Anna Livia Vørsel is an architectural historian, researcher, and PhD candidate in Architectural History, Theory and Critical Studies at the School of Architecture, KTH. She holds an MA in Architectural History and a BSc in Architectural and Interdisciplinary Studies, both from the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL. Working in-between and across scientific, historical, artistic and critical inquiries, her work addresses economic, legal and bureaucratic infrastructures in discussions around identity, belonging and knowledge production in architecture.
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Caendia Wijnbelt is an architect and researcher (doctoral candidate, LUH) with a strong interest in the many modes of perceiving/interpreting place, building upon a broad range of experiences working between disciplines and across cultures. Her project explores how reflexive approaches towards sites and localities could be conceptualised and generate practical tools for design. Before working in Lisbon at Inês Lobo Arquitectos for two years, she graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture from ENSA Toulouse, and completed a dual Master’s degree in European Architecture within the international network Reiseuni_lab in 2018. Her experience includes workshop-based design projects in Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa (MA), Tallinn University of Technology (MSc), University of Ljubljana, Haifa School of Design, Bauhaus Dessau, University of Innsbruck.
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Politecnico di Milano, Department of Architecture and Urban Studies
Claudia Mainardi, together with her collective Fosbury Architecture, is curator of the Italian Pavilion at the 18th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia.
In the previous years, Claudia worked for numerous offices including OMA/AMO, MVRDV, Stefano Boeri Architetti / MultiplicityLab, and Studio Folder with whom she won a special mention at the 14th Venice Biennale. In 2019 CM was head curator of the exhibition and graphic design of UABB Shenzhen Biennale and in 2017 she was assistant curator of BIO 25, the 25th Biennial of Design in Ljubljana. CM has been teaching assistant at Politecnico di Milano, researcher at The Why Factory –the think-thank led by Winy Maas within TUDelft– and collaborator at the Nieuwe Instituut.
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Eric Crevels is an architect, urban planner and craftsman his work focus on socially oriented practices, investigating the built environment by the perspective of labour and the interfaces between craft and architecture. In 2018 Eric received a Master’s degree in Architecture and Urbanism at Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais with the thesis “Essays on Resistance: A practical architectural proposal from the perspective of labour”, exploring with the potentialities of crafts, tacit knowledge and manual labour in the empowerment of individuals and communities. His research seeks to connect architectural and urban studies with anthropology, sociology and philosophy, looking for ways that may bridge the boundaries between theory and practice, looking to reshape the urban experience and architectural practice in inventive and socially responsible ways.
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Filippo Cattapan is an architect and researcher based between Milano, Cologne and Lausanne. He studied Architecture at the IUAV University of Venezia, where he graduated in 2011 with a design thesis supervised by Giovanni Corbellini. In the last years, he has been teaching and researching at the Politecnico di Milano, at the ETH in Zürich and at the EPFL in Lausanne, where he is currently chargé de cours within the Laboratoire des Arts pour le Sciences directed by Nicola Braghieri. His studies in the field of architectural theory and history are mainly focused on architectural and urban representation, Renaissance architectura picta, seventeenth and eighteenth century visionary engravings, 1970s collages.
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Hamish Lonergan is a PhD candidate at the institute for the history and theory of Architecture (gta), ETH Zurich. His research uses methods informed by queer theory to investigate the philosophical concept of tacit knowledge in design studio education since the 1970s. He has been a visiting researcher at the Canadian Centre for Architecture and Het Nieuwe Institute. Before joining TACK, he studied architecture at the University of Queensland and worked at COX architecture on Indigenous cultural facilities on Minjerribah (Stradbroke Island). His writing—broadly concerned with the entanglement of architecture, philosophy, and queerness—appears in publications including OASE, Interstices, gta Papers, Footprint and Cartha.
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Ionas Sklavounos is an architect and co-founder of the research-and-practice collective “Boulouki – Itinerant Workshop on Traditional Building Techniques.” Currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Antwerp, he graduated at the University of Patras and completed his post-graduate studies on the Epistemology of Architecture at the National Technical University of Athens, where he also worked as Teaching Assistant in courses of “Architectural Design” and “Analysis and Study of Historical Settlements and Ensembles.” His research focuses on participatory and ‘hands-on’ recuperations of cultural heritage through processes of making, repairing and building.
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Jhono Bennett is an architectural urbanist based in Johannesburg. He is a co-founder of 1to1 – Agency of Engagement, a design based social enterprise that has been developed to support the re-development of South African cities through addressing systemic spatial inequality post-Apartheid.
In addition to this role, Jhono has held research and teaching and research positions in both the University of Johannesburg’s Design for Social Development Desis Lab and the Graduate School of Architecture; where he has been developing a focus on the inter-sectional role of design in how South African cities are seen, made and managed. Through his research he aims to explore the various contested imaginaries-in-action carried within the enforcement of urban policy in South African public space with a particular focus on the effect these value-based forces have in everyday city-making practices. Jhono holds a life-long fellowship with the Ashoka Global Changemakers Network as well as a place in the Alumni of the Young African Leaders Initiative’s (YALI) Mandela Washington Fellowship.
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Mara Trübenbach is an architectural designer and researcher strongly interested in the intersection of design methods and craft in architecture. In 2018 she graduated from the Bauhaus-University Weimar, DEU with a MSc Architecture, having studied before at the Peter Behrens School of Arts in Dusseldorf, DEU and at the Technical University Vienna, AT. She has gained a wide professional horizon in well-known architectural practices across Europe and has done research on provenances and migration movement in architecture and related subjects. In summer of 2019 she was selected for the Bauhaus Lab program at the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation, Dessau, DEU. An accompanied collectively curated exhibition and pocketbook was published soon after. Mara gave a talk at the Isokon Gallery in London, UK and was invited to speak at the Design History Society Annual Conference at Northumbria University, Newcastle, UK both held in 2019.
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Paula Strunden is a transdisciplinary artist with a background in architecture. She pursued her studies in Vienna, Paris, and London and gained professional experience at Raumlabor Berlin and Herzog & de Meuron Basel before undertaking her PhD at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna as part of the European network TACK: Architecture and its Ways of Knowing. Her installations have been exhibited internationally at the Royal Academy of Arts London, Eye Filmmuseum Amsterdam, and Het Nieuwe Instituut Rotterdam and were nominated for the Dutch Film Award “Gouden Calf” in 2020. Paula is an Associate of Store and co-founder of the educational initiative Virtual Fruits, teaching courses at the Architectural Association London, Akademie van Bouwkunst Amsterdam, and the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, advocating for alternative historiographies of virtual technologies through www.xr-atlas.org.
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