Ioannis Rizos
Unit/Programme:Technical Studies
Position:Course Tutor - First Year TS1, Technical Studies, AA Undergraduate School Course Tutor - Intermediate TS3, Technical Studies, AA Undergraduate School
Bio: Ioannis is a Chartered Engineer and trades as a Senior Environmental Design Consultant at Atelier Ten. He holds an MEng degree in Engineering and a MSc degree in Energy Systems and the Environment from the University of Strathclyde. He has been actively involved in the use/development of energy and daylight simulation tools, and deployed their application in several landmark buildings to date. Highlights include the Olympic Velodrome in Queen Elizabeth’s Olympic Park, LSE’s student centre in London and the Natural History Museum’s Grounds redevelopment programme.
Joseph Robson
Unit/Programme:Professional Practice Part 2
Position:Course Lecturer, AA Undergraduate School
Bio: Joseph Robson studied Architecture at the University of Bath BSc (Hons), and completed an MPhil (“Computer Investigations into Renaissance Art and Architecture”) 1988-97. Joseph has been teaching on the BSc and MArch courses at the University of Bath for 17 years, in the more re­cent period he has been running the well-regarded Digital Illustration course established in 2004. He also taught on the Cities Programme at the London School of Economics between 2005 and 2012 and is currently an External Examiner on the MAAV Course at Kent University. As an architectural artist Joseph has been a Fellow and Board member of the Society of Architectural Illustration since 2007, and was President be­tween 2011 and 2014, during which time he published, ‘Drawing on Architecture’, the first ever compendium of the Society’s work, with forewords by Ben Johnson and Lord Norman Foster. Joseph set up AVR London in 2006 and since then has worked with some of the world’s most influential architects on some of the most striking buildings such as The Shard and NEO Bankside. As an architectural illustration and urban design con­sultant Joseph provides – with his team of colleagues at AVR London – architectural, heritage and urban planning illustra­tion and advice to institutions, developers and architects. In 2012 Joseph established Anise Gallery with his partner. This joint venture has rapidly become recognised as one of Lon­don’s key galleries focused on architectural artwork, showing work from notable artists such as Norman Ackroyd RA, Mark Wallinger and Ben Johnson.
Camila Rock De Luigi
Unit/Programme:Technical Studies
Position:Course Tutor - First Year TS1, Technical Studies, AA Undergraduate School Course Tutor - Second Year TS2, Technical Studies, AA Undergraduate School
Bio: Architect, Graduated with honours from University of Talca (Chile). In 2010, Camila came to the AA London to pursue a postgraduate course M.Arch Emergent Technologies and Design, from which she graduated with Distinction. During her career she has been awarded in relevant architectural competitions including Europan 11, Norway. In 2014, she joined the Technical Studies department at the AA as a 1st Year course Tutor (Undergraduate School). While teaching Technical Studies at the AA, She also works at Grimshaw Architects London delivering world class architectural projects across the globe and focusing particularly on Material Systems and the use of computational Processes as an instrument for architectural Design.
Mercedes Rodrigo Garcia
Unit/Programme:History and Theory
Position:Course Teaching Assistant - 3rd Year, History and Theory, AA Undergraduate School Diploma Course Tutor, History and Theory, AA Undergraduate School Program Head, AA Visiting School
Bio: Merce Rodrigo García is an architect and PhD candidate in Cultural Studies at Birkbeck College. She is a graduate from the Centre for Research Architecture, Goldsmiths, and the Bartlett. Merce has taught at Oxford Brooks University and designed for international firms, such as Sanaa in Tokyo.Her current work draws from the vocabularies of law, philosophy, anthropology and non–euclidean geometries. Merce is founding member of the group OrNamenT and initiator of the research UNSCALE with parallel undertakings in West-Sahara and Tokyo.
Jorge Rodriguez Alvarez
Unit/Programme:Sustainable Environmental Design
Position:Studio Master, Sustainable Environmental Design, AA Graduate School
Bio: Jorge Rodríguez Álvarez studied architecture and urbanism at ETSAC, holds a Master in Building Conservation & Urban Regeneration at USC and was awarded a distinction in the MSc in Sustainable Environmental Design at the Architectural Association. He won the doctoral extraordinary prize for his thesis on the energy performance of cities, which he developed at the UDC, with a research stay at UCLBartlett. As an architect, he has worked extensively at almost every scale, from furniture design to the city level. In 2008 he co-founded SAAI, a laboratory of environmental design and specialized consultancy with ongoing projects in Europe, Asia and America, such as the concept design for the development of brownfield sites in Dachong and Sihui, (China), an environmental code for a residential development in Leon (Mexico) or the adaptation of BREEAM for Communities to Spain. He was recently granted an RIBA Research Award to undertake a study on sustainable housing design.
Gustavo Romanillos Arroyo
Unit/Programme:Landscape and Urbanism
Position:Studio Tutor, Landscape and Urbanism, AA Graduate School Course Lecturer, AA Visiting School
Bio: Architect, urban planner and designer, and PhD in Geography, his work focuses on the visualization, the spatial analysis and the modeling of urban and social dynamics, specially through GIS and other IC Tools. He teaches at the Architectural Association School of Architecture of London and has been guest lecturer at several universities in Spain, the UK, Luxembourg and Latin America. As an architect, he has developed a wide range of projects, some of which has been awarded in several international competitions of architecture and urbanism; as a researcher, he works in the Department of Human Geography at the Complutense University of Madrid and, as a consultant, he has worked or is working for different institutions and companies, such as the United Nations Development Programme, the Department of Urbanism of Madrid City Council or Distrito Castellana Norte in Madrid.
