Roberta Marcaccio
Unit/Programme:History and Theory
Position:Course Teaching Assistant - 3rd Year, History and Theory, AA Undergraduate School
Bio: Having lectured in the UK and internationally, Roberta teaches History and Theory at the AA and works for the London-based studio DSDHA as Head of Research and Communication. In 2016 she was awarded a 2-year Research Fellowship in the Built Environment by the Royal Commission for The Exhibition of 1851, to study the issue of cycling in London. Roberta studied Interior Architecture (MSc) at the Politecnico di Milano and received her Masters in Histories and Theories of Architecture from the AA in 2010. Before joining DSDHA she has worked in an editorial capacity at Artifice (the architectural imprint of Black Dog Publishing) and has collaborated on the curation and realisation of exhibitions at the Milan Salone del Mobile, including Afrofuture (2013) and Hacked! (2012). Her writings have featured on AA Files, Blueprint Magazine; Real Estates (Bedford Press, 2014); Erasmus Effect (Quodlibet, 2014) and she is currently editing a forthcoming issue of Architectural Design (Wiley, 2019) titled 'The Business of Research'.
Vyron Mardas
Unit/Programme:Sustainable Environmental Design
Position:Course Tutor, Sustainable Environmental Design, AA Graduate School
Bio: Byron is a course tutor, teaching software and methodology in the Sustainable Environmental Design programme. He is also a senior Environmental Designer at Foster and Partners in London. He is involved in the environmental assessment and improvement of several projects worldwide and together with other members of the team, tries to develop new tools, both for in-house and public use in order to improve workflow. His goal is to enable better integration of environmental thinking during the design process with the use of parametric and dynamic techniques, attractive to architects.
Emanuele Marfisi
Unit/Programme:Technical Studies
Position:Course Lecturer - Diploma TS4, Technical Studies, AA Undergraduate School
Bio: Emanuele Marfisi is a structural engineer with a degree from the University of Florence, a PhD from Cambridge University and ten years' work experience in engineering design. Over the years, he has worked on a number of UK and international projects with well-known architects such as Foster+Partners, Grimshaw, Zaha Hadid, Hopkins, Ron Arad, Christian de Portzamparc and Franck Gehry. This experience allowed him to appreciate various architectural styles and design approaches, reinforcing his ability to challenge the usual way of carrying out structural design. His professional interest lies in multidisciplinary integrated design and in the use of new technologies and systems to bring innovation in the construction industry. After a number of years in London, Emanuele is now working as Director for Deerns in their Paris office.
Ignacio Marti
Unit/Programme:Technical Studies
Position:Studio Master, First Year, AA Undergraduate School Course Lecturer - Diploma TS4, Technical Studies, AA Undergraduate School Course Tutor (Diploma TS5 & 1st year), Technical Studies, AA Undergraduate School Technical Studies Co-ordinator, Technical Studies, AA Undergraduate School Course Lecturer, , AA Visiting School
Bio: Nacho Marti graduated from Elisava School of Design in Barcelona and the Emergent Technologies and Design MSc at the AA. His projects have been exhibited, published and awarded internationally, including a nomination for the 2007 Index Design Award in Copenhagen, the FAD prize in 2008, the IPlus award in 2009 and a High Commendation in the TTJ Achievement in Engineered Timber Award in 2013. He founded his design studio in 2004 and is the Director of the Visiting School Amazon.
Alvaro Martin Fidalgo
Unit/Programme:Intermediate 4
Position:Unit Master, Intermediate 4, AA Undergraduate School
Bio: Alvaro Martin Fidalgo and Arantza Ozaeta head the architecture office TallerDE2 since 2008 [ ], now renamed SOFT (Studio Ozaeta Fidalgo) which makes an on-going commitment to research and knowledge, both in training and innovative practice. They do research on contemporary cultures pursuing the materialization of unusual discoveries. Their work has international scope, been recognized, published and awarded on several occasions. Alvaro Martin Fidalgo and Arantza Ozaeta’s work is mainly developed between Spain, Germany, Italy and UK, where they combine professional activities with academic and research ones. They studied architecture at the TU Delft of The Netherlands and at the Madrid Polytechnic ETSAM. They have been teaching at the Architectural Association London (Summer School 2016/2015/2014/2013), Politecnico di Milano (Italy), Hochschule Coburg University of Applied Sciences (Germany), FCU (Taiwan), Ural State Technical University of Ekaterimburg (Russia), and the Architectural Polytechnic University of Madrid (Spain), where currently teach as Associate Professor. Alvaro M Fidalgo and Arantza Ozaeta completed work covers from Urban Regeneration Masterplans (Europan 9, Germany) to Public Facilities (Haus der Tagesmütter, Selb); from Ephemeral Urban Installations (Green Cave, Bilbao) to Domestic Spaces (The Meeting House, Zamora), from Industrial Architecture (ITV-Motto, La Rioja) to Refurbishment with Furniture Infill (The POP-UP House, Madrid). Among their awards, they have received the German ‘Bauwelt Prize 2013-First Works’; Finalists at the ‘XII Spanish Architecture and Urbanism Biennale 2013’; the prize ‘Architects Professional Association of Madrid-Luis M. Mansilla’ as the Best foreign project made by a Spanish office abroad. In 2015 their work has been selected for ‘Architectus Omnibus-Goethe Institute & Casa Cervantes’ to be exhibited in Berlin, and for ‘Export-Spanish Architecture Abroad’ in Madrid. The Spanish magazine ‘Arquitectura Viva’ has selected them as "one of the eight most representative young Spanish studios", and director Arantza Ozaeta was shortlisted “Emerging woman of the year 2014” from the British magazine AJ.
