leeds School of Architecture, where she coordinates the public programme and research clusters and is PhD director of studies. In Leeds she has co-led the MArch design research unit ‘Cinematic Commons’ since 2013, engaging in international collaborations and research workshops (Mumbai, Mexico City, Tokyo, London), which are now being documented in the forthcoming book ‘Urban Transcripts of the Cinemesque’.

 

 

 

Andrea Alberto Dutto

 

Andrea Alberto Dutto is Adjunct Professor of Architectural Design at the Politecnico di Torino (Italy). In 2010, he graduated with a double degree in Architecture at the Ecole Supérieure Nationale d’Architecture de Marseille and the Politecnico di Torino. He holds the title of Doktor der Ingenieurwissenschaften from RWTH Aachen and a PhD from the Politecnico di Torino, awarded for the dissertation ‘The Legacy of Handbooks. The paradigm of distribution in architectural design’ (2017). In 2014 Andrea Alberto was awarded the Ph.D. Quality Prize by the Politecnico di Torino. In 2018 he was a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Department of Architecture and Design of the Politecnico di Torino. His works are published in international journals and magazines (Footprint, Trans ETHZ, Lobby and Horizonte, among others). www.aadutto.com

 

 

 

Braden Engel

 

Braden Engel is Architecture undergraduate history and theory coordinator at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. He has taught at the Architectural Association and at the University of Greenwich in London, and was a Senior Lecturer in Architecture at California College of the Arts, Lecturer in Architecture at UC Santa Cruz and at the University of California Berkeley.

Braden received an MA in Histories & Theories of Architecture from the Architectural Association, London, and an MArch and a BS in Philosophy from North Dakota State University.  His written work has been published in the United States and abroad, including The Journal of Architecture (RIBA), Planning Perspectives, AA Files, and PLAT.  Braden’s current research and writing focuses on the interval between aesthetic experience and modes of presentation in architectural historiography, framed by the mixing of continental European and American pragmatist philosophies in the United States in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century.

 

 

 

Armando U. Hernández

 

Armando U. Hernández holds a BA (Hons) Architecture from Leeds Beckett University and is a student member of ThisThingCalledTheory. Before following his passion for architecture Armando worked for years at Manchester City Council. He is now pursuing a career in architecture, combining it with a keen interest in architectural theory and culture, as ‘a special way of thinking about everything that surround us’.

His student work has been published in the ‘Making Class’ issue of the online journal Fuoco Amico. Armando's final dissertation 'Architecture and Emotion' received a commendation and was shortlisted for The Leeds School of Architecture Writing Prize 2018. His final project explored a possible, alternative 'People's Culture Forum' in one of the most complex central public spaces of Berlin, creating a series of new, interrelated cultural production spaces (outdoor music venue, cinema and theatre) in dialogue with surrounding iconic buildings by Hans Scharoun and Mies van der Rohe. armandomakesarchitecture.squarespace.com

 

 

 

Costandis Kizis

 

Costandis Kizis is Design Fellow and Year 1 Studio Master at the Department of Architecture of the University of Cambridge and a History and Theory Studies Lecturer at the Architectural Association in London. He holds a PhD (Architectural Association), a MSc in Advanced Architectural Design (Columbia University) and a Diploma in Architecture (NTU Athens, with honours). Costandis has been a studio master the Architectural Association, and has taught at the University of Cambridge, at Central Saint Martins University of the Arts London, Leeds Beckett University and the University of Hertfordshire. His research focuses on issues of national identity and modern architecture. He is principal at Kizis Studio, an architectural practice in Greece  focusing mainly on cultural buildings, public spaces and adaptive reuse.

 

 

 

Giorgio Ponzo

 

Giorgio Ponzo is Teaching Fellow in Architectural Design and Pedagogy at the Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Archiecture. Giorgio studied architecture at the Politecnico di Torino (MArch, 1999) and at the Berlage Institute in Rotterdam (MA, 2011). He worked as architect in Italy, completing projects and prize winning competition entries both in Italy and internationally. Giorgio has taught at the Politecnico di Torino, at the Berlage Institute in Rotterdam and Delft, at Leeds Beckett University, and was visiting lecturer at the Harbin Institute of Technology (China). Giorgio’s research investigates the relationship between work and life and their unfolding in the spaces of the post-industrial city.

 

 

 

Teresa Stoppani

 

Teresa Stoppani is an architect, architectural theorist and critic based in London, where she lectures in History and Theory Studies at the Architectural Association in London. She studied architecture in Venice (MArch, Architetto, IUAV) and Florence (PhD Arch&UD), and has taught architectural design and theory in Italy (IUAV Venice), Australia (UT Sydney, RMIT Melbourne) and the UK (Architectural Association, U Greenwich, U Brighton, Leeds Beckett U).  Teresa’s research interests are the relationship between architecture theory and the design process in the urban environment, and the influence on the specifically architectural of other spatial and critical practices. Her writings are published internationally in edited books and in academic journals She is the author of Paradigm Islands: Manhattan and Venice (Routledge, 2010) and of Unorthodox Ways to Think the City (Routledge, 2018), and editor, with Giorgio Ponzo and George Themistokleous, of This Thing Called Theory (Routledge 2016). She is an editor of The Journal of Architecture (RIBA), and the instigator of the architecture research collective ThisThingCalledTheory.

 

 

 

George Themistokleous

 

George Themistokleous [BA, U Toronto/ MA; MArch U Brighton/ PhD Leeds Beckett U] is an architect, media artist and lecturer in History/ Theory and Arch Design (Year 1 Leader) at De Montfort University, and visiting lecturer at the University of the Arts Helsinki (Live Art and Performance Studies programme). He is the director of para-sight (www.para-sight.org) an interdisciplinary spatial practice. George’s research explores the changing role of the body via assemblages of older and emerging visual media, including custom-made  devices and participatory multimedia installations. His design research  has been published internationally in edited books, academic and design journals, and selected/ exhibited in various platforms including the 2016 Acadia: Posthuman Frontiers, 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale, 2018 ACM Siggraph, 2019 Future Architecture Platform, and the 2019 Leonardo LABS database.