Ann-Sofi Rönnskog
Unit/Programme:Diploma 4
Position:Unit Master, Diploma 4, AA Undergraduate School
Bio: Ann-Sofi Rönnskog is an architect and urbanist and founder of Territorial Agency, an independent organization that promotes and works for sustainable territorial transformations, combining analysis, contemporary architecture and urbanism, advocacy and action. Her work focuses on the transformations of the relation between polities and space. Projects include ‘The Coast of Europe’ – a multi-year research on the urbanization processes of the European project, ‘North’ – an investigation in contemporary forms of geopolitics, sovereignty and resources exploitation in the Arctic. She is co-author of the ‘Anthropocene Observatory’ and the ‘Museum of Oil’. She convenes Diploma unit 4 at the AA Architectural Association in London. Ann-Sofi is investigating remote sensing and territorial change in the North for her PhD.
Ricardo Ruivo Pereira
Unit/Programme:History and Theory
Position:Course Teaching Assistant - Third Year, History and Theory, AA Undergraduate School Diploma Course Tutor, History and Theory, AA Undergraduate School
Bio: Ricardo Ruivo is a Portuguese architect, researcher, and teacher at the Architectural Association School of Architecture. He has recently completed his Ph.D. studies, under Mark Cousins and Pier Vittorio Aureli, at the Architectural Association, with the title “Architecture and Counter-revolution: The Ideology of the Historiography of the Soviet Avant-garde”. This thesis, and his content in general, mainly addresses the relationship between architectural form and political content in architectural discourse and in historiography, seen as ideological production. His research interests extend also to the history and historiography of Modern Portuguese architecture, particularly on the limitations of existing historiography as history of Art and on the need for an alternative historiography framed as a social history of architecture and planning. He worked at the Research Centre of the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Porto (FAUP) on territorial planning in 2009-2010, and taught there on urban planning during the same period. He has directed a course on the social history of Porto 20th century architecture at Porto Popular University in 2013. His current teaching at the Architectural Association focuses on the contradictory relationships between architectural ideologies and revolutionary politics, from the Soviet Revolution to today. He took his architectural education at FAUP between 2002 and 2009, and finished post-graduate Master studies in architectural history at the same institution in 2011. He has been involved in academic management and politics since he first became a student, having directed the Student’s Union of FAUP, and having served in all management bodies of both the Faculty and University of Porto, and at the AA. He has also practiced architecture independently in Portugal between 2009 and 2012, before moving to London to undertake his PhD, having designed several projects, from single houses to a nursing home.
Dolores Victoria Ruiz Garrido
Position:Director Little Architect. Directors Office
Bio: Dolores Victoria Ruiz Garrido (Lola): Master in Architecture, Urbanism and DEA in Art and History. Director of her own office, Semisótano Arquitectos architectural office in Andalusia, Spain and member of the international platform ANDA architects, with over 16 years of experience in building private and public projects. Winner of more than 10 national and international awards. Her work involves communities in the designing process and has a strong responsible and sustainable approach to the environment. Co-founder of Spanish Contemporary Art Network (SCAN) She is author and director of Little Architect since 2013. Lola was teaching at the AA Summer School in 2012 and 2013 and is founder of the AA Little Architect since 2013/14, she wants to change the way in which architects communicate with society, especially in culturally deprived sectors of it. She aims to improve the understanding of contemporary architecture for the good of our future cities, the happiness of its citizens and the architectural profession.
Carles Sala Roig
Position:Course Lecturer, Barcelona, AA Visiting School
Bio: Carles Sala (Barcelona 1980) Carles Sala is an Architect graduated with Honours by the ETSAB Barcelona and Master in Architecture and Urbanism by the AA School of Architecture in London, after being awarded by ‘La Caixa’ with a National Scholarship for Postgraduate Studies. In 2008 he founded along with the architect Relja Ferusic SALA FERUSIC Architects in Barcelona, an international architectural practice that pursues multidisciplinary work at all levels, which has been acknowledged by institutions such as FAD, COAC, MIT, the Venice Biennale or ‘Bienal Española de Arquitectura y Urbanismo’. SALA FERUSIC Architects is today a specialized project oriented architectural practice whose main body of research and work is wine architecture and design, from a wine design object to a wine making and tourism building. Their latest works have been acknowledged by several architectural institutions, such as Lagravera Winery with the First Prize at 3M Architectural Awards by COAC, Lagravera Warehouse with the BASF Architectural Awards by COAC or Mas Rodó Winery acknowledged by FAD’s Sustainable Architectural Awards, among others. The office is currently designing wine architecture at an international level, such as a wine tourism pavilion in France or a winery in Slovenia. At an academic and research level, he is currently directing the Research Project ‘BODEGA’, under the framework of the AA Barcelona Visiting School, a research and academic initiative of the Architectural Association from London to explore design and architecture in wine making. Since 2014 he is a design tutor at the WSA Welsh School of Architecture at Cardiff University, while he has previously collaborated with CCAE at University College Cork, Central Saint Martins London, The Bartlett-UCL London, AAVS Tehran, Università degli Studi dell'Aquila, ETSAM Madrid, ETSAB Barcelona, IAAC Barcelona, La Llotja Barcelona or UB Universitat de Barcelona, among others.

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