Madeleine Kessler
Position:Part 1 Course Lecturer, , AA Professional Practice School
Bio: Madeleine Kessler is a project architect at Haptic Architects, and co-founder of Studio mnm. Trained as both an architect and structural engineer, she has worked internationally at studios including HHF, Studio Weave and Haworth Tompkins. She is interested in how creative design can facilitate the sustainable evolution of the city to improve the way that we live. Her experience ranges from public realm and theatres to infrastructure and masterplanning, including a fibre-cement pavilion for Clerkenwell Design Week; the rebuilding of Battersea Arts Centre; and the master-planning of a new sustainable city in Norway. Madeleine sits on the National Infrastructure Commission’s Young Professionals Panel and has taught and lectured at a number of universities, including the AA, the University of London, Oxford Brookes University and the University of Sheffield. At the AA, Madeleine is a professional practice tutor. She is interested in challenging traditional models of practice to ensure architects remain culturally relevant in the 21st century.
Hamed Khosravi
Unit/Programme:Diploma 7
Position:Unit Master, Diploma 7, AA Undergraduate School Studio Master, Projective Cities, AA Graduate School
Bio: Hamed is an architect, educator and writer. He graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Tehran. He holds his Masters in Urbanism, within the EMU programme, at TU Delft and IUAV in Venice. Hamed received his PhD in history and theory of architecture in ‘The City as a Project’ programme at the Berlage Institute / TU Delft. Hamed has recently completed his Post-doctoral research on the ‘Labour Movements and Architecture: Tehran (1943-63)’ at the International Institute of Social History in Amsterdam (IISG). He has been teaching history and theory courses, seminars, and design studios in various schools of architecture including TU Delft Faculty of Architecture, Oxford Brookes School of Architecture, and the Berlage Institute. He is currently the Studio Master of Diploma Unit 7 at the Architectural Association (AA) and the coordinator of the Transitional Territories Studio (Landscapes of Coexistence) at the TU Delft Faculty of Architecture. Hamed’s recent writings include Tehran. Life within Walls: A City, its Territory, and Forms of Dwelling (Hatje Cantz, 2017), ‘Aesthetics of Ruins’ in JAE Journal of Architectural Education (2018), ‘The Nomos of the Sea; Pirates, DJs, Hackers, and the Architecture of Contingent Labour’, in The Avery Review, 29, (2018), ‘Inhabitable Walls: Notes Towards a Genealogy of Islamic Sacred Space’ in P.V. Aureli & M.S. Giudici (eds.) Rituals and Walls. The Architecture of Sacred Space (London: AA Publications, 2016), ‘The Multiple Lives of Gabriel Guevrekian’ in AA Files (2015), among other titles. His forthcoming book, Gabriel Guevrekian: The Elusive Modernist, will be published by Hatje Cantz in 2019. Hamed is co-founder of the research collective Behemoth Press, active in architectural research and education as well as curatorial projects.
Konstantinos Kizis
Unit/Programme:First Year
Position:Studio Tutor, First Year, AA Undergraduate School Course Lecturer - 3rd Year, History and Theory, AA Undergraduate School Course Teaching Assistant - 3rd Year, History and Theory, AA Undergraduate School
Bio: Costandis Kizis is a practicing architect and educator. He holds a PhD (Architectural Association), a MSc in Advanced Architectural Design (Columbia University) and a Masters in Architecture (NTUAthens, with honours). He has taught at the Architectural Association, at Central Saint Martins and at Leeds Beckett University. He is principal at Kizis Architects and has been repeatedly awarded in architectural competitions.
Antiopi Koronaki
Unit/Programme:Emergent Technologies
Position:Studio Tutor, Emergent Technologies, AA Graduate School PhD Researcher, University of Bath Teaching Assistant, University of Bath
Bio: Antiopi Koronaki is an architect engineer currently pursuing a PhD on topology optimisation of space frame structures at the University of Bath. She has been a tutor in the undergraduate and graduate school of the Architectural Association since 2014, when she gained an MSc in Emergent Technologies and Design with distinction. Since 2014 she has organised and run a series of workshops in academic institutions internationally, including MIT (Boston), the Architectural Association (London) and ENSA-V (Paris) amongst others. Her research interests lie in the intersection of complex geometry and structural performance in line with novel computational tools and advanced fabrication processes. Her work experience includes a series of international projects at the Bridge team of Wilkinson Eyre Architects and small scale projects in Greece. She gained a Master in Architecture and Engineering from the N.T.U.A. in Athens in 2012.
