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Sanford Kwinter

Eric Goldemberg

Daniel Shiffman

Lars Lerup cancelled due to illness

Sean Ahlquist

Warren Neidich

Neil Leach

Wes McGee

Golan Levin

Matthew Fineout

Dale Clifford

Josh D. Bard + Illah Nourbakhsh

Nick Durrant

Niccolo Casas

Dana Cupkova

Panagiotis Michalatos

Andreas Trummer

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Madeline Gannon

Zack Jacobson-Weaver

Michael Jeffers + Jordan Parsons

Hironori Yoshida

Andrea Rossi, Lila Panahikazemi

Hower Fleet

Deren Guler, Xiawei Wang

Christian Lange, Ingeborg Rocker

Güvenc Özel

Harold Solie, Mark Wright, Ning Zhou

Gabriel Bello Diaz, Alexandre Dubor

Nicole Koltick

Aaron Willette, Robert Trumbour

Benjamin Rice

Pierpaolo Ruttico, Stefano Arrighi

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SANFORD KWINTER harvard gsd, professor of architectural theory and criticism

Sanford KwinterCo-Director, Master in Design Studies Program. Kwinter is Professor of Architectural Theory and Criticism at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He is a writer and editor who holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from Columbia University. He has taught at MIT, Columbia and Rice universities as well as at the Staedelschule in Frankfurt, the Architectural Association in London, and the Universitat fur Angewandte Kunst in Vienna. He was cofounder and editor of the journal ZONE and Zone Books for 20 years. He has written widely on philosophical issues of design, architecture and urbanism, science and technology and was an editorial member of the ANY conferences and publications in the 1990s as well as of the journal Assemblage. He is the author of over a hundred and fifty articles in a dozen languages. His books include Architectures of Time: Towards a Theory of the Event in Modernist Culture (MIT Press, 2001), Far From Equilibrium: Essays on Technology and Design Culture (Actar, 2008) and Requiem: For the City at the End of the Millennium and the forthcoming Soft Systems on the life sciences and and their impact on design. He writes frequently on the work of young and emerging practitioners in the nascent and transdisciplinary field of experimental spatial practice. He most recently curated a Harvard University-wide exhibition of art, design and the public domain entitled “The Divine Comedy.” He is currently at work on a book on paleo-ecology and the origins of form.


ERIC GOLDEMBERG  monad studio, fiu school of architecture, assistant professor, architect

Goldemberg holds a Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University. He worked in New York for Peter Eisenman and Asymptote Architecture. Goldemberg is Associate Professor at FIU in Miami. He also taught at Pratt Institute, Columbia University, New York Institute of Technology, New Jersey Institute of Technology, and University of Buenos Aires. Eric Goldemberg is the author of the book “Pulsation in Architecture” which highlights the range and complexity of sensations involved in constructing rhythmic ensembles. He has lectures at Studio-X, Columbia University, Cooper Union New York, Architectural Association London, Die Angewandte Kunst Wien, Politecnico di Milano, ETSAB and Iaac Barcelona, MIT Boston, University of Puerto Rico, MOCA Miami, Wolfsonian Museum Miami, University of Miami, University of Buenos Aires, among other institutions. His firm MONAD Studio was co-founded in 2002 in New York with Veronica Zalcberg.  The work of MONAD Studio has been published in The New York Times, Architectural Record, World Architecture (China), Architecture in Formation book, Conditions Magazine (Norway), I4Design (Chicago), Future Arquitecturas (Spain), Miami Herald, Florida InsideOut, Design Book Magazine, Summa+ (Argentina), La Nacion (Argentina), PP@PD (Penn School of Design), Evolo Magazine (L.A.) among other architecture journals. MONAD Studio was one of the 5 finalists of the 2008 PS1-MoMA competition and the project was exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York.

DANIEL SHIFFMAN tisch school of the arts, new york university, assistant arts professor

Daniel works as an Assistant Arts Professor at the Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Originally from Baltimore, Daniel received a BA in Mathematics and Philosophy from Yale University and a Master’s Degree from the Interactive Telecommunications Program. He works on developing tutorials, examples, and libraries for Processing, the open source programming language and environment created by Casey Reas and Ben Fry. He is the author of Learning Processing: A Beginner’s Guide to Programming Images, Animation, and Interaction and The Nature of Code (self-published via Kickstarter), an upcoming text and series of code examples about simulating natural phenomenon in Processing.


