Spela Hudnik is a founder and director of International Architecture Biennale Ljubljana (Bionic Territories, Ultraskin, Euphoria, Contemporary Ghetto), global networks of intellectual capital exchange, and co-founder of the architecture studio MONOCHROME ARCHITECTS together with Peter Vezjak. They exhibit worldwide, including the Architecture Biennale in Venice. She participates in the international scene as lecturer, researcher, artist, and curator. She organises various exhibitions, architectural events, panel discussions and runs many international workshops in Europe and abroad. Her focus is on a multidisciplinary approach through different media in the context of contemporary social, environmental, and cultural transformation. She was guest professor at ESA Paris, ULHT Lisbon, etc. Her current position is at the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Ljubljana.
With a graduate background in philosophy and cultural studies Lukas Feireiss runs the Berlin-based interdisciplinary creative practice Studio Lukas Feireiss, that focuses on the discussion and mediation of architecture, art and visual culture in the urban realm. In his artistic, curatorial, editorial and consultive work he aims at the critical cut-up and playful re-evaluation of creative and spatial production modes and their diverse socio-cultural and medial conditions. Lukas Feireiss is author and editor of numerous books, and curator of manifold exhibitions. He has lectured and taught at various universities worldwide including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, ETH Swiss Institute of Technology, University of Arts Berlin, University of Applied Arts Vienna, University of Arts Linz, and is currently visiting-professor at the DesignLab at Rietveld Academy Amsterdam.
Christian Ruby is a philosopher. He is a member of the ADHC ( association for the development of the Cultural History), of the ATEP ( Tunisian association of aesthetic and poetic), of the Entre-Deux group and finally for the Observatory for liberty of creation. Independent researcher , his most recent work focuses on the development of a European Cultural History of the beholder as well as a spectator of the political theory. He specializes also in public art and urban art on the aesthetic point of view.
CARL FREDRIK SVENDSTEDT
Carl Fredrik Svenstedt was born in 1967 in Stockholm and grew up in Montreal. He holds degrees from Harvard University and the Yale School of Architecture, and founded his Paris office in 2000.
Carl Fredrik Svenstedt Architects experiment with process, habitat typology and construction techniques. Their designs are based on material, for architecture is about thinking, but also about making. He is the recipient of the International Stone Architecture Award, the Architectural Review’s Emerging Architecture Award, the WAN House of the Year Award, and the French Lauriers Prize for Timber Construction.
Aaron Sprecher has been Assistant Professor at the School of Architecture in the McGill University Faculty of Engineering since 2008. In parallel, he is co-founder and partner of Open Source Architecture, a collaborative research group that brings together international researchers in the fields of design, engineering, media research, history, and theory. He studied at Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Israel and at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). His research and design work focuses on the synergy between information technologies, computational languages, and digital fabrication systems, examining the way in which technology informs and generates innovative approaches to design processes.
Carin Smuts is a South African architect. Born in Pretoria in 1960, she gained her diploma from the UCT in 1984 and founded her CS Studio Architects in 1989. The firm deals with projects of all type : large structures like the Laingsburg Multi Purpose Center or extensions to Cape Town University but also rural community hostels, community centres or the Caledon-Helderstroom prison. Recognized as a specialist in « low cost housing », the practice has a record of producing innovative, cost effective design solutions. The firm has moved beyond conventional architectural practice to an approach which involves all stakeholders in the creative processes of planning, design and construction.
Françoise Quardon was born in 1961 in Nantes. At the end of the high school, wanting to write but knowing that she could not compete with William Faulkner, her hero, she turn to studies of art. She participated in the first biennial of Lyon L’ Amour de l’ Art, Féminin-Masculin, et Elles Centre Pompidou, Présumés Innocents CAPC… The ornament and the ornamental being strongly registered in her work, she realized the decoration of a dinner service Les Délices des harpies for the Manufacture de Sèvres. All her work is published in the bilingual volume La Ballade des clamecés éd joca seria.
RICARDO DE OSTOS
Ricardo de Ostos is the founder and principal of NaJa & deOstos, a London based architectural studio exploring an interwoven ecology of technology and culturally modified nature. He is Unit Master at the AA School of Architecture in London, director of the AA Madrid Summer School and professor at the Bartlett School of Architecture (London). He is a co-author of the books The Hanging Cemetery of Baghdad (Springer Wien New York) and Ambiguous Spaces (Pamphlet Architecture 29, Princeton Architectural Press).
LFA (LOOKING FOR ARCHITECTURE)
LFA, created in 2011 by Antoine Trollat & Laurent Graber, is an architecture Studio based in Lyon. Truly multifaceted, we propose installations, mobile structures, « standard » or « not standard » architecture projects.Our use and practice of the ephemeral allow us to built a vocabulary that we apply from smallest to largest scales and that feed our architectural work around the concept of built and envelope. This unusual process that we started a bit randomly, guided by intuition, is the road on which we keep evolving.
