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Here appear all the biographies of speakers outside the TACK Network in the order of how they presented during the TACK conference.

Elke Krasny is Professor for Art and Education at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. She is a feminist cultural theorist, urban researcher, curator, and author. Her scholarship addresses ecological and social justice at the global present with a focus on care in architecture, urbanism, and contemporary art. With Angelika Fitz, she edited Critical Care. Architecture and Urbanism for a Broken Planet together (MIT Press, 2019). With Lara Perry, she edited Curating as Feminist Organizing (Routledge, 2022). Her forthcoming book Living with an Infected Planet. Covid-19, Feminism and the Global Frontline of Care offers a cultural feminist analysis of the rhetoric of war and the realities of care in pandemic times and an introduction to feminist recovery plans for Covid-19 and beyond.

Valerie Hoberg studied architecture and urban planning in Hanover and Paris. She worked as a competition architect and as a research assistant at a_ku, LUH. Today, she works in urban development and as a freelance illustrator. In her doctorate with Prof. Dr. Buchert she researched on artistic reflexions in architecture.

Katharina Voigt addresses the interrelation and reciprocal influences of architectural and physical thinking in her artistic practice, academic teaching, and scientific research, working in the field of architecture and contemporary dance. Her doctoral thesis “Impulses and Dialogues of Architecture and the Body” addresses different modes of the body and their potential influence on the architecture discipline. She works at the Chair of Architectural Design and Conception at the Technical University of Munich and is one of the Lead Editors of “Dimensions. Journal of Architectural Knowledge”.

Soscha Monteiro de Jesus is a PhD researcher at TU Delft. She investigates how urban design approaches have evolved with paradigms of sustainability at the end of the twentieth century. She is an AHRA Steering Group member and cofounder of a housing cooperative. Soscha holds a MSc from TU Delft.

Tumpa Husna Yasmin Fellows is an academic, researcher (PhD candidate), an architect. She undertakes practice-based research that focuses on design practice to be an active agent of socio-spatial decolonisation for environmental practice at Our Building Design and the charity Mannan Foundation Trust.

Angeliki-Sofia Mantikou and Athanasios Farangas are architect-researchers and Ph.D. candidates at NTUA.  focusing on interdisciplinary, idiosyncratic methods between art and architecture and on the comparative intersection of Architecture & Computer Science in digital design software.

Alba Balmaseda Domínguez, Kyra Bullert, Špela Setzen and Markus Vogl are members of the Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Stuttgart. The Project “Chozos” is a collaboration between “e1nszue1ns” platform, founded in 2015 as a knowledge transfer project group at the faculty and the departments IRGE (Institut für Raumkonzeptionen und Grundlagen des Entwerfens, Prof. Markus Allmann) and SuE (Lehrstuhl Stadtplanung und Entwerfen, Prof. Dr. Martina Baum). The project has been strongly supported financially and in terms of content by the German Sto-Stiftung, the municipality of Cabeza del Buey and the Spanish Embassy in Switzerland.

Johanna Just is an architect and doctoral fellow at the LUS Institute at ETH Zürich. In her work, she traces relationships among more-than-humans and the environment in the Upper Rhine Plain and explores new modes of spatial representationbetween different species, humans, and extractive ecologies in the Upper Rhine Plain. Currently, she is one of the guest editors of the 2024 issue of gta papers.

Monika Platzer studied art history at the University of Vienna. She is head of collections and curator at the Architekturzentrum Wien. Monika has engaged in curatorial undertakings at leading international institutions such as the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) and the Getty Research Institute (GRI).

Verena Brehm is a founding partner of CITYFÖRSTER architecture + urbanism. Her field of work encompasses urban transformation processes. Verena Brehm studied architecture and urban design in Hannover, Berlin, and Copenhagen. Since 2022 she is professor for urban design at the University of Kassel.

Klas Ruin and Ola Broms Wessel founded Spridd in 2005. Spridd is one of Sweden’s most innovative offices with success in competitions, research, debates and completed projects. Spridd is nominated for the Kasper Salin prize, best building of the year 2023, for the transformation of St Pauls church in Stockholm.

Nadi Abusaada is an architect and a historian. He is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute for the History and Theory of Architecture (gta) at ETH Zürich. Wesam Al Asali is an Assistant Professor at IE University in Spain and the co-founder of IWlab and CERCAA.

Harry Collins is Distinguished Research Professor at Cardiff University. He is an elected Fellow of the British Academy and winner of the Bernal prize for social studies of science. His c25 books cover, among other things, sociology of scientific knowledge, artificial intelligence, the nature of expertise, tacit knowledge, and technology in sport. His contemporaneous study of the detection of gravitational waves has been continuing since 1972 and he has written four books and many papers on the topic. He is currently looking at the impact of the coronavirus lockdown on science due to the ending of face-to-face conferences and workshops and on the role of science in safeguarding democracy.

Fernando P. Ferreira is an architect and artist based in Porto (Portugal) and London (UK). His practice interacts with activism, urban research, storytelling, fictional and textile practices. Fernando is also the co-founder of Space Transcribers – a Portuguese NGO that works through art and architecture.

