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Ethel Baraona Pohl is an architect, writer and blogger developing her professional [net]work linked to several architecture publications on projects and theory. She is editor at Quaderns, and contributing editor at Domus and MAS Context, among other blogs and printed magazines and also associate Curator Adhocracy | Istanbul Design Biennial. She is co-founder of the independent publishing house dpr-barcelona.

Cesar Reyes Najera is an architect, PhD in Bio-climatic Construction Systems and Materials and also co-founder of the independent publishing house dpr-barcelona. His work seeks a thermodynamic approach to architecture focusing on social issues. His research deals with the development and application of low-tech biomaterials for architecture.




Architect David A. Garcia is founder and owner of MAP Architects, a design platform based in Copenhagen, active internationally and engaged mostly with projects in challenging environments. From flood prone areas, to arctic regions, from the challenges of desertification or abandoned infrastructure, our methodology aims to turn hazards into assets and believe that what exists is only a small part of what is possible. Designs span through various scales and spheres of action, characterized by a close association with the scientific community, as with our collaboration with UNESCO’s water resilience department, or NASA’s JSC. Our methodology engages with the natural and artificial via expeditions, where we survey and record the environment, often with devices of our design, in an effort reveal the hidden, connect the disperse, and speculate on the future to reflect on the “now”.

Garcia is editor and publisher of the international publication MAP, now in it’s sixth issue and is founder of The Institute of Architecture and the Extreme Environment. He is a Degree Course director at The Bartlett School of Architecture, Unit 3, since 2010 and Master Course director at Lund’s School of Architecture (AAD Course), LTH, Sweden since 2010, having taught at LTH since 2002. He lectures regularly and is a guest jury at international architecture schools, and exhibits worldwide. He is a graduate from The Bartlett School of Architecture. Worked at Foster and Partners, London, and has been an Associate Partner at Henning Larsen Architects in Copenhagen. In 2007 he was awarded a prestigious 3-year bursary grant from the Danish Art Council, and was the Frits Schlegel Architectural Prize winner in 2013. Garcia is elected to represent the Danish Pavilion in the 13th International Architecture Biennale in Venice.



Pedro Gadanho is the Curator of Contemporary Architecture in the Department of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Since he joined MoMA in 2012, he curated the exhibition 9+1 Ways of Being Political and is responsible for the Young Architects Program. Previously, he divided his activity between architecture, teaching, writing and curating. Gadanho holds an MA in art and architecture and PhD in architecture and mass media. He is the author of Interiores 01-­010 and of Arquitetura em Público,a recipient of the FAD Prize for Thought and Criticism in 2012. He was the editor of BEYOND bookazine, writes the ShrapnelContemporary blog, and contributes regularly to international publications. He curated Metaflux at the 2004 Venice Architecture Biennale and exhibitions such as Post.Rotterdam, Space Invaders, and Pancho Guedes, An Alternative Modernist. He was also a chief curator of ExperimentaDesign between 2001 and 2003. Amongst exhibition layouts, galleries and refurbishments, his designs included the Ellipse Foundation in Lisbon, and the widely published Orange House, in Carreço, Family Home, in Oporto, and GMG House in Torres Vedras. 



Keller Easterling is an architect and writer from New York City and a professor at Yale University. Her book, Enduring Innocence: Global Architecture and its Political Masquerades (MIT, 2005) researches familiar spatial products  in difficult or hyperbolic political situations around the world. A previous book Organization Space: Landscapes, Highways and Houses in America (MIT, 1999) applies network theory to a discussion of American infrastructure and development formats. A forthcoming book, Extrastatecraft: The Power of Matrix Space (Verso, 2014)examines global infrastructure networks as a medium of polity. An excerpt from Extrastatecraft can be found on Design Observer ( An ebook excerpt from ExtrastatecraftThe Action is the Form: Victor Hugo’s TED Talk, was also recently published by Strelka Press. Easterling has lectured, published and exhibited her work in the United States and internationally.




Adrian Lahoud is an architect, urban designer and researcher. Through private practice, teaching and writing he explores the disputed, conflicting and often paradoxical transformation of cities. In 2010 he guest-edited a special issue of AD titled Post-traumatic Urbanism, forthcoming is Project for the Mediterranean exploring research on scale and complexity through speculative infrastructure in North Africa, the Middle East and Southern Europe. He forms one third of the curatorial collective ‘N’ and has been exhibited internationally most recently at the Gwanju Design Biennale.

