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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 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 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 (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 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 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 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.

Winter Lecture Series 2015 // Jose Luis de Vicente

IAAC Winter Lecture Series 2015

Tuesday 3rd of February 2015

Jose Luis de Vicente

Lecture: How to Read Culture in the Data Society


@ 19.30, IAAC Auditorium

Open to the Public



Jose Luis de Vicente is a curator and researcher working on digital culture, innovation and new media art. Currently he is the curator of Sónar+D, the Creative Technologies and New Media area of Barcelona’s acclaimed Sónar Festival, as well as a curator at FutureEverything Festival, Manchester. He runs the Visualizar program on Data Culture at Medialab Prado, Madrid, and is a founder of ZZZINC,a cultural consultancy based in Barcelona. He has curated multiple conferences, symposiums and exhibitions. His most recent exhibition project is “Big Bang Data” (Barcelona CCCB 2014 / Fundación Telefónica Madrid 2015).

Winter Lecture Series 2015 // Dave Pigram

IAAC Winter Lecture Series 2015

Tuesday 27th of January 2015

Dave Pigram

Lecture: Experiments in Design and Fabrication


@ 13.00, IAAC Auditorium

Open to the Public



Dave Pigram is a designer, researcher and educator relocated to Sydney after 6 years living and working in New York. He holds a Master of Science in Advanced Architecture from Columbia University. His research currently focuses on the use of computation to increase the number and quality of feedback loops between design and fabrication.

Dave has worked for Studio Daniel Libeskind and has taught at Columbia University, the Architectural Association, Princeton University, TU Delft, Aarhus School of Architecture among many others. His work has been shown at the Centre Pompidou, UN Habitat World Urban Forum, the National Museum of Australia, the Gallery of Australian Design, AIA National Headquarters as well as in Lisbon, Paris, Florence, Venice, New York, Los Angeles, Beijing, Lexington, Melbourne and Auckland.

Currently the Director of the Master of Advanced Architecture program at the University of Technology, Sydney [UTS], Dave has been living in Switzerland for the last six months as visiting faculty at the Block Research Group, ITA, ETH Zurich.

He played a viking in what was the largest Bollywood film ever made.

Winter Lecture Series 2015 // Jelle Feringa

IAAC Winter Lecture Series 2015

Friday 23rd of January 2015

Jelle Feringa

Lecture: The Evolution of Work


@ 19.30, IAAC Auditorium

Open to the Public



Jelle Feringa is co-founder of EZCT Architecture & Design research and Odico formwork robotics, he is currently finishing his PhD thesis at Hyperbody, TU Delft. The work of EZCT is part of the permanent collection of the Pompidou Center and the FRAC Orléans collection. Recent expositions on the work of the office include “Naturalizing Architecture”, Archilab, Orléans,“Out of Hand”, MAD museum, New York (2013-2014), the “Multiverses Créatives”, Centre Pompidou, Paris (2012) and Salone del Mobile, Milan (2012).

Jelle lives in Rotterdam, where his robot workshop is located in the harbour. His current research is focused on the development of original robotic fabrication processes for architecture, considering materialization an inherent aspect of architectural design. These efforts have accumulated in an investor backed startup, Odico formwork robotics, based in Denmark. Recent fabrication experiments include the exploration of stereotomy in vaulting structures and cutting large marble volumes “traites” to which end he developed a large robot diamond wire saw in Carrara, Italy. Jelle is also currently collaborating with IAAC.


Fall Lecture Series 2014 // Aaron Betsky

IAAC Fall Lecture Series 2014

Monday 1st of December 2014

Aaron Betsky

Lecture: The Architecture of Hunting and Gathering


@ 19.30, IAAC Auditorium

Open to the Public



Aaron Betsky is a critic, curator, educator, lecturer, and writer on architecture and design, who, from 2006 to January 2014, was the director of the Cincinnati Art Museum. From 2001 to 2006 Betsky served as director of the Netherlands Architecture Institute in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

He graduated fromYale University with a B.A. in History, the Arts and Letters and a M.Arch. He then taught at Cal Poly Pomona and the University of Cincinnati from 1983 to 1985 and worked as a designer for Frank Gehry and Hodgetts & Fung. From 1995 to 2001 Betsky was Curator of Architecture, Design and Digital Projects at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art before moving back to The Netherlands.

