AA São Paulo Visiting School

2010 – 2024

2011 AA Supple Pavillion Tutors and Tutors Assistants

Robert Stuart Smith is a Design Director and a Founding Partner of Kokkugia (www.kokkugia.com). He holds a Masters Degree from the Design Research Laboratory (AA.DRL), where hes is now a Studio Course Master. He has taught at RMIT University, the University of East London, and is an internationally invited lecturer and critic. Robert has extensive experience in cultural, commercial and infrastructural projects,  working for Lab Architecture Studio and Sir Nicholas Grimshaw & Partners.  Robert’s research focuses on self-organisational systems and developmental growth, pursuing polyvalent and environmentally responsive affect.  He leads Kokkugia’s consultation to Cecil Balmond on non-linear algorithmic design research. Kokkugia operates through design, research, consultancy and teaching, has projects in the USA, UK and Mexico, and is exhibited and published internationally.

Born in London, Tristan Simmonds studied structural engineering at the University of Bath and found inspiration in the lightweight structures of Sir Ted Happold and the mathematical and computational techniques of Alistair Day and Chris Williams for the generation and optimisation of structural and aesthetic form (form-finding). Tristan worked at international consulting engineers Arup for 13 years as a specialist in lightweight and complex geometrical structures where he worked on many international projects, on secondment in Honk Kong and Japan and was a founding member of the Arup Advanced Geometry Unit (AGU). In 2002 Tristan was responsible for designing the sculpture Marsyas for artist Anish Kapoor at the Tate Modern and has since collaborated in design many large and complex sculptures for artists including Antony Gormley. Tristan has given talks on his work and assisted in design workshops in Europe and the USA and also tutors at the Architectural Association.
Lawrence Friesen studied at Dalhousie University, Canada, and worked at a number of architectural practices before setting up the Design Geometry studio at Buro Happold Engineers. In the past nine years he has been involved in a number of complex projects whose innovative realisation entailed digital fabrication. Architectural forms are designed, engineered and realised through a digital design process to engage with simulation software. Forms are translated into a material design process that is true to the intent of the design but have a spatial and material awareness that enhances the design realisation. Currently he is a studio tutor at the AA graduate masters program Design Research Lab (DRL).

Anne Save de Beaurecueil and Franklin Lee (www.subdv.com) use computation to generate environmentally responsive geometries for architecture and urban design projects worldwide. They previously taught at the Pratt Institute in New York, and received Master’s Degrees from Columbia University. They have published, exhibited and lectured about their work worldwide, including the Beijing Biennale, the Rotterdam Biennale, the Athens Synthasoris Exhibition, the London Festival of Architecture, and the Festival of Electronic Language (FILE) in São Paulo. The work of AA Diploma Unit 2 has been featured in AD, ArchiCree, and the AA Agendas 7 Articulated Grounds: Mediating Environment and Culture publication.

Ernesto Bueno holds a diploma of Architecture and Urbanism from Universidad Central de Venezuela, a Master in Genetic Architectures from ESARQ – UIC (Barcelona Spain), and is PhD Candidate in the same research line. He is a Researcher, Professor and Lecturer on emergent strategies in architectural design and fabrication, such as algorithmic design, parametric modeling, and CAD/CAM, using advanced tools like Rhino, RhinoScript and Grasshopper. He resides in Brazil and is an editor of the blog Parametricismo

Thomas von Gutten has an Architect HES degree from the University for Applied Sciences in Fribourg – CH, where he graduated in 2006. He also has an undergraduate degree in mechanics obtained in 2000, where he focused on materials, production processes and prototype production. This fundamental education became one of the main drivers for his interest in research and optimization processes in the construction cycle. Four years of intensive work on projects involving the “Minergie Standard” followed this diverse formation. Thomas has done several design studies on simple houses and interior designs on limited budgets. He has also participated in architecture competitions both as an independent architect and in cooperation with major offices. These led amongst other things to the work on the International Red Cross Head Quarter in Geneva CH where Thomas was in charge for the design, Cost/Volume optimization and tender at the office Group8, Geneva / CH. After having worked for a short period of time in Zurich with Lehmann & Fidanza on a competition, he traveled in 2009 south west to Brazil in order to discover the megalopolis São Paulo and the rapidly growing world of Brazil. The work together with the leading membrane producer Mehler was only one occupation besides getting in touch with the AA Visiting School and Architectural World of São Paulo. Most recently, the curiosity and research for excellence guided him to the company Swatch where he became Project Leader in the International  Retail Development Department. The main targets for the future are to create and participate in the progress of Architecture and Construction.

Helen Sakano studied a Post-Graduation Diploma in Architecture at London Metropolitan University and is a Master of Science Candidate in Adaptive Architecture and Computation from Bartlett (UCL, London). She is a Researcher, Lecturer and Designer who participated in projects of different complexities and sizes including a Feasibility Study for a 5* Resort in Abu Dhabi commissioned by the Prince of Abu Dhabi while working for Aedas Architects Ltd in London. Her work comprehends of architecture, interactive installations connecting digital and physical realms and computational methods. Recently, she got the Third Place in the Brazilian Competition of Urban Mobility: “As Cidades Somos Nós” where she implemented a generative method on the conception of the main elevated square above Pça das Bandeiras, São Paulo.

Loira (loira.cng.br) formada em arquitetura, seguiu a vertente da cenografia, onde desenvolve principalmente trabalhos em malha tensionada para o teatro, eventos, estandes, festas, etc.. Trabalha ocupando espaços, usando a estrutura do local para pendurar a cenografia ou cria estruturas autoportantes para aplicar a malha e criar volumes penetráveis. Usa também estruturas infláveis nos seus trabalhos criando cenografias leves, amplas,  fáceis e rápidas de montar, o que é a característica principal do seu trabalho.

Victor Sardenberg works at SUBdV (SUBdV.com) and is currently a fourth year student at the Instituto Presbiteriano Mackenzie, is member of the research group Teo.Pro (Theory and Project in Digital Era) and of the artistic ensemble EPICAC Tropical. His activities are between architecture, arts, sound installations and computation.

Julio Radesca (julioradesca.com) graduated from the Design Academy Eindhoven (The Netherlands) in 2009. He specialized in furniture design and adopted a material-based design approach negotiating between computational strategies and craftsmanship. His graduation project “Personal Fresh Air” was shown in the Salone Internazionale del Mobile 2010 in Milan. He is currently working at SUBdV (subdv.com).