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Spring Lecture Series 2015 // Li Xiangning

IAAC Spring Lecture Series 2015

Tuesday the 21st of April 2015

Li Xiangning

Lecture: Building Shanghai: Transformation of a Modern City

 

@ 19.30, IAAC Auditorium

Open to the Public

 

LI XIANGNING

Li Xiangning is full professor in history, theory and criticism at Tongji University College of Architecture and Urban Planning. He is also Assistant Dean and Director of International Programs, and guest editor of Time + Architecture, a leading architectural magazines in China. He has published widely on contemporary architecture and urbanism in China and he was a visiting scholar at MIT. In 2009 Li Xiangning was the UFI fellow at MAK Center of Art and Architecture in Los Angeles, and Erasmus Mundus visiting professor at TU Darmstadt. He has lectured in universities and institutes including Harvard University, Princeton University, University of Southern California, and Canadian Center for Architecture. He was appointed as director for Shanghai Contemporary Architecture Culture Center (Museum) in 2010 and has recently been co-curator of the 2013 Shenzhen Biennale.

Spring Lecture Series 2015 // Izaskun Chinchilla

IAAC Spring Lecture Series 2015

Thursday the 23rd of April 2015

Izaskun Chinchilla

Lecture: Organic Growth

 

@ 19.30, IAAC Auditorium

Open to the Public

 

IZASKUN CHINCHILLA

Izaskun Chinchilla. Graduated Architect since 2001 from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (Spain). She is driving her own office since 2001 in Madrid. She has a long and deep experience in education. She is Senior Teaching Fellow and Researcher in Barlett School of Architecture (UCL London, UK). She has also teached in Ecole Special (Paris, France) and in HEAD University (Geneva, Switzerland). She was Studio Professor in the University of Alicante (Escuela de Arquitectura Universidad de Alicante) from 2002 to 2007 and she is at the moment in Madrid University (Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain) and in Instituto de Empresa (Madrid, Spain). Her designer activity is acompanied by a research project called “Social and Aesthetic Repercussions of technical topics and solutions which take ecology into account” and that has taken her as visitting scholar to Columbia University in New York (2002), Ecole de Mines de Paris (2003) and Princeton University in New Jersey (2004) and also to the Institut d´Arquitectura Avancada de Catalunya (Barcelona), in a Postgraduate Master (2003-2007).

As speaker she has participated in forum, lectures and debates in more than 80 international destinies and more than 90 different magazines and publications has talked about the proposals from her office. Her work has taken part of the exhibitions in 8ª Biennale di Venezia, 10ª Biennale di Venezia, V Bienal de Arquitectura y Diseño de Sao Paulo in traveling exhibitions as New Trends Europe-Asia, Panorama Emergente Iberoamericano or Europan 7 and in different museums and LIGA (México DF), Galeries including Gallery “mad is mad” (Madrid), Arquerias de Nuevos Ministerios del Ministerio de la Vivienda (Madrid), la Casa Encendida (Madrid), Museo de Teruel (Teruel) and several Profesional Associations for Architects in Spain and several Universities in the same Country.

She is at the moment supervising construction of her project for a Mediatheque in Garcimuñoz Medieval Casttle in Cuenca, Spain (a public cultural building including the refurnishment of the existing infrastructures with social purposes); the refurbishment of a Vernacular house in Toledo, Spain; and other smaller projects. She is also involved in the design of digital interactive exhibitions with social purpose like encourage the reading between young children (Fairytale Park Museography in Málaga) or appreciating the effort after some sports (Centro de Arte Canal).

As an architect, she claims for a strong compromise with innovation. In her project she proposes multidisciplinary exercises in which, through ecology, sociology or science, architecture goes beyond stylistic distinctions and meets again the complexity of real life in our contemporary world.

She has won more than 20 different prizes in professional competitions. Some of these awards follows:

2001: First Prize for the UNED Pavilion Competition in Madrid Book Fair.

2003: First Prize, Europan 7 Competition, Site: Santiago de Compostela. 2006: Third Prize, “Contemporary Art Centre Competition, ARCO Collection, Matadero of Madrid”.

