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Current Members


Prof. Michael U. Hensel [Dipl. Ing. Grad Dipl Des AA PhD Reading] is an architect, researcher, educator and writer. Currently he is tenured professor for architecture at AHO the Oslo School of Architecture and Design where he directs the Research Center for Architecture and Tectonics [RCAT]. He is a founding member of OCEAN (1994), and founding and current chairman of the OCEAN Design Research Association and the Sustainable Environment Association [SEA]. The OCEAN Design Research Association is an international and independent not-for-profit organization with the mission to conduct inter- and transdisciplinary research by design, and to develop overarching theoretical frameworks and related design methods in its specific areas of inquiry. SEA is an international and interdisciplinary not-for-profit expertise network that pursues systematic, integrative and interdisciplinary inquiry into the human-influenced and built environment and its interaction with the natural environment and local ecosystems with the aim to develop alternative approaches to architectural design and sustainability. From 2007 to 2012 he was board member of BIONIS – The Biomimetics Network for Industrial Sustainability. 

From 1993 to 2009 he taught at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London, where he co-initiated and co-directed the Emergent Technologies and Design Program from 2001 to 2009. He held numerous visiting professorships and innovation fellowships and taught and lectured in Europe, the Americas, Asia and Australia. In his academic work he integrates research and education with a strong emphasis on interdisciplinarity, critical ability and projective capacity.

His writings have been published in Chinese, Czech, English, Estonian, Farsi, Finnish, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Spanish, and Turkish. He has authored, co-authored and edited numerous books and journals.

Contact: hensel(at)iemar.tuwien.ac.at


Defne Sunguroğlu Hensel [AA Dipl RIBA II MSc] is an architect, interior architect, board member and principle researcher in the international OCEAN Design Research Association, member of SEA Sustainable Environment Association and doctoral research fellow at AHO Oslo School of Architecture and Design. She holds an advisory role in building professional relations between Norway and Turkey as part of the official programme financed by Innovation Norway for architectural cooperation. She studied interior architecture at KIAD Kent Institute of Art & Design, Rochester, UK, architecture Part I at UCA Canterbury School of Architecture, Canterbury, UK and completed her diploma degree at the AA Architectural Association School of Architecture, London, UK where she also gained her MSc in the Emergent Technologies and Design Programme [EmTech]. Currently, she pursues her PhD entitled: Biologically Driven Convergence for Architectural Innovation and a Developmental Route to Local Specificity as a doctoral research fellow, a stipend by AHO. In the field of research by design in architecture, her interdisciplinary work extends into fields including systems & complexity; engineering; biology; biomimetics; TRIZ & BiolTRIZ; material science; micro-climatology; computational design and ontologies; CAD/CAM; environmental and ecological sustainability and receives industrial sponsorships and supports, previously including Wienerberger, Norwegian Brick Association, and institutions such as FFI Norwegian Defence Research Establishment. Her current research projects include Nested Catenaries; Complex Brick Assemblies; ArchiTRIZ – Material-Ontology [MatOnt]; and 30 Case Studies on the performance analysis of historical buildings. Previously, she received the Holloway Trust Award (2006) for a significant contribution to the construction industry; Buro Happold studentship (2006) to pursue her research into Complex Brick Assemblies; a stipend by BDA Brick Development Association (2007), the Anthony Pott Memorial Award (2007) for detailed analysis and research of Eladio Dieste’s work; the PMI Award (2007) in the industrial category of the Pottery Mechanics Institute; and the IASS Tsuboi Award (2013) in the category of the most meritorious paper published in the journal of the IASS International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures in 2013. She held Innovation Fellowships, published, lectured, taught, exhibited, organised symposiums, exhibitions, conducted workshops internationally and her work has been published widely.

Contact: Defne.Sunguroglu(at)tum.de



Prof. Dr. Birger Sevaldson [dipl NCAD MNIL PhD] is professor at the Institute of Design at AHO - Oslo School of Architecture and Design and a principle researcher in OCEAN design research association.

