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Takaharu Tezuka

Architect, President of Tezuka Architects, Professor of Tokyo City University

1964 Born in Tokyo, Japan
1987 B. Arch., Musashi Institute of Technology
1990 M. Arch., University of Pennsylvania
1990-1994 Richard Rogers Partnership Ltd.
1994 Founded Tezuka Architects with Yui Tezuka
1996-2008 Associate Professor, Musahi Institute of Technology
2009- Professor, Tokyo City University

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Awards
The Best of All, OECD/CELE 4th Compendium of Exemplary Educational Facilities (2011, Fuji Kindergarten)
Prize of Architectural Institute of Japan for Design (2008, Fuji Kindergarten)
Japan Institute of Architects Award (2008, Fuji Kindergarten) (2015, Sora no Mori Clinic)
AR Award 2004, the Architectural Review (Echigo-matsunoyama Museum of Natural Science)
Good Design Gold Prize (1997, Soejima Hospital) (2013, Asahi Kindergarten)
Global Award for Sustainable Architecture 2017, UNESCO
Moriyama RAIC International Prize 2017 (Fuji Kindergarten), Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC)
BCS Prize (2018, Sora no Mori Clinic), Japan Federation of Construction Contractors
World Architecture Festival 2018, School Completed Buildings Winner (Muku Nursery School)

Exhibitions
2004 Venice Biennale of Architecture
2013 Carnegie International
2018 Venice Biennale of Architecture “Freespace”

Publications
Takaharu + Yui Tezuka Architecture Catalogue 1-3. TOTO Publishing
Takaharu + Yui Tezuka NOSTALGIC FUTURE ERINNERTE ZUKUNFT, Jovis, 2009.
Tezuka Architects: The Yellow Book, Edited by Thomas Sherman & Greg Logan, Jovis, 2016

TED.com The best kindergarten you’ve ever seen”
https://www.ted.com/talks/takaharu_tezuka_the_best_kindergarten_you_ve_ever_seen

Yui Tezuka

Architect / President of Tezuka Architects

1969 Born in Kanagawa, Japan
1992 B. Arch., Musashi Institute of Technology
1992-1993 The Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London
1994 Founded Tezuka Architects with Takaharu Tezuka

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Awards
The Best of All, OECD/CELE 4th Compendium of Exemplary Educational Facilities (2011, Fuji Kindergarten)
Prize of Architectural Institute of Japan for Design (2008, Fuji Kindergarten)
Japan Institute of Architects Award (2008, Fuji Kindergarten) (2015, Sora no Mori Clinic)
AR Award 2004, the Architectural Review (Echigo-matsunoyama Museum of Natural Science)
Good Design Gold Prize (1997, Soejima Hospital) (2013, Asahi Kindergarten)
Global Award for Sustainable Architecture 2017, UNESCO
Moriyama RAIC International Prize 2017 (Fuji Kindergarten), Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC)
BCS Prize (2018, Sora no Mori Clinic), Japan Federation of Construction Contractors
World Architecture Festival 2018, School Completed Buildings Winner (Muku Nursery School)

Exhibitions
2004 Venice Biennale of Architecture
2013 Carnegie International
2018 Venice Biennale of Architecture “Freespace”

Publications
Takaharu + Yui Tezuka Architecture Catalogue 1-3. TOTO Publishing
Takaharu + Yui Tezuka NOSTALGIC FUTURE ERINNERTE ZUKUNFT, Jovis, 2009.
Tezuka Architects: The Yellow Book, Edited by Thomas Sherman & Greg Logan, Jovis, 2016

TED.com Takaharu Tezuka “The best kindergarten you’ve ever seen”
http://www.ted.com/talks/takaharu_tezuka_the_best_kindergarten_you_ve_ever_seen

Thomas Mical

Professor, Jindal Global University, India

Thomas Mical has been teaching and researching globally on modern and hypermodern theories of architecture and urbanism over a long career in diverse international architecture programs. He has an M.Arch. from Harvard GSD on sci-fi urbanism and a Ph.D. from Georgia Tech in architectural theory, philosophy, and art history. He has taught 50 design studios and has been a tenured professor in the US, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. He has held fellowships at the Architectural Association (UK), London School of Economics (UK), and DAAD and Fulbright (Germany).

