Issues

Issue 1-1 | July 2013

Issue 1-2 | Jan 2014

Issue 2-1 | July 2014

Issue 2-2 | February 2015

Issue 3-1 | July 2015

Issue 3-2 | February 2016

Issue 4-1 | July 2016

Contributors

Aagaard, Anders Kruse
Abondano, David
Andjelkovic, Vladimir
Akinwolemiwa, Oluwafeyikemi
Alexandrou, Kristis
Araújo Aguiar, Carlos Henrique
Arnaiz, Beatriz
Ascher, Barbara Elisabeth
Ashok, Ganapathy Iyer
Avellaneda, Omar F.
Babbetto, Roberto
Bannova, Olga
Bier, Henriette
Chang, Jia-Rey (Gary)
Charalambous, Efrosini
Chatzitsakyris, Panagiotis
Chatzivasileiadi, Aikaterini
Couling, Nancy
Crawford, Christina E.
Deng, Xi
Dobre, Catalina Codruta
Erdine, Elif
Figliola, Angelo
Garramone, Valentina
Gazeas, Stefanos
Goodbun, Jon
Gourdoukis, Dimitris
Griffith, Kenfield
Gün, Onur Yüce
Jäger, Nils
Kamath, Ayodh Vasant
Knight, Terry
Lénárd, Ilona
Liu Cheng, Alexander
Matheou, Maria
Nielsen, Stig Anton
Oosterhuis, Kas
Otti, Luisa
Papantoniou, Andreana
Paterakis, Manolis
Peña, Ana Laura Rocha
Phocas, Marios C.
Sass, Larry
Sáiz, Rodrigo Martín
Saraptzian, Katerina
Scherer, Annie Locke
Soriano, Enrique
Tanaka, Adam
Tomer, Sharóne L.
Torres, Natalia
Vardouli, Theodora
Verykiou, Anthie
Voyatzaki, Maria
Waghorn, Mark
Zavraka, Despoina

Anders Kruse Aagaard (Issue 2-2) is an architect and PhD Fellow at Aarhus School of Architecture, Denmark. Anders graduated as an architect in 2012. In between his architectural studies he worked at architectural offices and also combined his master in architecture with graduate studies in philosophy and epistemology. Both as a student and as an architect Anders’s work has been focusing on materials and material processing. Both as aesthetic and formal expressions in design proposals and through investigative experiments during the design process. He has an interest in material qualities and material behaviours as well as the current and historic craftsmanship and knowledge connected to the materials. Before Anders started his PhD studies he was involved in the implementation of digital machinery at Aarhus School of Architecture and establishing of the material lab. He joined the teaching staff in Aarhus and coordinated seminars concerning materials and new technology. The introduction to digital production tools added a new dimension the material interest and eventually formed the topic for his PhD research.

David Abondano (Issue 2-2) graduated in architecture at School of Architecture ESARQ (2005). Afterwards he worked (2005-2010) in Carlos Ferrater studio (Office of Architecture in Barcelona) collaborating on the development of architectural projects and competitions, as well as co-authoring the chapter Ideographic Resources of the book Synchronizing Geometry (ACTAR, 2007). His independent architectural practice has been displayed in exhibitions such as the Lisbon Architecture Triennale (2007) and, Colombian Emerging Architecture (2009). ARC Group member since 2012, and with the grant of the FI-DRG 2012 from de Agència de Gestió d’Ajuts Universitaris i de Recerca, he currently carries out his Ph.D. thesis, “Transition Towards a Digital Architecture”, within the program “Representation, Knowledge, Architecture”, by School of Architecture La Salle. The doctoral research bridges the material, productive, and conceptual changes fostered by the industrial and informational technologies in architectural practice and theory. His intention is to provide a historical and sociocultural background that enables the understanding, and critical assessment, about the integration and employment of digital design and fabrication tools in architectural production. The results of his research have been published in scientific journals and conefrence proceedings.

Vladimir Andjelkovic (Issue 4-1) is an architect from Pancevo, Serbia. During 2000-2006, he studied at the University of Belgrade, Faculty of Architecture (FoA). In the period from 2005 - 2008 he worked as a teaching assistant in the Studio Project 1 at the same university. In 2008, he entered his PhD studies at the FoA to research transformable architectural structures. Since 2006, he has been working as a leading architect-designer in the office “Bekament LLC” in Belgrade. From 2008 to 2010, he became a member of the Association of Architects of Belgrade and a member of the Association of Applied Arts Artists and Designers of Serbia. He has created a research corner called “a2arhitektura” together with architect Dijana Adzemovic Andjelkovic. He is the author of several award-winning project designs, and winner of numerous awards and recognitions for architecture, industrial design and graphic design. Moreover, he has actively participated in the development of architectural and design competitions.

Oluwafeyikemi Akinwolemiwa (Issue 3-2) is an architect with interest in integrating plants within buildings for passive cooling and sustainable farming in the tropics. other interests include building simulation and generating achievable policies for practicing sustainable architecture. Other experiences include practice in Landscape architecture and Lecturing.

Kristis Alexandrou (Issue 5-1) is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the Department of Architecture of the University of Cyprus, where he is an adjunct faculty member and research associate in the area of Architectural Technology. He holds a B.A. in Architecture and Design from the University of Brighton, 2011, and a Diploma of Architect-Engineer from the University of Cyprus, 2013. His diploma thesis has been awarded with mention at the international student competition ‘’Transformables’’ at the University of Seville, 2013. In the current academic year, 2016-17, his doctoral research has been funded with a scholarship from the Postgraduate School, University of Cyprus. His research interests focus in the area of structural and architecture design, lightweight adaptive structures, computational design and digital tools.

Carlos Aguiar (Issue 4-1) is PhD Student in Human Behavior and Design at Cornell University. He has worked in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, as designer and architect for several years before he joined the MSc. in Design Computing at the University of Washington, Seattle. In his research though design MSc. thesis, Carlos designed and tested an intelligent and networked suit of robotic furniture, which aimed to work as an assistive technology to support aging in place. In 2015, Carlos joined the PDBE PhD program at Clemson University, SC, and in 2016 Carlos transferred to Cornell University to continue his research in Architectural Robotics. Under the supervision of Dr. Keith E. Green, Carlos research examines how a responsive, cyber-physical architecture can augment social interaction in public and semipublic spaces within the city. Carlos has been awarded a full time Teaching Assistantship at both Clemson University and Cornell University.