He is an academic and designer working in a broad field of design and
architecture. He has been in private practice since 1986. His practice spans
from architecture, interior to furniture and product design including design of
lighting armatures and boat design. It also includes experimental architecture
and several art installations in collaboration with the composer Natasha Barrett in the context of OCEAN.

Birger Sevaldson has been developing concepts in design computing and his
doctoral thesis from 2005 is based on 15 years of research into this field. He has been collaborating in OCEAN design research association since 1997 and the
experimental design projects resulting from this collaboration have been published worldwide. The research into digital design developed into a wider interest in the design process and especially design processes for uncertainty,
unforeseen futures and complexity. This research grew out of the digital
research which initially engaged in time related design, where time was
explored as a design material. Later this approach was further developed and
new concepts for systems thinking in design emerged. He has defined Systems
Oriented Design as a designerly way of systems thinking and systems practice.

Birger has been lecturing and teaching in Norway, Europe, Asia and USA and has
held a visiting professorship at NACD in Oslo and has been a visiting critic at
Syracuse University School of Architecture, USA. He is currently visiting professor at the University College of Ålesund, Norway. He was collaborating in the start-up of the academic design journal FORMakademisk and is in the editorial board of the journal. He has been in a number of international evaluation committees amongst them the evaluation committee for Danish design research under the Ministry of Culture of Denmark, and the evaluation committee for a science master for the Higher Education and Training Awards Council (HETAC), Ireland, and the evaluation committee for the EID project by the Swedish energy authorities. Birger is member of the council of the Design Research Society.

Birger has held several positions amongst them, leader of the National Council
for Design Educations in Norway, Vice Rector of Oslo School of Architecture and
Design, curator of Gallery AHO, director of OCEAN Design Research Association and the co-organiser of NORDES 2011.

Contact: Birger.Sevaldson(at)aho.no




Jeffrey P. Turko [AA Dipl RIBA II] is an American born architect registered in the Netherlands, educator and researcher currently based in London. He is founder of the design practice NEKTON Studio. A design studio that works on projects ranging in scales form urban design, private houses, to objects. NEKTON Studio's work has been published and exhibited widely and represented the UK in the Beijing Biennial 2008. Also in 2008 Nekton was in the running for the Young Architects of the Year Award in the UK.


Jeffrey is a graduate of the Architectural Association School of Architecture where he received his diploma in 1999.


He has been a Senior Lecturer at the University of East London from 2001 – 2011, as well as having taught at the Architectural Association School of Architecture where he was unit master of Diploma Unit 12 from 2008 -2010. He is currently the Program Director of the AA Global Visiting School in Sydney Australia. In Summer 2011 Jeffrey accepted a full-time Senior Lecturer post at the University of Brighton where he is studio leader on the Masters of Architecture program.


Before becoming a full member of OCEAN in 2007 he was an instrumental collaborator on projects such as Landsc[r]aper - Urban Ring Bridge and the World Centre for Human Concerns. Since joining he was involved in the Membrella project, a shortlisted proposal for a workspace of the future. Previously he has been the Vice Chair of the OCEAN Design and Research Association and currently he has taken on the role of Secretary of the Association. Recently he has been involved in the co-authoring the following essays and chapters on OCEAN in the following books: ‘OCEAN Design Research Association’ in Performalism [Routledge 2011] and Design Innovation for the Built Environment Research by Design and the Renovation of Practice [Routledge 2012]. Other recent publications and articles include ‘Relational Skins’ [LULU, 2009], 'Parallel Indexing - Infrastructure and Space' in Digital Cities AD [AD Wiley, London, 2009].


Contact: jeffturko(at)nekton.org




Past Members




Dr. Natasha Barrett is a freelance composer working with music, research and creative uses of sound. Her output spans instrumental and electronic concert composition through to sound-art, sound-architectural installations, interactive techniques and collaboration with experimental designers and scientists. An awareness of auditory perception and sound's spatio-musical potential features strongly in her work, over the past 10 years involving research and practical application of ambisonics, acoustics and 3D sound. Recent projects include the use of scientific data and geological processes in sound-art, spatial composition for hemispherical loudspeaker arrays, exotic amplification and electronics techniques in composition for acoustic instruments and her third installation project with Birger Sevaldson / Ocean.

