Simos Yannas
Unit/Programme:Sustainable Environmental Design
Position:Co-Director
Bio: Simos Yannas has led environmental design research and teaching at the AA since the late 1970’s. He has taken part in collaborative national and international research projects and his books and papers have been published in over a dozen languages. At the AA, he is responsible for the post-professional MSc and MArch programmes in Sustainable Environmental Design (AA SED) and the School’s PhD Programme. Outside the AA he has lectured in some thirty countries. He has supervised many MA, MSc, MArch and MPhil dissertation projects, as well as some thirty PhD to successful completion and has acted as Examiner on several UK Masters programmes and on PhD projects in both UK and abroad. His two-volume Solar Energy and Housing Design, published in 1994, was widely acclaimed and still features on reading lists around the world. More recent books include the Portuguese language Em Busca de uma Arquitetura Sustentavel para os Tropicos (Toward a Sustainable Architecture for the Tropics), currently in its second edition with Spanish and English introductions; Roof Cooling Techniques-a design handbook, which was shortlisted for the Royal Institute of British Architects’ RIBA International Book Award for Architecture, and Lessons from Vernacular Architecture published 2014. His essays on adaptive architecturing have appeared in a special issue of AD Architectural Design and in Architecture and Energy-Performance and Style published 2013 by Routledge. He has curated exhibitions of AA SED student projects in several countries and has authored or co-authored over one hundred papers on research undertaken within the AA SED programme. Simos Yannas is a founding member and the permanent Secretary of PLEA, an international expert network on sustainable architecture and urban design started in 1981. He was awarded the PLEA Achievement Award in 2001.
Andrew Wai Tat Yau
Unit/Programme:Diploma 16
Position:Unit Master
Bio: Andrew Yau co-found Urban Future Organization with Denis Balent, Jonas Lundberg and Garry Thomas in 1996 with the ambition to formulate a co-evolving network of design practices. He has acted as co-director of the London office since. He has been the lead designer for multiple winning schemes including Sarajevo Concert Hall, Museum of Contemporary Arts in Castelmola, Regeneration Masterplan of Linguagrossa, he earned a Holcim Prize European Gold Medal, Global Silver Medal, in Sustainability for the Mulini Valley Regeneration Project in Amalfi. The Headquarter of Simone Gatto Citric Factory and Casa Nicolas have been dominated for Mies van der Rohe Award. He is currently working on the winning masterplan of Messina Waterfront. He graduated from Architectural Association Graduate School of Architecture in 1997 and he is indebted to Jeffrey Kipnis, Bahram Shirdel and Ben van Berkel, following his first professional degree from Temple University where he was award Distinction from AutoDesSys Joint Universities Programme. Shortly after graduation from the AA, he joined Michael Hensel and Tom Verebes, OCEAN UK, before he worked with Donald Bates and Peter Davidson on the winning scheme of Federation Square in Melbourne, Australia. Andrew is an academic for more than 15 years, currently teaches Diploma 16 with Jonas Lundberg at Architectural Association and holds a Senior Lecturer post at University of Westminster. He has been invited to conduct research work on various cities, and earned an Education Award from Quadrante di Architettura for the regeneration project of Milazzo. He has lectured, exhibited and published his professional and research works around the world, including the Venice Biennale, Beijing Biennale, Shanghai Expo and recently Seoul Biennale 2017. He has organised numerous workshops in Europe & the Far East. He is going to present the Messina Polycenter in the World Architecture Festival in Berlin this November.

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