Sara Saleh
Unit/Programme:First Year
Position:Studio Master, First Year, AA Undergraduate School
Bio: Sara Saleh is a designer specialized in both architecture and product design. she has obtained her bachelors degree a/in architecture at the American University of Sharjah, UAE and a masters degree in Architecture and Urbanism at the AA DRL. Previously she worked for Zaha Hadid Architects and Zaha Hadid Design (2010 - 2017) where she worked on architecture projects built in the middle east including Kapsarc in Saudi Arabia. She has also worked on product and furniture collections such as the Liquid Glacial and Citco marble collections.
Mattia Santi
Unit/Programme:Media Studies
Position:Course Consultant, Media Studies, AA Undergraduate School Lab Consultant, Media Studies, AA Undergraduate School
Bio: Mattia Santi is an architect and computational designer based in London. His research involves digital design, material behaviour and robotic fabrication. He works as Senior Architect at Zaha Hadid Architects, working on projects at different scales. Graduated from the MArch DRL at the AA, he previously collaborated with other international practices in London and Rome, such as Robofold, Farshid Moussavi Architects, Op-AL, Alvisi Kirimoto+Partners and his works have been widely published. He graduated in Rome with a Master’s Degree in Architectural Engineering with honors.
Theo Sarantoglou
Unit/Programme:Diploma 17
Position:Unit Master, Diploma 17, AA Undergraduate School Course Lecturer , , AA Visiting School
Bio: Theo Sarantoglou Lalis is a co-founder of LASSA architects, an international practice with offices in London and Brussels. LASSA is currently working on commissions from the private and public sectors in France, Greece, Belgium, the middle east and China. He has been a Unit master at the Architectural Association since 2009. He has taught postgraduate studios at Harvard and Columbia and undergraduate studios at Chalmers and LTU in Sweden. He has run architecture and urban design workshops in Europe, Australia, Brazil, China, Iran and the US. Prior to founding LASSA, he worked for 12 years as a project architect at Future Systems (London) and later as project director at Asymptote Architecture (NY). In 2010, LASSA was awarded a REA European research grant for COELUX, an advanced lighting system, in partnership with world leading specialists (Next Limit and Bartenbach) as well as research institutions throughout Europe such as Politecnico di Milano and ETH in Zurich. He received his masters from the Bartlett school of Architecture in London. He is a registered architect since 2000.
Patrik Schumacher
Unit/Programme:DRL
Position:Founding Director, DRL, AA Graduate School
Bio: Patrik Schumacher is principal of Zaha Hadid Architects and is leading the firm since Zaha Hadid’s passing in March 2016. He joined Zaha Hadid in 1988 and was seminal in developing Zaha Hadid Architects to become a 400 strong global architecture and design brand. Patrik Schumacher studied philosophy, mathematics and architecture in Bonn, Stuttgart and London. He received his Diploma in architecture in 1990. He has been a partner since 2003 and a co-author on all projects. In 2010 Patrik Schumacher won the Royal Institute of British Architects’ Stirling Prize for excellence in architecture together with Zaha Hadid, for MAXXI, the National Italian Museum for Art and Architecture of the 21st century in Rome. He is an academician of the Berlin Academy of Arts. In 1996 he founded the Design Research Laboratory at the Architectural Association in London where he continues to teach. In 1999 he completed his PHD at the Institute for Cultural Science, Klagenfurt University. Patrik Schumacher is lecturing worldwide and recently held the John Portman Chair in Architecture at Harvard’s GSD. Over the last 20 years he has contributed over 100 articles to architectural journals and anthologies. In 2008 he coined the phrase Parametricism and has since published a series of manifestos promoting Parametricism as the new epochal style for the 21st century. In 2010/2012 he published his two-volume theoretical opus magnum “The Autopoiesis of Architecture”. Patrik Schumacher is widely recognized as one of the most prominent thought leaders within the fields of architecture, urbanism and design.
Martin David Self
Unit/Programme:Hooke Park
Position:Programme Co-Director, Design and Make, AA Graduate School Director, Hooke Park, AA Undergraduate School
Bio: Martin Self is an engineer and designer who has taught design and theory at the Architectural Association since 2004. He is the Director of Hooke Park, the Architectural Association’s woodland campus, and Programme Director of the MArch Design & Make course. He was a founder member of Arup’s Advanced Geometry Group, studied architectural theory at the AA, and has provided structural engineering and form-finding consultancy within practices such as Zaha Hadid Architects and Antony Gormley Studio. Trained originally in aerospace engineering, he worked at Ove Arup & Partners in a series of specialist and design roles over a ten-year period.