Barrett studied in England for masters and doctoral degrees in composition. Both degrees were funded by the humanities section of the British Academy. Since 1999 Norway has been her compositional and research base for an international platform.

Barrett's works are performed and commissioned throughout the world, receiving numerous recognitions, most notably the Nordic Council Music Prize (Norden / Scandinavia, 2006), Giga-Hertz Award (Germany, 2008), Edvard Prize (2004, Norway), Noroit-Leonce Petitot (Arras, France, 2002 & 1998), Bourges International Electroacoustic Music Awards (France 2001, 1998 & 1995), Musica Nova (2001), IV CIMESP 2001, Concours Scrime, (France 2000), International Electroacoustic Creation Competition of Ciberart (Italy 2000), Concours Luigi Russolo (Italy 1995 & 1998), Prix Ars Electronica (Linz, Austria 1998), 9th International Rostrum for electoacoustic music (2002). Her installations include a major work for the Norwegian state commission for art in public spaces.

Works are available on a number of releases including SACD and DVD-audio.



Guillem Baraut (Barcelona, 1977), graduated with honours in Civil and Structural Engineering in 2001 at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, obtaining the Dragados 2003 first prize for the best degree’s final dissertation competition. He continued his studies sitting the PhD courses until 2005, when he moved to London. He received the MA Emergent Technologies and Design at the Architectural Association, supported by a ‘la Caixa’ studentship. He graduated in 2006 with distinction, obtaining the second International Feidad Prize in 2006 for the MA EmTech dissertation in collaboration with Mattia Gambardella.

Guillem has taught at a number of universities and master-programmes including the Escola Sert where he has been teaching courses in pre-stressed concrete, the Akademie der Bildenden Künste Wien, Institut für Kunst und Architektur (Vienna) where he took the role of teaching support on parametric design tools, and the International University of Catalonia as a professor of Structures III. He is also an associate professor at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, teaching both undergraduate and graduate/PhD courses in structural engineering.

Guillem worked in the company TEC’4 from 1998 to 2001. He moved to BOMA in 2001, where has since then developed his career becoming partner in 2003. In 2007 he was promoted to Director of the International Department. From this position he has developed over 240 projects worldwide collaborating with some of the world’s leading architects. Among these projects is worth mentioning: Villa Nurbs (Cloud9, Empuriabrava, Spain, 2005), La Sed Pavilion (Cloud9, Zaragoza, Spain, 2007), Prestige Forest Hotel (Cloud9, Zaragoza, Spain, 2007),the new Szczecin Philharmonic (Barozzi&Veiga, Poland, 2008), a sports complex, hotel and offices in St Petersburg (Willy Müller, Russia, 2008), Spiralling Tower (Zaha Hadid, Barcelona, 2009), Igualada pedestrian bridge (Igualada, Barcelona, 2009), hotel complex, offices and shopping centre in Ningbo (Pierre Lafon, China, 2010), High Speed Train station of Perpignan (L35 Architects, France, 2010), new building of the Universidad Javeriana (La Rota arch., Colombia, 2011), the new Museum of Modern Art of Medellín (Crtl+G, Colombia, 2011), new hangar in Boufarik (Algeria, 2011), and several dwellings blocks in Almaty (Kazakhstan, 2007), Tangier (Azorín, Morocco, 2008), Ordos (two projects with Barozzi& Veiga, and Coll&Leclerc Mongolia, 2008), Hydra (Proarquitectura, Algeria, 2010), Toulouse and Bayonne (MAP Architects, France, 2011), Hangzhou (X. Claramunt, China, 2008) and Riyadh (Ll. Tejero, Saudi Arabia, 2010).

His research interests focus on topology optimization and on the application of cutting edge technologies to structural engineering design, such as the use of parametric tools, as well as the use of generative digital tools for the design and manufacturing in construction.

