Silvana Taher
Unit/Programme:Intermediate 11
Position:Studio Tutor, Foundation, AA Undergraduate School Course Tutor - 2nd year, History and Theory, AA Undergraduate School Diploma Course Tutor, History and Theory, AA Undergraduate School General Tutor, History and Theory, AA Undergraduate School
Bio: Silvana Taher is a writer and architect. She studied Economics and Politics at UCL (BA) and Development and Planning (Diploma) at the Bartlett School of Architecture. She gained her Diploma in Architecture at the AA in 2011 and has been teaching since 2012. Her writing has appeared in the AA Files, Publica, Blueprint and the AR.
Simon Taylor
Unit/Programme:Diploma 15
Position:Unit Master, Diploma 15 AA Undergraduate School
Bio: Simon Taylor is a founder of the multi-disciplinary communication and design studio, Tomato. He has been recognised by various institutions including D&AD, BBC and Tokyo TDC. He also works with cultural institutions including the European Commission, Olympic Legacy Corp, the UN, International Expo and has exhibited work in the US, Asia and Europe.
Giancarlo Torpiano
Unit/Programme:Technical Studies
Position:Course Lecturer - Intermediate TS3, Technical Studies, AA Undergraduate School
Bio: Giancarlo currently forms part of a London-based multi-disciplinary engineering team which collaborates with many leading and emerging architectural practices. He is specialised in parametric design and dealing with complex three-dimensional geometries. He is passionate about innovative architectural design and how cutting-edge engineering is an important part of its realisation.
Georgios Tsagdis
Unit/Programme:History and Critical Thinking
Position:Course Tutor, History and Critical Thinking, AA Graduate School, AA School
Bio: Georgios Tsagdis is Fellow at the Westminster Law & Theory Lab. He has taught at the universities of Greenwich, Surrey, the UCL, the London School of Philosophy and other higher education institutions. His work operates across theoretical and disciplinary intersections drawing on 20th Century, Contemporary and Ancient Greek Philosophy. His Archeology of Nothing, an investigation of the origin and destiny of occidental ontology, is revised for publication. His current project thematises the function of the negative in the ontology of matter from Plato to New Materialisms. In other recent research, he explores various themes in the historic encounters of philosophy and nature, from the figure of the animal in the Platonic corpus to post-humanism and parasitism. He has written on the question of love with reference to theological, political and feminist discourses. His essays have been published in various book collections and international journals, among which Parallax and Philosophy Today. Since 2014 he has been organising the Seminar of Neoplatonic Studies, a London intercollegiate study and research group, hosted at the Warburg Institute.
Konstantina Stella Tsagkaratou
Position:Unity Gaming Software, DRL, AA Graduate School
Bio: Konstantina Stella Tsagkaratou (Tina) Architect M.Arch Design Research Lab with Project Distinction, M.A. Aristotle University of Thessaloniki with Honors. While in undergrad, Tina designed the Hellenic Pavilion for the ExpoReal Munich (2012), took part in Biennale Brau II (2014), and designed the Hellenic Pavilion for the MIPIM (2014). She worked as an Architectural Assistant at Foster and Partners (2014). After working as a Junior Architect at Aspa SA, she resumed her education, this time at the AA Design Research Lab. Currently, she is an Architect at the competition cluster of Zaha Hadid Architects, working on a wide range of projects and competitions. Her interest in Mixed Reality Technologies and in the enhancement of the user's experience is ongoing.
Max Turnheim
Unit/Programme:Intermediate 12
Position:Course Master, Intermediate 12, AA Undergraduate School
Bio: Max Turnheim (1982) is an architect (DÉSA 2007) based in Paris. He has co-directed the studio École alongside Nicolas Simon and now co-directs the studio UHO alongside Federico Coricelli. Parallel to his practice, he teaches at the Architectural Association and at the École Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture de Paris-Malaquais.

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