Beatriz Arnaiz (Issue 5-1) is an Architect from the Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM), with the qualification equivalent to a Master’s degree according to the European Higher Education Area (Madrid, February 2014). During her studies, she was granted from the Polytechnic University of Madrid to study in PUCPR (2009-2010, Brasil) and in Universidade de Évora (2012, Portugal). Currently she is a Ph.D. student in Architecture Technology at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia-Barcelona Tech (UPC), researching on lightweight structures with tensile membranes, in low-tech context, opening the path of textile materials reuse. She has participated as assistant professor on Structural Morphology in Architecture in ITESM (Nuevo Leon, Mexico. June-July 2015), as collaborator in workshops in ETSAV (November 2015, 2016) and as workshop professor in UAH (Madrid, March 2016). She has worked at the Architects Building Department of the international company TYPSA (TÉCNICA Y PROYECTOS, S.A.), as Project Management assistant (June 2014-January 2015). Currently she belongs to LHRC Architecture Collective, working on projects that understand architecture as human tool in building the society, and creating singular temporary spaces to accommodate the activities of dynamic societies.

Barbara Elisabeth Ascher (Issue 1-1) was born in Germany and trained as an architect and urban planner at Bauhaus University in Weimar and the Oslo School of Architecture with a scholarship from the German National Academic Foundation. She has worked as an architect in award-winning offices in Egypt, Austria and Germany, before she moved to Norway after her graduation in 2006. Her professional experience includes working on exhibition projects and publications such as the “Atlas of Shrinking Cities”, housing schemes, cultural centers and experimental public spaces such as “Geoparken” in Stavanger, as well as large scale urban regeneration projects for the public sector. She joined the Oslo School of Architecture and Design as a PhD research fellow in 2012. Her research is part of the HERA-funded project on “Scarcity and Creativity in the Built Environment” and focuses on the design and process of social housing provisions in the Norwegian welfare state.

Ashok Ganapathy Iyer (Issue 3-1) is currently pursuing his PhD Studies at Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University; UK since 2011 and is the Chairperson of School of Design & Architecture (SoDA), Manipal University; Dubai (2004 till date). His research is looking at the impact of architectural design coursework delivered in the first year on students’ approaches to learning through the five years of the architecture program. An architect by profession, he studied architecture at Sir JJ College of Architecture, Mumbai; India (Master in Architecture, 2004) and at Pillais’ College of Architecture, Navi Mumbai; India (Bachelor of Architecture, 1997). He has worked at Sir JJ College (2002-04) & Rizvi College of Architecture (1999-2002), Mumbai; India before establishing the interior design & architecture programs at SoDA. His other research interests include urban studies & historic architectural developments from the construct of Pattern Language, issues of sustainability in contemporary architecture; fine arts & architecture heritage. His hobbies include Philately & Numismatics; fountain pens & sketching. http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/archi/ahtg/ashok-iyer
https://www.manipaldubai.com/soda/faculty/faculty-list/ashok-ganapathy.html

Omar F. Avellaneda (Issue 4-2) is an Architect and holds a Masters in Construction from the National University of Colombia. He is a PhD candidate from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Barcelona Tech. His PhD focused on the Technology of Architecture, Building and Planning Program. He researches deployable and transformable structures, and approximations of habitability. He is also researching on structural morphologies applied to architecture and lightweight construction buildings. He has teaching experience in the area of innovation and technology in architecture and has been a speaker at various international conferences on unconventional structures in architecture. As an Architect he has six years of professional experience in the field of civil construction, project management, interior design and corporate architecture. He also has kills in parametric design and digital manufacturing.

Roberto Babbetto (Issue 2-1) is an architect and researcher. Graduated in Architecture at the University of Genoa with a thesis concerning the documentation and conservation of the pre-Palladian villas in Veneto (Italy), he collaborates with the MARSC (Metodiche Analitiche per il Restauro e la Storia del Costuito) Laboratory at the Polytechnic School of Genoa in many research activities mainly directed to inquiry architectural rigorous surveys methods, non-destructive analytic and diagnostic techniques and methods, and architectural heritage conservation/restoration processes. He is currently conducting a Ph.D. research at DASTU (Architecture and Urban Studies Department) at the Politecnico di Milano (coordinator prof. C. Di Biase; tutors prof. S.F. Musso and porf. G. Franco), about the use of the BIM (Building Information Modelling) for the preservation and planned conservation of architectural heritage. He is also taking part – with the Research Unity of Genoa (Scint. resp. Prof. Arch. S. F. Musso) – in a Research Program of National Interest (PRIN): “Built Heritage Information Modelling/Management–BHIMM” (National coordinator prof. Stefano Della Torre).

Olga Bannova (Issue 4-1) is a Research Associate Professor at the University of Houston where she is directing the Sasakawa International Center for Space Architecture (SICSA). Olga conducts research and design studies that address planning analyses for a broad range of space and extreme environment projects including inflatable structures, special design influences and requirements, and habitat concepts for different conditions in space, and extreme environments on Earth. Olga’s doctoral studies at the Architectural department at Chalmers university focus on research and design facilities for severe climate conditions including Polar Regions or those that are exposed to extreme temperature swings. She pays particular attention to emerging technologies and materials and optimization of proven techniques in order to find more economical and practical design solutions while providing functional comfort for habitability. Author of more than 30 publications and a book “Space Architecture Education for Engineers and Architects”, Springer, 2016.

Henriette Bier (Issue 2-1) After graduating in architecture (1998) from the University of Karlsruhe in Germany, Henriette Bier has worked with Morphosis(1999-2001) on internationally relevant projects in the US and Europe. She has taught computer-based architectural design (2002-2003) at universities in Austria, Germany and the Netherlands. Her research focuses not only on analysis and critical assessment of digital technologies in architecture, but also reflects evaluation and classification of digitally-driven architectures through procedural and object-oriented studies. It defines methodologies of digital design, which incorporate (Intelligent)Computer Based Systems proposing development of prototypical tools to support the design process. Results of her research have been published in books, journals and conference proceedings. She regularly leads workshops at universities in Germany, Italy and Belgium, and teaches at design studios within Hyperbody and SpaceLab at TU Delft. Currently, she is project coordinator of the workshop and lecture series on Digital Design and Fabrication within DSD (Delft School for Design).

