AA São Paulo Visiting School

2010 – 2024





Carlos Bañón is a pioneering architect and professor, integrating AI and digital fabrication in architectural design. Renowned for his resource-efficient, computationally-driven methodologies, he has significantly reshaped urban landscapes and the built environment through his practice, Subarquitectura. As a faculty member at the Singapore University of Technology and Design, he established the Architectural Intelligence Research Lab (AirLab) in 2015. His acclaimed work has been showcased at the Venice Biennale of Architecture and garnered prestigious awards such as the Singapore President’s Design Award. An influential figure in architectural education, he has lectured at leading institutions like MIT Boston, EPFL Lausanne, and ETSAM Madrid. With a wealth of experience in design-driven workshops worldwide, Bañón combines innovative AI-driven practical skills and visionary insight, inspiring the next generation of architects to explore innovative, tech-centric design approaches.

website:  airlab.sutd.edu.sg // subarquitectura.com

instagram: @carlosbannon




Victor Sardenberg is an architect, researcher, and Ph.D. candidate. His practice and research focus on architectural design experimentation, particularly in computational aesthetics, robotic fabrication, augmented reality, artificial intelligence, and speculative philosophy. In his Ph.D. thesis, he is developing a computational framework for predicting aesthetic preferences using computer vision and artificial neural networks at the Leibniz Universität Hannover, where he has taught since 2016, and at the Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie. He is a professor at PUC-Minas and lecturer at the Aarhus Universitet (Denmark) and the Detmolder Schule für Gestaltung (Germany). Previously, he has taught computational design and digital fabrication in workshops and seminars at the AA Visiting School, Hochschule Düsseldorf, PUC-Rio, UNICAP, UFMS, and UFRJ. He holds a post-graduate Master of Arts in architecture and urban design from the Städelschule Architecture Class, Frankfurt am Main. He collaborated with many practices, such as Gabriel Lester, SUBdV Architecture, Tobias Rehberger, Franken Architekten, Studio Campanas, and Guto Requena. www.victorsardenberg.com



Catherine Otondo is an architect and professor of Design at the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism at Mackenzie University.  From 2021-2023 she served as the President of the Council of Architecture and Urbanism of the State of São Paulo, CAU/SP.  She graduated from FAU_USP in 1994, and in 2013 she received her doctorate from the same institution with the presentation of the thesis: “Design and built space; relations between thinking and doing in the work of Paulo Mendes da Rocha”.  She has published several books about the architect’s work: (Paper Models, Architecture Itineraries – Paulo Mendes da Rocha, and Casa Butantã,) and is the Scientific Curator of the exhibition: “Constructed Geographies: Paulo Mendes da Rocha”, 2023. Catherine is owner of the Base Urbana architecture office, in São Paulo in partnership with Marina Grinover and Rafael Andrade. The office develops projects on various scales of architecture and urban design, focusing on the complete project process from the first drawings to the execution of the work.  Prior to teaching at Mackenzie University she taught at the Institute of Architecture and Urbanism at the University of São Paulo (2015-2017).


Marcella Carone is an architect, computational designer and postgraduation professor. Her work and research integrate novel and technological approaches in a variety of scales, including algorithm design, evolutionary optimization, artificial intelligence and digital fabrication.
Holds a Master of Science in emergent technologies and design from the Architectural Association (London, UK – 2016) and a bachelor’s degree in architecture and urbanism from Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie (São Paulo, Brazil – 2010).
Collaborated with aflalo/gasperini and DMDV architects and has over a decade of experience in large-scale projects, including masterplans, commercial, institutional, and residential buildings, with an emphasis on feasibility studies, urban code exploration and parametric approaches applied to architecture.
She is currently a faculty member in the Lato Sensu postgraduate program “Architecture, City, and Real Estate Development” at Mackenzie University, and has also lectured at Belas Artes University and PUC Campinas.
From recent years, she has been leading her own practice, focus on investigate innovative intersection between architecture, urban design and technology.




Pedro Maciel Vinicius earned his Bachelor’s Degree in architecture in 2021, where his thesis project was nominated for the Opera Prima and Featured by ArchDaily in their annual selection of the top 25 Undergraduate Thesis Works in 2021, for combining parametric design as a tool to generate impactful imagery to critique the manner in which current social and urban development, as well as the neglect of nature, are executed. He participated in the 2022 Architectural Association Visiting School Workshop in São Paulo and is currently a post-graduate degree candidate at Centro Universitário Belas Artes, São Paulo researching image exploration, merging artificial intelligence with archaic methods of representation such as hand-drawing, so to examine different scenarios in digital and analogic world.  He is currently working at SUBdV architecture with furniture design development and digital fabrication.  In his spare time, he is also a music composer and writer, interested in simple poems about rivers and trees.



Franklin Lee and Anne Save de Beaurecueil have been directors of the AA Visiting Schools São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro since 2010 and have run a series of workshops that bring leading architects from around the world to rethink the Brazilian urban landscape through combining cutting-edge technology and critical theoretical exploration with local culture, material and labor sources.  The are also design directors of SUBdV Architecture, using a mixture of high and low design technologies to generate socially and environmentally responsive geometries for architecture, furniture and urban design projects. They were AA Diploma Unit 2 Masters from 2005 to 2010 and taught at the Pratt Institute and Columbia University in New York, from where they both also received Master’s degrees. They have published, exhibited and lectured about their work worldwide.




Carlos Bañón é um arquiteto e professor pioneiro, integrando inteligência artificial e fabricação digital no design arquitetônico. Renomado por suas metodologias eficientes em recursos naturais e impulsionadas pela computação, ele remodelou significativamente paisagens urbanas e o ambiente construído por meio de sua prática, Subarquitectura. Como membro do corpo docente da Universidade de Tecnologia e Design de Singapura, ele fundou o Architectural Intelligence Research Lab (AirLab) em 2015. Seu trabalho aclamado foi exibido na Bienal de Arquitetura de Veneza e recebeu prêmios prestigiosos, como o Singapore President’s Design Award. Figura influente na educação arquitetônica, ele ministrou palestras em instituições de destaque como o MIT em Boston, EPFL em Lausanne e ETSAM em Madrid. Com uma vasta experiência em workshops de design em todo o mundo, Bañón combina habilidades práticas inovadoras impulsionadas por IA e uma visão visionária, inspirando a próxima geração de arquitetos a explorar abordagens de design inovadoras e centradas em tecnologia.