Ekaterina Larina
Unit/Programme:Semester Programme (UK)
Position:Course Tutor, , AA Visiting School
Bio: Katya Larina architect and urban designer. In 2008 she received a Master degree in Landscape Urbanism from the Architectural Association, London, where she is currently appointed as a course tutor. Katya Larina is a senior architect and lead designer at Gustafson Porter + Bowman. Also Katya Larina is a co-directing a series of independent workshops, in collaboration with such programs like Branchpoint at Summer on Strelka School in Moscow. She has been invited expert and guest lecturer at Strelka School, Moscow, University Greenwich , Architectural Association and Bartlett in London. Katya is a co-founder of the research and education project U:Lab.spb. U:Lab.spb engages in introduction of computation and advanced design methods into urban strategies and architectural design practice. She is urban design consultant has been involved in series of projects of regional development and socio-economic strategies for Russian cities, including few research projects on “Closed cities” phenomenon. In 2012 Katya has been invited to contribute to the Exhibition “ZATO, Soviet Secret cities” Harriman Institute at Columbia University, New York and Oslo Triennale. Also has been commissioned to contribute into international “Dark Ecology” , Slavoj Zizek and other symposiums with her current research on Arctic industrial cities. She is a participant of Venice Architectural Biennale 2004, Landscape Urbanism Biennale Estonia 2011, Moscow Architectural biennale 2009, ArchMoscow 2004, 2010.
Marina Lathouri
Unit/Programme:History and Critical Thinking
Position:AA Graduate School Programme Director, History and Critical Thinking AA Graduate School PhD Programme Director of Studies Supervisor AA Member of the Academic Board AA Member of the PhD Committee University of Cambridge, Department of Architecture Visiting Lecturer University of Cambridge PhD Director of Studies
Bio: Marina Lathouri studied architecture, philosophy of art and aesthetics. She directs the Graduate Programme in the History and Critical Thinking at the AA and lectures at Cambridge University. Lathouri’s research interests lie in the conjunction of history and historiography, design and writing practices, the city and political philosophy. Most recently, she co-authored the book 'Intimate Metropolis: Urban Subjects in the Modern City', published several articles and directed a Research project at the AA which culminated in the publication 'City Cultures: Contemporary Positions on the City'.
Stefan Einar Laxness
Unit/Programme:Diploma 9
Position:Unit Master, Diploma 9, AA Undergraduate School
Bio: Stefan Laxness is an AA graduate, architectural researcher and Project Coordinator at Forensic Architecture. He has worked in architectural practices in Paris and London, exhibited the 2017 Antarctic Pavilion in Venice and has researched the changing landscapes of China and Central Asia’s borders.
Franklin Lee
Unit/Programme:Sao Paulo
Alistair Lenczner
Unit/Programme:Technical Studies
Position:Course Tutor - Intermediate TS3, Technical Studies, AA Undergraduate School
Bio: Alistair Lenczner, director at Expedition, is a highly experienced architectural and engineering designer. His career has included long spells with Arup and as partner at Foster + Partners. He has been responsible for the design of a wide variety of projects ranging from a dining table to a bus to major stadia and bridges. Significant projects include Wembley Stadium and the Millau Viaduct. In recent years he has been involved in the design of railway station on the new HS2 high speed rail line in the UK.
Lara Lesmes Escudero
Unit/Programme:Intermediate 1
Position:Unit Master, Intermediate 1, AA Undergraduate School
Bio: Lara Lesmes is a graduate from the Architectural Association in London and founded Space Popular in Bangkok in 2012 together with Fredrik Hellberg. The practice has since completed built projects both in Asia and Europe and participated in a wide range of international competitions. In 2011 she joined INDA, Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok where she was 2nd year coordinator from 2013 to 2016. She has lead a wide range of research projects and workshops in Europe and Asia and has, through design and research studio Tools for Architecture, investigated topics such as masonry structures, spaces of political debate, renewable materials and virtual architecture. In the fall of 2016, together with Fredrik Hellberg, launched Tools for Architecture at the Architectural Association in London where they are unit masters of Intermediate One, exploring experience driven design methods.

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