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Andrew Clancy is an architect and educator. His research concerns conversation as a method in architectural production and education, a sensibility that runs through the work of his practice - Clancy Moore architects, which he runs with Colm Moore. Andrew completed a PhD with RMIT in Barcelona in 2017. In 2015 he was appointed Villum visiting Professor at the Aarhus School of Architecture and in 2016 he was appointed Professor at the Kingston school of Art in London - where he co-directs the philosophy of the school, and runs the research group Register.

Philip Christou lives in London and has worked with Florian Beigel Architects and the Architecture Research Unit since 1985. He studied at McGill University, Montreal, the University of Lethbridge and the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax, Canada, before studying architecture at the Architectural Association in London. He is Professor Emeritus at the London Metropolitan University where he taught architectural design with Florian Beigel from 1985 to 2017. He has lectured in numerous schools of architecture internationally, and the work of FBA and ARU is widely published.

Ricardo Flores is architect for the School of Architecture of the University of Buenos Aires, Master in Urban Design and Doctor of Architecture for the School of Architecture of Barcelona. After a long collaboration at Enric Miralles' office, establishes Flores & Prats Architects together with Eva Prats in Barcelona in 1998. Besides his professional practice, Ricardo is Professor at the School of Architecture of Barcelona.

Lina Ghotmeh is the founding architect of Paris-based studio Lina Ghotmeh — Architecture. Her projects vary across scales and geographies — from objects to museums’ architecture, from France to Japan. She is known for the Estonian National Museum, the Palais de Tokyo restaurant “Les Grands Verres” and “Stone Garden” in Beirut. Her studio is currently working on the new Hermès Manufacture in Normandy. Her work will be exhibited at the Venice Biennale of Architecture 2021.

Simon Kretz is Lecturer for Urban Design at ETH Zurich, Lecturer for Design Theory at the University of Zurich and practising architect, urbanist and researcher. He is co-founder of Christina Nater and Simon Kretz Architects and Christian Salewski & Simon Kretz Architects, both architectural and urban design firms. He investigated in his PhD the thought processes and methodologies of urban design. The distillate, ‘The Cosmos of Design. Exploring the Designer’s Mind’, a philosophy of design, was published this spring. Simon has been chosen by Sir David Chipperfield as his protégé in the «Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative» for 2016–2017. Their joint book ‘On Planning. A Thought Experiment’, reflects on urban design methodology in contemporary planning cultures.

Eleonora Maccari studied architecture at the Academy of Architecture in Mendrisio, gradueted in 2006 winning the Award Accademia di Architettura Mendrisio for the final career project: Public Library in Venice under the supervision of Heinz Tesar and Mario Botta. She collaborated for international studios: in 2007/ 2008 with Balkrishna Doshi in India, in 2009/2010 with sudioInsito in Rome, from 2011 to 2013 with Barozzi/Veiga in Barcelona and from 2013 started her indipendent practice. From September 2013 collaborates at the Accademia di Architettura Mendrisio as teaching assistant, from 2013 to 2020 with Grafton Architects, from 2017-2019 with Sánchez García and from this present academic year 2020-2021 started to collaborate both in the atelier and the Sustainable design lab of professor Muck Petzet, who is also supervising her doctoral research started in 2019 under the title of: Unfinished + Human Capital: Building unfinished, towards a typological model.

Manon Mollard is the Editor of The Architectural Review. She is a graduate from the AA School of Architecture and currently lives and works in London. Beyond the AR, she writes for other international publications, is a guest critic at architecture schools and has recently collaborated with institutions such as the Trienal de Lisboa, the Royal Institute of British Architects and the Canadian Centre for Architecture.

Takero Shimazaki is an architect practicing in London, UK. The practice was founded in 1999 as Toh Shimazaki Architecture, and as Takero Shimazaki Architects since 2010. Takero has lead Diploma Unit 8 at London Metropolitan University since 2016 and taught at the Architectural Association between 2010 - 2015.

John Tuomey O’Donnell + Tuomey is a studio-based practice committed to the craft and culture of architecture. They have been involved with urban design, cultural, social and educational projects at home and abroad. The practice has an international reputation for its engagement with complex urban situations and sensitive landscapes. They are the winners of over 120 awards including the RIBA Royal Gold Medal, the world’s most prestigious award in architecture.

Inge Vinck graduated with distinction from St Lucas in Gent in 1997, collaborated with offices in France and Belgium, before founding her own practice along Jan de Vylder and Jo Tailleu in 2010 architecten de vylder vinck taillieu, and more recently architecten jan de vylder inge vinck. / inge vinck jan de vylder architecten in 2019. Inge has been teaching at different schools in France, the Netherlands, but also in Switzerland – first at the USI Mendrisio and since 2017 at ETH, alongside Jan de Vylder.



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