Vera Kaps is an architect and researcher in architecture, born in 1985. Educated at the University of Stuttgart in Germany and at the Pontificia Universidad de Chile, she graduated in Architecture and Urban Planning. Vera worked in Stuttgart-, Frankfurt-, Vienna- and Zurich- based offices in the fields of architecture, urban planning and exhibition design. She also works as a writer for the Berlin-based architectural magazine Bauwelt. Currently, she is working as a research assistant at the Institute for Architecture and Planning at the University of Liechtenstein. In 2014, she started her PhD on Building identity where she investigates the creation of identities through spatial production on example of the Swiss National Exhibition. Her research focus is on the mediation of architecture with focus on exhibition formats and the construction of identities and borders.
Monika Kurath has been a senior researcher and group leader at the Centre for Research on Architecture, Society & the Built Environment (ETH CASE), Department of Architecture, ETH Zurich, Switzerland since 2010. After her master at the ETH Zurich and her PhD at the University of St.Gallen, she was a candidate at the graduate school Collegium Helveticum ETH Zurich, a research associate at the Office for History of Science and Technology at the UC Berkeley, a post doctoral researcher at the Program for Science Studies at the University of Basel and a fellow at the Harvard Kennedy Schools Program on Science, Technology & Society. This fall, she will be a visiting professor at the University of Vienna ‘s Department of Science and Technology Studies. After more classic science and technology studies research on societal aspects of emerging technologies, like biotechnology and nanotechnology, her current research focuses the field of urban studies and sociology of architecture. Ongoing projects analyse zone based urban planning in the five Western cities Amsterdam, Lisbon, Vancouver, Vienna and Zurich as well as design research in higher education of architects in Australia, Germany, Scandinavia, the UK and the US.
Harriet Harris is a Principal Lecturer in Architecture at Oxford Brookes University and subject coordinator for the MArchD in Applied Architectural Design. She is also Tutor in Critical & Historical Studies at the Royal College of Art. Her doctoral research has been recognised for excellence in teaching by a Brookes Teaching Fellowship (2010–12), a Winston Churchill Fellowship (2011) a Higher Education Academy Internationalisation Fellowship (2012) and most recently two Santander Awards.
Previously, in 2004 Harriet won a public funding commission (NESTA) to establish and co-direct Design Heroine Architecture (DHA). In 2007, Dr Harris was awarded a British Academy Rome Scholarship. In January 2013, she was selected as one of just 60 women nationally for the BBC Expert Women database project. Dr Harris’s most recent publications include: Architecture Live Projects: Pedagogy into Practice (Routledge 2014) and Radical Pedagogies; Architecture & the British Tradition (RIBA Publications).
Johan De Walsche is associate professor of architecture at the Faculty of Design Sciences at the University of Antwerp. His research interests focus on architectural research methodology, design research, architectural education and the research-teaching nexus in the architectural design studio. Further topics of interest include building culture in territories in transition, with e.g. graduate student projects in Cairo and Aswan, Egypt – in cooperation with the Ain Shams University Cairo – Paramaribo, Suriname, in cooperation with the Adekus University Paramaribo, and in Casablanca, Morocco. Johan De Walsche is founding member of ARENA, an international research network in architecture, where he is project leader of the research Seminars DR_SoM [Design Research, Series on Methods]. He is co-editor of the book “Theory by Design”, resulting from the conference with the same name. He was coordinator and penholder of the working group of the EAAE Charter on Architectural Research. He is member of the expert group of the ECOOM research project on the evaluation of artistic and designerly research outcome in Flanders, Belgium. Johan De Walsche has been member of the scientific committee of several conferences on architectural education, architectural research, and design research. He has been external examiner, visiting critic and keynote speaker for graduate students and PhD candidates at several schools.
Jüri Soolep is Guest-Professor of Umeå School of Architecture and Rector of Nordic Academy of Architecture. 2002 – 2011 he was Dean of the Faculty of Architecture in Estonian Academy of Arts. Since 2001 he was Professor in the Department of Architecture and Urban Design. He received his Doctorate in Portsmouth University in 2001, dissertation – On Realities and Horizons of Design in Architectural Education. 2004 – 2009 he was the member of the Professor´s Council for international doctoral school Villard d´Honnecourt. He was involved in implementing Architectural Policy of Estonian Government. Jüri Soolep has lectured in the universities of Tartu, Oulu, Porto, Cork, Portsmouth, Liverpool, and Hosei Tokyo. Currently he is external examiner in University of Portsmouth and University of Lichtenstein. Jüri Soolep is also partner in the architectural office AB Medium. The current field of interest includes investigations in representations of architectural phenomena, as well as in the archetypal structures and political meanings of the built world.
Urs Egg is a practicing architect and researcher in architecture, art, and design. He studied at the Cooper Union School of Architecture in New York under John Hejduk, Raimund Abraham, Peter Eisenman, Liz Diller & Rick Scofidio a.o. where he received his degree in 1994. His Zürich based architectural practice UNDEND Architektur was founded while still studying in 1993. The work of UNDEND has been awarded with the Swiss Federal Art Award and featured in various exhibitions world wide. Their latest project for social housing, Rautistrasse Zürich, was widely published. Urs Egg has been teaching at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne where he held a professorship at the first year course ALICE and supervised master thesis projects next to his lecturing activities. Currently he is lecturer at the University of Liechtenstein in the Bachelors degree programme. His main focus in teaching is a holistic mediation of architectural knowledge and skills with a strongly interdiciplinary approach.