LARS LERUP rice school of architecture, harry and albert k. smith professor in architecture, dean emeritus

Lars Lerup is the Harry K. and Albert K. Smith Professor of Architecture and the Dean Emeritus at Rice School of Architecture, Houston Texas and Professor Emeritus of University of California at Berkeley. He was awarded Doctor honoris causa in technology by Lund University, Sweden in 2001. Born in Sweden he holds degrees in engineering (Sweden), architecture (UC Berkeley) and urban design (GSD, Harvard). Lerup has written several book: Villa Prima Facie 1976, Building the Unfinished 1977 (also published in German), Planned Assaults 1987 (also published in Chinese), After the City 2000, and some fifty essays in international magazines. Lerup’s art and design work includes drawings, paintings, architectural projects and competitions for new towns (Taipei, Taiwan), buildings, houses (California, Texas and Switzerland), and furniture. His work has been exhibited in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston, Paris, Berlin, Rome, Zurich, Moscow and Stockholm. His most recent book One Million Acres and No Zoning was published in 2010. Lerup was elected Swedish American by Vasa Orden in 2004. He was the Harold W Brunner Rome Prize Fellow at the American Academy in Rome 2009-10.

SEAN AHLQUIST taubman college, university of michigan, assistant professor of architecture

Sean Ahlquist is an Assistant Professor of Architecture at the University of Michigan. He is a part of the Cluster in Computational Media and Interactive Systems which connects Architecture with the fields of Material Science, Computer Science, Art & Design and Music. His particular research thread is centered on the topic of material computation, in developing means by which complex material behaviors can be instrumentalized to formulate integrated and variable spatial capacities. He continues this research also as a current doctoral candidate at the University of Stuttgart in the Institute for Computational Design (ICD), with expected completion of the doctorate (Dr.Ing.) in 2013. Ahlquist holds a Master of Architecture degree from the Architectural Association in London, Emergent Design and Technologies Program. He has published widely on the topic of computational design, including a reader entitledComputational Design Thinking, co-edited with Achim Menges, which collects and reflects upon seminal texts formulating a systems and material based approach to architecture and design methodologies.

WARREN NEIDICH  delft school of design, tu delft school of architecture, artist and writer

Warren Neidich lives and works in Los Angeles and Berlin. He has exhibited at such institutions as PS1-MOMA, New York; The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; LACMA, Los Angeles; The Walker Center, Minneapolis: The ICA, London; The Ludwig Museum, Koln and MUKHA, Antwerp. One-person exhibitions in 2011 include Fons Welter Gallery, Amsterdam, The Belgrade Cultural Center, Belgrade, Gallerie Moriarty, Madrid and P74 Gallery, Ljubljana, Slovenia.  He has received numerous awards such at the ACE-AHRB Arts and Science Research Fellowship, London, 2004.  Recently he has received the Vilem Flusser Theory Award, Berlin (2010); the Fulbright Scholar Program Fellowship, Fine Arts (2011) and “The Murray and Vicky Pepper Distinguished Artist Scholar Award”2012, Pitzer College, Claremont, California.  Selected authored works include Blow-up: Photography, Cinema and the Brain, 2002, University of California, Riverside, Lost Between the Extensivity/Intensivity Exchange, Onomatopia, Eindhoven, 2009, Cognitive Architecture: From Biopolitics to Noopolitics, 010 Publishers, Rotterdam, 2010 and Berlin Works: The Noologist’s Handbook and other Art Experiments, Archive Press, Berlin, 2012. He is former tutor at Goldsmiths College London 2004-2008 first teaching on the MA Fine Arts and then as the first fellow at the Center for Cognition, Computation, and Culture.  He was also Instructor at Southern California Institute of Architecture, 2012.  He is currently co-organizing The Psychopathologies of Cognitive Capitalism in Los Angeles and Berlin with California Institute of the Arts and Art Center College of Design.  Dr. Neidich graduated Magna Cum Laude from Washington University, St. Louis, Mo. He studied neurobiology at California Institute of Technology and Medicine at New York Medical College, New York City. After completing an internship in Medicine he went on to become Board Certified in Ophthalmology at Tulane University Medical Center, New Orleans, Louisiana. He was Instructor in Ophthalmology at New York Eye and Ear Hospital, New York City, until 1993 when he decided to dedicate himself full time to his art practice and writing.