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Dr. Nimish Biloria is an Architect, Researcher and an Educator. He currently operates as an Assistant Professor at the, Architectural Engineering and Technology Department (Chair: Hyperbody) at the Faculty of Built Environment and Design, TU Delft, The Netherlands. He places focus on digitally driven bottom-up methodologies for developing performance driven spatial solutions.

He holds a PhD from the Delft University of Technology (specialising in Real-time interactive environments), a Masters in Architecture from the Architectural Association, London, UK (specialising in Emergent Technologies and Design) and a Bachelors in Architecture from The Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology, Ahmedabad, India (specialising in the relationship between Media and Architecture). He has lectured at several prestigious institutes globally and has also presented and published his research and design deductions in numerous international journals, design conferences, books and magazines. He is also currently operating as the editor of the Next generation Building Journal and is a part of the Master’s co-ordination committee and the PhD selection committee at the TU Delft. 
His research and education interests in Non-Standard and Interactive Architecture are clubbed under the research umbrella ‘Info-Matters’, which investigates the intricate relationship between information flow and associative material formations.

He is also currently operating as the Project Leader, at Hyperbody, TU Delft, for a Research initiative under the EU Culture Program: METABODY (Media embodiment Tekhne & Bridges of Diversity). The project will last till July 2018, and comprises of 28 partners from 14 countries. The project will generate an understanding of the threats posed by the homogenising processes of globalisation and Information Society. Furthermore the project will produce new cultural, communication and technological paradigms through interdisciplinary developments in new media, arts and architecture, which foreground embodied expressions and interactions.


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Øyvind Buset is a Norwegian master mason who works as technical sales manager for Finja AS. Buset receievd his master certificate in 1982 and has since worked as a mason in and around Oslo. He has been project manager for projects such as Oslo Spektrum, Astrup Fearnley galleri Oslo, as well as Domus Athletica and National Theatre Station in Oslo. Buset has also contributed to the restauration of historical building, most notably the Royal Castle in Oslo.

In addition to his masonry, Øyvind Buset works with consulting, marketing and sales of products in the construction industry and has held several workshops in practical masonry for students both at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO) and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). Since 2010, he has worked with the student project Nested Catenaries, with workshops taking place in both Oslo and Chile.

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Dr. Salmaan Craig studied Product Design before undertaking an Engineering Doctorate (EngD) hosted by Brunel University and Buro Happold consulting engineers. During this time he designed and tested a biologically inspired material for protecting buildings from solar and ambient heat, while allowing them to cool through radiation to the sky and outer space.

After completing his doctorate, he continued at Buro Happold as a Facade Engineer, specialising in the design of material systems in extreme climates, such as the perforated, multilayer dome of the Louvre Abu Dhabi. He then moved to the Specialist Modeling Group at Foster + Partners, continuing to develop his research interests in the context of a number of high profile building projects, such as the Masdar Institute, Apple Campus, and Bloomberg Place. 
He now works at Harvard University. At the Graduate School of Design, he teaches an introduction to materials and energy in architecture called “Materiality in the Molecular Age”, and a research seminar on applying thermodynamics to architectural elements  called “Thermal Resonators and Breathing Buildings”. At the Center for Green Buildings and Cities, he is working on alternative methods for thermoregulation in buildings, with emphasis on “smart geometry, dumb materials", to help stop the developing world from falling into the “HVAC Trap”. His portfolio of independent consulting activities has now extended beyond architecture to include the design of shoes for improved thermoregulation.


Christina Doumpioti [Dip. Arch.Eng (Hons) AA MArch RIBA II] leads research and curriculum related to new technologies in building science, advanced material studies and material based generative design, and fabrication.

She studied Architecture & Engineering at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and is a registered architect in Greece. She received her Master of Architecture (MArch) with distinction from the Architectural Association (AA) and completed a postgraduate course in Computing and design at University of East London (UEL). She has worked as a free-lance architect in Greece and as a computational designer in Arup Associates, London where she was responsible for developing parametric, generative and performance-based design solutions.

