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CLOSING LECTURE // Elizabeth Diller

IAAC Lecture Series 2014/15

Monday 22nd of June 2015


Elizabeth Diller

Diller Scofidio + Renfro


@ 18.30, IAAC Auditorium

Open to the Public


18.30 // Opening

18.40 // Welcome - Manuel Gausa, IAAC Dean

18.50 // Welcome - Areti Markopoulou, IAAC Academic Director

19.00 // Lecture - Elizabeth Diller 



Elizabeth Diller, a Founding Partner of Diller Scofidio + Renfro, attended The Cooper Union School of Art and received a Bachelor of Architecture from the Cooper Union School of Architecture. Ms Diller is a Professor of Architecture at the Princeton University.


Diller Scofidio + Renfro is an interdisciplinary design studio that integrates architecture, the visual arts, and preforming arts. Based in New York City, Diller scofidio + Renfro is led by three partners, Elzabeth Diller, Ricardo Scofidio and Charles Renfro, who work collaboratively with a staff of 115 architects, artists and administrators.

BEYOND BUILDING BARCELONA // Pavilion of Innovation 2015

Beyond | The Next Boundaries of Construction

Pavilion of Innovation 2015 - Symposium

Saturday the 23rd of May 2015

Curated by IAAC|FabLabBarcelona

@ 9.00-15.00, Fira de Barcelona

For more information, please contact beyond-submissions@iaac.net


The Pavilion of Innovation 2015 in Beyond Building Barcelona, curated by IAAC | Fab Lab Barcelona, presents new ideas and construction paradigms emerging from international excellence in research and pilot projects, forming the basis of future buildings and cities. Novel and reactive materials, advanced digital/robotic manufacturing techniques and responsive environments are the key topics presented, towards shaping the future of the building industry.

The Pavilion of Innovation 2015 will host a Symposium, where pioneer architects and designers will be discussing the future technologies and innovation in construction.



Philippe Block

Founder, BLOCK Research Group, ETH, Zurich, Switzerland


Mark Burry

Executive Architect, Sagrada Familia, Sydney, Australia


Hernan Diaz Alonso

Director, xefirotarch, Los Angeles, United States


Eva Gladek

Founder, Metabolic, Amsterdam, Netherlands


Anupama Kundoo

Founder, Anupama Kundoo Architects, Madrid, Spain


Alastair Parvin

Designer, WikiHouse, London, UK


Claudia Pasquero

Co-founder, ecoLogicStudio, London, UK


Enric Ruiz Geli

Founder, Cloud 9, Barcelona, Spain


Fabian Scheurer

Founder, Design to Production, Stuttgart, Germany


Skylar Tibbits

Director, Self-Assembly Lab, MIT, Boston, United States



Tomas Diez, Fab Lab Barcelona director

Areti Markopoulou, IAAC Academic Director

Spring Lecture Series 2015 // Prof. Bob Sheil

IAAC Spring Lecture Series 2015

Thursday the 28th of May 2015

Prof. Bob Sheil

Lecture: Design through Production: Perform/The Scan’'Design through Production: Perform/The Scan


@ 19.30, IAAC Auditorium

Open to the Public



Bob Sheil is an educator and experimental designer focused on transgressions between making, craft, and technology in architectural design practice. He is an Architect and Director of The Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London, where he is Director of Technology and Professor in Architecture and Design through Production. Sheil studied Architecture at Dublin Institute of Technology (1982-1985) and The Bartlett School of Architecture (1989-1994). With Nick Callicott, Phil Ayres, Chris Leung and Emmanuel Vercruysse, he is a partner in sixteen*(makers), whose work includes ‘55/02’ at Kielder Forest, a shelter designed and made in collaboration with Stahlbogen GmbH, which received a RIBA award for Design in 2011. Sheil has authored many book chapters, refereed papers, and articles on design, making and technology. He has co-designed and built six significant projects and been internationally exhibited on eleven occasions. He has edited five books, including three issues of Architectural Design: ‘Design through Making’ (2005), ‘Protoarchitecture’ (2008), and ‘High Definition: Zero Tolerance in Design and Production’ (2014). In 2011, Sheil co-chaired the international conference ‘FABRICATE’ with Ruairi Glynn, with whom he edited a parallel publication. In 2014 he founded the Protoarchitecture Lab at UCL, developing collaborative research between making, performance and 3D laser scanning, in collaboration with the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, SHUNT, and ScanLAB Projects.

Spring Lecture Series 2015 // Laura Andreini - Founding partner and Principal of Archea

IAAC Spring Lecture Series 2015

Wednesday the 6th of May 2015

Laura Andreini - Founding partner and Principal of Archea

Lecture: Archea Sustainable Landmarks


@ 19.30, IAAC Auditorium

Open to the Public



Laura Andreini was born in Florence in 1964. She is an architect and a PhD, and since 1999, she has been Research Fellow at the University of Florence in the Department of Architecture — Design, History and Planning.

Since 1992, she has contributed to the Interior Furnishing and Architecture course with Prof. Antonio D’Auria. In 1997/98 she was put in charge of the module on the Theory of Contemporary Architectural Research for the Design I Workshop by Prof. Fabrizio Rossi Prodi and the module of Typological and Morphological Characteristics of Architecture for the Design Workshop II of Prof. AurelioCortesi, reconfirmed for academic year 1998/99 and 1999/00, taught in academic year 2000/1 at the University of Parma as well. In 2000, she was put in charge of the Architectural Design I Workshop and in academic year 2001/02, she and Prof. Cortesi oversaw the Final Summary Lab in Architectural Design. At the University of Florence, she taught Architectural Composition I until the academic year 2006–2007 and Architectural Composition II from 2007 to 2014. She was full professor of the course on Industrial Furnishing and Design in 2011–2013 and currently full professor of the Degree Course: Architectural Design III, part of the Environment and Architecture Lab; and ArchitecturalDesign III, part of the Architecture and Environment Lab.

Over the years, her teaching work has been combined with research and professional work in architectural design, since 1988, when she and the architects Marco Casamonti and Giovanni Polazzi founded Studio Archea.

Her research and exploration of the issues of architecture within the disciplines of architectural composition and design is expressed in her direct relationship with contemporary architecture culture, given voice through architecture journals and specialized publications.

She has been actively and continuously involved in the editorial committee for “Area —Architecture and Design Arts magazine" for which she has been deputy editor since 2003. Since 2012, she has been technical editor of Forma Edizioni publishing house for which she is also editing two series: one about contemporary Italian architecture, called "One" (since 2011); and the other about architectural itineraries, called "On the Road" (since 2014). Also for Forma publishing house, since 2014, she has organized cultural initiatives and events at Spazio A — Florence, specifically, the following conference series: Constructing Architecture" and "Florence, 1865-2015. A new capital: culture, custom, architecture."


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 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. 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



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 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 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 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.