NEIL LEACH university of southern california, los angeles, architect, theorist, adjunct professor

Neil Leach is a Professor at the University of Southern California. He has also taught at the Architectural Association, Columbia GSAPP, Cornell University, Dessau Institute of Architecture, IaaC and SCI-Arc. He is the author, editor and translator of 23 books, including Rethinking Architecture, The Anaesthetics of Architecture, Designing for a Digital World, Digital Tectonics, Digital Cities, Machinic Processes, Swarm Intelligence, Scripting the Future, Fabricating the Future and Camouflage. He has been co-curator of a series of exhibitions worldwide including the Architecture Biennial Beijing. He is currently a NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts Fellow working on robotic fabrication technologies for the Moon and Mars, and is working on a publication about Space Architecture.

WES MCGEE taubman college, university of michigan, matter design, lecturer in architecture, digital lab coordinator

Wes Mcgee is a Lec­turer in Archi­tec­ture and the Direc­tor of the FABLab at the Uni­ver­sity of Michi­gan Taub­man Col­lege of Archi­tec­ture and Urban Plan­ning. His work revolves around cul­ti­vat­ing an under­stand­ing of craft and mate­r­ial performance. His ongoing research and teaching has been focused on developing new con­nec­tions between design, engineering, mate­ri­als, and process as they relate to the built envi­ron­ment through the creation of cus­tomized soft­ware and fab­ri­ca­tion tools. Seam­lessly inte­grating process con­straints with design intent, the work spans multiple workflows, including algorithmic design, com­pu­ta­tional feed­back of mate­r­ial prop­er­ties, and sec­ondary and ter­tiary automa­tion processes that inte­grate robot­ics with bespoken machines of architectural production. As a founding partner and senior designer in the studio Matter Design, he has pre­sented work at mul­ti­ple national and inter­na­tional con­fer­ences on design and fab­ri­ca­tion, and been pub­lished in recent books such as “Fab­ri­cate”, by Ruari Glynn and Bob Sheil and “Dig­i­tal Fab­ri­ca­tion in Archi­tec­ture” by Nick Dunn, as well as forth­com­ing books such as “Per­for­ma­tive Mate­ri­als in Archi­tec­ture” by Rashida NG and Sneha Patel and Material Strategies in Digital Fabrication, Ed. by Christopher Beorkem.

GOLAN LEVIN carnegie mellon university, associate professor of art, direcor of the frank-ratchye studio for creative inquiriy

Golan Levin is an artist/engineer interested in the exploration of new modes of reactive expression. His work focuses on the design of systems for the creation, manipulation and performance of simultaneous image and sound, as part of a more general inquiry into formal languages of interactivity, and of nonverbal communications protocols in cybernetic systems. Through performances, digital artifacts, and virtual environments, Levin applies creative twists to digital technologies that highlight our relationship with machines, make visible our ways of interacting with each other, and explore the intersection of abstract communication and interactivity. Presently he is Associate Professor of Electronic Art and Director of the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh.

MATTHEW FINEOUT   smart-architecture, architect

Matthew Fineout is an architect and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Michigan and a Master of Architecture from the Southern California Institute of Architecture. Upon graduation he joined Frank O. Gehry and Associates. His work there includes the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, the Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, Bard College, the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University and the Weisman Art Museum, University of Minnesota. This pivotal work introduced digital applications for project development and realization in which Matthew played an instrumental role. As a partner at EDGE studio Matthew directed several award winning projects, including the Pittsburgh Gateway Station, a federally funded project researched through an NSF grant for its innovative use of technologies and awarded the AIA Silver Medal. Matthew established Smart Architecture to streamline the design to construction process with projects in the Middle East, Central and North America including the Soumaya Museum, Mexico City, La Machine L1212, Grand Central Station New York and most recently Argul in Bursa Turkey.  Matthew has written extensively on technology and process presenting published papers in several national and international conferences.