Currently he is Course Director of the Urban Design Masters at the Bartlett and Lecturer at the Centre for Research Architecture, Goldsmiths.





Zaha Hadid, founder of Zaha Hadid Architects, was awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize (considered to be the Nobel Prize of architecture) in 2004 and is internationally known for her built, theoretical and academic work. Each of her dynamic and innovative projects builds on over thirty years of revolutionary exploration and research in the interrelated fields of urbanism, architecture and design.

Working with senior office partner Patrik Schumacher, Hadid's interest lies in the rigorous interface between architecture, landscape, and geology as her practice integrates natural topography and human-made systems, leading to experimentation with cutting-edge technologies. Such a process often results in unexpected and dynamic architectural forms.

The MAXXI: National Museum of 21st Century Arts in Rome, Italy and the London Aquatics Centre for the 2012 Olympic Games are excellent demonstrations of Hadid’s quest for complex, fluid space. Previous seminal buildings such as the Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art in Cincinnati, USA and the Guangzhou Opera House in China have also been hailed as architecture that transforms our vision of the future with new spatial concepts and bold, visionary forms.

Zaha Hadid Architects continues to be a global leader in pioneering research and design investigation. Collaborations with corporations that lead their industries have advanced the practice’s diversity and knowledge, whilst the implementation of state-of-the-art technologies have aided the realization of fluid, dynamic and therefore complex architecture.

Zaha Hadid’s work of the past 30 years was the subject of criticallyacclaimed exhibitions at New York’s Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in 2006, London’s Design Museum in 2007, the Palazzo della Ragione,Padua, Italy in 2009 and the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 2011. Her recently completed projects include the CMA CGM Head Office Tower in Marseille (2011), London Aquatics Centre (2011), Riverside Museum inGlasgow (2011), Guangzhou Opera House (2010), Sheikh Zayed Bridge in Abu Dhabi (2010), MAXXI Museum in Rome (2009), Burnham Pavilion in Chicago (2009), Mobile Art for Chanel in Hong Kong, Tokyo, New York and Paris (2008) and the Nordpark Railway Stations in Innsbruck (2008). Hadid’s outstanding contribution to the architectural profession continues to be acknowledged by the most world’s most respected institutions. She received the prestigious ‘Praemium Imperiale’ from the Japan Art Association in 2009 and the Stirling Prize, one of architecture’s highest accolades, in both 2010 and 2011 from the Royal Institute of British Architects. Other recent awards include UNESCO naming Hadid as an ‘Artist for Peace’, the Republic of France honouring Hadid with the ‘Commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres’ in recognition of her to architecture, and TIME magazine included her in their 2010 list of the ‘100 Most Influential People in the World’.



Alejandro Zaera-Polo is an architect, theorist, lecturer and founder of London and Barcelona-based Alejandro Zaera-Polo Architecture  (AZPA).  Together with Farshid Moussavi he founded in London Foreign Office Architects in 1995. Following FOA's demerger, he started AZPA in May 2011. Alejandro Zaera Polo’s practice has produced critically acclaimed and award winning projects for the public and private sector on an international scale. He favours a pragmatic approach, embracing technical rigor in a search towards a complex and organic architecture which unfolds through a broad variety of locations and typologies.

Besides his architectural work Alejandro Zaera Polo is recently appointed Dean of Princeton School of Architecture, and occupies the Berlage Chair in the Technical University of Delft, the Netherlands. Prior to this current role at the TU in Delft, he has been for four years the Dean of the Berlage Institute in Rotterdam, until 2005. Previously he has been also Unit Master at the Architectural Association School of Architecture, and a Visiting Professor at the University of California in LA, Columbia University in New York, Princeton University, the School of Architecture in Madrid and the Yokohama School of architecture where he currently has an advisory role. He has also been an advisor to several committees, such as the Quality Commission for Architecture in Barcelona City and the advisory Committee for Urban Development of the City of Madrid and is a member of the Urban Age Think Tank of the London School of Economics. Has published extensively as a critic in professional magazines worldwide. El Croquis, Quaderns, A+U, Arch+, Harvard Design Magazine amongst them, and contributed to numerous publications, such as The Endless City curated by Ricky Burdett and Dejan Sudjic.