2007: Second Prize in the Competition “Pavilion of Spain at the Shanghai Expo 2010”. 2010: Runner Up in the Competition “Extension of the Museum of Modern Art in Medellín”, Medellín, Colombia

 

Spring Lecture Series 2015 // Oscar Tomico

IAAC Spring Lecture Series 2015

Thursday 14th of May 2015

Oscar Tomico

Lecture: Close to the body

Reflections on the role of the context, the body for material explorations in interaction design

 

@ 19.30, IAAC Auditorium

Open to the Public

 

OSCAR TOMICO

Dr. Oscar Tomico is Assistant Professor of the Designing Quality in Interaction Research Group and part of Wearable Senses at Eindhoven University of Technology. Current projects focus on the textile industry and involve stakeholders during the design process to foster cooperation and reflective practices between participants to frame the design space, collaboration space and reformulate their design opportunity. Currently he is part of the ArcInTex Steering Group. He is project leader of the Smart Textile Services project of the Dutch Creative Industry Scientific Program (CRISP 2011), Material Science and Design Fiction (KIEM 2015) and a partner in the Crafting Wearables research project (CLICK 2013) and ArcInTex ETN Initial Training Program (H2020 ) . He has been a guest researcher and lecturer at the University of Tsukuba and at Chiba University (Japan, 2007, 2008), Aalto (Finland, 2006, 2007), at ELISAVA (Spain, 2010), UPF -DTIC (2010), Business engineering school, La Salle (2010), Luka (Belgium, 2012), Swedish School of Textiles (2013, 2014), ArtEZ (2013, 2014). He co-organized the Careful Designs and Hypercrafting Fashion events (Waag Sociecy, Amsterdam, 2012, 2013, 2014), Baltan Open Lab: Wearable Senses workshops and exhibition (NATLAB, Eindhoven, 2013, 2014), eTextile Sweatshop (V2_, 2012) and Crafting Wearables breakout session in The Future of Fashion is Innovation (MoBA, Arnhem, 2013). He has been moderator in the Craftism Design Debates (Design Academy Eindhoven, 2012). He curated the Systems Design - Eindhoven School at DHUB (Barcelona, 2012).

Spring Lecture Series 2015 // Mitchell Joachim

IAAC Spring Lecture Series 2015

Tuesday 28th of April 2015

Mitchell Joachim

Lecture: Synthetic Biology in Design

 

@ 19.30, IAAC Auditorium

Open to the Public

 

MITCHELL JOACHIM

Mitchell Joachim PhD, Co-Founder of Terreform ONE and an Associate Professor at NYU. He was formerly an architect at Gehry Partners LLP, and Pei Cobb Freed. He is a TED Senior Fellow and has been awarded fellowships with Moshe Safdie and Martin Society for Sustainability, MIT. He was chosen by Wired magazine for "The Smart List: 15 People the Next President Should Listen To". Rolling Stone magazine honored Mitchell in "The 100 People Who Are Changing America". Mitchell won many awards including; AIA New York Urban Design Merit Award, Victor Papanek Social Design Award, Zumtobel Award for Sustainability, Architizer A+ Award, History Channel Infiniti Award for City of the Future, and Time Magazine Best Invention with MIT Smart Cities Car. Dwell magazine featured him as "The NOW 99" in 2012. He co-authored the books, “Super Cells: Building with Biology” and “Global Design: Elsewhere Envisioned”. His work has been exhibited at MoMA and the Venice Biennale. He earned a PhD at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MAUD Harvard University, MArch Columbia University.

Spring Lecture Series 2015 // Farshid Moussavi

IAAC Spring Lecture Series 2015

Tuesday 14th of April 2015

Farshid Moussavi

Lecture: The Function of Style

 

@ 19.30, IAAC Auditorium

Open to the Public

 

FARSHID MOUSSAVI

Farshid Moussavi is an architect, principal of Farshid Moussavi Architecture (FMA) and Professor in Practice of Architecture at Harvard University Graduate School of Design. She was previously co-founder of the London-based Foreign Office Architects (FOA), recognised as one of the world's most creative design firms, integrating architecture, urban design, and landscape architecture in a wide range of projects internationally. Educated at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, University College London and Dundee University, Moussavi has taught and served as External Examiner in academic institutions worldwide. She has also been a member of the Steering Committee of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture since 2004, and a trustee of the London Architecture Foundation and the Whitechapel Gallery in London since 2009. Moussavi is a columnist for the Architectural Review magazine and has published three books, ‘The Function of Ornament’, ‘The Function of Forms’, and ‘the Function of Style’ based on her research and teaching at Harvard.

