Sharon Yavo Ayalon is an architect, artist, curator, and researcher. She currently teaches at Columbia GSAPP and serves as a Postdoctoral Associate at Cornell Tech. Her research focuses on visualizations and simulations to achieve social impact in planning. Currently, she has mapped NYC social distancing stories through interactive maps that aggregate people’s stories about living in the city during the COVID-19 pandemic. She has also developed a Digital Twin for Roosevelt Island with a focus on equity and social justice. Her doctoral work explored the linkage between urbanism and art and was awarded the President of Israel’s Grant for Scientific Excellence. She combines her research with art installations, performances, and curatorial practice. Sharon received her Ph.D. from the Technion’s School of Architecture, Israel, where she graduated summa-cum-laude BArch and MSc. She served as the curator of the PeKA Gallery at the Technion, and the Gitai Architecture Museum in Haifa. At the Technion, she co-founded the Experimental Art and Architecture Lab.
Lola Ben-Alon, PhD, Associate AIA, LEED AP BC+D, is an Assistant Professor at Columbia GSAPP, where she directs the Natural Materials Lab and the Building Science and Technology curriculum. She specializes in natural earth- and bio-based building materials and construction methods. Ben-Alon received her Ph.D. from the School of Architecture at Carnegie Mellon University. She holds a B.S. in Structural Engineering and M.S. in Construction Management from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology. At the Technion, Ben-Alon co-founded art.espionage, the Experimental Art and Architecture Lab. She also served as a curator and content developer at the Madatech, Israel National Museum of Science, Technology, and Space. Her work has been published in Building and Environment, Journal of Green Building, Woodhead Publishing Series in Civil and Structural Engineering, and Automation in Construction. She serves on the board of ACSA’s Technology | Architecture + Design, and Elsevier’s Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews.
James Bird (Ph.D candidate, M.Arch., MRAIC) is a member of the Dënesųłiné Nation and affiliated with the Northwest Territories Métis Nation. He holds an Honors B.A., a master’s degree in Architecture, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Architecture. His current work examines the intersection between Indigenous languages and shape forming. This research was supported in part by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council grant [SSHRC] for research in linguistics and architecture in the Dene language.
Tim Carlson is Managing Partner of Friendship Products USA, a company committed to helping the environment and communities by developing technology that turns waste into resources. Friendship Products’ technology replaces single-use plastic bottles with interlocking, nesting containers that have a second life as building material. These bottles can be used to build humanitarian shelters for disaster relief, cabins, greenhouses, furniture, and even artistic structures. Friendship Products takes the concept of reusable bottles from the theoretical to the practical. Our reusable bottle can play a vital role in addressing the plastic waste crisis and improving communities around the world.
Damiano Cerrone, co-founder of SPIN Unit, is an urbanist by trade, working across disciplines and institutions to make data meaningful and advance urban education. He designs and leads research projects for the public and private sectors while developing academic research and courses.
Dimitrios Chatzinikolis is an architect. He is an alum of AUTH and currently studies at MIT. He searches for techniques to use space as a computational medium.
Christina Ciardullo AIA is a Senior Architect, partner, and founder of the award-winning space architecture firm SEArch+ (Space Exploration Architecture) and PhD Researcher at the Yale Center for Ecosystems in Architecture. With an undergraduate background in astronomy and philosophy, and a Master of Architecture from Columbia University, Christina bridges a career between practice and research at the intersection of the natural sciences and the built environment, designing for a sustainable future for Earth and Space. She has worked in design positions at NYC Planning, NASA’s Habitability Design Center, and the award-winning firms of Foster+Partners and Ennead Architects. She was the 2015/2016 Carnegie Mellon University Anna Kalla Fellow and the 2016 Buckminster Fuller Institute Fellow. Her work at SEArch+ won the 2015, 2019, and 2021 NASA Centennial Challenges. Her current PhD work focuses on the integration of vegetation in and on buildings towards more sustainable cities.
Allison Dring is CEO of Made of Air, a carbon-negative, climate-positive materials company, transforming waste biomass into high-value, carbon negative, thermoplastic materials for industrial use. Their mission is to reverse climate change. Made of Air’s materials replace fossil materials and other composites in manufactured products. Composed of carbon sequestered from the atmosphere, the materials permanently remove CO2 and are thermoformed by standard industrial processes to meet multiple building and consumer product applications. Storing carbon in products enables manufactured goods to become an engineered carbon sink. Made of Air seeks to re-evaluate the role of materials in production, pushing to build economies that can disconnect from fossil resources and actively reverse climate change.