Diller Scofidio + Renfro is an interdisciplinary design studio that integrates architecture, the visual arts, and the performing arts. Based in New York City, Diller Scofidio + Renfro is led by three partners who work collaboratively with a staff of 100 architects, artists and administrators.

Ricardo Scofidio, RA, a founding member of Diller Scofidio + Renfro, attended The Cooper Union School of Architecture and received a Bachelor of Architecture from Columbia University. Mr. Scofidio is Professor Emeritus of Architecture at Cooper Union.

Charles Renfro, RA, joined the studio in 1997 and became partner in 2004. He attended Rice University and received a Master of Architecture degree from Columbia University. Mr. Renfro has served as visiting professor at Rice and Columbia University.

Among the various projects of Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s international body of work: Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York, including the redesign of Alice Tully Hall, the renovation and expansion of The Juilliard School, the Hypar Pavilion Lawn and Restaurant, the expansion of the School of American Ballet, renovations to the New York State Theater lobby, the canopy entry to Fashion Week at Lincoln Center, as well as public spaces throughout the campus, Information Landscape, and a pedestrian bridge (currently in construction). Phases 1 and 2 of the High Line, an urban park situated on an obsolete elevated railway stretching 1.5 miles long through the Chelsea area of New York City, were completed in 2009 and 2011, respectively. The Creative Arts Center for Brown University opened in February 2011.

Diller Scofidio + Renfro completed the Institute of Contemporary Art in 2006, the first new museum to be built in Boston in 100 years. Slither, a housing complex in Gifu, Japan was completed in 2003 and Blur, a pavilion commissioned by the Swiss Expo, was completed in 2002.

Projects in construction or in design include: the Broad Art Museum in Los Angeles; the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive at the University of California, Berkeley; the new Columbia University Graduate School of Business in New York City; the Museum of Image & Sound on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro; Culture Shed in New York City; the Dongguan Factory Complex in Shenzhen, China; the new Stanford University Art & Art History Building; the City Garden public park and cultural center in Aberdeen, Scotland; and the ‘Bubble’ for the Hirshhorn Museum on the National Mall in Washington D.C.

Installation and performance projects recently completed include Open House (in collaboration with Droog), How Wine Became Modern for SFMOMA, Be Your Self with the Australian Dance Theatre, the Terre Natale exhibition accompanying the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP15) in Copenhagen, Traveling Music for Evento 2009 in Bordeaux, Chain City for the 2008 Venice Biennale 11th International Architecture Exhibition, Arbores Laetae for the 2008 Liverpool Biennial, Does the Punishment Fit the Crime? for the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Turin, and Action Painting for the Beyeler Museum in Basel.





Eva Franch i Gilabert is a Catalan architect, researcher, and teacher, founder of the Barcelona based OOAA (office of architectural affairs) and Director of Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York.
Franch’s work draws on sensorial archeologies of cultural, political, social, technological and formal realms in addressing spaces of collectivity and public action. Her research in architecture focuses in ideological, cultural and formal disruptions through “architectural doubts” in three operative fields: utopias (historic-politic), metaphors (cognitive-formal) and atmospheres (material-experiential). Her most recent work,  Ecologies of Excess, proposes a shift within contemporary architectural discourses and practices from sustainability and measure towards madness and invention.
Franch  has studied at TU Delft, at ETS Arquitectura Barcelona where she received her Master in Architecture with Honors in 2003 and at Princeton University where she received the Suzanne Kolarik Underwood Prize and her M.Arch II degree in 2007. Franch’s work has been exhibited at the Center for Architecture in New York, Korean Institute of Architects in Daegu, FAD Barcelona, NAI Rotterdam and Shenzen Biennale of Architecture, among others. Selected publications include “Ecologies of Excess” in AD (2010), “Architects, citizens of the world, DOUBT!” (2008), “Terminal B. Barcelona Creative Database” (2008), “CityThemeCity” and “Content_A” in Pidgin (2006-7), “Dementia” in Postboks (2004), “Pause Pavillion” in Pasajes (2004), “Generative metaphors” in Sources of Architectural Form (2007), and “R.E.D. studies” in Imagined Spaces (2007).  Awarded the Howard Crosby Butler Traveling Fellowship (2006) by Princeton University, Franch also received the La Caixa (2005-2007) full fellowship in residence for postgraduate studies, the Incubadora del FAD prize for emerging architects (2007), a Pasajes-iGuzzini prize and a Dragados Foundation prize.
Franch has taught at the University of Buffalo as the Peter Reyner Banham Fellow [07-08] and at Rice University [08-10] as the Wortham Fellow acting as the Master Thesis Design Studio Director. Franch has taught the "Ecologies of Excess" and "Atmospheres of utopia" studios and the theory seminars: "Performing Representations", "Utopia as Doubt", "On Banality-On Metaphor" and "Syn-City: a political sensorium".


