City of Zagreb
City Office for Physical Planning, Construction, Communal Affairs and Traffic
Faculty of Architecture
University of Zagreb
Oris - House of Architecture
City of Zagreb
City Office for Culture, Education and Sport
Republic of Croatia
Ministry of Culture
Horaţiu Vâlcu, co-founder of DRVHdesignStudio with Daniel Reist, is focused more on expressing different mediums were various spheres of interest are merging together, being driven by an eclectic collage which finds it s roots into visual arts. His “path” is still influenced by the educational medium of the University of Applied Arts Vienna, which has a preeminent fingerprint upon his perception about architecture, design and various mediums of representation. Vâlcu graduated at University of Architecture and Urban Planning ‘’Ion Mincu’’ in Bucharest in 2010, and is currently attending Master Course at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna in Zaha Hadid Studio.
Daniel Reist, co-founder of the fashion label Gomboc and DRVHdesignStudio with Horaţiu Vâlcu, is a graduate of the University of Applied Arts – Vienna. Reist graduated Master Course Zaha Hadid Studio at The University of Applied Arts in Vienna in 2009. He believes that boundaries between creative disciplines have to dissolve, creating emergent artistic collaborations.
Marco Vanucci is founding director of OPENSYSTEMS Architecture (OSA), an emerging architectural and design practice with over 15 years of collective professional experience in the field of architecture, interior design, installation, furniture and product design.Marco graduated from the Architectural Association in 2004. He then worked for Zaha Hadid Architects where, among other projects, he was part of the design team for the new London Aquatic Centre for the Olympics 2012. He worked with AKTII Part Team where he found the opportunity to develop his interest for organizational and performative systems and the middle ground between architecture and engineering.Since 2008, Marco teaches Architectural Technology at KTH in Stockholm. He has lectured widely and his works have taken part to several international exhibitions in Europe and North America. He's also been invited as Guest Critic at the Architectural Association, Bartlett School, Columbia University, KTH Stockholm, Harvard GSD and ESA Paris.
Mirco Bianchini is an architect from Bologna, he received his Master degree in architecture at the IUAV University in Venice. He is interested in the investigation of form coming from the discovery and the research inside the force fields, complexity and non-linear processes. He's currently working as architectural assistant at OPENSYSTEMS, in London.
Anna Neimark teaches at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc). In 2011 they founded First Office, a design studio based in downtown Los Angeles (firstoff.net). Their forthcoming publications include essays in the Think Space CityScapes Pamphlet and the inaugural issue of the journal, Project. Anna has lectured at the Society of Architectural Historians (SAH), MIT, and UCLA. Her research on the Soviet canal system was exhibited at the WUHO gallery and will be published in the forthcoming issue of Future Anterior. Prior to joining the faculty at SCI-Arc, she was at the University of Southern California (USC) and the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA/AMO). She holds a BA in Architecture from Princeton University and an M.Arch from the GSD. She is originally from Russia and a 2004 Soros Fellow.
Andrew has lectured at SCI-Arc, Rice, UCLA, Cornell, USC, UVA, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and Michigan. He recently led an ACSA panel on “The Agency of Drawing and the Digital Process” at MIT. His installations include 5 Doric Columns at the Pacific Design Center and Cone Ceiling at the Beijing Biennale. He has worked and consulted for Belzberg Architects, mos, and BIG. He holds a BA in Political Science and Studio Art from the University of Richmond and an M.Arch from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD). His research can be found at atwood-a.com.
Alfonso C. Medina
Alfonso Medina was born in Longview, Texas in 1983. In 2008 he graduated from the Instituto Tecnólogico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM) with a degree in architecture having also studied at the Universitat Politécnica de Catalunya. In 2005 he established Taller 38, focused in real estate development and construction, which to this day has built over 30 different housing projects. In 2007 he worked at the office of Assadi + Pulido in Santiago de Chile. In 2010 he graduated from the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-ARC) with a Master in Design and Research. From 2010 to 2011 he was a partner in the office of Medina + Casals which had offices in México and Chile and completed projects in both countries. From 2011 to 2012 he led architectural design studios at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Tijuana and was an assistant professor and guest critic at SCI-ARC. He has been an invited critic in UCLA and New School in San Diego. In 2011 he established T38 studio, an architecture, design and research office based in Los Angeles and Tijuana. He is currently a Visiting Professor in Architecture at the Ecole Speciale d’ Architecture in Paris.