Alexandre Dubor is a researcher currently working at IAAC as Head of the fabrication team. Trained as architect and engineer (March. at ENSAVT / ENPC, March. at IAAC), he has experience in architectural offices (Studio Libeskind, Atenastudio, iDonati, AREP and Appareil), software development (C277), research and teaching (UTS, IAAC). Since 2012, he has been working at IAAC where he now leads the AAG fabrication team, directs the postgraduate in 3D Printing Architecture (3DPA) and directs the Master in Robotics and Advanced Construction (MRAC). Together with IAAC staff, students, and industrial partners, he is investigating how new advances in material, digital fabrication and computational design could lead to a better construction ecosystem, and toward a more efficient, affordable, sustainable, and personalized built environment.
Hayley Eber (b. Johannesburg, South Africa) is an architect, designer, and educator. She is currently Associate Dean at The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture at Cooper Union and Principal of Studio Eber, an award-winning New-York based practice for architecture and design. Studio Eber (previously EFGH) was founded in 2008 and actively engages projects that seek to expand the boundaries of architecture through the design of buildings, interiors, objects, environments, and installations. Eber’s work has recently been exhibited at The Storefront for Art and Architecture, A83 Gallery in NY (2021), and the Venice Biennale of Architecture (2021).
Chiara Farinea, PhD is an Italian architect and urban planner. Her research is at the intersection between design, biology, digital technologies, and art and focuses on `Design for Living Systems,´ looking at new ways of planning, designing, and fabricating cities that foster multispecies collaborations and mutualistic attitudes. She works currently in the AAG, where she is in charge of research projects and faculty in master courses.
Georgios Grigoriadis (Dip. Arch. AUTH, Berkeley MDes) is a designer and an Architect (of Things) working with emerging technologies, future making and fabrication.
Mitchell Joachim, PhD, co-founder of Terreform ONE, is an Associate Professor of Practice at NYU. Formerly, he was an architect at the offices of Frank Gehry and I.M. Pei. He has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and fellowships with TED, Moshe Safdie, and the Martin Society for Sustainability at MIT. He was chosen by Wired magazine for “The Smart List” and selected by Rolling Stone for “The 100 People Who Are Changing America.” He is co-author of Design with Life: Biotech Architecture and Resilient Cities, XXL-XS: New Directions in Ecological Design, Super Cells: Building with Biology, and Global Design: Elsewhere Envisioned. His design work has been exhibited at MoMA and the Venice Biennale. He has a PhD from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, an MAUD from Harvard University, and an M.Arch from Columbia University.
Robert Charles Johnson is a British designer with an MA in Social Design from Design Academy Eindhoven. During his master’s program, he developed a specific approach to researching system design working with film, materials, and storytelling. Robert’s projects create alternative narratives. He uses fictional writing as a design research tool, creating characters and dialogue that highlight issues surrounding labor and social attitudes.
Annika Kaldoja of Studio Aineis a designer, interior architect, and a lecturer, having experience in various design disciplines and working in both product and spatial design.
Designer and material researcher Siim Karro, co-founder of Myceen, is interested in exploring ways to transform the human–space relationship into a more sensuous one. Siim believes that through the use of nature’s intelligence and continuous research enhanced by design, it is possible to change the tangible environment more naturally and such that it is perceptually stimulating.
Vivian Kuan, Executive Director of Terreform ONE, has also served as adjunct faculty at Parsons in the Strategic Design and Management graduate program. Vivian designed and managed large scale architecture projects in the U.S. and Asia for Kohn, Pederson, Fox Associates, and for Sun Hung Kai Properties. Vivian currently serves on the Advisory Council of Cornell’s College of Architecture, Art, and Planning, on the Dean’s Council of the Yale School of Architecture, and as a board member of the Cue Art Foundation. Vivian earned an MBA from the Wharton School and an MA from the Lauder Institute, University of Pennsylvania, and a B.Arch from Cornell University.
Mae-ling Lokko is an architectural scientist, biomaterials designer and educator whose work centres on the upcycling of agro-waste and biopolymer materials in order to meet generative justice criteria and advance integrated life cycle design. Lokko teaches seminars and design studios at the intersection of architecture, agriculture, and food at the Cooper Union—also previously at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute—and leads biomaterials research at the Yale Center for Ecosystems in Architecture. Lokko’s recent works have been exhibited globally at Z33 House for Contemporary Art, Design and Architecture (2021), Sonsbeek Biennial (2021), Somerset House, London (2020), and Triennale Milano (2020).
