MAIDER LLAGUNO MUNITXA (ETH Zurich, GSAPP, AA London)
Maider Llaguno Munitxa obtained her diploma in architecture with honors from ETSASS/ETSAB in 2006 and graduated with distinction from GSAPP, Columbia University in 2010. While studying architecture, in 2004 she started her studies in broadcasting and communications at the University of the Basque country and in summer 2010 she was part of the New York University Interactive Telecommunications program. From 2006 until 2009 she worked at Foreign Office Architects in London. Maider has taught at Columbia University, Yale School of architecture and ETH in Zurich. She is currently principal at AZPML and PhD candidate at the Institute of Technology in Architecture in ETH Zurich & CEE Princeton University with the support of a grant for research personnel from the Department of Education of the Basque Government.
CLARA OLORIZ SANJUAN (AA London, ETSAUN)
Clara Oloriz is a post doctoral researcher, tutor and practising architect. She graduated from the ETSA Universidad de Navarra. She has worked for Foreign Office Architects, Cerouno, Plasma Studio and Groundlab. She teaches at AALU Masters programme and at the University of Navarra and has participated in several workshops worldwide. She obtained her PhD on the relationship between architecture and technology through production systems. Along with her PhD research she has contributed to several congresses and magazines and she co-directs an AA research cluster on Urban Prototypes.
CHRIS PIERCE (AA London)
Christopher Pierce studied at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and gained a PhD from the University of Edinburgh. Among his recent publications are essays on OMA, ‘From Bauhaus to Our House to Koolhaas: The Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) and Modern American Culture’; Cloud 9, ‘Seven-year Itch: Another Note from Empuriabrava; and Diller Scofidio + Renfro, ‘Threes a Crowd. He formed Mis-Architecture with Chris Matthews in 2000.
He currently runs a diploma unit and is the visiting school coordinator at the Architectural Association
ALFREDO RAMIREZ (AA London)
Alfredo Ramirez is an architect and co-founder of Groundlab a practice committed to research and develops the discipline of Landscape Urbanism. He studied Architecture in Mexico City, and the AA graduate programme Landscape Urbanism in 2005. Before founding Groundlab he has practised in several architectural offices and institutions in Mexico City, Madrid and London where he has concentrated in architectural and urban design projects like the Olympic master plan for London 2012. At Groundlab he has won and developed several competitions, workshops, exhibitions and projects, Alfredo is also a studio master of the Landscape Urbanism Design Master at the Architectural Association, Director of the AA Visiting School In Mexico City and has given workshops and lectured on the topic of Landscape Urbanism and the work of Groundlab in Italy, Mexico, Germany, Israel, Taiwan, Spain, China, UK and Venezuela.
BIAYNA BOGOSIAN (GSAPP, USC)
Biayna Bogosian is interested in converging varied and disparate computational platforms into design workflows that create localized materialization processes responding to data patterns.
Biayna is a PhD candidate in the Division of Media Arts + Practice in the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California. She holds a Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University (2010) and a Bachelor of Architecture from Woodbury University (2008).
Biayna is a founding partner of Los Angeles based studio Somewhere Something that sees human behavior as an integrated part of the design process to create interactive virtual and built environments.
Since 2011, Biayna has taught digital media seminars and design studios at Columbia University GSAPP, USC School of Architecture, Woodbury University, and Tongji University.
SATORU SUGIHARA (ATLV Los Angeles, SCI-Arc)
Satoru Sugihara is a principal and founder at the computational design firm ATLV founded in 2012. Prior to his firm, he worked at Morphosis as a computational designer, at DR_D and Greg Lynn FORM as an architectural designer, and at IMRF in Tokyo as a researcher in media art. He is a faculty at SCI-Arc teaching computational design seminars. He taught computational design at the University of British Columbia, Paris-Malaquais, Woodbury University and Tokyo University of the Arts.Satoru Sugihara received his M.S. in computer science from Tokyo Institute of Technology in 2001 and his M.Arch. from UCLA in 2006.
GAREN KHANOYAN (NASA)
Garen Khanoyan is a member of the Advanced Computer Systems & Technologies Group at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He is currently involved with the development of several next generation landing technologies, including Lander Vision System and Low Density Supersonic Decelerators. Garen has worked on multiple rover missions to Mars, built a perception system for autonomous helicopters, and developed methods for simulating the effects of high radiation environments on commercial computers. Garen joined JPL in 1998 and holds a BS in Electrical Engineering and an MS in Computer Sciences from University of Southern California.