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Spring Lecture Series 2015 // Giovanna Carnevali

IAAC Spring Lecture Series 2015

Thursday 09th of April 2015

Giovanna Carnevali

Lecture: Fundació Mies van der Rohe: Made in Europe

 

@ 19.30, IAAC Auditorium

Open to the Public

 

GIOVANNA CARNEVALI

Giovanna Carnevali was born in 1974. Since October 2012 she is the Director of the Fundació Mies van der Rohe in Barcelona.

Since then, the Fundació Mies van der Rohe has developed important international projects, highlighting the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award 2013 and 2015, the coordination jointly with MoMA of an event about European Architecture entitled “Where do we Stand?”, the exhibition “Made in Europe” in the Biennale di Venezia 2014. It has also curated a summer course in Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design entitled “Rethinking Europe - European experience in the city development” and participated in the Beijing Design Week 2014.

Before she graduated cum laude from the Barcelona School of Architecture (ETSAB) and the Genoa School of Architecture (UNIGE), she received several grants, worked for Joan Busquets and participated in the exchange program with the University of Cluj-Napoca in the field of Architecture and Environment.

Her graduation project aroused interest among important multinationals such as Metro Goldwyn Mayer and Paramount Pictures, and was finally acquired by the city council of Genoa and in 2000 it became the Plan for the Transformation of the Waterfront.

In 2012, while living and working between Italy and Spain, she received her PhD at Genoa University with the thesis "Port-region: sea-port-territory integration for a sustainable development”.

In 2001 she founded Liguria Spin-Off, the association of professionals, companies and academics for the development of university-company experimental and research commissions. She has also collaborated as a professor at the Architecture Faculty of Genoa and at ILA&UD and has been director of Erasmus Mundus, the official European Master on international cooperation in sustainable emergency architecture at the UIC.

She cofounded SELF Arquitectura, participated in several competitions and won some of them, and has also edited several publications and written essays in magazines. She continues working in International Cooperation projects with private foundations and NGOs such as Architecture for Humanity and has collaborated with Barcelona’s city council in the development of projects together with UN Habitat.

 

Winter Lecture Series 2015 // Rodolphe el-Khoury

IAAC Winter Lecture Series 2015

Tuesday 3rd of March 2015

Rodolphe el-Khoury

Lecture: Inhabiting the Internet of Things

 

@ 19.30, IAAC Auditorium

Open to the Public

 

RODOLPHE EL-KHOURY

Rodolphe el-Khoury is Dean of the University of Miami School of Architecture. He was Canada Research Chair at the University of Toronto, Head of Architecture at California College of the Arts, and Associate Professor at Harvard Graduate School of Design.

el-Khoury was trained as a historian and as an architect; he continues to divide his time between scholarship and practice with Khoury Levit Fong. His books on eighteenth-century European architecture include The Little House, an Architectural Seduction, and See Through Ledoux; Architecture Theatre, and the Pursuit of Transparency. Books on contemporary architecture and urbanism include Monolithic Architecture, Architecture in Fashion, and States of Architecture in the Twenty-first Century: New Directions from the Shanghai Expo. His award-winning projects with KLF include Beirut Martyrs’ Square (AIA San Francisco), MOCAPE, Shenzhen (AIA Cleveland), Market Square, Stratford (Boston Society of Architects). In 2012 KLF won international design competitions for a planning exhibition hall in Changzhi, China, and for the revitalization of Copley Square in Boston.

 

Winter Lecture Series 2015 // Alberto Diaspro

IAAC Winter Lecture Series 2015

Thursday 26th of February 2015

Alberto Diaspro

Lecture: Does the aesthetic sense also exist at the nanoscale?