Anupama Kundoo’s internationally recognised and award-winning architecture practice started in 1990, demonstrates a strong focus on material research and experimentation towards an architecture that has low environmental impact and is appropriate to the socio-economic context. Kundoo has built extensively in India and has had the experience of working, researching and teaching in a variety of cultural contexts across the world: TU Berlin, AA School of Architecture London, Parsons New School of Design New York, University of Queensland Brisbane, IUAV Venice and ETSAB Barcelona.
Lina Ghotmeh is Architect and founding partner of DGT Architects, a practice set in Paris with an antenna in Japan. Through her office, Lina practices Architecture in the broadest sense of the discipline; among her recent realizations: the Estonian National Museum/ Housing and Art Galleries in Beirut / Hokusai’s retrospective at the Grand Palais. She has received Awards including the NAJAP 2007-08, «10 for 2010 Visionary Architects for a new decade» by the European Architects Review and was nominated for the Iakhov Chernikhov prize.
Luca Galofaro is an architect and educator. He obtained the Master degree on Spatial Science at the International Space University, UHA. He presents his works on Space Architecture at several conferences. Associated Professor at University of Camerino, visiting professor at Confluence in Lyon, The Bartlett School of Architecture in London and at Ecole Spéciale d’Architecture in Paris. His research around architecture is made not just by architectural projects but through different research tools: two blogs www.the-booklist.com and www.the-imagelist.com, a new phisical space, gallery Campo in Rome.
Odile Decq is an internationally renowned French architect and landscape designer. Awarded with the Golden Lion of Architecture at the Venice Biennale in 1996, she has designed several buildings that have marked the contemporary architecture, as the MACRO, Contemporary Museum in Rome or the Administration Centre of the Banque Populaire de l’Ouest in France. Also very committed in teaching architecture for the past 20 years, she launched the Confluence Institute for Innovation and Creative Strategies in Architecture in 2014.
SIR PETER COOK
Sir Peter Cook, founder of ARCHIGRAM, former Director the Institute for Contemporary Art (London) and Bartlett School of Architecture at University College (London). He is the founder and principal of CRAB (London) and has been a pivotal figure within the global architectural world for over half a century. Peter Cook’s most recent buildings include the Graz Kunsthaus, Austria, the Vienna Business and Economics University’s Law Faculty and the Bond University Soheil Abedian School of Architecture.
Emerging dancer and choreographer, Davy Brun created Ando Dance Company in 2011. After 11 years spent at the Lyon Opera Ballet and the Grand Theatre Ballet of Geneva, he had the opportunity to work with great contemporary choreographers. This variety of body language associated to his classical training have led him to a profound desire to live his own choreographic experiences. His research aims to build a written dance language, inspired by his life encounters and carrying emotions.
Andrea Blum is a New York based artist who designs work for Public Space in Europe and the United States that range in site and scale to include urban space, parks, exhibition design, libraries, domestic space, and furniture. She exhibits in museums, galleries and other exhibition venues worldwide, including, the Venice Biennale ; Maison Rouge,Paris; La Conservera, SP; Stroom, NL; Henry Moore Institute,UK; and Storefront for Art & Architecture, NY. She has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, Graham Foundation Fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts Grants.
Peter Baalman is an architect DPLG. He also teaches contemporary and modern architecture history. From Netherland, he arrived in Paris at the end of the 70’s. He graduates in 1990 at the Architecture School of Versailles, after studying linguistic and passing a master degree in Art History at la Sorbone Paris IV. He joined the Studio Odile Decq in 1996 to become the office manager in 2003, position that he still occupies today. In addition, Peter Baalman is regularly invited as a jury member for master degrees at l’ESA, Paris Malaquais and la Vilette. He also gave lectures in Tanger, Stockholm and Barcelona.
Reza Azard, architect dplg is graduated from l’ENSAPLV in 2001. He collaborates with Jean Nouvel Ateliers between 2001 and 2006. In Parallel, he founds the association Projectiles in 2001 with the artist and architect Eric Stephany and the poet Michaël Batalla. Together they question the relationships between Art and Architecture. In 2005, he builds the agency Projectiles with this time the architect Daniel Meszaros and interior design Hervé Bouttet. The agency practises architecture in a multidisciplinary spirit within a multitude of spatial scales.
Chandler Ahrens is an assistant professor at Washington University in St. Louis as well as a co-founder of Open Source Architecture (OSA), which is an international transdisciplinary collaboration developing research and commissioned projects. His focus is on the intersection of material investigations, environmental phenomena, and computational design processes. His teaching focuses on digital fabrication studios and seminars that produce full-scale prototypes. His work with OSA is part of the collection at the Fonds Regional de Architecture (FRAC) in Orleans, France.