Francesca Silvi
Unit/Programme:Media Studies
Position:Course Consultant, Media Studies, AA Undergraduate School
Bio: Francesca Silvi is an architect and computational designer based in London. She works as Architect at Zaha Hadid Architects, after having worked at Foster and Partners. She graduated from the MArch AD at the Bartlett School of Architecture and completed a Master’s Degree in Architectural Engineering in Rome. She previously worked in Rome and London in some international practices and has taught in Italy and UK.
Erlend Skjeseth
Unit/Programme:Lyngor
Position:Course Lecturer, , AA Visiting School
Bio: Erlend Skjeseth is an Oslo-based architect and graduated from the Architectural Association in 2010 after studying Art History at the University of Oslo. Erlend’s student work focused on the materiality of the city and alternative programming of dense urban sites. He has previous experience from working at David Chipperfield Architects and AOC in London, with emphasis on working on civic and cultural buildings in historically sensitive contexts. Erlend currently works for Jarmund/Vigsnæs Architects in Oslo. Projects include the new government area of Oslo and experimental timber constructions in various scales.
Giles Samuel Peter Smith
Unit/Programme:Intermediate 7
Position:Unit Master, Intermediate 7, AA Undergraduate School
Bio: Giles is a founding member of the architecture and art collective Assemble, which he founded with others in 2010. Giles’ work involves developing strategic design responses to urban issues and building cultural infrastructure. Most recently this has involved working on projects at a range of scales in Venice, Liverpool and London with clients including the University of the Arts London and Goldsmiths. Assemble has won various awards internationally for its practice, most prominently the Turner Prize in 2015. Giles has lectured and taught internationally including recently at Yale University, Harvard, and the Tate Modern. Before teaching at the Architectural Association Giles led a think tank at the London School of Architecture, and a studio at the University of Westminster.
Tapio Snellman
Unit/Programme:Media Studies
Position:Lab Consultant, Media Studies, AA Undergraduate School Director Tapiosnellman Ltd Freelance Film Director Lecturer at New Design University, Sankt Pölten
Bio: TAPIO SNELLMAN is a London-based filmmaker engaged predominantly in architectural and urban subjects. His work includes immersive film installations, documentaries, experimental 3D animation and site-specific film projections and projection designs for museums, theatre, dance and opera. Tapio gained MA in Urban Design from the University of Stuttgart and a Diploma in Architecture from the Metropolitan University in London. He has taught at schools such as the London School of Economics, the Architectural Association in London and the Southern California Institute of Architecture in Los Angeles. He is the founding partner of the creative partnership ‘Neutral’ which he co-directed between 1998 and 2012. Tapio has engaged in collaborations with creators such as architects Herzog & de Meuron, Zaha Hadid, Rem Koolhaas, David Adjaye, fashion designer Hussein Chalayan and choreographer Sasha Waltz on film, animation and performance projects. Tapio’s films and installations have been exhibited internationally, at venues including the V&A, and Tate Modern in London, the Guggenheim Museum and MoMA in New York and frequently as part of the Architecture Biennale in Venice.
