Alan Dempsey is a UK chartered architect and founding director of NEX. In 2010 he was selected by the Centre for European Architecture and the Chicago Athenaeum as one of the 40 most significant architects in the EU under 40. In 2008 he was selected by the British Council as one of the six most significant Design Entrepreneurs in the UK. He has previously worked with Future Systems, OCEAN and Homa Farjadi. Alan was an AA Unit Tutor and is currently Director of the AA FAB Research Cluster and the AA Independent’s Group, which facilitate research into the use of computational design and fabrication to enable innovative forms of design practice. Alan’s work has been widely published in the US, Europe and Asia, and he has exhibited and lectured worldwide. His built projects have received a number of awards, including a LEAF award for Spencer Dock Bridge, and a D&AD pencil for the [C]space DRL 10 Pavilion.
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.
Iván Ivanoff is an artist, programmer, and researcher. Having produced Nuevas Tecnologías y Nuevos Medios, his way of thinking about the world, technology and art is manifested in a search for new forms of communication for the society of the future. He is the director of research and development of different Media Labs, based in Buenos Aires, New York and Italy. Together with artist José Jiménez, he founded the artistic collaborative i2off.org+r3nder.net which develop multi-media and interactive projects, focusing on creating a poetry of content through an intimate experience with technology. Final products are expressed in various forms: texts, installations, graphic design, web-design, video and software. Years later they founded Estado Lateral Media Lab together with Enrique Mármora, a sculptor, video artist and highly experienced cultural promoter, to produce, investigate and develop new technologies.
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.
Yoojin Kim worked as an architect at Amanda Levete Architects, AL_A (amandalevetearchitects.com). He studied Architecture and Engineering in Korea before acquiring a master in Advanced Structural Engineering from Imperial College in London. He is furthering his knowledge at the Architectural Association, examining new design processes through digital and material design research with the aid of advanced computational techniques.
Ernesto Bueno is an Associated Architect at Atelier UM+D in Curitiba. He holds a diploma of Architecture and Urbanism from Universidad Central de Venezuela, a Master’s Degree in Genetic Architectures from ESARQ – UIC (Barcelona Spain), and is a PhD Candidate in the same research line. He is also a Trainer and Lecturer on digital techniques in architectural design and fabrication using Rhino, Grasshopper and Python. He resides in Brazil and is editor of the blog Parametricismo.
Victor Sardenberg works at SUBdV (SUBdV.com) and is currently a fifth 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.
Yan Patrick Giusti has been working with digital fabrication technologies for the last years. He has been teaching fabrication techniques to architects and designed and built a sort of machines. Now he is opening his own company TudoCNC (www.tudocnc.com.br) and is a co-founder of FabLab Brasil (www.fablabbrasil.com).