Lawrence Barth
Unit/Programme:Housing and Urbanism
Position:Studio Master, Housing and Urbanism, AA Graduate School
Bio: LAWRENCE BARTH Studied urbanism in California, Germany, and Canada. Lectures in the Housing and Urbanism Programme at the Architectural Association Graduate School. Consultant urbanist to cities, architects, and landscape architects on large urban projects. Advisor to the Board of INTA, the International Urban Development Association, a member of the International Advisory Council for the Fundación Metropoli in Madrid, and serves on the International Advisory Panel of the Vysokovsky Graduate School of Urbanism at the Higher School of Economics, Moscow. Additional teaching experience Before coming to the AA in 1999, lectured in the Department of Sociology, University of Essex, developing courses in political sociology and urban studies, and also lectured in the political sociology of cities at Birkbeck College, University of London. Research and Publications Research has focused on the intersection of urbanism and political reason, with particular emphasis on the genealogy of 20th Century planning and urbanism. Themes within this research have also included the analysis and reorientation of contemporary critical thought toward the urban domain, as well as the reconsideration of classic social and political writings in light of urban issues. He has published on the writings of J.-F. Lyotard, M. de Certeau, and M. Foucault. Recent publications focus on the relation between design, strategy, and urban decision making, with an emphasis upon the role of typological reasoning in urbanism. His current research interests have turned toward new approaches to housing design, neighbourhoods, and service delivery, and in particular upon the growing interest in a sharing economy. Consultancy He has worked as consultant urbanist for architectural offices on issues of urban planning, process, and strategy. He recently completed plans for the strategic intensification of Singapore Science Parks I&II, together with S333 Architecture and Urbanism, and continues consulting on other projects in Europe and Asia.
A Shumon Basar
Position:Director of Format, Summer Public Program Contributor to Public Programming
Bio: Shumon Basar is a writer, thinker and cultural critic. He is co-author of The Age of Earthquakes: A Guide to the Extreme Present with Douglas Coupland and Hans Ulrich Obrist (Penguin/Blue Rider, 2015). His edited books include Translated By, The World of Madeon Vriesendorp, With/Without, Cities from Zero, Did Someone Say Participate? and Hans Ulrich Obrist Interviews Volume 2. He is Commissioner of the Global Art Forum in Dubai, Editor-at-large of Tank magazine and Contributing Editor at Bidoun magazine, Director of the Format program at the AA School, and a member of Fondazione Prada’s “Thought Council.”
Simon Beames
Unit/Programme:Technical Studies
Position:Course Lecturer - Diploma TS4, Technical Studies, AA Undergraduate School Course Tutor - Intermediate TS3, Technical Studies, AA Undergraduate School
Bio: Together with the design and testing of an on going technical agenda, I have been involved at the inception of major projects across the world which tend , more often than not, to seek a certain complex reworking of significant existing buildings. including Chek Lap Kok airport Hong Kong, the Reichstag Berlin, The American Air Museum, Duxford; Battersea Power Station and the tea clipper Cutty Sark in Greenwich. Major recent and on going project work includes the conservation of Crossness Pumping Station, Abbey Wood, A Grade 1 listed Bazalgette designed works and the the Royal Academy Link Project from Piccadilly to Burlington Gardens.
Bozar Ben-Zeev
Unit/Programme:Diploma 8
Position:Unit Master, Diploma 8, AA Undergraduate School
Bio: Bozar Ben Zeev works at OMA in Rotterdam and is a Diploma tutor at the Architectural Association (AA) School of Architecture in London. His projects and writing have been published internationally. Bozar holds an ARB/RIBA Part II Diploma from the Architectural Association (AA) School of Architecture, and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture (Hons) from the TU Delft.
Timothy Benton
Unit/Programme:History and Critical Thinking
Position:Course Lecturer, History and Critical Thinking, AA Graduate School
Bio: Tim Benton is Professor of Art History (Emeritus) at the Open University, England and has served as Visiting Professor in the Department of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University, New York (2007) and at the Bard Graduate Center (2003). He was the Clark Visiting Professor at Williams College in the Spring, 2009 and has also taught at the EPFL, Lausanne and at the Architectural Association, London. He is a noted scholar of the works of Le Corbusier but has also worked on Italian architecture kn the 1930s and on Art Deco. He was elected to the conseil d’aministration of the Fondation Le Corbusier from 2008 to 2015. Professor Benton has acted as associate curator in several major exhibitions including Art and Power (Hayward Gallery,1995), Art Deco 1910-1939 (V&A, 2003), Modernism Designing a New World 1918-1939 (V&A, 2006) Modern Taste Art Deco in Paris 1910-1935 (Madrid, 2015) He has recently published The Rhetoric of Modernism; Le Corbusier as lecturer, (Basel, 2009) Lc Foto : Le Corbusier : Secret Photographer (Zürich, 2013). and a new edition of his book The Villas of Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret (Basel, 2007). More recently he has been working with the Association Cap Moderne on the restoration of the villa E-1027, Le Corbusieer's cabanon and the Étoile de mer and unités de camping at Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, publishing a book Le Corbusier peintre à Cap Martin (Paris 2015) which was awarded the Prix du Livre de la Méditérrannée.
