Alicia Nahmad Vazquez
Unit/Programme:DRL
Position:Studio Master, DRL, AA Graduate School
Bio: Alicia is an architect who explores design through the integration of materials and technology in relation to context specific environments. Her professional and research work has focused on exploring the relationship between architecture, technology and fabrication. She is a Ph.D. research fellow at the Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University where she explores human- robot collaboration in the design processes. She has also been an Artist-in-Residence at Autodesk Pier 9 where she explored novel collaborative design processes between robots, machines, designers and materials. Previously she worked as an architect at Populous and at Zaha Hadid Architects, London and completed her Master’s degree at the AA school of Architecture, London in 2010.
Umberto Napolitano
Unit/Programme:Diploma 5
Position:Unit Master, Diploma 5, AA Undergraduate School
Bio: After initially studying literature, he began to study architecture at the Federico II in Naples and then at the Ecole d’Architecture de Paris-La Villette. In 2002, Umberto has created LAN (Local Architecture Network) with the idea of exploring architecture as an area of activity at the intersection of several disciplines. With its vision encompassing social, urban, functional and formal questions, LAN has received many prizes and awards. In 2106, Umberto was admitted to the French Academy of Architecture,and he has been a professor at Columbia GSAPP, New York.
Kyriaki Nasioula
Unit/Programme:AAIS
Position:Course Consultant, AAIS, AA Graduate School Course Consultant, 1st Year, AA Undergraduate School
Bio: Kyriaki is a licenced architect, choreographer, dancer and educator whose practice intertwines a range of creative fields. She is a co-founder of Gesamtatelier, an interdisciplinary artists platform with a body of work which involves the conception, design and realisation of installations, site-specific or stage-based performances and sets, and interactive audiovisual environments, incorporating audience engagement. Her practice is equally aiming to embrace the triplet: four-dimensional space / movement / human, along with the design of performative costumes, spatial structures and installations. She has been commissioned to create the opening performances for INAW 4th Biennial of Interior design in Krakow and TU Berlin annual exhibition. Her 14 original pieces have been presented and coproduced with various institutions along Europe such as the Whitechapel Gallery, 1st Larnaca Bienalle, Centre for Dance Research (CDR) in Roehampton University, Architektur Zentrum Wien (AzW) MuseumsQuartier, Zentrum für Kunst und Medien (ZKM) Karlsruhe, the Architectural Association London, Watermans Arts Centre London, Déda, UK Young Artists National Festival, Maloposka Garden of Arts Krakow, Expedition Metropolis, 48-stunden-neukölln festival Berlin. Among others, she has collaborated with Sasha Waltz and Guests Dance Company, while performing in the production “Installations, Objects, Performances” at ZKM Karlsruhe. She has been trained in architecture at the National Technical University of Athens (MSc) and TU Berlin (funded by the Greek State Scholarship Foundation) and in dance at the Greek National School of Dance (KSOT). She has combined both disciplines by completing the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Spatial Performance and Design (distinction), with a double Architectural Association Bursary. Kyriaki works as a studio consultant for the Architectural Association Interprofessional Studio and 1st Year. She was lecturer in BA and MA Interior Design at the Architecture Department, University of East London. She has also given workshops at East London Dance and MA Mediated Choreography, University of Roehampton.
Ryan Neiheiser
Unit/Programme:Intermediate 15
Position:Unit Master, Intermediate 15, AA Undergraduate School
Bio: Ryan Neiheiser is co-founder of Neiheiser Argyros, a London-based multidisciplinary architecture practice with projects in the United Kingdom, the United States, and Greece. He received his Masters degree in 2008 from the Princeton University School of Architecture after earning a dual Bachelors degree in Engineering and Art from Swarthmore College in 2001. Neiheiser has worked at a number of award winning firms in Europe and the United States, including the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) in Rotterdam and Diller Scofidio + Renfro in New York City. He has taught at the AA since 2014 and has previously taught Master’s level thesis at Princeton University. He is a co-founder of the architecture publication, Another Pamphlet, was a co-editor of the book, Agenda: Can We Sustain Our Ability to Crisis? (Actar, 2010), and has published articles in New Geographies, Bidoun, and Pidgin. Neiheiser is originally from Cleveland, Ohio, USA and has lived in Rotterdam, Brussels, and New York prior to moving to London in 2014.