Theodore Spyropoulos
Unit/Programme:DRL
Position:Course Director, DRL (Design Research Laboratory)
Bio: Dr. Theodore Spyropoulos is an architect and educator. He is the Director of the Architectural Association’s world renowned Design Research Lab (AADRL) in London, Professor at the Staedelschule in Frankfurt and resident artist at Somerset House. Theodore has previously chaired the AA Graduate School and co-founded the New Media and Information Research Cluster. He has been a visiting Research Fellow at M.I.T.’s Center for Advanced Visual Studies and taught in the graduate school of UPENN, RCA Innovation Design Engineering Department and the University of Innsbruck. He co-founded with his brother Stephen Spyropoulos the experimental art, architecture and design practice Minimaforms. The work of Minimaforms has been internationally recognised and exhibited. The work of Minimaforms has been acquired by international art and architecture collections that include the FRAC Centre, the Signum Foundation and the Archigram Archive, and has been exhibited at MOMA (NYC), Barbican Centre, Onassis Cultural Centre, Somerset House, Detroit Institute of Arts, Leonardo Da Vinci Museum of Science and Technology and the ICA. Theodore has previously worked as a project designer for the offices of Peter Eisenman, Zaha Hadid, Farjadi and Farjadi and Populous. In 2013 the Association for Computer-Aided Design in Architecture awarded him the ACADIA award of excellence for his educational work directing the AADRL. He has given opening keynote addresses at international conferences such as Acadia (Michigan/United States), Resonate (Belgrade/Serbia), and ALGODeQ (Tokyo/Japan). He has been published internationally including authoring Adaptive Ecologies: Correlated Systems of Living (2013), Enabling (2010) and forthcoming Behaviors (2019). Theodore received his Bachelor of Architecture with honors from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, his Master of Architecture and Urbanism from the Architectural Association and his PhD from University College of London, Bartlett School of Architecture.
Oana Stanescu
Unit/Programme:Diploma 15
Position:Unit Consultant, Diploma 15, AA Undergraduate School , AA School
Bio: Oana Stănescu runs her eponymous studio from New York. She previously co-founded the design practice Family New York, whose projects include the +POOL, a floating, water filtering swimming pool, as well as a wide range of collaborations with Nike, MoMA, Kanye West, The Office of PlayLab, 2x4, Arup, New Museum, the Storefront for Art and Architecture, Need Supply, Fool's Gold and many more.
Emmanouil Stavrakakis
Unit/Programme:History and Theory
Position:Course Tutor - First Year, History and Theory, AA Undergraduate School Thesis Tutor, History and Theory, AA Undergraduate School
Bio: Emmanouil Stavrakakis holds a PhD in History and Theory of Architecture from the AA. He has studied architecture at the National Technical University of Athens, Columbia University and the AA. He has been practising and teaching architecture in Athens and in London since 2005.
Teresa Stoppani
Unit/Programme:History and Theory
Position:Diploma Course Tutor, History and Theory, AA Undergraduate School
Bio: Teresa Stoppani is an architect and architectural theorist. She studied architecture in Venice (MArch, IUAV) and in Florence (PhD Arch&UD), and has taught architectural design and theory in Italy (IUAV Venice), Australia (UTS Sydney, RMIT Melbourne) and the UK (AA London, Greenwich London, Brighton, Leeds Beckett), and was the Head of the Leeds School of Architecture (2013-16) where she established and directed the PhD Architecture programme (2013-17). Teresa’s research focuses on the relationship between architecture theory and the design process in the urban environment, and on the influence on the specifically architectural of other spatial and critical practices. She is the instigator and founder of the architecture research collective ThisThingCalledTheory, and an editor of Architectural Histories, the journal of the European Architectural History Network (EAHN) and of The Journal of Architecture (RIBA/Taylor&Francis). She is the author of Paradigm Islands: Manhattan and Venice (Routledge 2010) and of Unorthodox Ways to Think City. Representations, Constructions, Dynamics (Routledge 2018), and co-editor of This Thing Called Theory (Routledge 2016). Teresa lectures in History and Theory Studies at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London.
Paula Maya Strunden
Unit/Programme:Media Studies
Position:Course Consultant - Intermediate, Media Studies, AA Undergraduate School
Bio: Paula Strunden studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna and Paris before graduating from the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL. With experience working for Archithese, Raumlabor and Herzog & de Meuron, Paula developed her interest in VR/AR and continued exploring how architects can contribute to the development of these new immersive tools. Her location-based VR experience: ‘Micro-Utopia: The Imaginary Potential of Home’ was recently exhibited at London's Open City Documentary Festival.
Lucy Styles
Unit/Programme:Diploma 15
Position:Unit Master, Diploma 15, AA Undergraduate School

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