Nathan Samuel Nap Tak Su
Unit/Programme:Intermediate 3
Position:Course Consultant, Media Studies, AA Undergraduate School
Bio: Nathan is a speculative designer and storyteller. He is a researcher at Forensic Architecture, and a co-founder of Inferstudio – a speculative design practice that uses operative storytelling and time based media to critique the emerging technologies and cultures of cities. He is a tutor for AA Intermediate 3, teaches a media studies course in compositing, and has run workshops at the Bartlett and Strelka.
Alican Sungur
Unit/Programme:Emergent Technologies
Position:Studio Tutor, Emergent Technologies, AA Graduate School Tutor - Academic Consultant, Summer DLAB, AA Visiting School
Bio: Alican Sungur is an architect and researcher. He holds a March degree with distinction from the AA, Emtech studio and a BArch degree from METU. Currently, he is been employed by WilkinsonEyre. He is specialised in analysis driven design, computational tool making and complex modelling. Currently, focusing on dynamic modelling he is working on the use of such in form finding and optimisation. Alican has taught at the Architectural Association and Oxford Brookes University. Prior to his current position he worked at Pattern Design, London.
Erika Suzuki
Unit/Programme:First Year
Position:Studio Master, First Year, AA Undergraduate School
Bio: Erika is a practicing architect and the co-founder of Office Ten Architecture. She believes in the potential of architecture to improve the life for the client that occupies it, the community that houses it, and the people involved in the process of making it. She finished her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in architectural engineering in Tokyo Metropolitan University. She has MArch and DipArch RIBA Part 2 distinction from UCL and also completed her RIBA Part 3 at London Metropolitan University. She has been working in award winning architectural practices in Tokyo, Paris and London; including Shigeru Ban Architects, Takero Shimazaki Architects and Timothy Hatton Architects prior to setting up Office Ten. She has delivered a variety of range of projects including, residentials, offices, cultural buildings such as cinemas and galleries.
Dora Sweijd
Unit/Programme:Diploma 17
Position:Unit Master, Diploma 17, AA Undergraduate School
Bio: Dora Sweijd is a co-founder and co-principal of LASSA architects with Theodore Sarantoglou Lalis, a research and design practice that operates at the intersection between the fields of art, technology and social science. LASSA is strongly engaged with technology for its pivotal role in the way we collaborate, design and fabricate architecture. Current work includes commissions from the public and private sectors in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. In 2010, LASSA was awarded a REA European research grant for COELUX, an advanced lighting system, in partnership with world leading specialists as well as research institutions throughout Europe and Switzerland. LASSA was a finalist for a number of international awards including the 2012 Chernikov award and the 2013 Lisbon Biennale award. In 2017 the Ypsilon house was ranked top 10 private house in designboom and 2018 finalist at Archdaily's building of the year award in the HOUSE category. She is a Belgian registered architect and designer and has received a Bachelor of Architecture in Belgium and a Master of Architecture from The Bartlett school of Architecture in London. Before founding LASSA Architects, Dora has worked for more than 10 years at a number of innovative and award winning practices in Brussels, London and New-York. In parallel to practice she teaches as a unit master at the Architectural Association School of architecture since 2009 and has taught design studio and given seminars such as the technical university of Lund, Chalmers technical university among other institutions.
Silvana Taher
Unit/Programme:Intermediate 11
Position:Studio Tutor, Foundation, AA Undergraduate School Course Tutor - 2nd year, History and Theory, AA Undergraduate School Diploma Course Tutor, History and Theory, AA Undergraduate School General Tutor, History and Theory, AA Undergraduate School
Bio: Silvana Taher is a writer and architect. She studied Economics and Politics at UCL (BA) and Development and Planning (Diploma) at the Bartlett School of Architecture. She gained her Diploma in Architecture at the AA in 2011 and has been teaching since 2012. Her writing has appeared in the AA Files, Publica, Blueprint and the AR.
Simon Taylor
Unit/Programme:Diploma 15
Position:Unit Master, Diploma 15 AA Undergraduate School
Bio: Simon Taylor is a founder of the multi-disciplinary communication and design studio, Tomato. He has been recognised by various institutions including D&AD, BBC and Tokyo TDC. He also works with cultural institutions including the European Commission, Olympic Legacy Corp, the UN, International Expo and has exhibited work in the US, Asia and Europe.
Giancarlo Torpiano
Unit/Programme:Technical Studies
Position:Course Lecturer - Intermediate TS3, Technical Studies, AA Undergraduate School
Bio: Giancarlo currently forms part of a London-based multi-disciplinary engineering team which collaborates with many leading and emerging architectural practices. He is specialised in parametric design and dealing with complex three-dimensional geometries. He is passionate about innovative architectural design and how cutting-edge engineering is an important part of its realisation.
Georgios Tsagdis
Unit/Programme:History and Critical Thinking
Position:Course Tutor, History and Critical Thinking, AA Graduate School, AA School
Bio: Georgios Tsagdis is Fellow at the Westminster Law & Theory Lab. He has taught at the universities of Greenwich, Surrey, the UCL, the London School of Philosophy and other higher education institutions. His work operates across theoretical and disciplinary intersections drawing on 20th Century, Contemporary and Ancient Greek Philosophy. His Archeology of Nothing, an investigation of the origin and destiny of occidental ontology, is revised for publication. His current project thematises the function of the negative in the ontology of matter from Plato to New Materialisms. In other recent research, he explores various themes in the historic encounters of philosophy and nature, from the figure of the animal in the Platonic corpus to post-humanism and parasitism. He has written on the question of love with reference to theological, political and feminist discourses. His essays have been published in various book collections and international journals, among which Parallax and Philosophy Today. Since 2014 he has been organising the Seminar of Neoplatonic Studies, a London intercollegiate study and research group, hosted at the Warburg Institute.
Konstantina Stella Tsagkaratou
Unit/Programme:DRL
Position:Unity Gaming Software, DRL, AA Graduate School
Bio: Konstantina Stella Tsagkaratou (Tina) Architect M.Arch Design Research Lab with Project Distinction, M.A. Aristotle University of Thessaloniki with Honors. While in undergrad, Tina designed the Hellenic Pavilion for the ExpoReal Munich (2012), took part in Biennale Brau II (2014), and designed the Hellenic Pavilion for the MIPIM (2014). She worked as an Architectural Assistant at Foster and Partners (2014). After working as a Junior Architect at Aspa SA, she resumed her education, this time at the AA Design Research Lab. Currently, she is an Architect at the competition cluster of Zaha Hadid Architects, working on a wide range of projects and competitions. Her interest in Mixed Reality Technologies and in the enhancement of the user's experience is ongoing.
Max Turnheim
Unit/Programme:Intermediate 12
Position:Course Master, Intermediate 12, AA Undergraduate School
Bio: Max Turnheim (1982) is an architect (DÉSA 2007) based in Paris. He has co-directed the studio École alongside Nicolas Simon and now co-directs the studio UHO alongside Federico Coricelli. Parallel to his practice, he teaches at the Architectural Association and at the École Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture de Paris-Malaquais.

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