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Elif Erdine

Programme Head

Architect, designer, and researcher. Currently, she is acting as the Studio Master at the Architectural Association (AA) School of Architecture, Emergent Technologies and Design Graduate Programme. During 2010-2015, she conducted her PhD at the Architectural Association PhD in Design Programme, titled ‘Generative Processes in Tower Design: Algorithms for the Integration of Tower Subsystems’. Since 2010 she has been directing various AA Visiting School programmes (AA Istanbul VS, AA Summer DLAB), exploring generative design techniques, integration of algorithmic design methods with large-scale digital fabrication tools. She has worked for Zaha Hadid Architects during 2006 – 2010. She received her B.Arch. degree from Istanbul Technical University in 2003 (High Honors), and M.Arch. degree from the AA Design Research Lab (AA DRL) in 2006 (Project Distinction). She has presented her research in Design Studies, eCAADe, CAAD Futures, SimAUD, and ACADIA, among others.

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Teoman Ayas

Teoman is an architectural designer and co-founder of MIMSTUDIOS where he currently practices. He holds a MArch degree from Yale School of Architecture and BFA degree from Parsons School of Design. Through his career working at the offices of Zaha Hadid Architects, UNStudio and Skidmore Owings and Merrill, Teoman gained a wide range of experience utilising digital design tools in numerous international design competitions and built work. In 2012, his interest in digital design and fabrication was captured in Slipstream research project where he collaborated with the design practice of FreelandBuck . Teoman was also the assistant teacher for Assembly Pavilion program at Yale University for two consecutive years during which, students built summer pavilions utilising digital fabrication methods. Teoman continues to pursue his interest in design research and architectural discourse through his work at MIMSTUDIOS and part-time through teaching.

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Abhinav Chaudhary

Abhinav Chaudhary is an architect and musician from New Delhi, India currently employed at PLP Architecture in London as a Computational Design specialist. His work focuses on developing AR/VR and geometry optimisation tools for use over various scales of building design and construction. He has previously worked at Orproject (Delhi, London, Beijing) on a number of award winning and published installations and pavilions developed using a combination of digital and analog fabrication techniques. His current research interests include agent-based form finding and the use of bio-materials for sustainable architecture. He received B. Arch from Sushant School of Art and Architecture in 2011 and M. Arch with distinction from The AA, Emergent Technologies and Design (EmTech) in 2019.

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Miguel Escallon

Miguel graduated with distinction from EmTech and now works as a bridge designer at Knight Architects in London. His MArch dissertation “Infrasonic” explored new bio-composite materials along with branching structures and their potential for mitigating earthquake effects in residential buildings along the Kathmandu valley. Prior to moving to London he co-founded SoNA, a high-end architecture studio based in Colombia. Focusing on the intersection between design innovation and performance, his use of advanced computational tools allows him to efficiently tackle complex design and optimisation problems. With a background in architecture and industrial design, his professional interest lies in bridging the gap between computational design and fabrication.

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Giulio Gianni

Giulio is a structural engineer and computational design specialist in the Geometrics group of Price & Myers Consulting Engineers in London where he focuses on bespoke geometries such as large-scale art installations, sculptural staircases and complex roof structures and canopies. His interest lies in all digital manufacturing techniques and the new rising of a “digital craftsmanship” movement. He is currently working on several UK projects, varying in both scale and materials, for clients like Crossrail, Transport for London and Oxford University. Giulio undertook his studies at University College London (UCL) where he completed with first class honours an MEng in Civil Engineering at University College London, and at the AA where he graduated in 2014 with distinction from the Emergent Technologies and Design (EmTech) MSc course.

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Angel Fernando Lara Moreira

Architect and researcher currently working at the Architectural Associations Digital Prototyping Laboratory. He studied architecture at UNAM(Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México) and received his Masters in Advanced Architecture, Digital Tectonics degree from IAAC(Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalunya). Interested in researching the way in which machines and rapid prototyping techniques influence the way in which architecture is conceived and built. He is a registered architect in Mexico where he is a founding member of mexican firm BALA Architects.

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Dylan Wozniak-O’Connor

Dylan Wozniak-O’Connor is a digital fabrication specialist and researcher who works at the intersection of Robotics, Architecture and Design. His research interests are in Digital Craftsmanship and hybrid approaches to making through numerical control technologies. He has worked extensively in the creation and delivery of digital fabrication and prototyping content within higher education as head of the Design Modelling and Fabrication Lab at the University of Sydney, where he also co-led the Advanced Fabrication course (2016,17,18). He is currently the Robotic Fabrication Technician for the Architectural Association’s Digital Prototyping Lab.

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Alvaro Lopez Rodriguez

Alvaro Lopez Rodriguez is a Spanish architect, holding an M.Arch from the European University of Madrid and a B.Pro M.Arch in Architectural Design (M.Arch AD) from the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL. Prior to moving to London, Alvaro has worked with R&A and ALF Arquitectos in Madrid. He has a wide experience in digital manufacturing, working for the B-made at the Bartlett School of Architecture in the Digital Manufacturing department and with some collaboration with different projects like the Swiss pavilion for the Venice Biennale 2016, or the Digital Grotesque for the Pompidou Center. Currently is combining the digital fabrication lab at the Architectural Association, with several research projects in digital and robotic fabrication.