Doreen Bernath
Unit/Programme:History and Theory
Position:AA Diploma HTS Tutor AAVS Budapest Director Editor of RIBA the Journal of Architecture Senior Lecturer Leeds School of Architecture Co-founder of This Thing Called Theory Research Collective Co-founder of DEZACT & SpaceMedia International
Bio: Doreen Bernath is an architect and a theorist across disciplines of design, technology, philosophy, visual art, media and cultures. Trained at Cambridge and the AA, she won an RIBA scholarship and was a finalist in 2011 for the RIBA President’s Award for Outstanding Thesis (Phd). She is a co-editor of RIBA’s The Journal of architecture, AA PhD Programme supervisor, AA Diploma School HTS tutor, director of AAVS Budapest, co-founder of DEZACT and SpaceMedia Int.
Joost Beunderman
Unit/Programme:Diploma 13
Position:Unit Master, Diploma 13, AA Undergraduate School
Bio: An urban geographer and urban designer by training, Joost Beunderman is a Director of 00 leading on a wide range of research, urban design and urban strategy projects. He is part of the Dark Matter Laboratories team within 00. Having joined in 2009, he has led several urban and neighbourhood regeneration strategy projects in the UK and abroad, working in the context of multi-disciplinary teams to provide specialist input on issues such as employment space, civic innovation, ‘tactical’ urbanism and meanwhile interventions. He is currently working on a range of projects on the future of governance and civic innovation with partners such as UNDP and EIT Climate-KIC. Recently he has co-authored Places that Work (2018), a study on the delivery, finance and policy aspects of mixed-use development in London, focussing particularly on the issue of mixing employment space (including light industrial space) in medium and high density residential areas and town centres. Joost was co-author of the ‘Compendium of the Civic Economy,’ published in 2011 with the innovation think tank Nesta and the UK Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment, which featured 25 examples of locally led regeneration. Before joining 00 he was an Associate at Urhahn Urban Design (Amsterdam / London) until 2009, and a researcher at Demos, the independent policy think tank. Here, he led and co-authored several studies, such as ‘Seen and Heard – reclaiming the public realm with children and young people’ (2007) and ‘Equally Spaced – public space & interaction between diverse communities’ (2007).  He has been a UK Design Council Built Environment Expert since 2015. Joost graduated in urban studies at Utrecht University and the London School of Economics Cities Programme, and teaches in the MSc Urban Design and Planning course at the Bartlett School of Planning, University College London.
Shajay Bhooshan
Position:Studio Master, DRL, AA Graduate School
Bio: Shajay is an Associate at Zaha Hadid Architects where he heads the research activities of the Computation and Design (CoDe) group. He also works as a studio master at the AA DRL Master’s program in London. He pursues his research in structure and fabrication aware architectural geometry as a PhD Candidate at the Block Research Group, ETH Zurich. Previously, he has worked at Populous, London and completed his M.Phil from the university of Bath and M. Arch from the AA School of Architecture, London His current interests & responsibilities include developing design-research and maintaining computational platforms for the same at Zaha Hadid Architects. He has taught and presented work at various professional conferences events and institutions including IABSE 17',Tensinet ’16, AAG ‘16, simAud ’15 and ‘14 and ‘10, Ingenio ’13, Tensinet '13, ICFF Bath ‘12 , Designers Gallery AU ’11, Design computation symposium AU ‘10 , Siggraph ‘08, ETH Zurich, Yale School of architecture and Universities of Applied Arts Vienna and experimental architecture Innsbruck , CITA Copenhagen, IAAC Barcelona, etc.
Delfina Bocca
Unit/Programme:First Year
Position:Studio Tutor, First Year, AA Undergraduate School
Bio: Delfina Bocca is currently working as a Senior Architect at Zaha Hadid Architects since 2015 where she is currently in charge of coordinating a CD package for a residential façade in Latinoamerica. She has been involved in several small and large scale projects as well as Design Competitions and workshops in Europe, China and the Middle East. Previously she has worked on site at the UK, Italy and Argentina where she finished her Diploma studies in 2011. She holds a MAarch II from the AADRL(2014) and is a registered architect in Argentina. She has taught previously at the Architectural Association in the AADRL as a visiting tutor, Media Studies and at the undergraduate program at Universidad de Buenos Aires. She has been involved as a tutor at First Year since 2016.
Valentin Bontjes van Beek
Unit/Programme:Intermediate 10
Position:Member of the Undergraduate Management Committee, AA Undergraduate School Unit Master, Intermediate 10, AA Undergraduate School
Bio: Valentin Bontjes van Beek runs vbvb studio in London and has taught at the AA since 2001. He trained in Germany as a carpenter and then worked as an architect in New York with Bernard Tschumi and Raimund Abraham before returning to London to practise and teach. A recent commission, the reconstruction of a 1:1 scale model of the IBM Ovoid Theatre,originally designed by Charles and Ray Eames for the 1964 world’s fair, was on display as part of the ‘The World of Charls and Ray Eams’ exhibition at the Barbican.

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