Andrew Usher
Unit/Programme:Technical Studies
Position:Course Tutor - Diploma TS5, Technical Studies, AA Undergraduate School
Bio: Andrew Usher is an Associate Principal at Grimshaw Architects. He studied at the Kent School of Architecture in Canterbury and the Bartlett School of Architecture in London before joining Grimshaw in 2006. Since joining the practice he has been responsible for the delivery of a number of major projects in the aviation, infrastructure, energy, commercial and education sectors. Andrew is also a member of the RIBA Validation Panel, responsible for the validation of schools of architecture in the UK and abroad.
Manja Antonia Hendrika Van de Worp
Unit/Programme:Technical Studies
Position:Course Lecturer - Diploma TS4, Technical Studies, AA Undergraduate School
Bio: Manja van de Worp Principal NOUS engineering London. Manja van de Worp is a trained Architect and Structural Engineer from the Netherlands and completed a postgraduate in Emergent Technologies and Design at the AA in 2007. Her expertise lies in the translation of an idea into a working structural design, relating fabrication, materiality and geometry, working closely with architects and artists. She has worked for Arup in London in the Advanced Geometry Unit and at the Advanced Technology and Research group in ARUP, designing structures with a complex geometry and moveable structures. Manja has Launched NOUS engineering LONDON (now YIP) in 2013 an engineering consultancy bearing extensive knowledge of advanced structural analysis tools, complex structural systems, materials and fabrication technologies. Current projects involve a 3D printed concrete house and a timber pavilion for the Art Biennale in Tallinn. Manja holds a permanent teaching position at the RCA and the IAAC in Barcelona and teaches various workshops to architecture students, engineers and fashion designers world wide. NOUS Engineering / YIP With offices in London and Los Angeles, NOUS Engineering offers sophisticated bespoke engineering solutions to architects, artists and developers. We seek out synergies between engineering and design, and are continually adapting to engage with advanced simulation software and cross-platform links between design, structure and fabrication. Our recent work includes projects in Africa, China, the US and UK, ranging from public art to architectural installations to community based projects to large-scale residential and high-rise construction. Our collaborative approach, sound technical experience and commitment to innovation are reflected in the value we bring to each and every project.
Christina Varvia
Unit/Programme:Diploma 3
Position:Unit Master, Diploma 3, AA Undergraduate School
Bio: Christina Varvia is an architect, researcher, and the Deputy Director of Forensic Architecture. She has graduated from the AA School of Architecture with a previous degree from Westminster University. Her research concentrates on architectural evidentiary techniques, and more broadly digital media and memory, as well as the perception of the physical environment through scanning and imaging technologies. She has worked with multiple NGOs, published and exhibited internationally. She recently joined the Technology Advisory Board at the International Criminal Court.
Antoine Vaxelaire
Unit/Programme:Diploma 9
Position:Unit Master, Diploma 9, AA Undergraduate School
Bio: Antoine first studied architecture in Lausanne before moving to London to join the Architectural Association, where he graduated with Honours in 2013. Since 2010 Antoine has worked in several offices in Zurich, London, Brussels, Tokyo and Mexico City. In 2016, Antoine co-founded TOI-T, an architecture and consultancy practice based in Barcelona and Brussels.
Naiara Vegara
Unit/Programme:Semester Programme (UK)
Position:Director, AA Visiting School Semester Programme
Bio: Naiara Vegara Architect AA dipl ARB/RIBA part III She is a PhD candidate under the research topic of Streetware at the Universidad of Navarra, Spain. She is currently Director of Metrópoli Cities Lab London, working on projects around the world at the scales of urban design, landscape and architecture; and Director of the AA Visiting School Semester Programme. Naiara touch for four years on the AA Masters in Housing and Urbanism programme and has been running the AA Streetware Visiting School in Southeast Asia for six years. She has been a visiting critic at many architecture schools and has presented her research on virtual environments and the design process in architecture at workshops at the universities of Columbia, Princeton, Pennsylvania, Taylors in Kuala Lumpur, San Carlo in Cebu, NDU in Beirut, ITB in Bandung.
Emmanuel Frederik Arthur Vercruysse
Unit/Programme:Design and Make
Position:Member, , AA Academic Committees School Programme Co-Director, Design and Make, AA Graduate School Course Lecturer, Media Studies, AA Undergraduate School Course Lecturer, , AA Visiting School Robotic Application Designer Member Teaching Committee
Bio: Emmanuel Vercruysse is an artist, architect and craftsman with a passion for design-through-making. Trained in both furniture design and architecture he works through iterations of drawing, craft and code, and approaches design as a tacit process that oscillates between intuitive acts and precise operations. He is co-director of AA Design and Make at Hooke Park, co-founder of art practice LiquidFactory, the field robotics group RAVEN and a member of the design collective Sixteen Makers. Emmanuel was previously Senior Teaching Fellow at the Bartlett School of Architecture, where he was unit master of MArch Unit 23 for 8 years, and lead the Robotics and Cad-Cam research lab (2009-2015), overseeing its development into one of the UK’s leading design fabrication facilities.
