Carles Sala Roig
Unit/Programme:Barcelona
Position:Course Lecturer, Barcelona, AA Visiting School
Bio: Carles Sala (Barcelona 1980) Carles Sala is an Architect graduated with Honours by the ETSAB Barcelona and Master in Architecture and Urbanism by the AA School of Architecture in London, after being awarded by ‘La Caixa’ with a National Scholarship for Postgraduate Studies. In 2008 he founded along with the architect Relja Ferusic SALA FERUSIC Architects in Barcelona, an international architectural practice that pursues multidisciplinary work at all levels, which has been acknowledged by institutions such as FAD, COAC, MIT, the Venice Biennale or ‘Bienal Española de Arquitectura y Urbanismo’. SALA FERUSIC Architects is today a specialized project oriented architectural practice whose main body of research and work is wine architecture and design, from a wine design object to a wine making and tourism building. Their latest works have been acknowledged by several architectural institutions, such as Lagravera Winery with the First Prize at 3M Architectural Awards by COAC, Lagravera Warehouse with the BASF Architectural Awards by COAC or Mas Rodó Winery acknowledged by FAD’s Sustainable Architectural Awards, among others. The office is currently designing wine architecture at an international level, such as a wine tourism pavilion in France or a winery in Slovenia. At an academic and research level, he is currently directing the Research Project ‘BODEGA’, under the framework of the AA Barcelona Visiting School, a research and academic initiative of the Architectural Association from London to explore design and architecture in wine making. Since 2014 he is a design tutor at the WSA Welsh School of Architecture at Cardiff University, while he has previously collaborated with CCAE at University College Cork, Central Saint Martins London, The Bartlett-UCL London, AAVS Tehran, Università degli Studi dell'Aquila, ETSAM Madrid, ETSAB Barcelona, IAAC Barcelona, La Llotja Barcelona or UB Universitat de Barcelona, among others.
Sara Saleh
Unit/Programme:First Year
Position:Studio Tutor, 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.
Anne Save de Beaurecueil
Unit/Programme:Sao Paulo
Position:Course Lecturer, , AA Visiting School
Bio: Anne Save de Beaurecueil is a co-director of SUBdV (www.SUBdV.com), using a mixture of high and low design technologies to generate socially and environmentally responsive geometries for architecture and urban design projects. From 2010 to present, she co-directs the AA Visiting School São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. With Franklin Lee she was a AA Diploma Unit 2 Masters from 2005 to 2010 and taught at the Pratt Institute and Columbia University in New York, from where they both also received Master’s degrees. They have published, exhibited and lectured about their work worldwide, including the Beijing Biennale, the Rotterdam Biennale, the Athens Synthasoris Exhibition, the London Festival of Architecture, and the Festival of Electronic Language (FILE) in São Paulo. The work of AA Diploma Unit 2 has been featured in AD, ArchiCree, and the AA Agendas 7 Articulated Grounds: Mediating Environment and Culture publication.
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:Design and Make
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.
Jack Self
Unit/Programme:Diploma 6
Position:Unit Master, Diploma 6, AA Undergraduate School
Bio: Jack Self is an architect and writer based in London. He is Director of the REAL foundation and Editor-in-Chief of the Real Review. In 2016, Jack curated the British Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale. His work has been shown widely, including at the Maxxi, Tate Britain, ICA and Design Museum. Jack's writing has appeared in The Guardian, eflux, 032c, the BBC, Frieze, CNN, and elsewhere. Jack's first book Real Estates: Life Without Debt (Bedford Press, 2014) is now in its second printing. His other books include Home Economics (2016) and Mies in London (2018).
Felipe Sepulveda Rojas
Unit/Programme:Ring of Fire
Position:Course Lecturer, Ring of Fire, AA Visiting School
Bio: Felipe Sepulveda is Chilean architect and Master in Architecture & Urbanism Design Research Lab (DRL) at the AA. He co-founded BASE studio, a design research platform that explores non-conventional geometrical, material, and spatial formulations. BASE studio was finalist at the 2017 and 2019 YAP_Constructo competition for the MoMA’s Young Architects Program in Santiago, Chile; and have been awarded Honorable Mention as part of the Young Architects in Latin America competition and exhibition at the 16th Venice Architecture Biennale, 2018. Sepulveda has been invited jury at the Architectural Association, Studio tutor for UDD visiting studio at PRATT Institute, and is also a professor, researcher and head of the Technological Transference Department at Universidad del Desarrollo’s Architecture Faculty in Santiago, Chile.
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.

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