Elettra Carnelli is an architect and researcher currently pursuing her doctorate at the ZHAW and ETH Zurich. Her academic experiences include working as a teaching assistant at the Accademia di Architettura in Mendrisio in 2016 and research associate at the Professorship of Urban Design at TU Munich from 2018 to 2022.

Ecaterina Stefanescu is an architectural designer, artist and lecturer based in Preston, UK, where she teaches architecture at the Grenfell-Baines Institute of Architecture, UCLan. Ecaterina uses live-build, model-making and drawing as tools for exploration, investigation and participation in her artistic and research work to respond to place and material cultures of people.

Alejandro Campos is a Lecturer and Postdoctoral Researcher at the Department of Architecture, TU Delft, where he received EU funding for the research project Multiculturalism in the work of Aldo and Hannie van Eyck. Rethinking universalist notions in architecture. Alejandro specialises in Post-War Modern Architecture and the colonial dynamics behind its universalising claims.

Nilsu Altunok received B.Arch from Yıldız Technical University as valedictorian. She has been continuing her M.Arch at Istanbul Technical University Architectural Design Program and is currently working as a research assistant at Yıldız Technical University. She works with critical, spatially situated tools trying to reflect them to architectural design studios.

Sofie De Caigny is director of the Flanders Architecture Institute and visiting professor at the Faculty of Design Sciences of the University of Antwerp. She holds a Ph.D. (2007, University of Leuven) in architectural history. She publishes on contemporary architectural culture in Flanders, with a special focus on architecture and memory. Tine Poot is consultant design at the Flanders Architecture Institute and project leader of the Future Plans- project (2020-2021) which celebrated 50 years practice by architect-artist Luc Deleu & T.O.P. office. The project culminated in a publication, exhibition, documentary and two educational projects Futurum and a Studio for Orbanism.

Nicole de Lalouvière is a doctoral fellow at the Institute of Landscape and Urban Studies, Department of Architecture, ETH Zürich. Her doctoral research project, undertaken under the supervision of Prof. Tom Avermaete, examines the landscape and material history of the irrigation systems of Canton Valais in Switzerland.

Irina Davidovici is the Director of the gta Archives at ETH Zurich, where she is also active as private lecturer and senior scientist. Her research straddles urban housing studies, commons theory, and architectural history and criticism. Ziu Bruckmann is an architect who works as a scientific assistant at the gta Archives at ETH Zurich and at the THEMA laboratory at EPF Lausanne. Besides, he studies Classical Archaeology at University of Zurich and works on renovation projects in Germany.

Alex Maymind is an assistant professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies at the University of Minnesota School of Architecture. He is an architectural historian, educator, and designer who works on architectural institutions and pedagogy in the context of the American research economy after 1968.

Laurens Bulckaen is a Ph.D. researcher at the BATir department of the Ecole Polytechnique at the ULB in Brussels under the supervision of professor Rika Devos. He is currently preparing a dissertation with the title: A culture of collaboration: how architects, engineers and contractors interacted on complex projects in Belgium (1890-1970). This research is particularly interested in uncovering and understanding the guiding principles of the historical practices of collaboration in the Belgian building process.

Hans Teerds is an architect and urban designer, who works as a senior lecturer and researcher at the Chair of the History and Theory of Urban Design at ETH Zurich. His research bridges between political philosophy, architecture and urban design, examining the public aspects of the built environment.

Vasileios Chanis is an architect and doctoral assistant at Laboratory LAPIS of the EPFL. His ongoing research focuses on the postwar interpretations of vernacular architecture, examining its correlations with the notion of the “environment”. He studied architecture at the UPatras and the TU Delft.

Ceren Hamiloglu holds a B.Arch from Bilgi University, an MA Architectural History from the Bartlett School of Architecture and is currently a PhD student in Architecture in Istanbul Technical University. Since 2016, she has been working as a research assistant and lecturer in architectural history, theory and design.

Helen Thomas is an architect, writer, and publisher. Founder and editor of Women Writing Architecture.

Katharina Kasinger holds a BA in Interior Architecture from the Hochschule Mainz in Germany and a MA in Interior Architecture: Research + Design from the Piet Zwart Institute Rotterdam in The Netherlands. Katharina works as an artist, interior architect, and teaching assistant at Hochschule Mainz teaching ‘Material’ and ‘Spatial Design Processes’.

Paul Vermeulen is an architect, writer, and founding partner of the Ghent-based office, De Smet Vermeulen architecten. He is a professor at TU Delft, leading the chair of Urban Architecture. In 2011 he was awarded the Flemish Culture Prize (Architecture) for his contribution to architecture, its culture, and its criticism.

Holger Hoffmann is a registered architect based in Düsseldorf, Germany. In addition to his activities as a practicing architect he holds a professorship for Techniques of Representation and Design‘ at the University of Wuppertal. He is the founder of onefineday architects based in Wuppertal.

Onsitestudio, a Milan-based architectural studio founded in 2006 by Angelo Lunati and Giancarlo Floridi, values the bond between culture and professional practice. Recent works include a public library BEIC, Mapei football centre, Hotel Le Palace in Brussels, and Pirelli learning centre. Onsitestudio is part of the Tacit Knowledge Community as a non-academic partner.