Michel Rojkind was born in Mexico City, where he studied Architecture and Urban Planning at the Universidad...More
rojkind arquitectosMichel Rojkind was born in Mexico City, where he studied Architecture and Urban Planning at the Universidad Iberoamericana (1989-1994). In 2002 he founded rojkind arquitectos to explore new challenges addressing contemporary society — to design compelling experiences that go beyond mere functionality and to connect the intricacies of each project at a deeper level.
He has been short-listed to participate in several large-scale international projects, in Mexico, Canada, Kuwait, China, Dubai, Singapore and Spain.
He has been a visiting professor at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) in L.A. and at the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IACC) in Barcelona. Rojkind has participated as juror for several international awards and competitions and has lectured in many different countries.
“We generate strategies that enhance the designs final result, nowadays a design proposal needs to find its full potential, it needs to have an added value, give something back to society...” Michel Rojkind
Rojkind has gained international acclaim by being featured in numerous well-known architectural publications. In 2011, he was named by Wallpaper* magazine as one of the “150 Movers, Shakers and Makers That Have Rocked the World in the Last 15 Years.” The Los Angeles Times named Michel Rojkind among the “Faces to Watch in 2010.” Also in 2010, Rojkind was selected as one of New York’s “Emerging Voices.”
His recent lectures at international conferences have also brought the firm notoriety: Architectural Record magazine’s “Innovation”, 2011; TEDx, 2010; and 3rd Holcim Forum for Sustainable Construction, 2010. Perhaps two of the most meaningful commendations Rojkind has received are from his native country. In 2010, Rojkind was named as one of the “Country’s Treasured Architects” by the Mexican Civil Registry and was featured by ProMexico Magazine as one of the “50 Mexican Names in the Global Creative Scene”.
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Alvin Huang is the Founder and Design Principal of Synthesis Design + Architecture. He is an award-winning architect,...More
Synthesis d n aAlvin Huang is the Founder and Design Principal of Synthesis Design + Architecture. He is an award-winning architect, designer, and educator specializing in the integrated application of material performance, emergent design technologies and digital fabrication in contemporary architectural practice.
His wide ranging international experience includes significant projects of all scales ranging from hi-rise towers and mixed-use developments to bespoke furnishings. Alvin received a Master of Architecture and Urbanism from the Architectural Association Design Research Laboratory (2004) in London and a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Southern California (1998) in Los Angeles. Alvin is currently a Tenure-track Professor at the USC School of Architecture in Los Angeles. He has also taught design studios and master classes at the Architectural Association (London), Tongji University (Shanghai), Tsinghua University (Beijing), University of Lund (Sweden) and Chelsea College of Art (London).
Ammar Eloueini (French-American born in Lebanon) is a registered architect who established AEDS (Ammar Eloueini...More
AEDSAmmar Eloueini (French-American born in Lebanon) is a registered architect who established AEDS (Ammar Eloueini Digit-all Studio) in Paris in 1997. Since 1999 the office has operated with locations in Europe and the United States.
AEDS has completed projects from object design such as urban furniture for the city of New Orleans, to six retail spaces in Europe for Japanese fashion designer Issey Miyake, the office has developed an expertise in solving a wide range of design problems, while serving a wide range of clients including the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum, the Contemporary Art Museum in Chicago and choreographer John Jasperse in New York. AEDS's work has been recognized with the New York Architectural League’s Emerging Voices (2007), nine AIA Design Excellence awards and the French Ministry of Culture Nouveaux Albums des Jeunes Architectes (2002) and is part of five permanent collections: The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) in Montreal, Disseny Hub Barcelona (DHUB) and The Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans.
Andrew Kudless is a designer based in San Francisco where he is an Associate Professor of Architecture at the...More
MatsysAndrew Kudless is a designer based in San Francisco where he is an Associate Professor of Architecture at the California College of the Arts.
In 2004, he founded Matsys, a design studio exploring the emergent relationships between architecture, engineering, biology, and computation. Andrew has taught at the Architectural Association, Yale University and The Ohio State University where he was the Howard E. LeFevre Fellow for Emerging Practitioners. He has a Master of Arts in Emergent Technologies and Design from the Architectural Association and a Master of Architecture from Tulane University. Andrew’s work has received several honors including a FEIDAD Design Merit Award and a Fulbright Fellowship. The work of Matsys has been exhibited internationally and is in the permanent collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, and the FRAC Centre in Orleans, France.
Christian R Pongratz is the Director and Founder of the Digital Design and FabricationProgram, M.S. Specialization,...More
Pongratz PerbelliniChristian R Pongratz is the Director and Founder of the Digital Design and FabricationProgram, M.S. Specialization, and Professor in the College of Architecture at Texas Tech University.