Oscar González was born in Monterrey, Mexico in 1986. He graduated with honours from the Instituto Tecnólogico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM) with a degree in architecture, in 2010, having also studied at York University in Toronto. During his studies, he received Premio Alberto J. Pani’s honourable mention, and silver medal at the Student Architectural Biennial of Nuevo León. In 2009, he won third prize in Arquine's International Competition, and two years later, with T38studio he got the honourable mention in the same competition. From 2007 to 2010, he collaborated in Agustín Landa Ruiloba’s workshop (TALtaller), and did an internship at Renzo Piano Building Workshop in Genova, Italy. From 2010 to 2012 he led architectural design studios at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Tijuana and has been an assistant professor and guest critic at ITESM Campus Monterrey. He's also been a guest speaker at ITESM, UNAM, and UASLP. Some of his earlier work has been published in Arquine, as well as exhibited at Mexico's National Museum, MARCO Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Monterrey, and UNAM Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico. He is currently a partner at T38 studio.
Mauricio Kuri, originally from Tijuana, Mexico, is currently working on several studies and housing projects in his hometown.Mauricio Kuri was born in Tijuana, Mexico in 1986. He graduated with honours from the Instituto Tecnólogico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM) with a degree in architecture, in 2009, with studies also fromthe Polytechnic University of Barcelona. He collaborated with CYarq architects in Monterrey, Mexico. In 2010 he joined T38 studio with whom was awarded honorary mention on the 2011 competition for Arquine. From 2011 to 2012 led architectural design studios at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Tijuana. He is currently working on several studies and housing projects in his hometown.
Alexandra Levian is a designer who is currently pursuing her Master’s degree at the Southern California Institute of Architecture. Alexandra received her Bachelor of Arts in 2008 at the University of California, Los Angeles, with a degree in Sociology and an emphasis in Art. In 2009, Alexandra studied abroad in Florence, Italy, and participated in several fine art and architecture workshops. Alexandra has also worked on international architecture competitions throughout her career, where she has exhibited her unique style, creativity, and attention to detail.
Born on April 27, 1988 in the city of Ensenada B.C. Mexico, same city where she studied until high school level. Castaneda studied architecture at Universidad Iberoameramericana del Noroeste getting thehonorable mention of her generation. During college she participated in two exchange programs, one at Oregon state in the U.S and the other one at Jalisco Mexico. She began her professional career as junior architect in T38 studio architecture workshop in Tijuana were she participated in various competitions covering different areas of architecture, achieving an honorable mention in the 13th contest Arquine "Media Park" and the publication. Castaneda currently works as senior architect for Linamar Inc. where she develops architectural projects in the city of Tijuana, recently venturing into furniture design for companies like Monster Energy and preparing herself to start MBA programme.
Marissa Tirone is a professor at Syracuse University’s School of Architecture in Florence, Italy. Prior to Syracuse, she taught for Cornell University and in programs in Latin America and Eastern Europe. She is interested in how the intersection of fine art practices and built environment have been, and continue to be, instrumental at a number of scales: in shaping the organization and growth of cities and their environments, as spatial linking device and symbol of power within traditional typologies, and as a mechanism for generating architectural design. Her drawings, paintings, collages, and design competitions have been shown nationally within the gallery setting. Tirone received a Bachelor of Architecture with a Minor in History from the University of Kentucky. While at U.K., she earned awards for excellence in design and received a New Horizons scholarship to study architecture in Venice, Italy. She continued her education at Cornell University where she received a Master of Architecture with a concentration in Theory and Criticism. At Cornell, she was awarded the Helen Fagan Tyler Fellowship and the Olive Tjaden Scholarship, as well as a travel grant to study architecture and urban development in Malta.
