Keynotes

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Keynote Speaker
Philippe Morel

Philippe Morel, Architect au centre Beaubourg dans l’expo L’exposition Multiversités

Philippe Morel is an architect and theorist, co-founder of EZCT Architecture & Design Research (2000) and initiator and founding CEO of the large-scale 3D-printing corporation XtreeE (2015). He is currently an Associate Professor at the École nationale supérieure d’architecture Paris-Malaquais, where he heads the Digital Knowledge department (co-founded with Pr. Girard). He was previously an invited Research Cluster and MArch Diploma Unit Master at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL. Prior to this he taught at the Berlage Institute in the Netherlands (seminar and studio) and at the AA (HTS Seminar and AADRL Studio). His long-lasting interest in the elaboration of a theory of computational architecture is well expressed in his numerous essays, projects and lectures.

Keynote Speaker
Prof. Arno Pronk

Arno Pronk is an Assistant Professor in the Department of the Built Environment at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e).  

His research focuses on creating and designing curved surfaces using (inflatable) moulds. He examines how what can be done with polyester, can also be done with ice or sprayed concrete. His research project include the Trefoil Self-sufficient Office-boat, realized using Pornk’s Blowing Structure Method, an innovation-demonstration building for the marina in IJburg, The Netherlands, in co-operation with BAM Concrete Technics and Tentech. Elements from the research project ‘making freeform architecture with membranes’ have been used for the entrance of an underground bicycle cellar in the city centre of Eindhoven, designed by Massimiliano Fuksas. 

Keynote Speaker
Guan Lee

Dr. Guan Lee is Lecturer of Architecture and co-director of Material Architecture Lab at UCL Bartlett school of architecture and tutor in Architecture at the Royal College of Art. Guan Lee has a BSc in Architecture from McGill University, Montreal, Canada (1997), Architectural Association (AA) Diploma (1999) and an MSc in Landscape Urbanism (2003), also from the AA. He has recently completed his PhD by Design (2013) at the Bartlett, UCL. His practice, Grymsdyke Farm, is set in the Chilterns in Buckinghamshire, about 35 miles northwest of London. The farm is composed of a house, a series of outbuildings, a walled vegetable garden and a small orchard. The farmhouse remains residential but the other buildings are converted into workshops and studios. Grymsdyke Farm’s motivating concept is to establish and explore the value of living/working arrangements that involve intimate engagement with materials and processes of making. Lee’s practice engages in a wide range of design fabrication, digital and analogue. Its aim is to expose, articulate and demonstrate the essential connections between processes of design, making and place. K

Keynote Speaker
Will Hunter

Will is the Founder of the London School of Architecture, and is currently the school’s Director.  He was previously the executive editor of The Architectural Review and editor of the monthly magazines of The Architects’ Journal and Building Design. He has contributed to many titles including Wallpaper*, Blueprint and the Financial Times.  Trained as an architect at the Bartlett, UCL, and at the Royal College of Art, he has taught architecture at both London Metropolitan University and the RCA, at the latter as a design unit master and chair of the architecture school’s public lecture programme. Will has judged numerous competitions, including the Global Architecture Graduate Awards and the RIBA President’s Medals. He was the creative director for the RIBA conference Guerilla Tactics 2014, has spoken at numerous institutions including the Royal Academy, the V&A, the Frontline Club and Yale, and has broadcast on platforms such as Monocle 24 and L:SN Global. Will is a fellow of the Legatum Institute and the Royal Society of Arts, and a Board member of Fast Forward 2030, which is part of the Institute for Global Prosperity.

Keynote Speaker
Anna Liu

Anna Liu is a qualified architect with over 15 years of experience in architecture, art, and landscape. Her experience has encompassed work in China, Japan, the US the UK, and in Taiwan where she was born. After graduating from Masters in Architecture at Columbia University, Anna worked for Rocco Design and Arup Associates in Hong Kong and in London, on projects the Hong Kong Central Station and Manchester Stadium. She set up Tonkin Liu with Mike Tonkin in 2002. Together they taught at the Architectural Association School of Architecture for four years, focusing on patterns in nature and in human nature, which was further explored with students at the University of Westminster and at universities in Japan and Taiwan. Anna’s professional practice has been fuelled by a continued reference to nature in a broad range of scales, from directly integrating elements nature gives generously for free, deriving biomimetic structural, formal, environmental lessons, to using nature as symbols. She is currently an External Examiners at the University of Dundee and the Bartlett School of Architecture. The practice has won the RIBA Research Grant and been selected as an RIBA Role Model Practice.