OMA New York
Shohei Shigematsu is the director of OMA (Office for Metropolitan Architecture) in New York, a world-leading architectural office founded by the renowned Rem Koolhaas in 1975. From its beginnings OMA's practice pioneered in areas beyond the traditional boundaries of architecture, including media, politics, sociology, renewable energy, technology, fashion, curating, publishing, and graphic design.
Shohei Shigematsu joined OMA in 1998 and became a partner in 2008. He has led the OMA office in New York since 2006 and is responsible for OMA's operations in North America. He is currently in charge of Cornell University's new building for the College of Architecture, Art and Planning in Ithaca, NY, and a residential tower with Creative Artist Agency in Manhattan among other projects. Shigematsu was project leader for the winning competition entry for the CCTV headquarters in Beijing and has been a driving force in conceptual projects such as the Universal headquarters in Los Angeles, the Whitney Museum extension in New York, the Tokyo vertical Campus, the China National Museum and Prada Epicenters for Shanghai and London.
estudio teddy cruz
Teddy Cruz is a Guatemalan-born architect, whose work dwells at the border between San Diego, California and Tijuana, Mexico. He has been developing a practice and pedagogy that emerges out of the particularities of this bicultural territory. He is recognized internationally in collaboration with community-based nonprofit organizations such as Casa Familiar for its work on housing and its relationship to an urban policy more inclusive of social and cultural programs for the city.
Teddy Cruz obtained a Masters in Design Studies from Harvard University and the Rome Prize in Architecture from the American Academy in Rome. In 2004–2005 he was the first recipient of the James Stirling Memorial Lecture on the City Prize, by the Canadian Center of Architecture and the London School of Economics, and is currently an associate professor in public culture and urbanism in the Visual Arts Department at UCSD in San Diego. He has designed new mixed-use developments that reuse and adapt existing structures and recycled materials.
R&Sie(n), architects
François Roche, together with Stéphanie Lavaux runs R&Sie(n) architectural practice based on Paris. His architectural work builds on research as speculation - integrating nature as a protocol. It seeks to articulate the real and/or fictional, the geographic situations and narrative structures that can transform them, focusing on development of technological experiments as forms of natural distortion or environmental mutations.
Among the teaching positions held by R&Sie(n) and François Roche over the last decade are guest professor at the Bartlett School in London in 2000, the Vienna TU in 2001, the Barcelona ESARQ in 2003-04, the Paris ESA in 2005, the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia in 2006, the Angewangde in Vienna in 2008, the USC-Los Angeles in 2009 and currently Columbia (research professor position), since 2006.
njiric + arhitekti
Hrvoje Njirić, Zagreb based architect of an international fame, is a true example of a peculiar architectural persona, at the same time reckoned as national enfant terrible of the Croatian architectural scene.
Extremely experienced in innovative typologies design, as well as in education, Hrvoje Njiric teaches to his students as modus operandi the spatial articulation of the quotidian, in opposition to autistic, elitist and hermetic thought and practice in architecture.
A significant variety of architectural projects that emerged from his workshop have been issued in the most important architectural publications like El Croquis. Among the noteworthy realisations are: Baumaxx Hypermarket (with Helena Njirić), Maribor, 1999; McDonald's Drive-In (with Helena Njirić), Maribor, 2000; Gračani Housing, Zagreb, 2007; Rural Mat (with Helena Sterpin), Zagreb, 2008 and kindergarten „MB“ (with Davor Bušnja), Zagreb, 2008.
Hrvoje NJirić was the visiting critic at the HAB Weimar, the ETSAB Barcelona, the TU Wien, the AA School of Architecture London, the ETH Zuerich, the Strathclyde University of Glasgow, Politecnico di Milano, the Southeast University of Nanjing and the William Lyon Somerville Visiting Lectureship at the University of Calgary.