Philip Maughan of Black Almanac is a writer and researcher based between London and Berlin.
Ilaena Napier is a South African born architectural technologist and designer whose research focuses on innovative biomaterials such as 3D-printed seaweed bioplastic, among others. She works currently in the AAG, being junior researcher and faculty assistant in master courses.
Caroline O’Donnell is a licensed architect, sole principal of CODA, Chair of the Department of Architecture at Cornell University, and head of the school’s Ecological Action Lab (EAL). Her research and teaching areas are in ecological and contextual design, as well as in nonlinear materiality. EAL experiments with ‘nose-to-tail’ practices, novel materials, and the re-imagining of the function of objects. EAL seeks to understand, document, and produce hidden relationships in design; zooming in and out from the urban scale, to the architectural, to the material component, for example: relationships between cities or buildings and climate, between buildings and their material sources, between artificial and natural systems. Recent work has included explorations into architecture and waste, in which unrecyclable objects were reconceived as building materials, decomposable, organic, and demountable architecture, in which global material gluts can be harnessed for material production, and dynamic architecture, in which the buildings evolve in relation to changing conditions via mechanical or material transformations. Current material exploration includes experimenting with potato starch, manure, sheet metal and wood.
Kärt Ojavee of Studio Aine is an artist, designer, and lecturer. Her work is focused on future concepts of textiles and materials. She experiments with new technologies and traditional textile fabricating techniques, testing the borders of both disciplines.
Evangelos Pantazis, co-founder & principal of Topotheque, is currently working as a research and teaching assistant at the Viterbi School of Engineering at the University of Southern California. His research deals with the notion of performance driven design and its materialization with robotic fabrication by employing agent-based design systems. Evan holds a Master of Advanced Studies in the field of Computer Aided Architectural Design from the ETH in Zurich and graduated with Honors from the Aristotle’s University of Thessaloniki, faculty of Architecture in 2010 and is licensed architect in Greece. He has also been trained as a jeweller (design & manufacturing) from the MOKUME jewelry design school in 2007.
Iasonas Pantazis, co-founder & principal of Topotheque, is a registered architect in Greece and currently teaches as adjunct lecturer at the Architecture School of the University of Ioannina. He is the director of Fab Lab Ioannina, a digital innovation hub for Design and Fabrication, as well as the founder of Lasercutter.gr, a web-based material processing company. Iason’s previous personal and collaborative work, ranging from architecture to art and installations, has been exhibited and performed at the Venice Biennale, the Center of Architecture in New York, the State Museum of Modern Art in Thessaloniki, the Benaki Museum in Athen and the Beyond Media Festival in Florence. Iason holds a Master of Science Degree in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University and a Diploma of Architecture from Aristotle University of Greece.
Claudia Pasquero, co-founder of ecoLogicStudio, is an architect, curator, author, and educator; her work and research operates at the intersection of biology, computation and design. She is Landscape Architecture Professor at Innsbruck University and Associated Professor at the Bartlett UCL.
Claudia was Head Curator of the Tallinn Architectural Biennale 2017, which she titled “Bio-Tallinn,” and was nominated for the WIRED smart list in the same year. She is co-author of Systemic Architecture – Operating Manual for the Self-Organizing City published by Routledge in 2012, and is currently co-authoring her latest book DeepGreen, Bio-Design in the Age of Artificial Intelligence due to be publish in autumn 2022.
Dr. Sille Pihlak, co-founder of PART, is practicing architect, researcher, tutor, and co-founder of the algorithmic timber architecture research group at the Estonian Academy of Arts. Sille completed her masters in the University of Applied Arts Vienna and practiced as design architect at Morphosis Architects, Los Angeles and Coophimmelb(l)au, Vienna. In 2020, Sille defended her doctoral degree on methodological development of somatic modularity for algorithmic timber architecture.
Marco Poletto, co-founderof ecoLogicStudio, is an architect, educator and innovator based in London. In addition to ecoLogicStudio, he is co-founder and Director of the design innovation venture PhotoSynthetica, focused on developing architectural solutions to fight Climate Change.
Marco holds a PhD Degree from RMIT University, Melbourne and was Unit Master at the Architectural Association in London, visiting critic at Cornell University, and Research Cluster leader at The Bartlett, UCL. He currently Lectures at the University of Innsbruck and the IAAC in Barcelona.
Andrea Provenzano of Black Almanac is an Italian visual engineer living in the arctic region of Finnmark.