Manijeh Verghese
Unit/Programme:Diploma 12
Position:Course Lecturer, AA Undergraduate School Unit Master, Diploma 12, AA Undergraduate School
Bio: Manijeh Verghese is an architect of ideas, audiences and connections. She is interested in the different forms of architectural practice, and the communication of architecture through various media and formats. At the AA, she directs the AA Public Programme, and is the editor of the website AA Conversations. She is a unit master of Diploma 12 and is also a seminar leader for the Architectural Professional Practice for Fifth Year Part 2 course. From 2015 to 2018, she led a postgraduate design studio at Oxford Brookes University and previously was also a design tutor of AA Intermediate Unit 11. She has worked for architecture practices including John Pawson and Foster + Partners, and has contributed to design publications such as Disegno and Icon, as well as think-tanks, books and peer reviewed journals.
Amelia Vilaplana de Miguel
Unit/Programme:First Year
Position:Studio Tutor, First Year, AA Undergraduate School
Bio: Amelia Vilaplana is an Architect (BArch, MArch, University of Alicante) since 2009, holding a MA in Critical Theory and Museum Studies from the Autonomous University of Barcelona and the Museum of Contemporary Art of Barcelona (MACBA) Independent Studies Programme (PEI) with a thesis conducted by Paul B. Preciado. Amelia has also been a fellow at the Cátedra de Estudios Artísticos of the Valencian Institute of Contemporary Art (IVAM). Her work focuses on the study of urban and architectural space with a post-feminist approach, using art and technology as tools to promote spacial critic and social participation. She is a co-founder of the Spain based office Vilaplana&Vilaplana studio where she develops Art, Architecture and Landscape projects permeable to her research work. Amelia has been a Design Studio Teacher at the University of Alicante (2012). After being a student and researcher in the MACBA Museum she has contributed to the museum working on the Ignasi de Solà-Morales archive, the Revolutionary Oral Museum and designing a workshop for H14-18 (MACBA and CCCB). Besides she has participated in a number of art festivals in Barcelona (lecturing, designing interactive installations, and collective actions). Her curriculum vitae includes winning the Pasajes-iGuzzini Architectural Award, Lamp International Award and the competition to renovate the entrance of the Ateneo historical building in Madrid. Vilaplana&Vilaplana studio "Summer BOOOM" is shortlisted for arquia awards 2018. As an independent researcher, Amelia has published papers in Spanish and international journals and has been a co-organizer of "MORE: Expanding architecture from a gender-based perspective"- III International Conference on Gender and Architecture (Dida School of Architecture -UniFi University of Florence). Her works have been exhibited in international forums (as the Spanish Pavillion at the 18 Venice Biennale and the Spanish Cultural Centre in Mexico) and published in international magazines and books.
Carlos Villanueva Brandt
Unit/Programme:Diploma 10
Position:Unit Master, Diploma 10, AA Undergraduate School
Bio: BIOGRAPHY: Carlos Villanueva Brandt has been Diploma 10 Unit Master since 1986 and was awarded the RIBA President’s Silver Medal Tutor Prize 2000. The varied work of Carlos Villanueva Brandt Architecture, formed in 1984, has been published widely and exhibited internationally. He is a founder member of NATØ (Narrative Architecture Today), has taught in Housing and Urbanism in the AA Graduate School, was visiting Lecturer/Professor at the Royal College of Art and is currently a Visiting Professor at Tokyo University of the Arts. He has been a lecturer, critic and examiner at various schools in Britain, Europe, Latin America and Asia, has written numerous essays and his book London +10 was published in 2010. www.villanuevabrandt.com
Alexandra Vougia
Unit/Programme:First Year
Position:Course Tutor, DRL, AA Graduate School PhD Second Supervisor, PhD, AA Graduate School Studio Tutor, First Year, AA Undergraduate School Teaching Assistant (1st Year), History and Theory, AA Undergraduate School
Bio: Alexandra Vougia studied architecture in Thessaloniki, Greece and holds an MS in Advanced Architectural Design from GSAPP, Columbia University. She was awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy by the Architectural Association in 2016. Alexandra has worked as an architect in New York and Athens and has been teaching at the Architectural Association since 2012.

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