Christina has been the Studio Master in the EmTech graduate programme at the Architectural Association as well as instructor at the Media Studies of the AA. For two years she was the co-director of the Biodynamic Structures Global Visiting School, a collaborative workshop between the Architectural association and the California College of Arts in San Francisco. She has taught and lectured at the Royal College of Art, at the Bologna University, Welsh University, California College of Arts and presented her work on heterogeneous materials and material-driven design internationally.

Christina is currently a Technical Studies tutor and lecturer at the Architectural Association. Her course, termed Form and Matter is focused on material thinking and innovation in architectural studies. Since October 2011 she has been a studio tutor at the Master of Architecture programme, University of Brighton.

She is a PhD Candidate at the department of Innovation Design Engineering at the Royal College of Art. Her research is aiming at proposing design methodologies based on material properties and organization and it is focused on passive adaptation and dynamic response of architectural interfaces. More specifically her research looks at the combination of composite material systems with variable elastic properties and smart materials with embedded sensing and actuation attributes. The emphasis is placed on the expression of architectural environments through constant exchanges of energy, matter and information.

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Hülya Ertaş graduated in 2005 from Istanbul Technical University, Department of Architecture and completed her MA in architecture in the same school in 2011. Her thesis focused on Situationist International and their role in transformation of architecture and urban planning. She is the managing editor of the monthly published XXI Architecture and Design Magazine. She edited AD Turkey: At The Threshold issue of Architectural Design magazine together with Defne Sunguroğlu Hensel and Michael Hensel, published in January 2010 by Wiley & Sons. Her research areas cover spectacular architecture and its reflections on the daily life of citizens, how globalisation affects architecture, and social design.

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Marie Frier Hvejsel (b. 1982 in Aarhus) is a Danish architect/engineer, researcher and educator. She holds an MSc from 2007 and a PhD from 2011 in Architecture and is currently Assistant Professor at Aalborg University, Department of Architecture, Design and Media Technology in Tectonic Architecture. Since 2006 she has been using the furniture scale as a critical means in architecture enabling a tectonic linkage of the vital aesthetic ability of architecture to ‘gesture’ its inhabitants and its structural and material technical ‘principles’. In research and practice, as well as pedagogically she explores this tectonic potential of the furniture scale related to architecture through mutual theory- and method development and practical research by design experiments.

Marie Frier Hvejsel has exhibited, lectured and participated in conferences internationally and published several peer reviewed research publications within the topics of Tectonics and Interiority. Recently she has initiated and co-edited a special issue of The Journal of Nordic Architectural Research on the topic of ‘Everyday Tectonics’ published in January 2015, and have arranged two special sessions on the topic of Tectonic Architecture at the Second and Third International Conference on Architecture & Structures (ICSA 2013 and ICSA 2016 respectively) in cooperation with Professor Anne Beim. In 2014 she was appointed member of the Scientific Committee of ICSA. In 2010 she was awarded the Award for Excellence in the international journal ‘Design Principles and Practices’ and in 2007 she was awarded the Pachness Foundation travelling scholarship. She has participated in the International Architectural Biennale in Venice in 2006, 2012 and 2014. In 2006 with the exhibition of the pavilion NoRA a student project, and in 2012 and 14 as an educator, where she co-planned two International Summer Schools and Biennale Sessions. For a full list of her publication see http://personprofil.aau.dk/112289.

Besides her academic career Marie Frier is a practicing architect and partner in the architectural studio www.frierarchitecture.dk and the design company www.frieraarhus.dk, both of which she runs together with her sister Line Frier. Together Line & Marie Frier have since the founding of Frier Architecture in 2010 realised a series of architectural projects ranging from urban installations to interior- and furniture designs each of which explore new engaging relations between architecture and furniture; space and object. In 2014 their work got accepted for exhibition in SaloneSatellite at 'Salone Internazionale del Mobile 2015' in Milan.


