John Palmesino
Unit/Programme: Diploma 4
Position: Course Master, History and Critical Thinking, AA Graduate School Unit Master, Diploma 4, AA Undergraduate School
Bio: John Palmesino is an architect and urbanist and founder of Territorial Agency, an independent organization that promotes and works for sustainable territorial transformations, combining analysis, contemporary architecture and urbanism, advocacy and action. His work focuses on the transformations of the relation between polities and space. Projects include ‘The Coast of Europe’ – a multi-year research on the urbanization processes of the European project, ‘North’ – an investigation in contemporary forms of geopolitics, sovereignty and resources exploitation in the Arctic. He is co-author of the ‘Anthropocene Observatory’ and the ‘Museum of Oil’. He convenes Diploma Unit 4 at the AA together with Ann-Sofi Rönnskog. John is researching the spatial consequences of neutrality for his Phd. He is a founding member of multiplicity, an international research network.
Dominic Papa
Unit/Programme: Housing and Urbanism
Position: Course Consultant, Housing and Urbanism, AA Graduate School
Bio: Dominic Papa graduated from the Architectural Association in 1991. He was a senior design associate at one of Europe’s leading architectural practices for 6 years before co-founding S333 Architecture + Urbanism in Amsterdam in 1997. With increasing work in the UK, Dominic co-founded S333 Architecture + Urbanism Ltd in London in 2008. S333 is a small practice with a global reach. The studio’s experience as an Anglo-Dutch practice has been honed in the Netherlands with wider European experience in Germany, France and Belgium. The culture of ‘enlightened pragmatism’ in the Netherlands that has combined experimentation with practical delivery remains a driving force in its approach. This is particularly applicable to many of the issues that the practice helps clients resolve in the dense urban fabric of UK towns and cities. S333 has an interdisciplinary and collaborative approach founded on integrated, joined-up thinking, working seamlessly across the different scales of architecture, masterplanning and place making. ‘Architecture at an urban scale and urbanism at an architectural scale’ S333 has been recognized specifically for their work where architecture and urban design meet and how typology supports the formation and sustainability of neighbourhoods, urban quarters, and communities.
Jessica Pappalardo
Unit/Programme: Foundation
Position: Consultant - Mapping, Foundation, AA Undergraduate School Course Lecturer, , AA Visiting School Director
Bio: Jessica Virginia Pappalardo (Naples, 1987) graduated from the Architectural Association London in 2013 where she completed her full 7 years degree course. Worked in Sao Paulo for Landscape Architect Orsini, redesigning jungle features around homes, she also collaborated with Oficina Sao Joaò on the making of several furniture pieces and film sets for Brazilian TV. Worked in Naples on several houses where she runs her office, now is divided between London and Naples running several projects. Currently working on a house in Seven Sisters for a Japanese TV producer, and a 17th century apartment flat in Historical Naples. Director of the AAVS Naples‘ Moulding Matters ’since 2016, an experimental research project concerning the study and process of Mouldings in history through different areas of expertise. Permanent visiting professor at the AA in the Foundation course where she leads a yearly Urban brief concerning the City of London in contrast with changing destinations.
Thomas Parker
Unit/Programme: Media Studies
Position: Lab Consultant, Media Studies, AA Undergraduate School Specialist Lecturer, Design and Make, AA Graduate School Course Consultant - Intermediate, Media Studies, AA Undergraduate School
Bio: Thomas Parker is an architectural designer, fabricator and filmmaker whose interests lie in experimental forms of architectural design. His work explores spatial scenarios through the creation and deployment of speculative optical, and post-optic, devices and machines for the generation of architectural design. Thomas holds a MArch(part II), Distinction in architecture from the Bartlett School of architecture, UCL, where he was awarded The Bartlett Medal; The Fitzroy Robinson Drawings Prize and The Serjant Award for Drawing Prize at the 2017 Presidents Medals. Thomas is also a teaching fellow at the Bartlett School of Architecture and is actively engaged in a series of research projects in relation to 3D scanning and fabrication.
Elena Pascolo
Unit/Programme: Housing and Urbanism
Position: Studio Master, Housing and Urbanism, AA Graduate School
Bio: Elena Pascolo is an architect and urbanist who has trained and worked in London and South Africa on large housing and urban regeneration projects. Her work has included the development of spatial tools that structure complex urban strategies, and the role of institutions in promoting urban transformation. Her current research is focused on developing spatial and institutional translations of the City as Commons. She has participated as a design tutor at the Bartlett, Brighton University, Cagliari University and numerous international workshops on design and urbanism. She is a co-founder of Urban Projects Bureau.