Cristian Rizzuti is an interactive media artist working in Barcelona and Rome. Graduating in Visual and Multimedia Art, Cristian has achieved an M-IA Master course at IUAV University of Venice focusing on interactive immersive environments. After his studies, Cristian has presented his works in major events and locations in Europe, such as Sonar Barcelona, MAXXI museum Rome, Venice Biennale, ZKM museum Karlsruhe. Always inspired by science and mathematics, Cristian has focused his personal investigation on the role of human perception and the definition of synesthetic spaces and emotional sounds connected to the body. Being inspired by digital arts, live media and light, Cristian’s works can be described as light sculpture installations.
Lola Sheppard, founding Partner of LATERAL OFFICE, is a Registered Architect and Professor at the School of Architecture, University of Waterloo where she also serves as the Undergraduate Officer. She received her Bachelor of Science in Architecture and Bachelor of Architecture from McGill University and a Master of Architecture from Harvard Graduate School of Design.
Kearon Roy Taylor is lecturer at the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, & Design at the University of Toronto, where he received his Master of Architecture with the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Student Medal. He received his Honours Bachelor of Arts from McMaster School of the Arts, where he co-founded the media arts platform HAVN. His research interests lie in the political economy of architecture and urbanism as it relates to equity and emerging socio-technical formations.
Dr Anastasios Tellios is professor at School of Architecture, Aristotle University Thessaloniki. He researches in the scientific area of architectural design and the related theories. His academic interests are related to advanced architectural design, conceptual spatial experimentation, contemporary design theories, research by design and emerging technologies.
Andreas Theodoridis is a practicing architect-engineer and environmental technologist with a Ph.D. from the Center for Architecture Science and Ecology -CASE- a research center of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute based in NYC, and a research collaborator at the Center for Architecture Ecosystems -CEA- at Yale University. He holds a Diploma in Architecture and Engineering from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece and an MS in Sustainable Environmental Systems from Pratt Institute. His research is inherently interdisciplinary, merging twenty-five years of experience in building construction and fabrication with applied research on building systems and environmental initiatives on an urban scale. Theodoridis is the founder of UNited Atmospheres, an experimental design practice, and consultancy based between New York and Athens. Theodoridis has also taught and lectured at leading academic institutions, including Syracuse University and Columbia University’s Global Networking Programs in Greece. His work has been exhibited widely in several architectural exhibitions and fora, including the Venice Architecture Biennale and the NYCx Design week, among other venues.
Dr Siim Tuksam, co-founder of PART, is a practicing architect, researcher at the Estonian Academy of Arts (EKA) faculty of architecture, and co-founder of the algorithmic timber architecture research group and the Timber Architecture Competence Centre PAKK. Siim has a master’s degree from the University of Applied Arts Vienna and a PhD from EKA. He has been developing his practice through exhibitions, installations, writings, and architectural projects. Together with Johanna Jõekalda and Johan Tali, he was curator of the Estonian Pavilion ‘Interspace’ at the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2014. At PART, he’s been devoted to developing algorithmic tools for the design and delivery of prefabricated structures and the critical discourse of digital architecture.
Mason White, co-founder of LATERAL OFFICE, is a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) and received his Bachelor of Architecture from Virginia Tech and Master of Architecture from Harvard Graduate School of Design. He is Professor at the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, & Design at the University of Toronto.
Dr Despoina Zavraka is an architect and scholar. She holds a Diploma in Architecture (Mackintosh School of Architecture, GSA), a master’s degree in landscape architecture, and a PhD in architectural design and urban landscape (School of Architecture, Aristotle University Thessaloniki).
DESIGN EARTH is a research practice, founded by Rania Ghosn and El Hadi Jazairy in 2010. Their work engages the medium of the speculative architectural project to make public the climate crisis. DESIGN EARTH are recipients of the United States Artist Fellowship, Architectural League Prize for Young Architects + Designers, Boghossian Foundation Prize, and ACSA Faculty Design Awards. DESIGN EARTH’s work has been exhibited internationally, including at Bauhaus Museum Dessau, Venice Architecture Biennale. SFMOMA and is collected by New York Museum of Modern Art.
Ghosn and Jazairy are authors of Geographies of Trash (2015); Geostories: Another Architecture for the Environment (3nd ed. 2022 ), and The Planet After Geoengineering (2021). Ghosn is Associate Professor of Architecture and Urbanism at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Jazairy is Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Michigan and Director of Master of Urban Design degree program.