Dr. Pavel Hladik is an architect and researcher in OCEAN. His research focuses on complex systems and advanced computing methods in architectural design with interest in close collaboration with teams across building design disciplines. He participated on projects where fast data communication was established especially with lighting, environmental and structural designers. His interest in design of architectural form is always connected with a real-time feedback and performative concepts. Pavel Hladik obtained his master's degree at the Faculty of Architecture of the Czech Technical University in Prague, at the Graduate School of the Architectural Association - Emergent Technologies and Design and he holds PhD from CTU in Prague. His education was focused on generative parametric design of branched structures, growth algorithms and movable structures. He was also trained in internal Arup University course in Computer Design Optimization module in 2009/2010. His research has been published and awarded in Europe, Asia and United States. He had been a visiting tutor at the CTU in 2005-2010 and among his academic work belong a visiting tutor at the Academy of Arts in Vienna (2007), University of Brighton (2012) and participation on various workshops for London design schools.

In his professional career he specialized in stadium design in international design and consultancy firm AECOM (Global Sports). He worked on stadium concepts and on-site projects in Europe, Middle East, Asia and South America. Among currently on-site projects belongs Singapore National Stadium where his focus was mainly on large span shell roof structure and he also worked on Aquatics Centre for Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Pavel Hladik also worked for various design studios in Prague, London and Singapore (SOM, ArupSport, Arup, Arup Associates). In Prague he has co-founded the design group nolimat which specialises on architecture and lighting industry.

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Asst. Prof. Joakim Wiig Hoen is a norwegian architect educated at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) and the Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO) where he received his masters degree in Architecture. Previously he worked at the architectural office Helen & Hard in Oslo. He is a co-founder of the computational design studio void and Assistant Professor at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design. These positions enable him to follow his interest in computational design and fabrication through both practice and academia.

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Prof. Dr. Peter Hayward Jones is associate professor at Toronto’s OCAD University, where he is a senior fellow of the Strategic Innovation Lab and teaches in the Strategic Foresight and Innovation MDes program. He completed his doctorate in design and innovation management at The Union Institute and a Master’s in Human Factors Psychology at University of Dayton.  His research interests include the innovation of healthcare as systems of multi-stakeholder care service, the development of systemic design methodologies for sociotechnical service systems, organizational sensemaking and sustainable business model innovation, and the innovation of scholarly publication and knowledge production.

Peter has authored numerous research articles and whitepapers, and has published three books. He is author of Design for Care: Innovating Healthcare Experience (Rosenfeld Media, 2013), We Tried to Warn You (Nimble Books, 2008) and Team Design (McGraw-Hill, revised in 2002).

He founded the innovation research firm Redesign Research in 2001, now located in Toronto. Redesign conducts design research to mobilize strategic and service innovations to advance collaborative and knowledge practices in organizations, professional practice, and service systems.  Peter has designed market-leading information services in healthcare, scientific, and legal practice, and advises organizations on service design and innovation strategy and competency building.

Dr. Jones is a board member of the Institute for 21st Century Agoras, an organization founded by Dr. Aleco Christakis to promote the practice and development of dialogic design science for democratic, collaborative action for socially complex problem systems. With the Agoras Institute, Peter has developed research and practice in dialogic design for helping social, public and corporate organizations with foresight and innovation strategies for navigating complex outcomes. 

He started and facilitates the Toronto-based educational and consultative community of practice known as Design with Dialogue to develop community-based learning of social design practices. He blogs at Design Dialogues and shares on Twitter as @redesign.

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Sofia Martins da Cunha

Sofia Martins da Cunha received her education as an Architect in Portugal and in Norway. She graduated at the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Porto (FAUP) in November 2014.

During the Autumn of 2012 and Spring of 2013 semesters Sofia attended the Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO) for her ERASMUS exchange program. While studying at AHO Sofia had the opportunity to use her interest in geometry and computation to be a key participant in the design and construction of the tensegrity structure “Floating Compression canopy”  (http://scs.aho.no/floating%20compression.htm).

As part of her interest in architecture and solving complex geometries Sofia is collaborating with Michael Hensel, Joakim Hoen, Guillem Baraut and Søren Sørensen on a Paper for ICSA 2016 conference.