 

@ 19.30, IAAC Auditorium

Open to the Public

 

ALBERTO DIASPRO

Alberto Diaspro was born in Genoa on 1959 and got his Laurea degree in Electronic Engineering in 1983, at the University of Genoa, where he presently is Professor of Applied Physics. He is the Director of Nanophysics at the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Genoa, Deputy Director of IIT and Director of the Nikon Imaging Center at IIT – NIC@IIT (www.nic.iit.it). He is Past President of Optics Within Life Sciences and European Biophysical Societies’ Association, SPIE Fellow (2014), IEEE Senior member and Editor in Chief of Microscopy Research and Technique. His research field is in optical instruments for application in biophysics and biomedical engineering and in the nanosciences. His main current research interest is in Nano-bio-photonics. He published more than 300 scientific papers with more than 5000 citations and 5 books in the field of Optical Microscopy. In 2014 he has been awarded the Emily M. Gray Prize.

Diaspro experience is related to the design, realization and utilization of advanced biophysical instrumentation. At Diaspro Lab, it was realised the first italian two-photon excitation architecture for microscopy and spectroscopy with extension to single molecule imaging. As well a nanotechnological approach for the realization of Nanobiorobot, hybrid nanostructured devices made by living cells and polylelectrolyte layers, has been developed. Diaspro staff designed and realized the first italian Nanoscopy architecture. His current focus is on super resolution methods on thick samples using both fluorescence and label free methods.

 

Winter Lecture Series 2015 // Alfredo Brillembourg

IAAC Winter Lecture Series 2015

Thursday 19th of February 2015

Alfredo Brillembourg // Urban-Think Tank

Lecture: The Open Village

 

@ 19.30, IAAC Auditorium

Open to the Public

 

URBAN-THINK TANK

Urban-Think Tank (U-TT) is an interdisciplinary design practice dedicated to high-level research and design on a variety of subjects, concerned with contemporary architecture and urbanism. The philosophy of U-TT is to deliver innovative yet practical solutions through the combined skills of architects, civil engineers, environmental planners, landscape architects, and communication specialists. In 1998, Alfredo Brillembourg and Hubert Klumpner founded U-TT in Caracas, Venezuela. Since 2007, Brillembourg and Klumpner have taught at Columbia University, where they founded the Sustainable Living Urban Model Laboratory (S.L.U.M. Lab), and since July 2010, they hold the chair for Architecture and Urban Design at the Swiss Institute of Technology, ETH in Zurich. Their work concerns both theoretical and practical applications within architecture and urban planning. Working in global contexts by creating bridges between first world industry and third world, informal urban areas, they focus on the education and development of a new generation of professionals, who will transform cities in the 21st century. They have been awarded the 2010 Ralph Erskine Award, the 2011 Holcim Gold Award for Latin America, the 2012 Holcim Global Silver Award for innovative contributions to ecological and social design practices, and the 2012 Venice Biennale of Architecture Golden Lion.

 

ALFREDO BRILLEMBOURG

Alfredo Brillembourg was born in New York in 1961. He received his Bachelor of Art and Architecture in 1984 and his Master of Science in Architectural Design in 1986 from Columbia University. In 1992, he received a second architecture degree from the Central University of Venezuela and began his independent practice in architecture. In 1998 he and Hubert Klumpner founded Urban-Think Tank (U-TT) in Caracas, Venezuela. Since 1994 he has been a member of the Venezuelan Architects and Engineers Association and has been a guest professor at the University Jose Maria Vargas, the University Simon Bolivar and the Central University of Venezuela. Starting in 2007, Brillembourg has been a guest professor at the Graduate School of Architecture and Planning, Columbia University, where he co-founded the Sustainable Living Urban Model Laboratory (S.L.U.M. Lab) with Hubert Klumpner. Since 2010, Brillembourg and Klumpner hold the chair for Architecture and Urban Design at the Swiss Institute of Technology (Eidgenossische Technische Hochschule, ETH) in Zurich, Switzerland. As co-principle of U-TT, Brillembourg has received the 2010 Ralph Erskine Award, the 2011 Holcim Gold Award for Latin America, the 2012 Holcim Global Silver Award for innovative contributions to ecological and social design practices, and the 2012 Venice Biennale of Architecture Golden Lion.

