BEYOND | pavilion of innovation 2015

EVENTS | symposium

10:00 AM – 13:30 PM on Saturday, 23 of May of 2015

Skylar Tibbits; Director, Self-Assembly Lab, MIT, Boston, United States


Skylar Tibbits is currently a Research Scientist in MIT’s Department of Architecture, teaching graduate and undergraduate design studios and co-teaching How to Make (Almost) Anything, a seminar at MIT’s Media Lab. MIT’s Self-Assembly Lab, focuses on self-assembly and programmable material technologies for novel manufacturing, products and construction processes. He has a Professional Degree in Architecture and minor in experimental computation from Philadelphia University. Continuing his education at MIT, he received a Masters of Science in Design Computation and a Masters of Science in Computer Science under the guidance of; Patrick Winston, Terry Knight, Erik Demaine and Neil Gershenfeld.

Mark Burry; Professor of Urban Futures, University of Melbourne, Australia / Senior Architect with the Sagrada Familia Basilica architectural team.


Mark Cameron Burry is a New Zealand architect, who is the Professor of Innovation and Director of the Spatial Information Architecture Laboratory and founding Director of the Design Research Institute at RMIT University, Melbourne,Australia. He is also executive architect and researcher at the Temple Sagrada Família in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain.

Alastair Parvin; Designer, WikiHouse, London, UK


Alastair Parvin, who was trained in architecture but chooses to make a career looking for ideas beyond its conventional framework, wants to change that. He is one of a team behind WikiHouse, an open-source construction set that allows anyone to freely share model files for structures, which can then be downloaded, “printed” via CNC cutting machine and easily assembled. Parvin calls WikiHouse a very early experiment, the seed of what he sees as design’s great project in the 21st century: the democratization of production.

Claudia Pasquero; Co-founder, ecoLogicStudio, London, UK


graduated from Turin Polytechnic in 2000, and consequently completed the AA EE Master Programme, she is co-founder of ecoLogicStudio. She took part to the London and Venice Architectural Biennale with an installation called STEM and is codirecotr of Fibrous Structures Project. Claudia has been teaching and lecturing internationally including East London University, Turin Polytechnic, The Kingston University (London), UDLA (Puebla, Mexico City), IAAC (Barcelona), ITU (Istanbul), Bilgi University (Istanbul) and others; she is currently Unit Master of Inter10 at the Architectural Association School of Architecture London.

Eva Gladek; Founder, Metabolic, Amsterdam, Netherlands


Eva is an industrial ecologist, biologist, and systems architect. She started Metabolic to take concrete action to address society’s most pressing problems.


Fabian Scheurer; Founder, Design to Production, Stuttgart, Germany


Fabian Scheurer is founding partner of designtoproduction and leads the company’s office in Zurich. From 2002 until 2006 he studied the use of artificial-life methods in architectural construction as a member of Ludger Hovestadt’s CAADgroup at the ETH Zurich and managed to transfer the results to a number of collaborative projects between architects, engineers and fabrication experts. In 2005 he co-founded designtoproduction as a research group at the ETH to explore the connections between digital design and fabrication. Since 2006 he is an associate in the company of the same name. Fabian Scheurer has taught as guest lecturer/tutor at the AA in London and the IAAC in Barcelona and at HTW Chur.

Philippe Block; Founder, BLOCK Research Group, ETH, Zurich, Switzerland


Philippe Block is Associate Professor at the Institute of Technology in Architecture, ETH Zurich, Switzerland, where he directs the Block Research Group (BRG) together with Dr. Tom Van Mele. The BRG focuses on equilibrium analysis, computational form finding, optimization and fabrication of curved surface structures. He studied architecture and structural engineering at the VUB, Belgium, and MIT, where he earned his PhD in 2009. As partner of Ochsendorf, DeJong & Block, LLC, he applies his research into practice on the structural assessment of historic monuments and the design and engineering of novel compression structures.

Anupama Kundoo; Founder, Anupama Kundoo Architects, Madrid, Spain


Anupama Kundoo was born in Pune, India in 1967. She graduated from Sir JJ College of Architecture, University of Mumbai in 1989, and received her PhD degree from the TU Berlin in 2008. In 2013 Kundoo received an honourable mention in the ArcVision International Prize for Women in Architecture for ‘her dedication when approaching the problem of affordability of construction and sustainability in all aspects’.

Hernan Diaz Alonso; Director, xefirotarch, Los Angeles, United States


Hernan Diaz Alonso is principal and founder of Xefirotarch, a Los Angeles-based design practice. Considered one of the most influential voices of his generation, before becoming the Graduate Programs Chair at SCI-Arc Diaz Alonso has served for the past several years as Distinguish Professor of Architecture and the Graduate Thesis Coordinator at SCI-Arc. Previously, he has taught as a design studio professor at Columbia University GSAPP and he is the head studio professor in the “Excessive” post-graduate program at the Universitat fur angewandte Kunst in Wien.

Enric Ruiz Geli; Founder, Cloud 9, Barcelona, Spain


He is an architect for the ETSA of Barcelona. Founder and Director of Cloud 9 studio in Barcelona since 1997. Teaching and researching about architecture with Pilot Projects in Global Warming Scenarios at Unit Master of Diploma Unit 18 at Architectural Association School, London, since 2010. Recently Enric Ruiz Geli work Media-TIC – a Net Zero Building with a very competitive cost of construction – is recognized as Best Building of the World by WAF 2011.

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