Patricia Mato Mora
Unit/Programme:Technical Studies
Position:Studio Tutor, First Year, AA Undergraduate School Technical Studies (Ceramics) Tutor
Bio: Patricia Mato-Mora studied architecture at the AA, before studying materials at the RCA. She now works alongside artists and architects to realise large-scale projects employing various craftsmanship methods, while practising independently as an artist.
Christopher John Matthews
Unit/Programme:Intermediate 9
Position:Unit Master, Intermediate 9, AA Undergraduate School
Bio: BIO - C MATTHEWS Christopher Matthews, Principal of PMA Studio and Unit Master for Intermediate Unit 9 at the Architectural Association. He studied at the Bartlett School of Architecture and worked for James Stirling, Michael Wilford and Associates on projects including the Singapore Arts Centre and The Lowry before setting-up PMA Studio in 2000. He has previously lectured at Westminster, Liverpool and Brighton. He formed Mis-Architecture ( with Chris Pierce in 2000.
David McAlmont
Position:Course Tutor, AAIS, AA Graduate School
Bio: David McAlmont is a singer, writer and art historian. He has recorded for major and independent labels since 1992, as a solo artiste and in collaboration. Collaborative work has included Michael Nyman, Shirley Bassey, David Arnold, Courtney Pine, Craig Armstrong and Bernard Butler (ex-Suede). McAlmont has studied at Middlesex University (Performing Arts) and University of London - Birkbeck College (History of Western Art and Architecture. He has lectured at the Wallace Collection and the National Portrait Gallery. He has done masterclasses in performance at NYU Tisch School, University of Bath, Middlesex University. He is a published essayist, and has written articles and reviews for The Guardian, TimeOut London, Arena, The Quietus, and the Huffington Post. He has participated in various musical documentaries for Channel Four, BBC televison, and BBC Radio Four for which he co-created and presented a documentary in 2016 about Disco legend Sylvester. Mcalmont has been working with the Interprofessional Studio at the Architecture Association since 2010. He is presently developing a performance project for the Prejudice and Pride programme with the National Trust and the University of Leicester.
Nina McCallion
Unit/Programme:Technical Studies
Position:Course Tutor - Intermediate TS3, Technical Studies, AA Undergraduate School
Bio: 12 years of experience as structural engineer
Anna Mestre
Unit/Programme:Technical Studies
Position:Course Lecturer-Intermediate TS2, Structures, AA Undergraduate School Course Lecturer-Intermediate TS3, Structures Masterclass, AA Undergraduate School Course Tutor -Intermediate TS3, Structures, AA Undergraduate School Course Lecturer-Intermediate TS4, Antidisciplinary Integration
Bio: Anna Mestre received her professional architecture degree from the School of Architecture at the Polytechnic University of Barcelona and a Master in Project Management in Building and Urban Planning from the Professional Association of Technical Architects of Barcelona (Colegio de Aparejadores y Arquitectos Técnicos de Barcelona). Professor Mestre’s interest in structures led her to working as a scholar in the Structures Department at the University of Barcelona. Since 2001 she has developed her professional career at BAC Engineering Consultancy Group, first in the office in Barcelona, then in the office in Madrid. (2007-2018) and she has just moved to the newly established branch in London. As Team Leader, she has been the office coordinator since 2013. She currently leads global engineering projects. She has been teaching Structural Types and Calculation in the IE School of Architecture and Design since 2009, Physical Foundations since 2013 and Mathematics in Art and Architecture since 2015. She has been leading the Internship program for five years, placing students in top host firms and institutions to combine learning and professional experience. She also collaborated in the Advisors program. Anna Mestre is especially interested in pedagogical methodologies to improve the teaching-learning experience. She is currently focusing her research in the application of Flipped Learning in her classes.

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