 

HUBERT KLUMPNER

Hubert Klumpner was born in Salzburg, Austria in 1965. He graduated in 1993 from the University of Applied Arts in Vienna in the Master Class of Prof. Hans Hollein. Klumpner worked with Enrique Miralles and Paul Rudolph before receiving a Master of Science in Architecture and Urban Design from Columbia University in 1995. He has been a member of the German Chamber of Architects since 1997. In 1998 he and Alfredo Brillembourg founded Urban-Think Tank (U-TT) in Caracas. Starting in 2007, Klumpner has been a guest professor at the Graduate School of Architecture and Planning, Columbia University, where he co-founded the Sustainable Living Urban Model Laboratory (S.L.U.M. Lab) with Alfredo Brillembourg. Along with Brillembourg, Klumpner holds the chair for Architecture and Urban Design at the Swiss Institute of Technology (Eidgenossische Technische Hochschule, ETH) in Zurich, Switzerland. As co-principle of U-TT, Klumpner has received the 2010 Ralph Erskine Award, the 2011 Holcim Gold Award for Latin America, the 2012 Holcim Global Silver Award for innovative contributions to ecological and social design practices, and the 2012 Venice Biennale of Architecture Golden Lion.

Winter Lecture Series 2015 // Andrew Watts

IAAC Winter Lecture Series 2015

Thursday 12th of February 2015

Andrew Watts

Lecture: Façade System Design

 

@ 19.30, IAAC Auditorium

Open to the Public

 

ANDREW WATTS

Andrew Watts graduated from Central London Polytechnic in architecture, and from Cambridge University with a Masters' Degree in Interdisciplinary Design, developing an interest in the interface between the traditional fields of architecture and engineering through the design of the external envelope. He is a member of the Institution of Engineering Designers, the Royal Institute of British Architects and the Institution of Engineering and Technology. He is a facade designer with over 25 years’ experience and leads, alongside Yasmin Watts, Newtecnic, facade designers for innovative and technically complex projects. The firm works internationally, collaborating with both leading architects and facade contractors. The company's work is research based, where facade systems are developed individually for projects.

Completed projects to which Newtecnic have contributed include a cultural centre in Baku, Azerbaijan with Zaha Hadid, a wing for Great Ormond Street Hospital, London with Ken Yeang, the Burjuman Dubai with KPF, Holland Park School London with Aedas, a care centre with Snohetta, and the Angel Centre with AHMM. The Wangjing project in Beijing is being completed, a theatre in Morocco and an arts centre in China are now on site, with Zaha Hadid Architects. A headquarters tower and a retail mall in Kuwait, with Gensler, are currently under construction.

Prior to founding Newtecnic with Yasmin Watts, Andrew worked for Jean Nouvel in Paris and Foster and Partners in London. At Jean Nouvel he led the building envelope design for the Triangle des Gares at Lille from inception to completion. At Foster and Partners he worked on the Millennium Bridge and Albion Wharf housing, London. Andrew began independent consultancy with the design of the envelope systems for Federation Square, Melbourne, led by LAB Architects.

Andrew is involved with building envelope-based research in collaboration with the Engineering Department of Cambridge University, which informs both project work and serves as a basis for textbooks authored by Newtecnic. Andrew and Newtecnic are the authors of the Modern Construction Series of textbooks published by Springer/Ambra. He has also written the Facades Technical Review for RIBA Publications, and a 3rd edition of the Modern Construction Handbook, published in 2013. Modern Construction Envelopes, another large scale textbook, was published in 2010, favourably reviewed in Detail and Domus magazines. He is currently a Course Tutor in the Departments of Engineering and Architecture at Cambridge University, and is a Visiting Technical Lecturer at the University of Westminster. Andrew previously led the Year 5 Studio at Bath University for three years. He has also delivered papers for facade-related conferences such as PLEA and The Future Envelope.