DALE CLIFFORD  carnegie mellon university, assistant professor

At Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Arizona, Clifford has initiated coursework and research programs to develop building technologies based on regional building practices, biomimetics, and advances in materials science. The vehicle for Clifford’s research is prototyping and includes full-scale demonstration projects to field-test transitional building technologies.



JOSH D. BARD  archolab, carnegie mellon university, assistant professor

Joshua D. Bard is a newly appointed assistant professor in the School of Architecture where he teaches in the core undergraduate design studio sequence and instructs seminars in digital fabrication and design media. Joshua’s teaching and research interrogate traditional binaries in design culture (e.g. industry/craft, machine/hand, virtual/physical space, digital/analogue production), discovering new potential for contemporary digital tools in the jettisoned logics of hand and material craft. Joshua is a founding partner of Archolab, an award winning research collaborative finding their bearings at the intersection of architecture’s emerging techno future(s) and a historically grounded commitment to making. Archolab’s research includes Morphfaux, a project that recovers ancient techniques of applied architectural plaster through the lens of robotic manufacturing and Spring Back, a reformulation of steam bending using advanced parametric modeling and digital fabrication tools. Archolab’s work has been recognized with Architect magazine’s R+D Award, an Unbuilt Architecture Citation from the Boston Society of Architects, and a Merit Award from the Canadian Wood Council.

ILLAH NOURBAKHSH carnegie mellon university, associate professor of robotics

NICK DURRANT carnegie mellon university, codelab, plotlondon

NICCOLO CASAS accademia di belle arti di bologna professor of digital modeling techniques

Niccolò Casas Investigates the possible applications of digital techniques in the fields of Architecture, Synthetic Biology and Fashion Design. As Phd candidate at the Bartlett school of Architecture under the supervision of Dr. Marjan Colletti and Dr. Marcos Cruz he aims to define the characteristics of “Digital Decadence” as dynamic transition between states of equilibrium. He graduated with a Master en Architecture at the UCL (ISA St Luc Bruxelles) after having previously studied in Italy at the Università degli Studi di Firenze. Niccolò is Professor of Digital Modeling Techniques – computer 3D at “Accademia di Belle Arti di Bologna”, he has previously taught as professor of Project Laboratory at the Università di Bologna Facoltà di Ingegneria Edile/Architettura. He has conducted Workshops at The Università degli Studi di Firenze and Genova, at London South Bank University (Studio6) and at The BArtlett (Unit20 and GAD Cluster2). Niccolò has created “Alchemy” a Fashion collection for Materialise that has been exhibited in Fashion Shows in Bruxelles, Atlanta, London and Florence and it is part of .MGX by Materialise permanent collection.

DANA CUPKOVA carnegie mellon university, lucian and rita caste chair, assistant professor

Dana Cupkova is an Assistant Professor at Carnegie Mellon School of Architecture and a design principal of EPIPHYTE Lab, an architectural design and research collaborative. Her work engages the built environment at the intersection of ecology, computationally driven processes, and systems analysis. Dana’s research focuses on adaptive methods for systemic integration of discreet energy harvesting systems into architectural membranes that perform on multiple interlinked scales while responding to specific climactic and socio-economic conditions. Her work has been supported by the AIA Arnold W. Brunner Grant, the Cornell University Faculty Innovation in Teaching Grant, the New York State Council on the Arts, and was recognized by ACADIA, an international network of digital design researchers and professionals.  Dana received a graduate degree of Engineer Architect from The Faculty of Architecture and Urban Design at the Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava and Master of Architecture from the School of the Arts and Architecture at UCLA, where she was awarded the Unrestricted University Fellowship, the Mimi Perloff Award, and the Kate Neal Kinley Memorial Fellowship for outstanding design work.