Sofia currently works as an architect for Snøhetta and is an assistant teacher for the Nostalgic Future studio at AHO. In her time at Snøhetta Sofia has been working on projects for the Middle-East and Asia. Sofia has been mainly working on the Riyadh Subway Station, but is now the project leader for the flagship store of Aesop in Singapore. 

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Prof. Dr. Fredrik Nilsson is an architect SAR/MSA located in Gothenburg, Sweden. He graduated as architect in 1993, gained his PhD in 2002. Since 2009 professor of Architectural Theory at Chalmers University of Technology and since 2013 head of the department of Architecture. He is since 2000 at the architectural office White Arkitekter, where he is partner and since 2007 Head of Research and Development. He was senior professor at Sint-Lucas School of Architecture, Brussels, during 2007-2009, and has taught and lectured at several schools for architecture and design in the Nordic countries.

His research has mainly been directed to contemporary architecture, architectural theory and the relation to philosophy. Concerned with issues on how knowledge is generated and used within architectural work, his research has focused on architectural knowledge, design theory and theory of science in relation to architectural research and practice as well as the implications of technology for the interaction between conceptual thinking, practical design work and production of architecture. He is currently Director of the Strong Research Environment “Architecture in the Making. Architecture as a Making Discipline and Material Practice” hosted at Chalmers in collaboration between the Swedish Schools of Architecture and funded by the Swedish Research Council Formas.

He is board member of ResArc – The Swedish Research School in Architecture, board member of Bygginnovationen (The Swedish Building Innovation), and on the editorial board of Nordic Journal of Architecture. Previously he has among other things been member of the committee for Artistic research and development for the Swedish Research Council, member of the board for Swedish Construction Sector Innovation Centre, member of the Research Committee for Swedish Centre for Innovation and Quality in the Built Environment, and on the board for the Nordic Association of Architectural Research.

Fredrik is author and editor of several books and frequently publishes articles, architectural criticism and reviews of books.

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Dr. Renee Puusepp

Dr. Renee Puusepp is an architect, entrepreneur, practitioner and academic of computational design. He runs a London-based practice Slider Studio that focuses on developing technologies for enabling smart design and is a co-founder of Creatomus Solutions - a technology start-up working towards mass-customising housing. Renee is also a senior researcher in the Department of Architecture at the Estonian Academy of Arts, where he teaches workshops on computational architecture and parametric design.

Having finished his formal training and started professional career as an architect in Estonia, he completed MSc in Computing and Design as well as a PhD in Architecture at University of East London. In 2011, he was awarded a doctorate degree for his thesis investigating agent based techniques for advanced architectural modelling. His special interest lies in using generative, parametric and programmable tools at the early stages of design process. 

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Dr. Janne Beate Reitan gained her PhD at AHO - the Oslo School of Architecture and Design about how the Inuit women from North Alaska design and learn to design Contemporary Traditional Inuit clothing.

She is trained in general teacher education and has a BA in Art and Design Education at Levanger University College, and a master’s degree in art and design education at Oslo University College for Art and Design Education (SLFO). She is Associate Professor at the Institute of Art, Design and Drama (EST), Faculty of Technology, Art and Design (TKD), Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences (HIOA), where she started as head of the department of further education for teachers in Art and Design in 1992, and chaired the committee for further education for teachers in drawing, form and colour (Tegning, form og farge) for the national curricula in Reform 94. In recent years she has been working for interdisciplinary research programs, in particular the Urban Research Program at the Oslo University College. She is also educated in textiles, and has been working as a clothing designer for several periods.

She has been the Chief Editor and organizer of the journal FORMakademisk from its start five years ago. She is the co-chair of the scientific committee, the Organizing and the Programme Committees at the design education research conference DRS//CUMULUS Oslo 2013. She has been a member of an assessment committee for the degree of PhD at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).

Her main research interest is in vernacular design and design education, with an emphasis on learning-by-watching and research-by-design. She is a researcher in the project Design Literacy, and member of the Design Research Society, the research network DesignDialog and the OCEAN Design Research Association.