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His research in architectural theory examines how concepts are formed, transformed, and disperse into architecture and the wider sensorium. His design research examines the range of meanings and senses forming the complexity of conceived, perceived, and lived spaces. In Delhi he will be researching with global partners aspects of urban prototyping for high-density urbanism and how this can transform everyday life. His recurring theoretical sources include Felix Guattari and Henri Lefebvre. His recent PhD students have examined topics including Spatial Alterity in Beirut, Decolonizing Textile Design in Mexico, and Cognitive Capitalism in Chicago.

Education

PhD. Architectural Theory, Georgia Institute of Technology.
M.Sc. Architectural Theory, Georgia Institute of Technology.
M. Arch., Harvard University GSD.
B.Des.Hons Architecture, University of Florida.

Teaching and Research Interests

History of Modern Architecture and Urbanism, Contemporary Theory in Architecture, Media-Philosophy, Recombinant Urbanism, Critical Theory and Continental Philosophy, Qualitative Research Methods

Lucija AŽMAN Momirski

Associate Professor, Arch., Faculty of Architecture at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

Born in Ljubljana, Slovenia, Lučka Ažman Momirski received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Ljubljana’s Faculty of Architecture in 1986, followed by a master’s degree in 1993 and PhD in 2004. As a registered architect since 1988, she has been a professor of architecture and urban design since 2010 as well as the chair for technology, computer design, and (urban) management at the Faculty of Architecture since 2012.

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She served as vice dean of science and research at the faculty from 2005 to 2007, has been a visiting assistant professor at the Graz University of Technology and a visiting professor at the University of Zagreb, and has taught in Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Liechtenstein, Turkey, and Bosnia and Herzegovina. In addition to her teaching, she has received several first prizes and awards in national and international architectural and urban design competitions, led a number of international research and professional projects, published articles and books in Slovenia and abroad, held numerous international conferences and workshops, edited several publications, and prepared more than twenty exhibitions.

Jordan Lacey

Ph.D., Senior Research Fellow, School of Design, RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia

Jordan Lacey is a transdisciplinary artist, who specializes in soundscape design and the creation of public sound art installations. He was recently awarded an Australian Research Council (DECRA) grant titled Translating Ambiance (2019-21). This project combines biophilic design and ambiance theory to discover new techniques for the creation of sound art installations. 

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He is author of Sonic Rupture: a practice-led approach to soundscape design (2016, Bloomsbury Publishing) and author of the forthcoming Urban Roar: a psychophysical approach to the design of affective environments (2022, Bloomsbury Publishing). He is based in the School of Design at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia and is an associate editor for the Journal of Sonic Studies, which is based in the Netherlands.

Michael Fowler

Ph.D., Technische Universität, Berlin, Germany

Michael Fowler is an independent researcher whose work is interdisciplinary. He is primarily interested in the examination, analysis, composition and design of exemplary sound-space. He studied music in Australia (University of Newcastle) and the USA (University of Cincinnati), and pursued an international concert career as a pianist and electronic musician working with some of the most notable composers of the late 20th Century including Karlheinz Stockhausen, Steve Reich and Milton Babbitt. 

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During his career as a musician he performed in Greece, Australia, Canada, Japan, China, USA, Mexico and Germany. He has won acclaim from critics including those writing for The New York Times, Atlanta Constitution-Journal, Birmingham News, and Sydney Morning Herald. After spending a year in Japan studying Japanese aesthetics in 2002 he took up a Post-Doctoral position at the Spatial Information Architecture Laboratory in Melbourne Australia. He has published on topics including the semiotics of Japanese garden design, concepts of sound and listening in architecture and landscape architecture, the music of Karlheinz Stockhausen, and the utilization of techniques from mathematics and AI for representing indeterminate musical spaces in the scores of John Cage. His artistic practice has also included the presentation and design of immersive sound installations that have been staged in Australia, China and Japan. He is an alumnus of the Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung research fellowship program.

Tessa Matteini

Associate professor in Landscape Architecture, University of Florence, Italy

Tessa Matteini is an architect, landscape architect and Ph.D. in Landscape Architecture. Currently is an Associate professor at the Department of Architecture, she taught Landscape Architecture since 2007 at the University of Perugia, Florence, Venice and Bologna.
From June 2017, she is the Director of UNISCAPE, the European network supporting the principles of the European Landscape Convention.
From 2018 she is a member of the Academic Board of Ph.D. programme in Sustainability and innovation for the design. From 2019 she is a coordinator of the post-graduate Landscape Architecture Master at the University of Florence.

