‘Acre Moat Canopy’ – Staff

The ‘Acre Moat Canopy’ workshop taking place in Tel Aviv during August 2013 will bring together design fabrication experts, computation specialists, material industry partners and academic researchers to form a collaborative and intensive lab for the design of innovative membrane structures.

>> Gary Freedman & Shany Barath | ShaGa Studio  – Program Directors 

Gary Freedman and Shany Barath are the founders of ShaGa-Studio, an award winning London and Amsterdam based studio specialising in Architecture, Urbanism and Infrastructure. ShaGa Studio is the recipient of the 2012 BKVB Fonds award for emerging practices by the Netherlands Foundation for visual Arts, Design and Architecture.

Prior to forming ShaGa-Studio, Gary has practiced architecture in The Netherlands with Ben Van Berkel – UNStudio where he was involved since 2006 as project leader in the design of public buildings and infrastructure projects worldwide . Shany has collaborated on international urban master-plans with Adrian Geuze_West 8 in Rotterdam and on Architectural projects with UNStudio_Amsterdam/Shanghai.

They both received their architectural degree from the TUdelft faculty of Architecture in The Netherlands (with Hons.) and M.Arch in Architecture & Urbanism from the Architectural Association in London [AA DRL]. Since 2009 they have been teaching at the Architectural Association [AADRL, Media Studies] and directing the AA global School in Tel-Aviv. Shany is currently a Design Unit Master at the AA while Gary is leading a postgraduate studio at the TUDelft/Berlage Centre.

Among other awards, they were the recipients of multiple design awards including the Archiprix NL Design Award, America-Israel Cultural foundation Excellence Award, and the Architectural Association Graduate award. Their work has been published and exhibited worldwide including the Beijing Biennial, Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, the London Eco-Build exhibition and the FRAC Centre for contemporary architecture in France.

>>Brett Steele | Architectural Association – Director

**Brett Steele will be joining this year’s Tel-Aviv Visiting School | The Acre Canopy , as a keynote speaker within our public programme including our final student reviews!

Brett Steele directs the AA School of Architecture, including its public programme, publications, membership and fundraising activities.

The AA School is Britain’s oldest and only remaining private school of architecture. For decades the school has been recognized as an influential worldwide leader in architectural education, and the school’s graduates are the recipients of the world’s leading prizes and awards in architecture, including three of the past ten Pritzker Prizes; 2010’s RIBA Gold Medal & Stirling Awards, AIA and UK Young Office of the Year awards. In January 2008 Brett launched the AA Visiting School, which now enrolls visiting students in short courses and public events  operating in fifty cities worldwide.

Brett founded in 1996 and for 9 years Directed the AADRL Design Research Lab, an innovative team-based MArch programme. He is formerly a partner of desArchLab, an architectural office in London, and has taught and lectured at schools throughout the world.

Brett is the editor of NEGOTIATE MY BOUNDARY (2002); CORPORATE FIELDS (2005); DESIGN AS RESEARCH (Beijing 2005); FIRST WORKS: ARCHITECTURAL EXPERIMENTATION OF THE 1960S & 1970S (2009; SUPERCRITICAL: PETER EISENMAN MEETS REM KOOLHAAS (2009); and O14: PROJECTION & RECEPTION (2012); NETWORKS: AN ANTHOLOGY OF DISTRIBUTED DESIGN CULTURES (forthcoming, 2013); and MACHINE WORKS: THE RISE OF MODERN MACHINIC ARCHITECTURES (forthcoming, 2014).  Brett is the Founding and Series editor of ARCHITECTURE WORDS, which has since 2009 published the critical writings of Denise Scott Brown, Rem Koolhaas, Denise Scott Brown, Peter Eisenman, Max Bill, Lina Bo Bardi, Kengo Kuma, Toyo Ito & others; and AGENDAS, a series of two-dozen books documenting the work of AA students & units.  The AA Public Programme is the world’s largest annual series of public events dedicated to contemporary architecture, held in a dozen or more cities each year.

>> Shusuke Inoue | Herzog and De Meuron 

Shusuke Inoue is an Architect, computational designer and a BIM specialist at Herzog & de Meuron’s Digital Technologies Department.
Shusuke is currently leading the effort of office-wide BIM implementation at H&dM. He has worked on several acclaimed large scale projects such as Leonard Street in New York City and Le Tour Triangle in Paris for H&dM.
He has previously worked for the offices of UNStudio in Amsterdam and Barkow Leibinger in Berlin engaging in computational work ranging from design generation to geometric rationalization to fabrication, large scale cross discipline coordination and detail drawing automation.
His work has been exhibited at the Deutches Architektur Museum in Frankfurt, Schweizerisches Architektur Museum in Basel, Guggenheim in New York, and the AA Gallery in London.

>> Stephen Melville |  Ramboll UK

Stephen Melville is a Director of Structural Engineering for Ramboll UK specialising in the conceptual design of the built environment across the world. As well as contributing to the design delivery of our engineering projects, Stephen created and now leads the Ramboll Computational Design Team which is dedicated to the research and application of digital tools for building and masterplan design. Stephen wrote a weekly blog for Building Design and is a member of the Bristol Urban Design Forum and RIBA education panel. He is also a part time tutor at the Oxford Brookes School of Architecture and has also tutored or lectured at TU Delft, Texas, Copenhagen, Bristol, Northumbria. Westminster and Cardiff Universities. Stephen was a member of the 2013 RIBA awards panel

>> Harri Lewis | Ramboll UK

Harri Lewis is a structural engineer and computational designer. He enjoys collaborating with artists,architects and interactive designers to help them realise complex and innovative works. He hascreated a number of interactive applications to embed structural logic at the early design stage such as automated volume filling if complex forms, optimisation using real time structural analysis and form finding under gravity and internal pressures.

He graduated from the Centre for Advanced Studies in Architecture at the University of Bath and is a founder member of Ramboll Computaional Design where he has helped design, rationalise, structurally analyse, fabricate and build many elegant structures such as the KREOD and Trada pavilions and the Belvedere sculpture in New York.

A regular speaker at conferences, architectural practices and universities he aims to bridge the gap between architects and engineers as well as the often challenging trainsition from a digital models to physical full scale artefacts. He has taught computational design techniques and critiques students work at various universities in the UK.

>> Marlin Nowbakht | Shenkar College of Engineering and Design , MaNoIA

Marlin Nowbakht is an architect and founder of MaNoIA, a collaborative design & research studio for architecture. Prior to founding her own studio, Marlin has practiced in several architectural New York based offices where she was involved as project leader in international competitions and in the design of public projects in the US, Europe and China. Amongst others, Marlin worked with Eisenman Architects, Cetra Ruddy Incoporated and Urban A&O. Marlin received her architectural degree from the Technion, and her master degree from Columbia University New York. Since 2010 Marlin has been teaching at Shenkar College of Engineering and Design specializing in parametric design and digital fabrication.

>>  More exciting additions to our Staff list will be announced very soon!!! Please visit us again in the coming days!!


Past lecturers and design expert on the Architectural Association Tel Aviv Visiting School include:

Ben Van Berkel (UNStudio),  Brett Steele (AA School Director), Alisa Andrasek(Biothing), Sabine Muller(SMAQ), Daniel Widrig (Daniel Widrig Studio), Udi Kassif (Mayslits Kassif Architects), Alfredo Ramirez(GroundLab) and many more



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Program directors:
Gary Freedman
Shany Barath

Visiting School Director: Christopher Pierce.
Visiting School Coordinator: Priji Balakrishnan
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