With Maria Perbellini, he co-founded, Pongratz Perbellini Architects investigating computation and material based processes and Cyberstone LLC, an architectural design practice, currently working on several residential projects. PPA’s numerous awards and honors including: selezione Compasso d’oro XXI, with inclusion into the historical design collection and the cultural patrimony of Italy, Silver Prize in interior design and Honorable Mention in Urban & Landscape Design of the Biennal Miami, 1st Prize international Estetica Design Award, Honorable Mention for Gwangbok Street & PIFF Plaza in Busan, Korea. Christian Pongratz was selected as Texas Tech Integrated Scholar by the Provost in 2012, received the Global Vision Award 2012, the Outstanding Researcher Award in 2011, and was nominated for the Barney E. Rushing, Jr. Faculty Distinguished Research Award in 2010 and 2013.
Danelle Briscoe is an architectural designer who studied at Yale University and the University of Texas at Austin. Her...More
UT SOADanelle Briscoe is an architectural designer who studied at Yale University and the University of Texas at Austin. Her ten years of work experience includes being a designer at Gehry Partners, LLP, Marmol+ Radziner LLP and Centerbrook Architects. She has exhibited work in Axis Gallery, Tokyo, 2004 ICFF in New York, the MAK Center in Los Angeles and most recently at Objectspace in Auckland. She now lives in Austin, Texas and works as an independent practitioner and holds a position of Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at Austin, where she is primarily engaged in material and digital fabrication research.
Gabriel Esquivel was born and educated as an architect in Mexico City with a degree from the National University and...More
TheoremasGabriel Esquivel was born and educated as an architect in Mexico City with a degree from the National University and received his Master’s Degree in Architecture from The Ohio State University. Gabriel Esquivel teaches architecture at the College of Architecture at Texas A&M University. He previously taught Architecture and Design at the Ohio State University. He is an associate professor at The Tecnológico of Monterrey in Mexico City. His earlier professional experience comes from working in large corporate offices like NBBJ and completing projects in New York, Los Angeles, Santiago, Istanbul, Taipei, Beijing, Mexico City and Buenos Aires. The projects include healthcare, commercial, retail and residential developments.
Gabriel is promoter of new ideas in architecture, he has produced and organized conferences in Mexico City like Azul Rey, Elegantech, Ab Intra and Blurring Limits. The participants included important names like Hernan Diaz Alonso, Francois Roche, Mark Gage, Benjamin Ball, Brennan Buck, Andrew Kudless, Tom Wiscombe and Jason Payne among others.
Jason Kelly Johnson
Jason Kelly Johnson is a founding design partner of Future Cities Lab. Since 2002, it has created a range of...More
Jason Kelly Johnson
Future-Cities LabJason Kelly Johnson is a founding design partner of Future Cities Lab. Since 2002, it has created a range of award-winning projects exploring the intersections of design with advanced fabrication technologies, robotics, responsive building systems and public space.
He received his MArch degree from Princeton University and a BS from the University of Virginia. Published and exhibited worldwide, most recently at SFMOMA and the ZERO1 Art and Technology Biennial, Jason was awarded the 2011 Architectural League of NY “Young Architects Prize”, the 2008-09 “Oberdick Fellowship”, and the 2009 “NY Prize Fellowship” from the Van Alen Institute. He was a lead instructor of the AA San Francisco Visiting School “Biodynamic Structures” workshops from 2010-11, and Chair of the ACADIA 2012 “Digital Synthetic Ecologies” conference. In 2009 Jason began a collaboration with Andy Payne on FIREFLY for Grasshopper. He is an Assistant Professor at CCA in San Francisco.
Oyler Wu Collaborative
Jenny Wu is a partner at the Los Angeles based practice, Oyler Wu Collaborative, which she started in 2004 with Dwayne...More
Oyler Wu CollaborativeJenny Wu is a partner at the Los Angeles based practice, Oyler Wu Collaborative, which she started in 2004 with Dwayne Oyler. The office has been published globally and is recognized for its experimentation in design and fabrication.
Their work straddles between two scales, small scale design build installations and large scale building projects in Asia and US. Their recent projects include “The Cube,” the competition winning entry pavilion for the Beijing Biennale, “Stormcloud,” a temporary pavilion for the 40th anniversary of Sci-Arc, “Screenplay”, the featured architectural installation at Dwell on Design 2012 made with 45,000 feet of rope, and a 16-story residential tower in Taipei, Taiwan. She is currently a design faculty at Sci-Arc, and has lectured extensively in the US, Europe and Asia. The office received the AIA LA Presidential Awards for Emerging Practice as well as the Emerging Voices Award from the Architectural League in 2012. They published the book, Pendulum Plane, in 2009, and are working on their latest publication, Trilogy, which will be coming out in 2014.
Sean Ahlquist is an Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban...More
Taubman COASean Ahlquist is an Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning developing research on the topic of Material Computation and co-directing the Master of Science in Material Systems program. He is a part of the Cluster in Computational Media and Interactive Systems which connects Architecture with the fields of Material Science, Computer Science, Art & Design and Music.
Currently, Ahlquist is completing his Doctorate (Dr.Ing) at the University of Stuttgart Institute for Computational Design (expected winter 2014). Ahlquist's research formulates computational design frameworks which place materiality as an a priori agent in the organization of architectural systems and their spatial tectonics. Active research involves the development of advanced textiles for spatially articulated lightweight structures and topologically complex composite materials, in collaboration with experts in the fields of machine knitting, aerospace engineering and computer science.