Jia-Rey Chang (Gary) (Issue 2-1) was born in Taiwan. After he got his M.Arch degree in Architecture and Urban Design Department, UCLA, under the direction of Neil Denari in 2009, he came back to his Alma mater, architecture department in TamKang University, Taiwan, doing research on interactive and parametric architecture. In 2010, he established “P&A LAB”(Programming AND Architecture LAB) exploring the new relationship between the programming and architecture. As the director of P&A LAB , he also worked in the Architecture Department of National Taipei University of Technology as a part-time lecturer. In 2011, He joined in Hyperbody LAB to further develop his preliminary study on “HyperCell”, which is a bio-inspired architectural component with intelligence, kinetic energy, self-assemble and self-adaptive capacities based on evolutionary development biology and swarm behavior principles. Cooperating with choreographers, visual artists and programmer, he is now currently involved in a 5-year EU project, MetaBody, to explore the pro-activeness and inter-action relationship between body movement and spatial quality. Meanwhile, he also holds several workshops for years on the topic of basic to advance coding techniques, interactive design and motion tracking technology.

Efrosini Charalambous (Issue 3-1) holds a diploma on Architecture Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens in Greece (NTUA) and a Master’s Degree in Advanced Architecture from the Institute of Advanced Architecture of Cataluña (IAAC-UPC) in Barcelona. She has lived and worked in Greece, Switzerland, Spain and Cyprus as a freelance architect as well as in collaboration with several architectural studios. Over the years, she has developed a particular interest regarding the embodied spatial experience and perception, issues that she has also explored through Contact Improvisation Dance, body movement awareness and meditation techniques. Becoming familiar with these new first-person perspectives on spatial interaction and perception, she has developed an interest towards the cognitive sciences and environmental psychology. She rejoined the academic community in 2013 with the desire to combine her architectural background with the knowledge offered by cognitive neuroscience. She has been awarded a scholarship from the Greek State Scholarship Foundation (IKY) and she is currently a PhD candidate at the Bartlett School of Architecture: Space Syntax Lab, University College of London. She is interested in how humans perceive, experience and cognize space. The main objective of her research is the use of neuroscientific methods, such electroencephalography (EEG), in real-world scenarios in order to assess the underlying cognitive processes of mental ‘events’ that may emerge through spatial interaction.

Panagiotis Chatzitsakyris (Issue 3-1) (born Thessaloniki, 1978) graduated from the School of Architecture of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (2002) and he holds a Master of Science in Architectural Design degree (Design and Computation) from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2005). Panagiotis worked for Rafael Vinoly Architects (NY) and Proentasi Design and Construction (Thessaloniki) prior to founding .27 architects. Currently he is a PhD Candidate at AUTH at the School of Architecture where he also co-teaches a design studio.

Aikaterini Chatzivasileiadi (Issue 3-1) is qualified as an Architect (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, 2009) and holds a Masters Degree in Environmental Design of Buildings from the Welsh School of Architecture (WSA), Cardiff University, UK. She has practiced architecture in Greece and has worked on both national and international projects. During 2009-2010 she gained valuable working experience at A.. Tombazis and Associates Architects. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Architectural Science at WSA and her research revolves around electrical energy storage technologies and their integration in buildings. During her PhD, she worked in the Solcer project on the analysis of monitoring data from retrofitted dwellings with PV and integrated battery storage technologies in Wales. In summer 2014 she was a visiting researcher at PennState University, US, where she investigated a demand response use case for the Li-ion battery in the zero net-energy research home of the GridStar centre. In addition, she was recently invited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) to contribute to a proposal for guidance on electrical energy storage integration in buildings. As for her teaching responsibilities, she gives lectures to BSc and MSc students in Architectural Technology II and Low Carbon Footprint modules respectively. She is also an MSc tutor being involved in the tutorials and the student assessment in the Environmental Design Practice module. In addition, she is a member of the WSA School Research Committee, the WSA Ethics Committee and the Cardiff Women in Science Committee and has been an invited member of the WSA School Advisory Panel. She has also served as PhD student representative and has organized a number of conferences

Nancy Couling (Issue 1-2) is currently carrying out doctoral research at laba after gaining architectural experience and teaching as assistant to Prof. K. Zillich at the TU Berlin (2000-5 & 2008-9). She gained her B. Arch with honours at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, and became a registered architect there. After winning a scholarship for study at the I.U.A.V. (Venice) she worked in renowned architectural practices in Italy & Germany before establishing her own inter-disciplinary partnership cet-0 & cet-01 in Berlin (1995-2010). Her current research is focused on the urbanization of the sea. At laba she coordinated the Barents Sea project (2011/12) and co-edited “Barents Lessons- Teaching & Research in Architecture”, Zürich: Park Books 2012, which has won awards in both Switzerland and Germany. Nancy is laba’s coordinator for Urban Lab +, an international network of urban laboratories in Europe and the global south, funded by the Erasmus Mundus programme.

Christina E. Crawford (Issue 1-2) is a PhD Candidate in Architectural History and Theory at Harvard University whose work focuses on architectural and urban design strategies particular to periods of intensive transition. Her dissertation will explore early Soviet planning, specifically the theoretical foundations of socialist urban theory in 1920s Moscow, and three sites where theory “hit the ground” in the First Five-Year Plan (1928-32) : Baku, Kharkiv and Magnitogorsk. Christina has presented her recent work at conferences in the US, the UK, and Ukraine, and is assisting adviser, Eve Blau, on a forthcoming book entitled Baku: Oil and Urbanism. She served as Vice Consul in the U.S. Consulate in St. Petersburg, Russia, and received a Fulbright Fellowship to Ukraine, where she researched post-Soviet Ukrainian architecture and urbanism. She also worked for several years as a registered architect and urban designer in Boston and taught architectural history and theory at Northeastern University. Christina received her B.A. in Architecture and East European Studies from Yale University, and her M.Arch from the Harvard Graduate School of Design; all degrees were conferred with Distinction.

Xi Deng (Issue 3-2) is a structural engineer with a B.Eng in Civil Engineering from Chongqing University, China (2010), and an architectural engineer with a MSc in Architectural Engineering from Politecnico Di Milano, Italy (2012). His current PhD in Architecture is supported by a Cardiff University International Scholarship. During his Civil Engineering studies he focused on engineering with aspects of architectural design. He was awarded the honour of being selected as one of the ‘Ten Most Outstanding Youths of Chongqing University’, appearing in an official interview by Chongqing University Monthly. After graduating from Chongqing University he was admitted to the MSc of Architectural Engineering at Politecnico Di Milano with a full scholarship in 2010. The experience of project designs, design workshops and design competitions in Europe improved his architectural design skills and deepened his understanding of the relationship between architecture and engineering through the whole building process. He has a general research interest in Low Carbon & Sustainable Design and is trying to build an effective bridge for academic communications between UK and China, and to increase the development of Low Carbon & Sustainable City in China.