Mauricio Pauly
Unit/Programme: AAIS
Position: Course Tutor, AAIS, AA Graduate School
Bio: Mauricio Pauly writes music for mixed ensembles, working with expressive amplification and electronics as an integrated element of performance. He also writes music for theatre; most notably Athina Rachel Tsangari’s production of Lulu at the 2017 Salzburg Festival. His music has been commissioned by and/or performed at various festivals including Ultima Festival Oslo 2011 & 2017, ISCM New Music Days 2011, MATA Festival NYC 2011, Warsaw Autumn 2013, Darmstadt 2010, 12, 14 & 16 and Images Sonores Festival 2015 (Liege), Bludenzer Tage zeitgemäßer Musik 2016. Mauricio was a fellow at Harvard University's Radcliffe Institute and at at Civitella Ranieri, in Umbria, Italy Mauricio is the artistic director of Distractfold Ensemble. He is a lecturer at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester and at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London. This year he is a limited term assistant professor at SFU’s School for the Contemporary Arts in Vancouver.
Christopher Pierce
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Position: Head of Visiting School, AA Undergraduate School
School Facilitator, AA Undergraduate School
Unit Master, Intermediate 9, AA Undergraduate School
Bio: Christopher Pierce is an educator, writer, curator and designer. He completed his architecture studies at Virginia Tech and gained a PhD in architectural history at the University of Edinburgh. For the last eight years he has been Head of the AA Visiting School – an integrated global network of part-time architectural courses/programmes operating in the world’s leading schools, cultural centres and other settings in over forty countries on five continents with more than 1000 students enrolled annually supported by over 200 programme heads and teachers and over 150 external funding streams. He is concurrently an Intermediate Unit Master (Inter 9) and is managing the AA’s application to the UK Privy Council for Taught Degree Awarding Powers. He has published widely on seventeenth– and eighteenth–century drawings as well as writing critiques that cover a disparate range of contemporary architects and buildings, from Léon Krier to Ron Arad. His essays have been published in architectural journals worldwide. As a curator, he organised the very first gallery exhibition on the contemporary Dutch architectural photographer Iwan Baan; a commissioned exhibition on the ‘AA Today’ in Tokyo and Kyoto; and most recently a major retrospective on the Catalan architectural ceramicist Toni Cumella, ‘Ceràmica Cumella: Shaping Ideas’, which completed its fifth European destination at Museu del Disseny de Barcelona in October 2016. His architectural practice, Mis-Architecture, was invited to present their recent work with Noma (Copenhagen) at WIRED2015; reached the final two for the design of Noma 2.0; and presented and exhibited at MAD5: Tomorrow’s Kitchen. Most recently his on-going collaboration with Maaemo (Oslo) has precipitated publication (with the AHO – the Oslo School of Architecture and Design) of Provocations for the Munchmuseet Oslo. A selection of his writings and interviews are online at www.mis-architecture.co.uk along with an extensive archive of the work of his design students.
Anna Pla Catala
Unit/Programme: Technical Studies
Position: Course Tutor - Diploma TS5, Technical Studies, AA Undergraduate School
Bio: Anna Pla-Català graduated at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London (Hons Finalist) and holds a Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design from the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (MScAAD-GSAPP) from Columbia University of New York (Fulbright). She worked at Foster and Partners in London and Eisenman Architects in New York before setting her own private practice in Barcelona where she is registered (COAC). APC_Studio is an architecture office focused on the research and development of models of higher integration between advanced digital technologies and everyday architectural production, from its conception to its construction on site. She was Director of Digital Studies at IE_University in Madrid-Segovia (2008-2014) and has been Lecturer and Design Studio Lecturer at a wide variety of international schools including PennDesign-UPenn, Berlage Institute, IAAC, ESARQ-UIC, the Rotterdam Academy of Architecture and Urban Design and at the GSD-Harvard amongst others. She currently teaches at the Architectural Association (AA), IaaC, Master in Advanced Digital Design and Architecture_Elisava School of Design and Engineering and is Visiting Faculty at PennDesign_University of Pennsylvania.
Klaus Platzgummer
Unit/Programme: History and Theory
Position: Course Tutor, DRL, AA Graduate School Course Teaching Assistant (First Year), History and Theory Studies, AA Undergraduate School
Bio: Klaus Platzgummer holds a masters in Architecture from the ETH Zürich (2015) and a masters with distinction in History and Critical Thinking in Architecture from the Architectural Association (2016). Klaus is the recipient of the Arc Award – The Swiss Architecture-Award for his thesis at the ETH Zürich (2015). His dissertation at the Architectural Association examined encyclopedic orderings of architectural knowledge and won the Graduate School Prize for Writing (2017). Besides his positions at the AA Graduate and Undergraduate School, Klaus is currently a teaching and research associate at the Department of Architectural Theory, Technische Universität Berlin.
Danae Polyviou
Unit/Programme: Technical Studies
Position: Course Tutor - First Year TS1, Technical Studies, AA Undergraduate School Course Lecturer, Technical Studies, AA Undergraduate School
Bio: Danae Polyviou has studied at the University of Bath and has completed a master on Membrane Structures in Germany. She has been working as a structural engineer in Stuttgart and Berlin prior joining Atelier One in London. Her personal interest lies within the notion of lightweight structures following the principles of Frei Otto and Pier Luigi Nervi.

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