Cornelia Faisst, Bmst. Mag. Arch. (* 1979), studied at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, with Prof. Greg Lynn and Prof. Hans Hollein. Furthermore, she studied at the Fachhochschule Liechtenstein and at the KTH Stockholm, Sweden. She currently teaches as a senior lecturer 3D Modeling, architectural rendering and visualization at the University of Liechtenstein, additionally, she directs the module group “representation, mediation and production” at the bachelor’s degree programme in architecture. She was responsible for two workshops for the “Maasai Community Art Space” in Tanzania, in collaboration with UNESCO Dar es Salaam. For her research project “The Female Maasai Master Builder” she received the Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky Project Grant from the Federal Chancellery Austria. Since 2011, she is office manager of the architectural firm falkeis.architects in Vaduz, Liechtenstein. Previously, she worked for Span Architects, Vienna on the Austrian Pavilion for the EXPO in Shanghai and at the City Centre Project, Las Vegas, for Graft LLC in Los Angeles.
Ludovico Centis is an architect, a founder and editor of the architecture magazine San Rocco, and a contributor to the website of Domus magazine. He was a partner at the architectural office Salottobuono from 2007 to 2013. He is currently a doctoral candidate in urbanism at IUAV University in Venice (Italy) and has taught undergraduate design courses at various Italian universities and lectured internationally, including at the Hong Kong & Shenzhen Biennale of Urbanism and the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London. As a Banham Fellowship holder, his research addresses the contemporary understanding and perception of monuments. He is teaching a year-long seminar and an undergraduate studio and will also produce a book and exhibition as a result of his research.
François Charbonnet is co-founder along with Patrick Heiz of the architecture studio Made in, based in Geneva, Switzerland. After graduating from the ETH Zurich he collaborated with Herzog & de Meuron and OMA, Rem Koolhaas before setting up his own office in 2003. In addition to his practise, he is a frequent lecturer and has been a visiting professor at the EPF Lausanne (2010-2011), the ETH Zurich (2011-2013) and the Accademia di Archittetura, Mendrisio (2014-2015).
Annett Höland is a graphic designer based in Liechtenstein. She graduated from the BA Graphic Design course at Central Saint Martins London College of Art and Design in 2009 and finished her Masters in Design at Werkplaats Typografie (NL) in 2011. She has worked as a freelance graphic designer with clients from the cultural and social field since 2011. From 2011 till 2013 she worked as a tutor for Graphic Design at a preliminary course in Chur, Switzerland. Since 2014 she is a lecturer at the Institute of Architecture and Planning at the University of Liechtenstein. Grounded in conceptual thinking, critical reflection and a fascination for language and typography she works towards various outcomes. Going beyond the design of printed matter and book design into the digital world she aims for a project specific approach, hence allowing content be communicated in the best possible way. In addition to commissioned design projects she is involved in research-oriented work and interested in generating content herself, seeing the act of editing not only in the context of compiling a book but in a broader sense, for example when bringing people together for a conference or setting up a workshop. Based on an interest in alternative ways of ordering and structuring knowledge and information she has engaged in projects related to the idea of the library since 2009. She is a board member of the Kunstverein Schichtwechsel (Liechtenstein art association) since 2014.
Peter Staub is an architect and researcher in architecture and visual culture. He studied at the Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio and graduated from the Architectural Association School of Architecture (AA Dipl 2003) and the Cities Programme at the London School of Economics (MSc 2008). He has been a Unit Master at the AA and has taught at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne and the University of Liechtenstein, where he holds the professorship in Architecture and Visual Culture and is the Academic Director of the Master’s degree programme in architecture. His main focus in teaching and research is on the mediation of architecture and building cultures. The results have been made public in a variety of exhibitions and publications, including in his books “Mediating Architecture” (with Theo Lorenz, AA Publications 2011) or “Raumkultur und Identität” (with Alberto Alessi and Andri Gerber, Niggli 2013).
Ekaterina Nagibina born in 1988, in Western Siberia, Russia. Has a degree in Architecture from Tyumen State University of Architecture and Civil Engineering. In 2013, after 2 years of working in an architectural office in Russia, she entered the Master Program in Architecture at the University of Liechtenstein. As a part of the program she spent one year in the Luca School of Art in Brussels, Belgium. Ekaterina has a background in art and photography. As a part of a team she contributed to the first official participation of Liechtenstein in the Architectural Biennale in Venice in 2014 (14th Architectural Biennale, curated by Rem Koolhaas). Her photographs were used for the exhibition in the Russian Pavilion on the same Biennale as well.
Georgia Papathanasiou born in 1986, in Athens, Greece. She earned her masters in Architecture-Engineering in 2011 from National Technical University of Athens. In 2013 she graduated from the program of Master of Advanced Studies in Urban Design from ETH. She is constantly participating in architectural competitions in Greece and abroad. Her work has been awarded and published in various exhibitions and magazines, including 7th Biennale of Athens and Studio-X Rio GSAPP Columbia and São Paulo Architecture Biennale. Currently, she is working as teaching and research assistant at the Institute for Architecture and Planning at the University of Liechtenstein while she still works as architect in Zürich.