Catalina Codruta Dobre (Issue 1-1) is a Romanian architect that started her architecture studies in Bucharest and later on, chose to continue her master degree at the Universite Libre Brussels. In July 2012, she graduated with high honors. Currently she is a PhD candidate and joined the urban design and planning research centre LoUIsE, inside the Universite Libre Brussels. Based on her experience in research and urban design in cities from different cultures -Brussels (BE), Ishinomaki (JP), Bucharest (RO) and Astana (KZ)- she begun to research urban water management practices, one of the critical points in urban development worldwide. Her PhD thesis is based on Brussels, as a city with a high potential in integrating new concepts like the water sensitive approach in water management. Besides this, Catalina Dobre is a founding member of Risk and Architecture Workshop, a non-profit association that aims to bring together architecture students worldwide under the topic of How to live with risk?

Elif Erdine (Issue 1-1) is an architect and researcher. Currently, she is a PhD in Architectural Design Candidate at the Architectural Association (AA), researching on “Generative Processes in Tower Design: Algorithms for the Integration of Tower Subsystems”, under the advisory of George Jeronimidis, Michael Weinstock, and Patrik Schumacher. She is the Programme Director of AA DLAB Visiting School and AA Istanbul Visiting School. She has been working at Zaha Hadid Architects since 2006. She received her B.Arch. degree from Istanbul Technical University in 2003 (High Honors), and M.Arch. degree from the AA Design Research Lab (AA DRL) in 2006 (Project Distinction). Her projects have been printed widely in international and national architecture publications. She is a registered architect in Turkey.

Angelo Figliola (Issue 4-2) is currently completing his PhD research at the Department of Planning, Design and Technology, PDTA, of the University “La Sapienza”, Rome; during the PhD he has been a visiting researcher at IAAC, University for Advanced Architecture of Catalunya, working on Robotic fabrication applied to wood structures. He holds a BSc in the Science of Architecture, 2009, and a Masters Degree in Architecture, 2012, both degrees from the University of Camerino, UNICAM SAD, School of Architecture and Design. In 2013 he was awarded a post-graduate II level Masters in Housing from the University of Roma 3. His research interests lie in the field of architectural technology in the post-digital age: the relationship between computational design, materials and innovative fabrication techniques as a new design paradigm for the investigation of performative architecture.

Valentina Garramone (Issue 1-1) is an architect, an assistant professor since March 2010 and the winner of a grant for PhD studies in Interior Architecture at the “Sapienza” University of Rome in November 2010. Her research is titled “Study of Empathy in Architecture: Analysis, Methods, Experiments.” The members of her thesis committee are Prof. A. Saggio and Prof. D. Scatena. She curated the exhibition “NEW ITEMS: Show, equip, furnish,” held at the “Sapienza” Faculty of Architecture in May 2011. She is currently working on the publication of the exhibition catalogue. Regarding her academic activities as a PhD candidate, she collaborated for the organization of a series of lectures titled “Introspection - Meeting of Architecture”. Moreover, she is working on a book spin-off of the publication “Architettura e Modernità. Dal Bauhaus alla Rivoluzione Informatica” by prof. A. Saggio. She is a member of the Scientific Committee of the web portal ArchiDiAP at the Department of Architecture DiAP of “Sapienza”. She has presented her research work in several national and international workshops and conferences, the last one in November 2012 in Paris. Furthermore, she participated in several international design competitions, aimed at designing an emotionally connected to nature and history proposal, collaborating with the group of Prof. Arch. D. Scatena. She is co-founder of the Archethic Studio.

Stefanos Gazeas (Issue 3-2) was born in Thessaloniki, Greece. Even as a teenager, he got involved in his father’s business, who was a civil engineer and run his own practice in Kastoria. He studied Architecture at the University of Nottingham, UK (B.Arch 1996 and Dip.Arch 1998 with honors). The following year, he was granted a Master’s Degree in Bioclimatic Architecture in Office Buildings (MA 1999). In that same year he started work in Thessaloniki for a renowned local architect and constructor. During 1999-2003, he also collaborated with several engineers for housing projects, sports centers, landscaping and energy efficiency in the building industry. In 2003, he moved into the public sector, being employed as an architect for the Technical Department, at the Municipality of Veria. Currently, he is the Head of the Planning Dept. and also a PhD candidate at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki(AUTH), researching the performance of Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPVs). During 2004-2011 he served as an assistant lecturer for several modules, in the Architectural Dept. of AUTH. Stefanos is also active in the publishing world, having written a few articles related to his studies on photovoltaic technology. In his spare time, he is an amateur car designer, model car collector and restorer of “young-timer” historic vehicles, taking part in classic rallies.

Jon Goodbun (Issue 1-2) is founding partner of WaG architecture based in London and a senior lecturer at the University of Westminster, UK. In 2011 he finished his PhD thesis at the University of Westminster, titled: “ The architecture of the extended mind: towards a critical urban ecology” and has been part of the HERA-funded project “Scarcity and Creativity in the Built Environment” at the same institution. He has been a visiting critic/lecturer at several institutions including Architectural Association (AA), Bartlett UCL, Bauhaus Weimar (Germany), Cambridge, UCA Canterbury, De Montford, Greenwich, Oxford Brookes, Princeton (USA), and TU Berlin (Germany) and has published widely. His latest publication, together with Jeremy Till and Deljana Iossifova, includes a special issue of AD on “Scarcity: architecture in the age of depleting resources.”

Dimitris Gourdoukis (Issue 2-2) is a PhD Candidate at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, where he is teaching classes on digital media and design. He studied architecture at Washington University in St. Louis (Master in Architecture, 2007) and at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Diploma in Architecture, 2004). In spring 2014 he was a visiting Assistant Professor at the Sam Fox School of Design at Washington University in St. Louis where he tough a graduate design studio and a seminar on digital fabrication. He was a Lecturer at Washington University from 2007 to 2008, where he taught core digital media, advanced digital media and digital fabrication classes. In 2006 he founded object-e architecture (http://object-e.net), as a research platform on issues of architecture, computation and experimental design. He has won prizes in numerous international competitions. His work has received several awards and has been published, exhibited and presented at conferences internationally.