Greg Bencivengo is currently a thesis student in the Bachelor of Architecture program at Syracuse University.In his thesis research, Greg is investigating architecture’s capacity to communicate the memory of a place or people through visceral evocation, over the predominant paradigm of historical representation. His recent achievements include the exhibition of an award-winning collaborative project, HOST(ILE) WATERS, in the NYC Center for Architecture’s ARCH Schools 2011, as well as a project in the Aedes Gallery of Berlin. While studying in Florence, Italy, Greg presented his semester’s work with other students in a symposium, Retreat from Reality, at the Strozzina Center for Contemporary Culture. He will also have a photograph, Seagrams vs. Lever, featured in Albert Pope’s upcoming second edition ofLadders.
Jorge Suro is an independent architect born and based in Guadalajara, Mexico. Based in Guadalajara, Mexico. Suro is currently working in retail projects and housing developments. Also, he is collaborating with a Danish architecture firm MONARKIET on a competition entry in Mexico City. In 2005 he graduated from Universidad de Guadalajara as an Architect. In 2009 Suro graduated from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México as a Master of Architecture with thesis “©Habitahabilitar: Urban flows and space configuration” which was awarded a Honourable Mention and selected for publication by the UNAM´s publishing house.
Jakša Kalajžić is a Croatian architect (Split, 1972), graduated from The University of Zagreb, The Faculty of Architecture in 2003. From 2003 to 2009 he worked for a number of renowned architectural offices in Zagreb. His work was acknowledged at various national competitions where he was awarded with two first prizes, one second and one third prize. Kalajzic was also nominated for the annual Drago Galic Award, awarded to the most successful accomplishment in Croatian residential architecture in 2011 (Family Vacation House, Zezevica, Croatia). Also, he is the founder, owner and director of architectural office M.A.U.-Arhitektura d.o.o.
Tomislav Katić was born in Split in 1982. He received Master''s degree in Architecture from The Faculty of Architecture, at The University of Zagreb. He has participated in numerous urban and architectural competitions and projects. He has been freelancing since 2005, collaborating with numerous firms and offices, as project designer and architectural renderer. Computers and electronics in general, with their application to architecture, and vice versa, are his main points of interest. Currently looking for a job somewhere in Europe while thinking about PhD.
Matthew E Messner
Matthew Messner is a Master of Architecture and Master of Art and Design Criticism Candidate(2014) at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Messner is a contributor to the Fresh Meat Journal, a student publication, and a Congress Member in the Department of Urban Speculation at UIC. Messner was Second Prize Winner in the ComEd Powerful Design Competition (2012). Messner holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from The University of Wisconsin Milwaukee (2008). He also studied at the Danish Institute of Study Abroad while interning at Julien De Smedt Architects in Copenhagen (2010). He is originally from Edgerton, Wisconsin.
Lulwah Sulaiman Alzaid is a Master of Architecture Candidate (2013) at the University of Illinois at Chicago, a writer for the Fresh Meat Journal, a student publication, and an intern at UrbanLab. During her internship, she assisted in the Navy Pier Competition, the PS1 MOMA Young Architects Competition, and the 2012 Venice Biennale. Alzaid has a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Visual Arts from The University of Chicago (2003) and a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Painting and Drawing from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2009). She is originally from Yarmouk, Kuwait.
Adrianne Wilson Joergensen is a Master of Architecture Candidate (2013), graduate teaching assistant at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and an intern at UrbanLab.During her internship, she assisted in the Navy Pier Competition, the PS1 MOMA Young Architects Competition, and the 2012 Venice Biennale. Before pursuing her degree in architecture, she had a decade-long career in graphic design and marketing. Her Bachelor of Arts in graphic design is from the North Carolina State University College of Design (1999). Joergensen is currently applying for a Fulbright grant to conduct research on urbanism in Singapore after graduation. She is originally from Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Evgeniya Plotnikova is a Master of Architecture Candidate (2013) at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Evgeniya is a graphic designer for the Fresh Meat Journal and a Member of the Department of Urban Speculation at UIC. Plotnikova holds a Bachelor of Architecture and a Specialist of Architecture Degree from Novosibirsk State Academy of Art and Architecture, Russia (2010). She is a Best in Show Award Winner at the Year End Show UIC 2012 and a Second Prize Winner in the omEd Powerful Design Competition (2012). She has interned at Studio9one2 in Los Angeles and UrbanLab in Chicago. During her internship at UrbanLab, she assisted in the Navy Pier Competition, the PS1 MOMA Young Architects Competition, and the 2012 Venice Biennale. She is originally from Novosibirsk, Russia.
