Anna Pla Catala
Unit/Programme:Technical Studies
Position:Course Tutor - Diploma TS5, Technical Studies, AA Undergraduate School
Bio: Anna Pla-Català graduated at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London (Hons Finalist) and holds a Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design from the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (MScAAD-GSAPP) from Columbia University of New York (Fulbright). She worked at Foster and Partners in London and Eisenman Architects in New York before setting her own private practice in Barcelona where she is registered (COAC). APC_Studio is an architecture office focused on the research and development of models of higher integration between advanced digital technologies and everyday architectural production, from its conception to its construction on site. She was Director of Digital Studies at IE_University in Madrid-Segovia (2008-2014) and has been Lecturer and Design Studio Lecturer at a wide variety of international schools including PennDesign-UPenn, Berlage Institute, IAAC, ESARQ-UIC, the Rotterdam Academy of Architecture and Urban Design and at the GSD-Harvard amongst others. She currently teaches at the Architectural Association (AA), IaaC, Master in Advanced Digital Design and Architecture_Elisava School of Design and Engineering and is Visiting Faculty at PennDesign_University of Pennsylvania.
Klaus Platzgummer
Unit/Programme:History and Theory
Position:Course Tutor, DRL, AA Graduate School Course Teaching Assistant (First Year), History and Theory Studies, AA Undergraduate School
Bio: Klaus Platzgummer holds a masters in Architecture from the ETH Zürich (2015) and a masters with distinction in History and Critical Thinking in Architecture from the Architectural Association (2016). Klaus is the recipient of the Arc Award – The Swiss Architecture-Award for his thesis at the ETH Zürich (2015). His dissertation at the Architectural Association examined encyclopedic orderings of architectural knowledge and won the Graduate School Prize for Writing (2017). Besides his positions at the AA Graduate and Undergraduate School, Klaus is currently a teaching and research associate at the Department of Architectural Theory, Technische Universität Berlin.
Danae Polyviou
Unit/Programme:Technical Studies
Position:Course Tutor - First Year TS1, Technical Studies, AA Undergraduate School Course Lecturer, Technical Studies, AA Undergraduate School
Bio: Danae Polyviou has studied at the University of Bath and has completed a master on Membrane Structures in Germany. She has been working as a structural engineer in Stuttgart and Berlin prior joining Atelier One in London. Her personal interest lies within the notion of lightweight structures following the principles of Frei Otto and Pier Luigi Nervi.
Claire Potter
Unit/Programme:History and Theory
Position:Consultant, Foundation, AA Undergraduate School Tutor -HTS First Year, AA Undergraduate School
Bio: CLAIRE POTTER is author of three books of poetry, Swallow (Five Islands Press), In Front of a Comma (Poets Union) and N’ombre (Vagabond Press). She received a Young Australian Poets Fellowship from the Poets Union and her poetry has been short-listed for numerous Australian Literary Awards, translated into French and Chinese and most recently short-listed for a 2017 Keats-Shelley Poetry Prize. Her poems have appeared in London Review of Books, New Statesman, Poetry Ireland Review, Poetry Chicago, Best Australian Poems, and shortlisted for a Helen Anne Bell Manuscript Award 2017. She holds a Masters in psychanalyse et médecine from Paris VII Denis Diderot where she wrote her thesis on psychoanalysis and tragedy, and a post-graduate diploma in Psychoanalytic Infant Observation from the Tavistock. She lives in London.
Mond Qu
Unit/Programme:Melbourne
Position:Director, Melbourne, AA Visiting School
Bio: Designer, narrative animator, and digital craftsman. Mond Qu is the founder of United Make, an experimental think-tank and multi-disciplinary studio based in Melbourne. Mond pushes the frontiers of design through the act of making; from deep materials research, visceral immersive experiences, interactive artworks or modular furniture, to large-scale speculations. Working in research, practice, and teaching internationally, Mond challenges designers to innovate and embrace the challenges of the 21st century.
Caroline Rabourdin
Unit/Programme:Media Studies
Position:Course Lecturer, Media Studies, AA Undergraduate School Programme Head, AA Visiting School Paris Programme Co-Head, AA Visiting School Richelieu
Bio: Dr. Caroline Rabourdin is an architect and essayist. She graduated from INSA Strasbourg, the Bartlett (UCL), and holds a PhD from Chelsea College of Arts (UAL). Her research interests include spatial theory, phenomenology, geometry, spatial literature, translation studies and comparative literature. She has read at international conferences and has published several essays — Her latest essay "The Expanding Space of the Train Carriage: A Phenomenological Reading of Michel Butor’s La Modification" has been published by Routledge in 2018 in the volume . She has practiced as an architect and has taught design and theory at the Ecole Speciale d’Architecture in Paris, Chelsea College of Art and Greenwich University. She currently teaches History and Theory and Architectural Interdisciplinary Studies at the Bartlett (UCL) and on the Master in Architecture at Cork Centre for Architectural Education (UCC). She runs the Printed Matter course for Media Studies at the AA and is the head of the AA Visiting School Paris, Architecture & Ecriture, which celebrates writing as a critical and creative practice. She also co-heads the AA Visiting School in Richelieu.