Kenfield Griffith (Issue 1-1) is CEO and Founder of mSurvey, a data and insights company, offering a customizable mobile survey platform for research, data collection, and product tracking. Prior to this, he developed technologies in collaboration with the University of the West Indies collecting data from fishing communities distributed throughout the islands of Trinidad and Tobago. During 2010-2012 he worked as an Inter-American Development Bank Data Consultant in Washington D.C. and as a data researcher under the auspices of the MIT Committee on the Use of Humans as Experimental Subjects (COUHES). Kenfield’s work has been presented at the international CAD, SIGRADI, CAADRIA and ConnectED conferences. Kenfield developed and contributed to design workshops in emerging markets, including the Caribbean, Africa, Chile, and Peru. He received a PhD in Design and Computation from MIT studying and developing Information and Communication Technologies for improve design, data collection, and insights in remote regions. Kenfield also holds a SMArchS degree from MIT and a Bachelor degree in Computer science from the University at Buffalo.

Onur Yüce Gün (Issue 2-1) is a design and computation specialist. He is a PhD candidate in the Computation Group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a Presidential Fellow. Onur holds a SMArchS Computation Degree from MIT (2006-merit recognition in admission) and a B.Arch. from METU (2004-top of the class). Onur initiated and directed the KPF NY Computational Geometry Group (2006-2009) and took role in initiation of the Pratt Institute Digital Futures Group. He instituted and coordinated the first year undergraduate education at the Istanbul Bilgi University, School of Architecture (2009-2011). Onur’s work is internationally recognized. He won awards in CAADRIA and eCAADe. His work was exhibited at Universitat Adolfo Ibanez in Santiago (2012), at Center for Architecture: AIA New York Chapter (2009), at SIGGRAPH 2008 in Los Angeles, and at Tokyo Gallery A4 (2006). He acted as Senior Tutor for Smart Geometry Group (2005-2009) around the world and has been an invited design critic at Harvard, Columbia University, UPenn, RISD, and UIC. Onur currently focuses on potentials and limitations of computing in design. He talks about the potentials in his book chapter in Elements of Parametric Design and is the editor of Dosya 29: Computational Design that recapitulates the limitations.

Nils Jäger (Issue 4-1) studied Architecture at Technische Universität Berlin (BA) and Ball State University, Muncie, IN, USA (M.Arch.). He recently completed his PhD in Computer Science at the University of Nottingham (2015, thesis title: Enacted Embodiment in Adaptive Architecture: Physiological Interactions between Inhabitants and Biofeedback Architecture). Prior to his doctoral studies, Nils gained professional experience in Dallas, TX, USA, working in an office specializing in corporate interior architecture. He has supervised M.Sc. students (Computer Science), was a teaching assistant in Architectural Humanities, and taught architectural design studios. Nils is currently a Research Fellow at the Mixed Reality Laboratory, University of Nottingham, where he investigates the inhabitation of adaptive architecture. Through experimental and “in the wild” research he examines embodiment, actual and perceived control, as well as agency within adaptive environments. He also studies the emerging interactions with architecture made possible by the Internet of Things and the smart home/smart cities paradigm.

Ayodh Vasant Kamath (Issue 1-1) is a Partner at Kamath Design Studio, New Delhi. Here he is involved in critical architectural projects dealing with the application of digital design technologies in non-industrial settings. He has been a visiting faculty member at the University College of Architecture and Planning, Delhi (August 2012-May2013), and Sushant School of Art & Architecture, Gurgaon (August 2011-June 2012) where he has taught design studios and electives, and conducted workshops. He has lectured at Lawrence Technological University, Michigan (2013); the Architectural Association Visiting School, Bangalore (2011); the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge (2011); and the Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology, Ahmedabad (2010). Ayodh has a post-professional degree in architecture with a specialization in Design Computation from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, and a B.Arch degree from the Sushant School of Art and Architecture, Gurgaon. He has also studied photography and worked on installation art projects. His abiding interest is to explore the interplay between the computational and physical aspects of design.

Terry Knight (Issue 1-1) joined the MIT Department of Architecture in 1996, after teaching at the University of California, Los Angeles beginning in 1988. She conducts research and teaches in the area of computational design, with an emphasis on the theory and application of shape grammars. Her book, Transformations in Design, is a well-known introduction to the field of shape grammars. Her recent research includes work on visual-physical grammars: rule-based, customizable building assembly systems that support cultural sustainability through the incorporation of vernacular patterns and local resources. She is also exploring the incorporation of sensory aspects of design, beyond the visual, into grammars. She has served on the editorial boards of Languages of Design and Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design, and has published extensively in these and other design research journals. She holds a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, and an MA and PhD in Architecture from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Ilona Lénárd (Issue 4-1) is trained as a professional actress in the Academy for Theatrical Arts in Budapest. After that finished her second studies at the Willem de Kooning Academy for Visual Arts in Rotterdam as a sculptor. Since 1983 Ilona Lénárd has worked closely together with architect Kas Oosterhuis. They worked / lived in 1988-1989 in the former studio of Theo van Doesburg in Paris. After her studies Ilona Lénárd has received many grants to support her professional activities as a sculptor. Ilona Lénárd has been co-founder of the Attila Foundation [1993-1998] realizing the Sculpture City project in 1994 and the ParaSite project in 1996. Ilona Lénárd has been invited to lecture at universities and conferences in The Netherlands and abroad, focusing on her specific topics Artificial Intuition and Powerlines. She has been a visiting lecturer at Hyperbody at the TU Delft. Ilona Lénárd has realized a number of art projects in public space [Swinging Light Velp, Musicsculpture Oldemarkt, TT Monument Assen], she has exhibited and published internationally. Over all these years Ilona Lénárd has built up a strong portfolio of autonomous paintings, recent series of paintings are the Tangle, Twig, Flow, Polynuclear, Loop, Up and robotic painting [Machining Emotion] series.

Alexander Liu Cheng (Issue 4-1) is a PhD candidate at Hyperbody, TU Delft (Delft, The Netherlands), and researcher at Facultad de Arquitectura y Urbanismo, Universidad Tecnológica Equinoccial (Quito, Ecuador). He designs, develops, and implements Cyber-Physical Systems within the Adaptive Architecture discourse. Alex obtained a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the New York Institute of Technology (New York, USA); a professional Master of Architecture from The University of British Columbia (Vancouver, Canada); and a Master of Science in Advanced Construction and Building Technology—Automation, Robotics, Services from Technische Universität München (Munich, Germany). In addition to his academic pursuits, Alex has previously worked as Architectural Designer at GRAFT Architects (Los Angeles, USA; Berlin, Germany; Beijing, China).

