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 Engineering

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 Engineering

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!!


The Tel Aviv Visiting School – Past Staff , Lecturers and Speakers

>>Ben Van Berkel |UNStudio

Ben van Berkel is a Dutch architect. He stu­died architecture at the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam, and at the Architectural Association in London, re­cei­ving the AA Di­ploma with Ho­no­urs in 1987.

In 1988 he and Caroline Bos set up an ar­chi­tec­tu­ral prac­tice in Ams­ter­dam named Van Ber­kel & Bos Ar­chi­tec­tu­ur­bu­reau, which rea­li­zed, amongst others pro­jects, the Kar­bouw of­fice buil­ding, the Erasmus Bridge in Rotterdam, Museum Het Valkhof in Nijmegen, the Mo­ebius house  and the NMR fa­ci­li­ties for the University of Utrecht.

In 1998 van Ber­kel and Bos re­laun­ched their prac­tice as UNStudio, the UN stan­ding for »United Net«. UN­Stu­dio pres­ents its­elf as a net­work of spe­cia­lists in ar­chi­tec­ture, urban development and in­fra­struc­ture. With UN­Stu­dio, van Ber­kel has built se­veral pro­jects, in­clu­ding the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stutt­gart, a fa­çade and in­te­rior re­no­va­tion for the Gal­le­ria De­part­ment store in Seoul, Korea, and a pri­vate villa in up-state New York. Cur­rent pro­jects are the re­struc­tu­ring of the sta­tion area of Arnhem, a mas­ter­plan for Basauri, Spain, the Dance Pa­lace in Saint Petersburg, Russia and the de­sign and re­struc­tu­ring of the Har­bor Ponte Par­odi in Genoa. In 2009 New Ams­ter­dam Pa­vi­lion in Battery Park in Manhattan was re­vea­led.The pa­vi­lion was pre­sen­ted to the city of New York by the Dutch go­vern­ment to ce­le­brate 400 years of re­la­ti­ons bet­ween New York and the Netherlands.

>> Sabine Müller | SMAQ

Sabine Müller is, together with Andreas Quednau, founding partner of SMAQ, a Berlin-based collaborative studio for architecture, urbanism and research. SMAQ subcribes to making something that does not work without its environment (H. Haake),  both on the territorial and and object scale.

Sabine Müller is an architect trained at Kassel University Germany and Columbia University New York. She worked with Asymptote New York and West 8 Landscape Architects Rotterdam. She taught at the University of Delft and was an assistant professor at the University of Karlsruhe at the Chair for Urban Design. With her firm SMAQ she has conducted urban research projects as well as architectural, landscape and urban projects in Africa, Asia, Europe, North and South America. SMAQ  received an AR Award an a prize at the AA Environmental Tectonics Competition for their public bath in Stuttgart and the Holcim Award for Sustainable Construction for their masterplan Xeritown, Dubai. Their project X-Palm was part of  the Concrete Geometries Symposium.

>>Alisa Andrasek  | BIOTHING 

Alisa Andrasek is a research‐based practitioner of architecture and computation. In 2001 she founded Biothing operating at the intersection of design, material praxis, complex systems and computer science.

Andrasek teaches at the DRL Architectural Association in London and UCLBartlett, and has taught at Columbia, Pratt, UPenn, RMIT Melbourne, RPI and UTS Sydney. She received Europe 40 under 40 Award, Metropolis Next Generation Award and FEIDAD Award. Biothing’s work is part of a permanent collection at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, FRAC Collection in Orleans, TB‐A21 in Vienna amongst others. Recent exhibitions include TransitoryObjects TB‐A21 in Vienna, Elles at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, A_maze at FRAC Orleans,Synathroisis in Athens; Scripted by Purpose in Philadelphia, Seroussi pavilion and ArsMathematica in Paris, the 2003 Prague Biennale, the 2004 Sydney Biennial, ArchitecturalBiennial Beijing 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2010, and the New Museum, NY, amongst others.  She lectured and published her writings worldwide. Andrasek was born in Croatia and presently lives and works in London.

>>Daniel Widrig  |

Daniel Widrig is an artist, architect and designer living and working in London and Berlin.   After graduating from the Architectural Association in London with a Master’s Degree in Architecture and Urbanism he joined Zaha Hadid Architects where he was involved in the designs of a series of critically acclaimed projects.

Since setting up his studio, his work has won several awards such as the FEIDAD Merit Award, the Swiss Arts Award, the Autodesk Maya Masters Award and the Rome Prize. In 2009/2010 Daniel was Artist in Residence at the German Academy Villa Massimo in Rome.

Daniel’s work has been internationally published and exhibited. Exhibitions include shows at Art Basel, Paris Fashion Week, Walter Gropius Bau Berlin and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

>>Marc Fornes | THEVERYMANY

Marc Fornes is a registered “Architecte DPLG” mixed with a fine connoisseur in computer science. Hidden under his label THEVERYMANY™ he is one of the leading figures in the development of computational protocols applied to the field of design and fabrication. He defines research and practice agenda as a quest for ”Explicit and Encoded”, “Precise Indetermination”, “Progressive Geometry” all seeking “Unconventional Futures”.

In 2004 he graduated with a Master of Architecture and Urbanism from the Design Research Lab of the Architectural Association in London after having previously studied in France and Sweden (KTH). Marc’s professional work experience in La Reunion, France, UK and the US includes SOM, Ross Lovegrove and ZAHA HADID Architects.

Marc – together with Francois Roche (R&Sie(n)) – started “(n)Certainties” – a graduate studio recurrently hosted in Fall at Columbia University (NYC) with visiting ones at the University of Southern California (Los Angeles) and at Die Angewandte (Vienna) as its Cross Over studio. He since taught at University of Michigan and at Harvard/GSD. In parallel of academia – Marc is also teaching for McNeel numerous scripting workshops (Rhinoscript/Python) across the globe.

Under THEVERYMANY™ – Marc has designed and built an extensive body of large-scale prototypical installations. He has been invited across the globe, lecturing at the MoMA (NYC), showing work at the Guggenheim (NYC) and is part of the permanent collection of the Centre Pompidou (Paris) and the FRAC Centre in Orleans. In 2007 he designed and launched – – the first exhibition exclusively focusing on scripted processes within design – and curated in 2008 the European section for the Architecture Biennale in Beijing.

>>Jose Alfredo Ramirez  | Groundlab

Alfredo Ramírez is an architect and co-founder of Groundlab. He studied Architecture in Mexico City, and the AA graduate programme Landscape Urbanism in 2005.

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, including winning entry for Longgang City international competition masterplan and the international horticultural exhibition project in Xian due to open in April 2011.

Alfredo is also a studio master of the Landscape Urbanism Design Master at the Architectural Association and Director of the AA Mexico City Visiting School and has lectured on the topic of Landscape Urbanism and the work of Groundlab in Italy, Mexico, China, UK and Venezuela.

 >>Benjamin Golder 

Benjamin Golder is a U.S. Fulbright Fellow to Barcelona, Spain, researching parametric urban design in association with the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. He has taught at the University of California in Berkeley and California College of the Arts in San Francisco, and has led numerous workshops in parametric modeling and digital fabrication, including at the Biodynamic Structures AA San Francisco Visiting School and Formations 2011. Additionally, he collaborated with Nicholas de Monchaux on the Local Code project, exhibited at the Biennial of the Americas and the National Building Museum in Washington D.C., developing software to integrate geospatial information systems with parametric modeling platforms.

 >>Arthur Mamou Mani 

>> Shenkar Tutors

-Marlin Nowbakht

-Ariel Lifschitz






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