Maxwell Peter Babbé
Unit/Programme:Professional Practice
Position:Course Lecturer, , AA Undergraduate School
Bio: Founder and Director of RIBA Award winning architectural practice SOUP, London and Guernsey.
Lidia Badarnah
Unit/Programme:Emergent Technologies
Position:Studio Tutor, Emergent Technologies and Design, AA School of Architecture
Bio: Lidia Badarnah is an architect and a researcher in biomimetics. Her PhD dissertation (TU Delft, 2012), proposed a strategic methodology for the generation of biomimetic design concepts, and since then her work has branched out to new inspiring areas at the interface of natural systems, environment, buildings, and associated technologies and services, exploring novel approaches for the development of building solutions that are better suited to their environments. She received several competitive awards and fellowships, and carried out her postdoctoral studies at the Building Technology Lab at MIT. Lidia is on the editorial board of the Journal of Biomimetics in Engineering, and has a Teaching Certificate from MIT (2014).
Nick Baker
Unit/Programme:Sustainable Environmental Design
Position:Course Tutor, , AA Graduate School
Bio: Nick Baker originally studied physics and after a brief period in medical physics, has spent most of his professional life working in architecture and building. His interests have included, energy modelling, daylight design, natural ventilation and thermal comfort, as well as the broader field of sustainable design. He has written and contributed to several books on these topics, including a book on Sustainable Refurbishment partly based on material from a recent EU funded demonstration project, where he served on the expert panel. More recently he has become interested in the way occupants interact with buildings and their surroundings, and in particular, the way their behaviour influences energy use. For much of his career he was a lecturer at Cambridge University Department of Architecture. He is now retired but is still involved as a visiting lecturer and external examiner at several universities.
Lawrence Barth
Unit/Programme:Housing and Urbanism
Position:Studio Master, Housing and Urbanism, AA Graduate School
Bio: LAWRENCE BARTH Studied urbanism in California, Germany, and Canada. Lectures in the Housing and Urbanism Programme at the Architectural Association Graduate School. Consultant urbanist to cities, architects, and landscape architects on large urban projects. Advisor to the Board of INTA, the International Urban Development Association, a member of the International Advisory Council for the Fundación Metropoli in Madrid, and serves on the International Advisory Panel of the Vysokovsky Graduate School of Urbanism at the Higher School of Economics, Moscow. Additional teaching experience Before coming to the AA in 1999, lectured in the Department of Sociology, University of Essex, developing courses in political sociology and urban studies, and also lectured in the political sociology of cities at Birkbeck College, University of London. Research and Publications Research has focused on the intersection of urbanism and political reason, with particular emphasis on the genealogy of 20th Century planning and urbanism. Themes within this research have also included the analysis and reorientation of contemporary critical thought toward the urban domain, as well as the reconsideration of classic social and political writings in light of urban issues. He has published on the writings of J.-F. Lyotard, M. de Certeau, and M. Foucault. Recent publications focus on the relation between design, strategy, and urban decision making, with an emphasis upon the role of typological reasoning in urbanism. His current research interests have turned toward new approaches to housing design, neighbourhoods, and service delivery, and in particular upon the growing interest in a sharing economy. Consultancy He has worked as consultant urbanist for architectural offices on issues of urban planning, process, and strategy. He recently completed plans for the strategic intensification of Singapore Science Parks I&II, together with S333 Architecture and Urbanism, and continues consulting on other projects in Europe and Asia.
A Shumon Basar
Position:Director of Format, Summer Public Program Contributor to Public Programming
Bio: Shumon Basar is a writer, thinker and cultural critic. He is co-author of The Age of Earthquakes: A Guide to the Extreme Present with Douglas Coupland and Hans Ulrich Obrist (Penguin/Blue Rider, 2015). His edited books include Translated By, The World of Madeon Vriesendorp, With/Without, Cities from Zero, Did Someone Say Participate? and Hans Ulrich Obrist Interviews Volume 2. He is Commissioner of the Global Art Forum in Dubai, Editor-at-large of Tank magazine and Contributing Editor at Bidoun magazine, Director of the Format program at the AA School, and a member of Fondazione Prada’s “Thought Council.”