Maria Matheou (Issue 1-1) is currently conducting her Ph.D. research at the Department of Architecture of the University of Cyprus, where she is an adjunct faculty member in the area of architectural technology. She holds a B.Sc. in Architecture, 2009, and a Diploma of Architect–Engineer, 2010, both degrees from the University of Cyprus. Her Diploma thesis on kinetic and interactive architecture was awarded the Prize for Excellence in Architectural Design 2010. Her research interests are in the areas of structural and architectural design, kinetic architecture, automation systems, design methods and digital tools.

Stig Anton Nielsen (Issue 2-2) is PhD student and researcher within the field of Architecture, Computer Science and Robotics. His project attempts to combine notions from philosophy, architecture, artificial intelligence, material and non-material computation, as well as robotics, in order to manage and modify the build environment. In 2008 he graduated as Master of Architecture from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture in Copenhagen with the project, ‘Metro Mechanics’. The project was presented at conferences nationally and internationally. In the years 2008-2012 he worked both at the at the successful and progressive architecture office COBE, as well as the internationally renowned research Center for IT and Architecture (CITA). At CITA he explored computation, large scale CNC fabrication, rapid prototyping and robotic assembly. During these years, he was involved in teaching at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, and invited to host international workshops on his topic in both Warsaw, and Manchester. In 2012 he started his own project at Chalmers Technical University, Dept. of Architecture, and collaborated with researchers from Computer Science, in both teaching experi mentation, publication. Today Stig is conducting scientific consultancy for a robotics development firm, as well as guest researching at the chair for Computer Aided Architectural Design (CAAD) at ITA, ETH.

Kas Oosterhuis (Issue 4-1) studied architecture at the Delft University of Technology. In 1987-1988 he taught as unit master at the AA in London and worked/lived one year in the former studio of Theo van Doesburg in Paris together with visual artist Ilona Lénárd. Their design studio is in 2004 renamed into ONL [Oosterhuis_Lénárd]. As from 2007 Oosterhuis is a registered architect in Hungary, executing as General Designer the CET project. Since 2000, Oosterhuis has been appointed professor of digital design methods at the Delft University of Technology and he is currently leading a staff of twenty researchers at Hyperbody, the knowledge centre for Non-Standard and Interactive Architecture. Oosterhuis is Director of the ProtoSpace Laboratory in the iWEB pavilion, located in front of the Faculty of Architecture. He is member of the Dutch Building Information Council and has been a Member of the Board of Witte de With Center of Contemporary Art in Rotterdam and of the VCA (Computerusers Architectural Offices) until 1989. He has been the co-founder of the Attila Foundation, responsible for the groundbreaking Sculpture City event in 1994 and the ParaSite weblounge in 1996. He has lectured worldwide at numerous universities, academies and international conferences since 1990. Oosterhuis has initiated two GameSetandMatch (GSM) conferences at the Delft University of Technology on the subjects’ multiplayer game design, file to factory design and build methods and open source communication in the evolutionary development of the 3D reference model. Award winning building designs include the Saltwaterpavilion at Neeltje Jans (Gold Award 1997 for innovative recreational projects, Zeeuwse Architectuurprijs 1998, nomination Mies van der Rohe Award 1998), the Garbagetransferstation Elhorst/Vloedbelt in Zenderen (Business Week/Architectural Record Award 1998, OCE-BNA Award for Industrial Architecture 1996, Aluminium Design Award 1997) and the Hessing Cockpit in Acoustic Barrier in Utrecht (National Steel Award 2006, Glass Award 2006, Dutch Design Award for Public Space 2006, nomination Mies van der Rohe Award 2008, nomination Golden Pyramid 2006).

Luisa Otti (Issue 1-2) graduated in Architecture in 2002 at Roma Tre Faculty of Architecture; from the beginning she joined research activities with professional experiences as an independent architect. Since 2003 she is assistant professor at the third year Architectural Design Atelier, and since 2011 she is PhD student at the Architectural Design Department, developing research with particular reference to housing topics. She regularly contributes writing articles and taking part in several international conferences. As an independent architect, she started her career collaborating with several practices in Rome and then in Vienna with Berger+Parkkinen Architekten GmbH and Studio Amati Architetti s.r.l. in Rome with design and coordination responsibilities on numerous public and private projects. At the moment, she runs her own practice, combining architectural theory, research, innovation, and experimentation.

Andreana Papantoniou (Issue 5-1) is a PhD candidate at Architecture Department, University of Patras (Greece). Her doctoral research is in the field of Architectural Technology, focusing on the development of Tensegrity Structures on curved surfaces, using geometric analysis and parametric algorithms. Her research project is supported by the “IKY Fellowships of Excellence for Postgraduate Studies in Greece - Siemens Program”. She was awarded a Diploma Degree from the same Department (2009) and a Master in Advanced Architecture (MAA) from the Institute for advanced architecture of Catalonia (IaaC) in Barcelona (2011), following the research line of Self-sufficient Buildings. She has been a former assistant at the fabrication lab of the Architecture Department in Patras and a teaching assistant at the Department’s undergraduate level on digital design tools and new technologies. She has presented her research results in various international Conferences of the field, such as IASS, eCAADe and AAG. In addition to her academic career, she has worked in various environmental and urban design projects, as well as at the Computer Technology Institute (CTI) in Greece, and participated in digital design projects for the Greek Ministry of Education.

Manolis Paterakis (Issue 2-2) graduated from the School of Architecture of the National Technical University of Athens in 2005, and in 2012 he received a MSc in Design-Space-Culture from the same institution, where he also worked as a teaching assistant from 2007 until 2009. Since 2011, he is an undergrad student in the Dept. of Informatics and Telecommunications of the National Kapodistrian University of Athens, while pursuing a PhD research in the department of Architectural Technology at the NTUA Architecture School, in an attempt to find a common space between Architecture and Computer Science. His interests also include systems programming, UX design and front-end development for web platforms. He has worked both as a freelance architect in Athens having received distinctions in architectural competitions, as a web-developer and a programmer. From September 2013, he is working with the Integrated Systems Lab of the Institute of Informatics and Telecommunications at the N.C.S.R. “Demokritos” in projects concerning crowd-behavior simulation as well as web-based applications.