Francesco Neri
Unit/Programme:Lugo
Position:Consultant - Photography Lugo, Foundation, AA Undergraduate School Course Lecturer, , AA Visiting School
Bio: He studied photography at the Fine Arts Academy in Ravenna, Italy. For the past ten years he has been involved in a long-term photographic project combining portraiture and social landscape imagery. In 2012 this long-term project was awarded both First Prize for best project at the International Rome Photo Festival and the First Prize of the Architecture Selection award for the Institute for the Italian Artistic and Cultural Heritage. His work is part of various collection such as the SK Stiftung Kultur Museum in Cologne (DE), the Foundation A in Brussels (BE) and the Venice Biennale in Venice (IT) among others. Since 2014 he is member and tutor for the “AA – Architectural Association, School of Architecture” in London, visiting professor at the Academy of Visual Art in Leipzig (DE), director and tutor for the Residency "Bard College-Lugo Land" program and he is Professor of Photography at the Institute of Graphic Advertising in Faenza (RA). He lives and works in Faenza (RA), Italy.
John Wing Kay Ng
Unit/Programme:First Year
Position:Studio Master, First Year, AA Undergraduate School
Bio: John Ng studied architecture at the University of Bath and the AA, where he has taught since 2011. He is also a visiting lecturer at the RCA. He founded ELSEWHERE and practises architecture in London. His work has been shortlisted for, and has won, a number of international competitions.
Luca Nostri
Unit/Programme:Lugo
Position:PhD Candidate, Plymouth University, UK
Bio: I was born in Lugo in 1976, where I currently live and work. After a degree in Sociology from the University of Bologna, I moved to Rome where I lived for 7 years and where I started my photographic practice. My photographs have been exhibited at the Rencontre d’Arles in 2008, at the American Academy in Rome in 2010, at the MACRO Museum in Rome in 2013. In 2005 I established the Lugo Land project in my home-town, Lugo.
Rodrigo Joseph O'Malley
Unit/Programme:Housing and Urbanism
Position:Studio Master, Housing and Urbanism, AA Graduate School
Bio: Rodrigo is a London based architect and urban designer. He studied architecture in The University of Edinburgh, and holds an MA in Housing and Urbanism from The AA. He currently coleads BDP’s urban design team, having previously collaborated with a number of renowned offices in the UK and in Spain. During his professional career, Rodrigo has collaborated in a number of international master planning, urban design and regeneration, and urban and territorial planning projects. Rodrigo’s work in independent practice has been showcased in various publications and international exhibitions. He has been a visiting tutor and critic in several schools of architecture, including the European University of Madrid and Sheffield Hallam University. As executive committee member of the Pan-American Observatory of Landscape, Territory and Architecture (OPPTA) he has been responsible for the management and organisation of ideas competitions in the American continent.
Joan Ockman
Unit/Programme:PhD
Position:PhD External 2nd Supervisor, PhD, AA Graduate School
Bio: Joan Ockman is Distinguished Senior Lecturer at University of Pennsylvania School of Design and Visiting Professor at Cooper Union School of Architecture and Cornell College of Architecture, Art, and Planning. She taught for over two decades at Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, where she also directed the Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture from 1994 to 2008. Among her publications on the history, theory, and criticism of architecture are Architecture School: Three Centuries of Educating Architects in North America (MIT Press, 2012), The Pragmatist Imagination: Thinking about Things in the Making (Princeton Architectural Press, 2000), and the award-winning Architecture Culture 1943–1968: A Documentary Anthology (Rizzoli, 1993). She began her career at the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies in New York, where she served as an editor of the journal Oppositions and was responsible for the Oppositions Books series. She is currently collaborating on a new history of modern architecture to be published by Thames & Hudson in 2019. She was named a Fellow of the Society of Architectural Historians in 2017.
Clara Oloriz
Unit/Programme:Landscape and Urbanism
Position:Studio Master, Landscape and Urbanism, AA Graduate School
Bio: Clara Olóriz Sanjuán is a PhD architect, tutor and practising architect. She works as a project leader at Groundlab, specialized in the design of public spaces and masterplans from a landscape and urban perspective in various international contexts. Currently, she teaches at the AA Landscape Urbanism masters programme. She co-directed the AA Visiting School ‘Computing Topos’ in Bilbao and the AA Research Cluster ‘Urban Prototypes.’ She has published extensively and lectured in several professional and academic venues. Currently she is working on Landscape as Territory book, supported by the AA Publication Fellowship and the Graham Foundation.

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