Michalatos is an architect registered in Greece and UK. His work includes a broad spectrum of design and computation that ranges from software development for structural engineering and interdisciplinary integration to interactive artistic installations. From 2006-10, he worked as a computational design researcher for the London based engineering firm AKT. Along with colleague Sawako Kaijima, Michalatos provided consultancy and developed computational solutions in the development of architectural design involving complex interdisciplinary problems for a range of high profile projects by architecture practices such as Zaha Hadid Architects, Thomas Heatherwick, Fosters and Partners. Their work in the development of computational design was published and presented at many international conferences. They also developed a range of software applications for the intuitive use of structural engineering methods in design. From 2004-2010, he worked as an Interaction Designer at the Stockholm based contemporary dance company, CCAP, his work with choreographer Cristina Caprioli includes the performance Cut-outs and Trees which premiered at the Venice Dance Biennale in 2010. Currently he is an Assistant Professor in Architecture technology at Harvard GSD. His teaching and research focuses on the development of digital interfaces for collaborative and participatory design and the application of structural optimization and signal analysis techniques in design problem.



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MADELINE GANNON  carnegie mellon university, adjunct instructor, phd candidate in computational architecture and design, ma computer science

Madeline Gannon is an Adjunct Instructor in Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Architecture. Gannon holds a Masters of Architecture from Florida International University, a Masters of Science of Computational Design from Carnegie Mellon University, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Computational Design from Carnegie Mellon University. Her research is investigating systems of digital-to-analog feedback in the context of craft, tectonics, aesthetics, and interaction. Her work blends computational and architectural techniques to create in the transitory spaces between digital and analog, interactive and passive, intuitive and technical, temporal and spatial.


ZACK JACOBSON-WEAVER  carnegie mellon university, studio liason, citc IV, graduate mtid

Zack Jacobson-Weaver is a maker.  He received his B.F.A. in sculpture from the University of Michigan School of Art & Design in 2001.  He was a technical instructor of sculpture and digital fabrication there from 2006 – 2011, guiding 3D disciplines into the 21st century.  The exploration of physical and digital tools, materials and processes led him to Carnegie Mellon University in 2011 where he studies Tangible Interaction Design in the School of Architecture under Professor Mark Gross, working at the anti-disciplinary intersection of Art, Design, Architecture and Engineering.  His work encompasses conceptual art, custom interior design and open-source and repurposed technologies in automation and fabrication.


MICHAEL JEFFERS + JORDAN PARSONS carnegie mellon university, 5th yr undergraduates thesis candidates

 Michael S. Jeffers is a thesis student in the BArch program at the Carnegie Mellon University School of Architecture in Pittsburgh, PA.  Mike currently serves as a Monitor at the Digital Fabrication Lab on campus, as a teaching assistant for multiple courses and has professional experience in a local office.  His studio and extra-curricular work inherently revolve around the questioning of assumptions, the construction of an argument, and the actuation of this process.  This desire to seek reason in the design process has inevitably led to the use of computation.  The construction of logics, carries the same weight as the construction of spaces.  This illustrates the coupling of both computation and fabrication shown in Mike’s work.  Collaboration with professors, professionals and colleagues reflect his interests and a willingness to promote a sharing of knowledge in an otherwise competitive environment.

Jordan C. Parsons is a thesis student in the BArch program at the Carnegie Mellon University School of Architecture in Pittsburgh, PA. While at Carnegie Mellon, Jordan has developed his interests in digital fabrication, computation and robotics through coursework and projects across the various schools inside the University. He has worked as a monitor at the CMU dFab Lab for the past 4 years working on, and instructing others in the use of a variety of digital fabrication and rapid prototyping equipment. Despite this knowledge base, he is inherently skeptical of the process of computational architecture. He believes strongly in materiality, tectonics and and the importance of fabrication. He is looking to generate an architectural methodology that pairs an intimate knowledge of computation and fabrication to create an architecture that surpasses pure code, and answer his questions as to the validity of this method of working.



Hironori is a craftsman in the digital era, using robots to fabricate human-scale objects such as furniture and interior. He is a PhD candidate at CAAD, ETH in Zurich and his research focus is scanning heterogeneous structures in natural materials. He gave talks at research institutes and international conferences such as SIGGAPH. He was a visiting scholar at CoDe lab, Carnegie Mellon University, and worked at OMA and Vincent de Rijk werkplaats.





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