Ana Laura Rocha Peña (Issue 5-1) is an Architect from the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo (UASD) and holds a Masters in Architecture Technology, Construction and Urbanism (MUTA) with specialization in Design and Structural Analysis from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC). Currently she is a Ph.D. candidate at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia-Barcelona Tech. Her research activities lie in the field of paper as building material: analyzing different types of structures by using paper as material. As an Architect, she has four years of professional experience in the field of structures and rehabilitation and has been working in various firms in the Dominican Republic and Barcelona.

Marios C. Phocas (Issue 3-1) is Associate Professor at the Department of Architecture of the University of Cyprus, and co-principal of the Archimedes Research Center for Structural and Construction Technology. From 2006 until 2013 he served as Interim Head of the Department of Architecture. Prior to his appointment at the University of Cyprus in 2004, he held several academic positions in teaching and research at the Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design of the University of Stuttgart, from 1996, where he had also received his Diploma in Architecture and Doctorate in 1995 and 1999 respectively. He was responsible among other for the development and implementation of the programs of undergraduate and graduate studies in Architecture at the University of Cyprus and served as member of the Advisory Committee of the European Network of Heads of Schools of Architecture. Since 2007 he serves as representative specialist of the Scientific Technical Chamber of Cyprus in the European Committee on Education and Training in the Field of Architecture. He is a member of the Editorial Board and Scientific Committee of the archiDOCT e-journal, as well as the author of several books and scientific publications in the areas of integrated architectural design, structural and construction design, earthquake resistant structural building design and kinetic structures. He received several architectural awards for project designs, in Germany and Cyprus.

Larry Sass (Issue 1-1) is an architectural designer and researcher exploring digital design and fabrication across scales. As an associate professor in the Department of Architecture at MIT, Larry has taught courses specifically in digital fabrication and design computing since 2002. He earned his PhD ‘00 and SMArchS ’94 at MIT, and has a BArch from Pratt Institute in NYC. Larry has published widely, and has exhibited his work at the Modern Museum of Art in New York City. Larry’s research builds on his belief that hand crafted, hand operated construction will soon be a thing of the past, and that in the future, buildings will be printed with machines run by computers. He proposes that the practice of architecture must incorporate new and emerging means of machine operation within fields of design and construction, and that these changes require the development of a new knowledge base for design where designers will plan a larger role in the delivery process. The challenge for architecture schools and the profession will be the development of new research and teaching agendas related to creative digital design and fabrication across scales - from furniture to skyscrapers. Larry will share findings from current research projects, including large-scale prototyping of design artifacts from CAD data, and digitally fabricated houses.

Rodrigo Martín Sáiz (Issue 2-1) graduated in Architecture in 2001 at the ETS Arquitectura del Vallès of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC). Afterwards he studied in the Doctoral Program at the Department of Construction Technology of the ETS Arquitectura de Barcelona and currently he is developing his PhD research about radial tensile structures design. He works as a structural consultant at BAC Engineering Consultancy Group (before called Brufau, Obiol, Moya & Ass.) since 2001, collaborating on the developing of many architectural projects. He combines this job with that of the assistant professor at the ETS Arquitectura de Reus of the Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV). He has also participated in several seminars and courses related to the calculus and structural design. He has collaborated on the redaction of the book “Proyecto de edificios altos”, published by the Asociación Científico- Técnica del Hormigón Estructural (ACHE) in 2013, about structural design of high-rise buildings.

Katerina Saraptzian (Issue 4-2) holds a diploma in Architecture from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH) with honours and a postgraduate Masters of Science in Adaptive Architecture and Computation(AAC) from the Bartlett School of Graduate Studies, UCL. She has been a registered architect in Greece as a member of the Technical Chamber of Greece since 2009. Since then she has been working in various architectural firms in Greece. She has participated in international conferences, as well as workshops and competitions. Currently, she is a PhD Candidate and an tutor at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki with main interests in evolutionary & algorithmic design, computation and self-organization systems, genetic algorithms and structural optimisation.

Annie Locke Scherer (Issue 5-1) is currently Doctoral Researcher on the integration of smocking patterns and fabric formwork for concrete at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden. She graduated from University of Michigan with a Masters in Architecture with a special focus on robotics and digital fabrication, and recently completed a one year M.Sc. post-professional degree at the University of Stuttgart Integrative Technologies (ITECH) program. With an interest in geometry and patterns, her thesis looked into programmable kirigami and how to create parametric surfaces from flat sheet material. She additionally was part of the 2014-2015 ITECH Pavilion team, which integrated real time sensor feedback with robotic fabrication of a carbon fiber pavilion. In her spare time, she works on full-scale, interactive installations for participatory festivals such as Burning Man and The Borderland.

Enrique Soriano (Issue 4-2) is an Architect. PhD candidate at BarcelonaTech with a grant from FPI-UPC. He is founder of CODA, a research team within LiTA BarcelonaTech and a spin-off design agency, focused on lightweight structures and computational design. He is the academic coordinator and teacher of the Master in Parametric Design at UPC school. He has taught full courses, workshops and classes on the use of wood and computational design at the universities of Barcelona, Madrid, Norway, Austria and Hungary. He is a member of the Structural Skin COST European program. His most relevant awards are EME3 architecture festival in 2012, ILEK lighweight student prize in 2013, Andreuworld timber furniture awards in 2014, best timber teaching and best timber project from timber guild in Barcelona in 2015 and more recently awarded with the Sabadell Innovation Grant in 2015. As associate partner at CODA he has led several built projects including thin lightweight gridhsells and timber houses.

Adam Tanaka (Issue 2-1) is a second year PhD student in urban planning at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He is broadly interested in regulatory frameworks for urban development in contemporary American cities, drawing from the literatures of political economy and critical urban theory to illuminate structural conditions for local processes of change. For his undergraduate thesis at Princeton University, Adam investigated the urban development of Bucharest, Romania in the post-communist period. This project entailed numerous site visits and interviews with local architects, planners and academics. He has also worked at the New York City Department of City Planning and at the landscape architecture/urban planning firm Asakura Robinson, based in Houston, Texas.

Sharóne L. Tomer (Issue 1-2) is a Ph.D. candidate in the College of Environmental Design at the University of California, Berkeley. She is completing her doctoral degree in the Department of Architecture with a Designated Emphasis in Global Metropolitan Studies. She has taught architectural history, theory and design at the University of Cape Town and University of Oregon. Her research interests include architecture and struggle; articulations of race, class and gender in space; modernity and modernism; and urbanism in the Global South. Her doctoral dissertation examines histories of architectural engagements with political struggle and urban transformation in Cape Town, South Africa during the transition from apartheid to democracy.