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As a registered member of AIAPP (Italian Association of Landscape Architect within IFLA Europe) she has been working since 1997 as a professional in landscape architecture, specialized in design and active/inventive conservation of historical sites and gardens; planning, design and management of layered landscapes; archaeological site and park landscaping.
She has investigated topics in the field of landscape architecture, especially focusing on the design of historical open space systems, and archaeological landscape projects, and given lectures and seminars, as well as participated in many international congresses in the mentioned areas..
She wrote more than one hundred contributions (books, essays and articles) focusing on various landscape topics, especially planning, design and inventive conservation of historical gardens, and archaeological site landscaping.

Natalia Olszewska

NAAD – Università IUAV and Politecnico di Milano; Co-founder of Impronta,
a Neuroscience Consultancy for Architecture

Researcher and practitioner working between the fields of neuroscience and architecture. Underwent unique educational training in medicine (Jagiellonian University & Tor Vergata), neuroscience (University College London, École Normale Supérieure and Sorbonne), and ‘neuroscience applied to architectural design’ (Università IUAV). Gained professional experience working at Hume, a science-informed architecture and urban design studio created by Itai Palti, where worked as Lab Lead and participated in projects for big companies and individual clients.

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A faculty member of NAAD (Neuroscience Applied to Architectural Design) Master organized by Università IUAV and Politecnico di Milano. A fellow of The Centre for Conscious Design, home to the Conscious Cities movement, and a global think-tank that searches to address social challenges through urban design, co-responsible for the ‘Neuroscience and Architecture’ and ‘Design for Wellbeing’ domains.
Co-founder of Impronta, a neuroscience consultancy for architecture helping environmental creators to optimize human experience of architectural and urban spaces.

Karol Argasiński

Msc Eng. Arch., BIMfaktoria Founder

Has earned a Msc Of Arch from the Faculty of Architecture at the Warsaw University of Technology (WUT). Interested in heritage, he is also enhancing his knowledge in architectural heritage and preservation at the Arts Faculty at the Nikolai Copernicus University in Toruń, Poland. Currently he is
continuing research during his Phd on the topic of creating virtual modeling of architectural heritage.

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He founded the company BIMfaktoria out of his passion for the preservation of monuments and cultural heritage. It started with extensive architectural analyses through inventory taking by means of laser scanning existing monumental structures. With repeatedly enhancing the process of digitizing historic structures, Mr. Argasiński has collected a myriad of knowledge when it comes to the approach of how to incorporate historic preservation via point clouds and complex BIM tools such as PointCab, Archicad, Revit or Allplan, gathering years of experience and deepening knowledge, the company has expanded services to include not only complex OpenBIM compliant inventories, but also take part in activities that aim to improve the work of architects and engineers in the AECO industry. By implementing BIM software and openBIM methodologies, but above all by implementing BIM technology processes throughout the project lifecycle. BIMfaktoria digitizes the
world around us, transforming what is temporary and fragile into lasting and fascinating experiences, images and animations. He is also an exclusive partner for PointCab GmbH in Poland. As sharing knowledge is a core value, he is an Academic Lecturer in ZIGURAT Global Institute of
Technology, during Master’s in Global BIM Management and Construction Project Management where he shares his views on BIM Implementation, Common Data Environments and OpenBIM methods of work. He is also a Co-Editor in BIMe Initiative creating the polish version of BIM Dictionary. Mr. Argasiński is a GRAPHISOFT Certified BIM Manager and Certified ArchiCAD Professional. Through his experience he is developing and actively teaching software techniques and works with companies on introducing them to the OpenBIM world by implementing software and methods of work being also buildingSMART Polish Chapter member working in Educational Room.

Maciej Błaszak

Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, Poland

Maciej Błaszak, Ph.D. Associate Professor at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. Biologist, cognitive scientist, and philosopher interested in interactions between the human brain and its built environment. His main area of research is predictive and embodied cognition, ecological psychology applied to smart cities and self-actualization through directed brain’s learning. Participant of scholarships in Kiel, Germany (DAAD) and Edinburgh, Scotland (Tempus). Author and co-author of five books and many scientific papers. Counsellor for business partners and educational companies.