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Dr. Christopher Robeller is an architect and postdoctoral researcher at the Timber Construction Laboratory IBOIS at EPFL Lausanne. Christopher received his architecture diploma with distinction from London Metropolitan University in 2008 and worked at ICD Stuttgart from 2008-2010, where he developed integral timber plate joints for the award-winning ICD/ITKE Research Pavilion 2010. Since 2011 he is working at IBOIS and received a doctoral degree from EPFL in 2015 for his thesis entitled Integral Mechanical Attachment for Timber Folded Plate Structures. His research was published in journals and conferences such as Bauingenieur, ACADIA, RobArch and AAG, where he received the Best Paper Award 2014.



Dr. Jonas Runberger is an architect active in practice, research and education, currently based in Stockholm. He is a lecturer at the KTH School of Architecture where he co-tutors the Architectural Technology Research Studio, and the director of Dsearch, a digital design development environment at White Architects. Previous teaching experience includes Diploma Unit 16 at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London, the Architecture InFormation studio at KTH School of Architecture (Stockholm), the Architecture & Digital Design Systems Masters program at London Metropolitan University, the Machinic Processes in Architectural Design at ETHZ (Zurich, Switzerland) and workshops, lectures and reviews at SIAL / RMIT (Melbourne, Australia), Columbia University (New York) and SCI-Arc (Los Angeles). He is a founding partner of the research collaborative krets, and a previous director of Research & Development at Scheiwiller Svensson Architects. He has lectured and been published extensively  in Sweden and abroad. His main interests involve the relation between design techniques, architectural production and experiential effect, with an emphasis on the impact of digital technology on both experimental and conventional practice. Particular concerns within this field are protocols for collaborative design processes, digital technology as support in early design stages, experimentation and production, as well as the merging of digital and physical design aspects. His work has been internationally exhibited, most recently by Vitra Design Stiftung in the Open House exhibition and the Portikus gallery in Frankfurt. He concluded his PhD in Architecture and Project Communication at the KTH School of Architecture and the Built Environment in 2012, and his Licentiate at the KTH School of Architecture in 2008. Both dissertations regarded design projects as intrinsic parts of the research, evaluated in terms of architectural performance as well as techniques and processes employed

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Dr. Alex Ryan is a Senior Systems Design Manager with the Government of Alberta. He leads a cross-ministry systemic design team working to institutionalize systems thinking and design within government policy and planning processes to address diverse issues such as environmental monitoring, resource management, stakeholder engagement, and early childhood development. Dr. Alex Ryan has previously taught operational and strategic design at the U.S. School of Advanced Military Studies, and helped to institutionalize design within Western militaries, working with clients such as U.S. Strategic Command, U.S. Special Operations Command, Australian Special Operations Command, and the Canadian Forces College. His dissertation in applied mathematics advanced a multidisciplinary approach to complex systems design. 



Prof. Søren S. Sørensen is an architect, educator and researcher. He is a graduate from NTH (NTNU) in Trondheim, where he received his diploma in 1982. He is currently pursuing his PhD thesis within the field of Architectural Representation and Augmented Reality.

Søren worked as a practicing architect and project leader at some of the leading architectural offices in Norway from graduation until 1996. During this period he received an Italian State Scholarship for Urban studies in Rome, had an assignment for UNHCR in Hong Kong, established a gallery for contemporary art in Oslo, Norway, and did part time teaching of computational skills.

Since 1997 he was been a full time employee at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design, AHO, as Assistant Professor responsible for the implementation of digital technology in the educational curriculum and as teacher at master level.

Søren has been doing research on Virtual and Augmented Reality in relation to architecture since 2003, and is responsible for the field at AHO. The interdisciplinary research has been done in cooperation with Institute for Energy Technology in Halden, Norway, and the Kyoto University, Japan, and led to the establishing of AR-Lab Norway. He has published papers internationally, both on Augmented Reality for visualization of architecture and within the field of Nuclear Safety.