Pedro Pitarch Alonso
Pedro Pitarch is contemporary music composer [C.O.M Caceres 1996-2008] and student of architecture [E.T.S.A.M. (Polytechnic School of Architecture, Madrid) 2007 - ]. He has been working as architect for OMA, Federico Soriano and Burgos+Garrido. He has done collaborations concerning multimedia installations with Izaskun Chinchilla, that were developing an approach to architectural conditions through non-paradigmatic and interdisciplinary tools. Therefore, audiovisual production and animation are some of the fields he has expertise in. At the very moment he spends his time in a peripheral position around architecture, establishing among other colleagues a collective research concerning the ways society traces paths through operative systems which produce contemporary culture.
Currently living in London working with ACME architecture on a number of projects with in the UK and elsewhere. He has previously worked for a number of UK practices and worked freelance as both designer/ draftsman/ visualiser and tutor of advanced modelling software. Individually his thesis and independant work has been widely published online and in print and exhibited in Madrid 2010, Columbia 2010, LA 2009, Royal Academy, London 2011/2012, Dreamspace Gallery 2012, UCL 09-11, London . Edwards gained commendations and merits in a number of competitions which have also been published on DEZEEN, Suckerpunch, Arch20, AJ online. He has an ongoing interest in design research particularly in the field of Digital fabrication and computation, this in both in its aesthetic potential and as new workflow methods in practice. Since 2007 he has had an interest integration of active and passive environmental systems into integrated building fabrics, and has collaborated with researchers at University of Newcastle in this. Edwards was educated at University of Bath BSc hons 2007 (1st Class) and Bartlett School of Architecture GradDip/ MArchUCL 2010 (Commendation In Design).
Andrei Olaru graduated from Ion Mincu University of Architecture and Urbanism in Bucharest (2008), and the year after became a member of the Romanian Order of Architects. Graduated from the Master Program/Urban Strategies at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna (2012). Having worked between 2007 and 2010 for architecture offices in Bucharest, on projects located mostly in Eastern Europe, Andrei Olaru is a freelance architect since 2012. Currently he is collaborating with architecture offices in Vienna and Bucharest on projects varying from stage design to master plans.
Graduated from Faculty of Architecture at the Cracow University of Technology (2009) and the Master Program/Urban Strategies at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna (2012). From 2004-2011 active collaborator at the Polish Association of Architecture Students OSSA which focuses on multidisciplinary urban research within annual international students workshops. In 2009 obtained honorable prize of the Dabrowa Gornicza City Council with a thesis project: ‘Urban development of postindustrial city center’, which is currently being used in the development of master plan. Her research in traumatic post-industrial urban tissues was published in 2010 during Conference of Institute of Urban Design of Architecture Cracow University of Technology - Economical City and in 2012 during 6th Conference of International Forum on Urbanism at Barcelona School of Architecture. From 2012 architect at Berger+Parkkinen Architkten in Vienna, focusing on conceptual design for competitions.
Graduated from the Faculty of Architecture at the University of “Roma Tre” (2004), the year after became a member of the Italian Architects Chamber. In 2006 and 2007 took part at the Program “Conceptual Design in Space and Colors” at the Zurich University of the Arts. Graduated from the Master Program/Urban Strategies at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna(2012). Since 2010 she is a freelance architect collaborating with MVD Austria, Vienna, working in the field of urban development – in conceptual design, competition and project management. In 2010 she won the competition "Preyrische Höfe" for BWM Architekten und Partner, Vienna. This urban development proposal was officially added to the master plan of the Municipality of Vienna.
