Maria Brewster is an Architect based in London and Greece. She has worked for practices in Athens and London on residential, sports and educational projects as well as small installations and set design. She is director of the AA Visiting School ‘Industrialised Craft’ and has taught at AAVS Greece Patras (Projections) and Athens (Cipher City). She has participated in various educational programmes and was a construction tutor at the Burlington Danes Academy for the ‘School House Project’ 2014-15 and a RIBA ambassador in 2016-17. She is an AA Dipl RIBA Part II (2013), Part III (2017) graduate and a RIBA/ARB registered Architect. Additionally she holds a professional diploma in dance from the Arts Educational School, Tring. She returned to the AA to study History and Critical thinking in Architecture in 2017/18 in order to answer three questions and explore writing as a form of architectural expression.
Chandni was born and raised in India. She received her Bachelor of Interior Design from APIED at Vallabh Vidyanagar and her Master of Interior Architecture and Design from CEPT University at Ahmedabad. She worked as Senior Interior Designer at architecture firms in Ahmedabad and Delhi. She also worked as Design Researcher at NID at Ahmedabad.
In 2010, Chandni moved to London. She worked as a volunteer on a number of exhibitions at Somerset House. She travelled extensively and documented architectural traditions across diverse cultures through the medium of photography.
Currently, Chandni is pursuing MA in History and Critical Thinking at AA School of Architecture. Her research interests lie in exploring minimalist expressions of architecture and architectural photography, and the historical contexts and theoretical constructs within which they lie.
Born and raised in Tehran ,Iran, I completed a Master’s degree in urban studies with a major in urban design from University of Tehran in 2005, prior to which I studied architecture at Azad university of Tehran.
After graduation in 2005, I moved to Toronto, Canada, and entered practice as an architectural designer. For the past eleven years, I have been working on a wide range of projects locally and internationally.
During these years, I have learnt that the strength and value of the profession of architecture lies in its breadth and its degree of connection with other relevant disciplines as a way of enhancing its own intellectual foundations. However, rather than critically reflecting on the limitations and potentials of architectural discipline, most practices see production and proliferation as ends in themselves. As a result, understanding transformations of architectural knowledge due to new technologies and disciplinary practices or the emergence of new forms of architectural subjectivity within the Neoliberal market economy is not a research priority for a great majority of practicing professionals. My objective to return to the academic world after eleven years of practice is driven by the desire to reconnect with these relevant discursive questions.
Born in Mons in Belgium, Olivier Bellflamme completed his studies at La Cambre-Horta in Brussels and in Valle Giulia in Rome. After a Master in “Histoire, Théorie, Critique” in Brussels, he lived in Mexico City during three years and started working with Index Art Book Fair in 2014. In January 2015, he became Project Manager at Frida Escobedo Studio, in charge of the Pavilion for the Victoria and Albert Museum, “You Know, You Cannot See Yourself So Well As By Reflection” and the museography of the exhibition “Under the Same Sun” at Jumex Museum in collaboration with the New-York’s Guggenheim. Since 2016 Olivier has been developing his own architectural practice and has moved to London in 2017 to undertake the “History and Critical Thinking” programme at the Architectural Association.
Stephanie is an Architect who graduated in Lima at the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru, where she has been teaching First Year Design Studio and assisting the History of Architecture class for the past 7 years. She is involved in the creation of the new Peruvian Architecture Archive at the same institution, in charge of the recompilation of material, inventory, and subsequent exhibitions.
After graduating in 2010, she started to work in different architecture studios, dividing her time between architectural practice and academia. With an interest in Architecture and Art History and Theory, she enrolled at the museography department of the Museum of Art in Lima, and later on, developed the consultancy for the Teacher Housing Project in Peruvian rural contexts for the Ministry of Education. She joined the History and Critical Thinking program at the AA with the aim to expand and diversify her studies on Architecture.
Nicolás Rivera is an architect based in Lima, Peru. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture and Urbanism from the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú. After his studies, he has worked in architecture firms in Lima before opening, together with Mariana Jochamowitz, the design studio Jochamowitz Rivera Arquitectos in 2015.
Jochamowitz Rivera Arquitectos has designed and built 8 projects between 2015 – 2017. The architecture firm is concerned with design and research projects involving domestic and landscape architecture. One of the studio’s main projects involves research, design and landscape planning for the marine Natural Protected Area Punta San Juan, in the southern coast of Peru. As part of this large-scale ongoing project, a Seacoast Observatory was built in 2015. This building earned Jochamowitz Rivera Arquitectos a nomination for the Mies Crown Hall Architecture Prize 2014/2015 in the category Emerging Architecture.
Nicolás is a Chevening Scholar currently enrolled in the MA History and Critical Thinking at the Architectural Association.
Sophie is a writer and designer from Sydney, Australia. She completed a Bachelor of Design in Architecture at The University of Sydney in 2016 where she was awarded the Henry J Cowan Prize for Architectural Science. Subsequently she worked for Tribe Studio Architects before relocating to London to commence the HCT course at the AA and to participate in the Sir John Soane Youth Panel.
Her work has appeared on the Architecture Folio Review and several publications including Dialogues 1., New Perspectives in Architectural Culture and Contemporary’s Contemporaries. Additionally she was an editor of the student journal Sydney Subjective. Her considerable interest in contemporary art has been fostered by working as a guide at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia, volunteering at the Australian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale of Architecture 2016 and working at both Artist Run Initiatives (ARIs) and commercial galleries in Sydney. In 2017 she founded her collaborative practice, AGENDA Lord and Lanigan, with Isobel Lord. Their first project Temple was exhibited at Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2017 and won the Clitheroe Emerging Sculptor Scholarship.
Colette studied architecture at The Bartlett School of Architecture and London Metropolitan University. She has worked for a number of practices in London, including Pierre d’Avoine Architects, and founded her practice Colette Architecture in 2012. She taught Diploma Fourteen with Pierre d’Avoine at The CASS from 2013 to 2017, and since 2015 has been a Design Fellow and Studio Master at the University of Cambridge. In 2017 she joined the History and Critical Thinking programme at the Architectural Association.
Marko received his Master of Architecture degree from the University of Zagreb, Croatia in 2015. During his studies he was also a teaching assistant and participated in multiple workshops including Amsterdam, Hamburg and the Venice Biennale. He briefly worked at the young award winning office Studio Up, after graduation moving to Berlin and working for gmp Architekten, where he was involved in international stadium and residential design competitions. Wishing to broaden his knowledge of architectural theory with the goal of later incorporating it in practice, he enrolled in the HCT program at the AA, where his interest so far includes the relation of subject to space, objective aesthetics and questions of architectural autonomy.