Jose Alfredo Ramirez Galindo
Unit/Programme:Landscape and Urbanism
Position:Programme Co-Director, Landscape and Urbanism, AA Graduate School Course Lecturer, AA Mexico Visiting School
Bio: Jose Alfredo Ramirez is an architect co-founder and director of Groundlab and Co-Director of the Landscape Urbanism MArch/MSc Graduate Programme at the Architectural Association. He studied Architecture in Mexico City and graduated from the AA Landscape Urbanism programme in London 2005. Jose Alfredo has worked and developed projects at the junction of architecture, landscape and urbanism in a variety of contexts such as China, Mexico, Spain, Russia, Chile among others. He concentrates mainly in large scale development of public spaces like the Olympic Master Plan for London 2012 and recently the redevelopment of 12 km of Santiago de Chile’s main avenue, Alameda/Providencia into an integral transport and urban corridor. At Groundlab he has won and developed several competitions, workshops, exhibitions and projects, including the winning entry for Longgang City international competition master plan, the winning proposal to develop Jia Ding District in Shanghai, the winning proposal to redevelop Sokolniki Park, the biggest park in Moscow, the ongoing development for a Master Plan to relocate a Train Station in the city of Innichen, Italy and the built complex for the International Horticultural Exhibition opened in Xian, China. Jose Alfredo is also the Director of the AA Visiting School In Mexico City, and has published a number of articles and a book ‘Critical Territories:’ as well as given workshops and lectured on the topic of Landscape Urbanism and the work of Groundlab worldwide.
Thomas Randall-Page
Unit/Programme:Media Studies
Position:Course Consultant, Media Studies, First Year, AA Undergraduate School
Bio: Thomas gained his B.Arch from The Mackintosh School of Architecture and went on to study at Aalto University Finland where he was a group leader contributing to their winning entry to solar decathlon Madrid 2010. He went on to study at London Metropolitan University working on both live and hypothetical projects.Thomas has worked at 6A architects in London on a variety of projects from their modest pop-up stoops for the London Festival of Architecture through to 6A’s competition winning design for Churchill Collage Cambridge’s new accommodation court.For 3 years Thomas worked as a designer at Heatherwick Studio on a variety of projects and scales both in the UK and in China. Some of this work was featured in the ‘Designing the extraordinary’ exhibition at the Victoria and Albert museum in London. For 7 years Thomas has co-led The Building Works Unit at RTU International Architecture Summer School and realised 5 public works in Latvia.Thomas now tutors at the Architectural Association, leads a unit at Oxford Brookes Architecture department and also has his own practice that spans from architecture to theatrical event design. Current projects include an opening pedestrian footbridge in Newham a 25sqm pavilion for John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford and a 250sqm private sculpture studio in rural Devon.
Jessica Reynolds
Unit/Programme:Intermediate 13
Position:Unit Master, Diploma 13, AA Undergraduate School
Bio: Jessica Reynolds is a director at vPPR Architects based in London. Founded in 2009, the practice delivers award winning residential and cultural projects in the UK and abroad. Current projects include affordable housing and public realm interventions for Croydon council. The studio operates under the belief in the continual crossover between art and architecture, seeking creative solutions that strengthen communities, no matter how large or small. Jessica Reynolds studied at Cambridge University, where she was awarded the Purcell Miller Tritton Prize, and at Princeton University. She worked previously at van Heyningen and Haward Architects in London and at facade design practice Front in New York. She was editor of Pidgin, the Princeton University School of Architecture Journal, and writes for architecture journals in London. In addition to the AA, she also teaches at Columbia University.
Eduardo Rico-Carranza
Unit/Programme:Landscape and Urbanism
Position:Member of the Graduate Management Committee, , AA Graduate School Co-Director, Landscape and Urbanism, AA Graduate School
Bio: Eduardo Rico is a Civil Engineer and Ma Landscape Urbanism Graduate currently working in Arup, as well as member of design practices such as Groundlab and Relational Urbanism. He is currently engaged in strategic advice on infrastructure and transportation for urban master planning in the ILG team in Arup. Eduardo focuses his work and research in alternative design practices which feed infrastructural inputs into architectural urbanism. He has been co director with Enriqueta Llabres of the Relational Urbanism Studio in Berlage Institute 2010 and 2012 as well as GSD Harvard 2013. Eduardo is currently co director of the Ma Landscape Urbanism in the Architectural association. Eduardo Rico has extensively lectured on his work on Infrastructures and Landscape as well contributed to various articles and books on the subject matter.

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