Graduated from Faculty of Architecture at IE University School of Architecture and Design in Segovia (2010). Architectural re-search: Skull n! Bones_Urban planning London. (RE-ITERATION), Tutor: José Vela Castillo Architectural/Artistic re-search: Harpeau/Infaran Currently studying at University of Applied Arts in Vienna on Mater Program - Urban Technique PoroCity Lisbon/Urban Strategies.
Joshua M Taron
Joshua M. Taron is a Principal of Synthetiques, an award-winning research+design+build outfit and an Assistant Professor of Architecture at the University of Calgary Faculty of Environmental Design where he runs the Laboratory for Integrative Design(LID). Taron's work focuses on the hybrid ecologies afforded through the interface of computational and physical economies across multiple scales. His current research focuses on structurally intelligent swarms as an alternative to conventional wholesale building demolition by grafting complex morphological assemblies into existing buildings. This work is done in partnership with a variety of disciplines such as computer science, structural engineering and city planning. The work has been published internationally and orients itself toward finding new ways of revitalizing and sustaining the already-built environment. Taron earned his undergraduate degree in architecture from the University of California, Berkeley and holds a Master of Architecture degree from the Southern California Institute of Architecture.
Adam is a recent graduate of the Master’s of Architecture program in Calgary, Canada; an Intern Architect; and a founding partner of the young critical design practice: atelier XS. With a background in Urban Studies, Adam has framed his architectural education on the roles and relationships of architecture in the contemporary city, and critical practice in architecture. Recent research (SKiN: Soft Kinetic Network) with the Laboratory for Integrative Design (Calgary, Canada) was a material study intended to question traditional architecture elements – it has been widely exhibited and publicized at such events asACADIA 2011 and the ACSA 100th Annual Meeting. Adam’s thesis research, titled: urban (de)resolution, was a very critical analysis of the relationships between the urban condition, architecture, mass communication and the culture industry – he plans to pursue a PhD on these topics.
Gautier Duthoit is a French architect, based in Strasbourg. He graduated from Ecole Nationale d'architecture de Strasbourg in 2011 with Distinction (Master of Architecture) where he had previously received Bachelor of Architectural studies Diploma (2009, Distinction). Also, Duthoit studied at The Brandenburg University of Technology in Cottbus, Germany and Ecole de Condé in Lyon, France. His work was exhibited, published and awarded. He exhibited at The Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalonia IAACBarcelona, Conseil d'architecture, d'urbanisme et de l'environnement, Strasbourg Palais universitaire de Strasbourg, while the exhibition at The institute for media, architecture and design, STRELKA house, Moscow is in progress. Among the awards he received following ones stand out Honourable mention for the international competition STCenter, Rio de Janeiro and Nomination for the World's Best Graduation Projects Competition, Archiprix International 2011.
Leonardo Zuccaro Marchi
Architect. He got his Diploma at Alta Scuola Politecnica in 2008 obtaining a double Architecture degree at both Politecnico di Milano and Politecnico di Torino. (cum laude, tutor Prof. Cino Zucchi) . In 2008 he worked in Croatia and in 2009 at CZA- Cino Zucchi Studio in Milan as architect. He teaches as tutor at Architecture and Urban design course at Politecnico di Milano. He is a Phd candidate in Urbanism at IUAV University in Venice and at TU Delft (Joint Doctorate), Netherlands, with a research concerning “The Heart of the City”. In 2010 wins the 2010 `Best 40 under 40 European Architects` by the Chicago Athenaeum and Uropean Center, and he is selected among the 200 Italian talents under 35 at TNT Young Talents Festival, organized by the Italian Government. In both 2010 and 2011 he is selected for the prize Young Blood Italy - architecture. He has exposed his architecture and art projects at Fondazione Arnaldo Pomodoro in Milano (2008), Palazzo Permanente in Milan (2009), Saatchi Gallery in London (2009), Triennale Milano (2009), MAXXI in Rome as collaborator of Cino Zucchi (2010), NAI (2012).