Natalia Torres (Issue 4-2) is a PhD student in Architecture Technology, Construction and Urbanism at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia-Barcelona Tech where she is developing her PhD Thesis entitled “Geometric method from regular polygons for the design of deployable domes”. She holds a Masters in Construction from the National University of Colombia since 2009. She is an Architect and Researcher, with an emphasis on the area of technology and implementation of nonconventional structures, tensile-structures, tensegrity, deployable and reciprocal frame structures. She is the Co-founder of the investigation group SMIA, Structural Morphology in Architecture (www.smia-experimental.com). She is a member of the investigation group LITA, Architecture Technology Laboratory. She is a coordinator for Colombia and contributor in Spain for the TensoRed, network of tensile structures in Latin-America (http://www.latensored.org/). Her more recent contributions were to IASS, TensiNet, TensoRed, ICSA, Cimne and Transformables 2013.

Theodora Vardouli (Issue 1-2) is an architect and researcher, currently pursuing a PhD at the MIT Design and Computation Group (DCG). She holds a SMArchS in Design and Computation from MIT, a MSc in Design-Space-Culture, and an MArch from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA). In her doctoral research Theodora traces past and present relationships between design, democratization rhetoric, and computation. Her publications include articles on open source culture in architecture, technical mediation and agency in participatory design, and the construction of the empowered user. She has co-organized “Futures Past: Design and the Machine,” a two and a half day conference on the institutional and intellectual history of design and the machine at the MIT Media Lab, co-curated the exhibition “Things to Think with” for the MIT´s 150th anniversary, and designed “Geometries || Algebras,” the DCG participation in the Advances in Architectural Geometry 2012 Video Panorama at the Pompidou Center in Paris. She has taught and assisted classes at the MIT Department of Architecture, the MIT Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, the Boston Architectural College, and the NTUA. Theodora also initiated and co-moderates ReaDCG, a reading seminar at MIT inquiring into the epistemological implications of computation for design, and vice versa.

Anthie Verykiou (Issue 3-2) was born, lives and works in Athens. She is a PhD candidate at the School of Architecture, NTUA. Her doctoral research is supported by the program: IKY Fellowships of Excellence for Postgraduate Studies in Greece - Siemens Program. Her studies are including a Diploma Degree in Civil Engineering at DUTH and Architect Engineering at NTUA and a Master of Philosophy Degree from the Inter-departmental Postgraduate Program “Design-Space-Culture” of the School of Architecture of the NTUA. She has worked as Teaching Assistant for the Design Studios of the School of Architecture of the NTUA and specifically on Urban Design and Public Spaces Design Studios. She has participated as a tutor at workshops with various subjects emphasizing on Landscape approaches in Urban Design. She has presented her research in Conferences in Greece and abroad.

Maria Voyatzaki (Issue 2-2) is associate professor of architectural design and building technology at the School of Architecture of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece) since 2001. Her PhD at the University of Bath, School of Architecture (1996) supervised by Chris Williams and Edmund Happold investigated the design process of non-standard architecture entitled “An Insight into the Design Process of Unconventional Structures”. Her research and respective published work focuses on the integration of an idea and its materiality aiming at enhancing the quality of architecture through this integration. She has taught for over 11 years in the United Kingdom and for a semester in Denmark (Aarhus School of Architecture). She has organised and participated in a great number of international student workshops and international conferences for architecture educators. She has been the editor of over 25 volumes of international conference proceedings. Her work is published in international journals and conference proceedings. She is the Coordinator of the European Network of Construction Teachers since 2001. She is a free-lance architect with experience in practices like Buro Happold. She is also the coordinator of a number of European funded programmes on architectural education, with the most recent one being the two-year funded Lifelong Learning Multilateral Project, continuum: from the school lab to the factory workshop that investigates new pedagogic protocols for teaching students on a file-to-factory logic. She is the Editor-in-Chief of e-archidoct (http://www.enhsa.net/archidoct/). She has been a Council Member of the European Association for Architectural Education (2000-2007). She lectures abroad and sits at design juries around the world. She is a chartered architect and member of the Royal Institute of British Architects and ARB. www.nomad-rnd.net and www.enhsa.net

Mark Waghorn (Issue 3-2)is an architect with over fifteen years post-qualification experience, and has been a successful practice director for over ten years. He studied architecture at Cambridge University and the University of North London. He worked for seven years at DGA Architects, becoming Associate in 2003. During this time he gained experience in private, commercial and public sectors, with projects ranging in scale from residential refurbishments to urban design. In 2003, Mark was appointed Project Architect for Christ Church Primary School in Chelsea. On completion in 2005, this refurbishment and extension to a historic Victorian school received the Environment Award from the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea as an outstanding contribution to the urban environment. From 2006 to 2010 Mark co-directed Waghorn Gwynne Architects. Here, Mark continued developing his passion for sustainable design, producing ground-breaking designs for a number of carbon-neutral houses around the country. In 2010, Mark founded Mark Waghorn Architects in order to further develop his design philosophy based on the responsible use of materials and resources to create comfortable and inspiring spaces that actively enhance the quality of the environment. He moved to Wales in 2012, inspired by the country’s goal to become a One Planet nation within a generation. As a Director of the Calon Cymru Network he is contributing to radical proposals for sustainable economic regeneration in rural Wales, based on One Planet and low impact principles. He is also currently undertaking a PhD research project on the process of making do in ad hoc self-builds in rural Wales.

Despoina Zavraka (Issue 3-1) is an architect (Dip. Arch. Mackintosh, GSA) and landscape architect (MLA AUTh). She has been adjunct lecturer, at the department of planning and regional development (UTh). Since 2011, she is a lecturer at the department of landscape architecture (EMTIT) and adjunct lecturer at the school of architecture (AUTh) teaching urban landscape design.In her doctoral thesis, she has investigated emerging trans-cultural aspects of urban environments and contemporary cultural landscapes of Switzerland. Her scientific interest lie on a delegated field, between ‘nature’ and ‘urbanism’ at various design scales. She has extended experience on architectural and urban landscape projects, as well as a resume of many successful and award-winning design schemes. She is co-founder of ‘ttdz studio’, a young practice researching and working on issues covering a wide range of contemporary creative fields, such as architecture, urban design, landscape, image and art.