Anna Shapiro
Unit/Programme:Housing and Urbanism
Position:Studio Master, Housing and Urbanism, AA Graduate School
Bio: Anna is a practising architect and urban designer. She has worked for a range of architectural practices in Israel and UK and is currently an Associate Partner at Sheppard Robson Architects - an award winning design practice with a strong commercial focus. She has a range of experience in education, residential and masterplanning design and delivery. Anna’s dual qualifications as an architect and urban designer enable her to take an active design role in a variety of urban regeneration projects across different scales and sectors.Anna also is an exhibiting artist and illustrator. She is involved in various printed productions and design initiatives. She uses her drawings and paintings as an exploratory tool – driving and formulating the communication process, rather than the final moment of any specific body of work. The critical aspect is that the work process has to be set in a way that would allow for the drawing to lead her in a direction of the theme, rather than acting as a representation of the predefined one.
Tanja Siems
Unit/Programme:AAIS
Position:Course Master, AAIS, AA Graduate School
Bio: Tanja Siems is an urban researcher and designer. She is professor and the head of the Institute for Spatial Research and Urban Performance in Germany. She received her PhD in 2002 and with Theo Lorenz co-directs T2 spatialwork in London.
Francesca Silvi
Unit/Programme:Media Studies
Position:Course Consultant, Media Studies, AA Undergraduate School
Bio: Francesca Silvi is an architect and computational designer based in London. She works as Architect at Zaha Hadid Architects, after having worked at Foster and Partners. She graduated from the MArch AD at the Bartlett School of Architecture and completed a Master’s Degree in Architectural Engineering in Rome. She previously worked in Rome and London in some international practices and has taught in Italy and UK.
Douglas Spencer
Unit/Programme:Landscape and Urbanism
Position:Course Tutor, History and Critical Thinking, AA Graduate School Course Tutor, Landscape and Urbanism, AA Graduate School
Bio: Douglas Spencer is the author of The Architecture of Neoliberalism (Bloomsbury, 2016). A regular contributor to Radical Philosophy, he has also written chapters for collections on landscape, architecture, politics and critical theory, such as Architecture Against the Post-Political (Elie Haddad and Nadir Lahiji, eds. Routledge, 2014), Landscape and Agency (Ed Wall and Tim Waterman, eds. Routledge, 2016) and This Thing Called Theory (eds Teresa Stoppani, Giorgio Ponzo, and George Themistokleous, Routledge, November 2016). He has also published numerous essays in journals such The Journal of Architecture, AD, AA Files, New Geographies, Volume and Praznine. He teaches at the AA’s Graduate School of Design at the Architectural Association and at the University of Westminster, London
Theodore Spyropoulos
Unit/Programme:DRL
Position:Course Director, DRL (Design Research Laboratory), AA Graduate School Chair of GMC, , AA Graduate School SMT, , AA Graduate School Academic Board, AA Director, Minimaforms Resident Artist, Somerset House
Bio: Theodore Spyropoulos is an architect and educator. He is the Director of the Architectural Association’s world renowned Design Research Lab (AADRL) in London. He has been a visiting Research Fellow at M.I.T.’s CAVS and co-founded the New Media and Information Research initiative at the AA. He has taught in the graduate school of UPENN, RCA Innovation Design Engineering Department and the University of Innsbruck. He co-founded the experimental architecture and design practice Minimaforms. Their work been named one of the top ten international public art installations by the Telegraph for their work Memory Cloud and most recently they were awarded best idea / creative work in the 5th Chinese International Beijing Biennale. The work of Minimaforms has been acquired by the FRAC Centre, the Signum Foundation and the Archigram Archive, and has exhibited at MOMA, Barbican Centre, Onassis Cultural Centre, Detroit Institute of Arts and the ICA. Recent projects include two thematic pier landmarks and the illumination concept for a Renzo Piano’s master planned 760-acre National Park in Athens, a large-scale land art intervention in Norway, and a proposal for self-organizing city named Emotive City. They have been featured in international media including BBC, BBC radio, Robert Elms Show, Wired Magazine, Fast Company, Guardian, Blueprint, and Icon Magazine. They were named Creative Review’s “One to Watch.” Previously Theodore has worked as a project architect for the offices of Peter Eisenman and Zaha Hadid. In 2013 the Association for Computer-Aided Design in Architecture awarded him The ACADIA award of excellence for his educational work directing the AADRL. His published books include Adaptive Ecologies: Correlated Systems of Living (2013), Enabling (2010) and forthcoming Behavior (2017). Theodore received his BArch from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, his MArch from the AA and his PhD from UCL Bartlett School of Architecture.

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