Betsky has written numerous monographs on the work of late 20th century architects, including I.M. Pei, UN Studio, Koning Eizenberg Architecture, Inc., Zaha Hadid and MVRDV, as well as treatises on aesthetics, psychology and human sexuality as they pertain to aspects of architecture.

Betsky was named as the director of the 11th Exhibition of the Venice Biennale of Architecture in 2008.

Fall Lecture Series 2014 // Built by Associative Data - BAD

IAAC Fall Lecture Series 2014

Tuesday 25th of November 2014

Built by Assoiciative Data - Ali Basbous + Luis Fraguada

Lecture: BAD Bits


@ 19.30, IAAC Auditorium

Open to the Public



Ali Basbous (Beirut, 1973) is the Founder and Director of BAD; A Canadian, Lebanese Architect living between Barcelona and Beirut. Ali holds a Masters degree in Advanced Architectural Design from IAAC. Ali’s global experience in creating pioneering ideas have been prized and granted many internationally notable awards. Ali has been performing major roles and renowned design practices like JDS Architects (Brussels, Copenhagen), NBBJ (Shanghai, Seattle) and Raphael Vinoly Architects (New York). Ali’s work has been strongly influenced by questions concerning the evolution of social interaction and new technologies. Ali pursues an expertise in the use of powerful modeling and design software (as Rhino 3D, Grasshopper and VB scripting) to discover new Architectural forms that can respond to contemporary culture, economics and industry. His deep understanding for the complex systems of nature and the massive Data accumulation varying between sustainable issues to practical diagrammatic programming enable him a to generate precise definitions to acquire pioneering designs. During his professional practice the firms he collaborated with have won several competitions and awards on major landmark projects.


Luis Fraguada is the Research Director of Bad Research, he investigates critical issues in architecture, design and urbanism through various modes, including parametric design, scripting, and fabrication. Luis’ architectural studies began at the University of Colorado, Boulder where he was able to begin exploring computational tools and theories that would lead him to choose this field as a specialty. Luis pursued his master’s degree in architecture and urbanism (M.Arch) from the AA Design Research Laboratory (DRL) in London where he studied with Theodore Spyropoulos. Luis chose this program for it intense use of computational tools and extensive physical prototyping of dynamic structures.


A post-graduate degree in Digital Architectural Production at IAAC brought Luis to Barcelona, where he is currently based. Luis is currently member of the Faculty of Architecture at IaaC in Barcelona, Spain as the principle computation instructor, focusing on the interface between computational processes and fabrication. Luis joined BAD as an associate and the Director of the Barcelona office. His expertise allows BAD to implement diverse data sets and analysis in each project, leading to novel design solutions which exploit the boundaries set by budget, material, political, and societal constraints.

Fall Lecture Series 2014 // Kengo Kuma

IAAC Fall Lecture Series 2014

Wednesday 19th of November 2014

Kengo Kuma

Lecture: "Smallness" --- The world is moving toward small things


@ 12.00, IAAC Auditorium

Open to the Public



Kengo Kuma completed his master’s degree at the University of Tokyo in 1979. After studying at Columbia University as Visiting Scholar, he established Kengo Kuma & Associates 1990. In 2009, he was installed as Professor at the Graduate School of Architecture, University of Tokyo.

Among his major works are Kirosan Observatory (1995), Water/Glass (1995, received AIA Benedictus Award), Stage in Forest, Toyoma Center for Performance Arts (received 1997 Architectural Institute of Japan Annual Award), Bato-machi Hiroshige Museum (received The Murano Prize). Recent works include Nezu Museum (2009, Tokyo), Yusuhara Marche and Wooden Bridge Museum (2010), Asakusa Culture and Tourism Center (2012) , Nagaoka City Hall Aore. (2012), and Kabukiza (2013). Outside Japan, Besancon Music Center and FRAC Marseilles have been recently completed.

Kuma is also a prolific writer and his books have been published in English, Chinese and Korean, gaining wide readership from around the world.