Simon Beames
Unit/Programme:Technical Studies
Position:Course Lecturer - Diploma TS4, Technical Studies, AA Undergraduate School Course Tutor - Intermediate TS3, Technical Studies, AA Undergraduate School
Bio: Together with the design and testing of an on going technical agenda, I have been involved at the inception of major projects across the world which tend , more often than not, to seek a certain complex reworking of significant existing buildings. including Chek Lap Kok airport Hong Kong, the Reichstag Berlin, The American Air Museum, Duxford; Battersea Power Station and the tea clipper Cutty Sark in Greenwich. Major recent and on going project work includes the conservation of Crossness Pumping Station, Abbey Wood, A Grade 1 listed Bazalgette designed works and the the Royal Academy Link Project from Piccadilly to Burlington Gardens.
Timothy Benton
Unit/Programme:History and Critical Thinking
Position:Course Lecturer, History and Critical Thinking, AA Graduate School
Bio: Tim Benton is Professor of Art History (Emeritus) at the Open University, England and has served as Visiting Professor in the Department of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University, New York (2007) and at the Bard Graduate Center (2003). He was the Clark Visiting Professor at Williams College in the Spring, 2009 and has also taught at the EPFL, Lausanne and at the Architectural Association, London. He is a noted scholar of the works of Le Corbusier but has also worked on Italian architecture kn the 1930s and on Art Deco. He was elected to the conseil d’aministration of the Fondation Le Corbusier from 2008 to 2015. Professor Benton has acted as associate curator in several major exhibitions including Art and Power (Hayward Gallery,1995), Art Deco 1910-1939 (V&A, 2003), Modernism Designing a New World 1918-1939 (V&A, 2006) Modern Taste Art Deco in Paris 1910-1935 (Madrid, 2015) He has recently published The Rhetoric of Modernism; Le Corbusier as lecturer, (Basel, 2009) Lc Foto : Le Corbusier : Secret Photographer (Zürich, 2013). and a new edition of his book The Villas of Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret (Basel, 2007). More recently he has been working with the Association Cap Moderne on the restoration of the villa E-1027, Le Corbusieer's cabanon and the Étoile de mer and unités de camping at Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, publishing a book Le Corbusier peintre à Cap Martin (Paris 2015) which was awarded the Prix du Livre de la Méditérrannée.
Yoni Bentovim
Position:Course Consultant - Filmaking, Foundation, AA Undergraduate School
Bio: Yoni Bentovim is a London based director with experience in fiction and documentary films. His films have won several international awards and many have been broadcast across major networks worldwide. Yoni has a keen interest in world cinema and has collaborated with celebrated film figures such as Abbas Kiarostami, Etgar Keret and John Zorn amongst others. Yoni continues to work on commissioned and independent projects.
Shajay Bhooshan
Position:Studio Master, DRL, AA Graduate School
Bio: Shajay is an Associate at Zaha Hadid Architects where he heads the research activities of the Computation and Design (CoDe) group. He also works as a studio master at the AA DRL Master’s program in London. He pursues his research in structure and fabrication aware architectural geometry as a PhD Candidate at the Block Research Group, ETH Zurich. Previously, he has worked at Populous, London and completed his M.Phil from the university of Bath and M. Arch from the AA School of Architecture, London His current interests & responsibilities include developing design-research and maintaining computational platforms for the same at Zaha Hadid Architects. He has taught and presented work at various professional conferences events and institutions including IABSE 17',Tensinet ’16, AAG ‘16, simAud ’15 and ‘14 and ‘10, Ingenio ’13, Tensinet '13, ICFF Bath ‘12 , Designers Gallery AU ’11, Design computation symposium AU ‘10 , Siggraph ‘08, ETH Zurich, Yale School of architecture and Universities of Applied Arts Vienna and experimental architecture Innsbruck , CITA Copenhagen, IAAC Barcelona, etc.
Delfina Bocca
Unit/Programme:First Year
Position:Studio Tutor, First Year, AA Undergraduate School
Bio: Delfina Bocca is currently working as a Architect at Zaha Hadid. She previously worked internationally in the UK, Italy and Argentina from product design to masterplan. She holds an M.Arch II from the AADRL (2014) and is a registered architect in Argentina, where she completed her studies. She has participated in numerous workshops and taught previously in schools both in Argentina and the UK.

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