Director: Marina Lathouri
Course Tutors: Tim Benton, Georgios Tsagdis, John Palmesino
Visiting Tutors: Fabrizio Gallanti, Anthony Vidler
Visiting speakers: Jorella Andrews, Shumon Basar, David Cunningham, Keller Easterling, Marco Ferrari, David Knight, Nadir Lahiji, Massimiliano Molona, Louis Moreno, Siri Nergaard, Benjamin Noys, Sam Jacob, Francesco Jodice, Manuel Orazi, Alessandra Ponte, Michelangelo Sabatino, Maria Theodorou, Anthony Vidler, Sven-Olov Wallenstein, Ines Weizman, Thanos Zartaloudis
Marina Lathouri (Director) studied architecture and philosophy of art and aesthetics. She directs the Graduate Programme in the History and Critical Thinking at the AA and lectures at Cambridge University. She has previously taught at the University of Pennsylvania and is Visiting Professor at the Universidad de Navarra, Spain and the Universidad Catolica in Santiago, Chile. Her current interests lie in the conjunction of historiography and modernity, architecture and writing, the city and political philosophy. Most recently, she co-authored Intimate Metropolis: Urban Subjects in the Modern City (Routledge 2008) and City Cultures: Contemporary Positions on the City (AA Publications 2010) and has published numerous articles.
Tim Benton is Professor Emeritus of Art History at the Open University. His research achieved international renown in the history of architecture and design between the wars. His work on Le Corbusier is very widely cited; his book on the Villas of Le Corbusier (first edition in French, 1984) has gone through several editions and now exists in French, English and Italian editions. In a series of important articles Benton extended the research of this classic text. His book The Rhetoric of Modernism: Le Corbusier as lecturer (2007) was awarded the prestigious Grand Prix du Livre sur l’Architecture by the Academie de l’Architecture, Paris and is currently available in French and English editions. The book Lc Foto: Le Corbusier: Secret Photographer was published by Lars Mueller Publications in July 2013. More recently, he has been working with the Association Cap Moderne on the restoration of the villa E-1027, Le Corbusier’s cabanon and the Étoile de mer and Unités de camping at Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, publishing a book Le Corbusier, peintre à Cap Martin (Paris 2015), which was awarded the Prix du Livre de la Méditérrannée. He has further edited a new edition of the English language publication of Le Corbusier’s Precisions (1930), Schediegger & Spiess, 2015.
Benton also worked on a number of exhibitions and their catalogues, including Art Deco 1910-1939 and Modernism, designing a new World at the V&A and the exhibition on the Italian architect Luigi Moretti at the MAXXI gallery in Rome (opened 27 May 2010). He also curated an exhibition on Art Deco at the Fundacion March, Madrid (2015). He curated one of the rooms of an exhibition on Le Corbusier and Photography at the Musée des Beaux-Arts, La Chaux-de-Fonds (2012), subsequently on show at the CIVA gallery Brussels. His international reputation is confirmed by an entry on his work in the volume 6 of the Dizionario dell’architettura del XX secolo, Turin 1995 and by invitations in the United States, including a semester as Robert Sterling Clark Visiting Professor at the Clark Art Institute at Williams College (2009), Columbia University (2007), the Bard Graduate College (2003 and 2006) and at the École Polytechnique Fédéral de Lausanne (2010-2013).
Georgios Tsagdis is a Greek philosopher teaching at the University of Leiden and the University of Westminster.
John Palmesino is a Swiss-born Italian architect and urbanist.
He is Diploma Unit Master and director of the AA Territories Think Tank at the AA Architectural Association, London, as well as Research Fellow at the Research Architecture Centre, Goldsmiths University of London. In 2007, he established Territorial Agency together with Ann-Sofi Rönnskog.
Territorial Agency is an independent organisation that innovatively promotes and works for sustainable territorial transformations. It works to strengthen the capacity of local and international communities in comprehensive spatial transformation management. Territorial Agency’s projects channel available spatial resources towards the development of their full potential. Territorial Agency’s work builds on wide stake-holder networks. It combines analysis, projects, advocacy and action.
With Territorial Agency, photographer and film-maker Armin Linke and curator Anselm Franke, he is the author of Anthropocene Observatory, a multi-year research and film project investigating the unfolding across international institutions of the consequences of the thesis of a new man-made geological epoch. The project is commissioned by the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin.
Territorial Agency is involved in large-scale spatial transformation projects, among which the integrated plan for the Makermeer, commissioned by Rijkswaaterstaat in the Netherlands, and the plan for the relocation of the city of Kiruna, in Northern Sweden.
Initiator of the multidisciplinary research project ‘Neutrality’: the research investigates the relations between architecture, the processes of construction of the inhabited space and the forms of polity in the 21st Century. The project analyses the modalities of operation of the clusters of introverted and almost self-referential institutional, economical, political, military, cultural innovation spaces and enclosed knowledge circuits that appear to be the critical hallmarks of today’s city and cultural climate.
He is conducting his researches on neutrality as a device of transformation and control of the contemporary inhabited space for his PhD at the Research Architecture Centre, Goldsmiths, University of London.
He is director of the AA Territories Think Tank. Recent research organised includes the Graham Foundation award winning project Plan the Planet, Jacqueline Tyrwhitt and the Formation of International and Global Architecture. He is the recipient of a 2009 Graham Foundation Grant award for his researches on the ‘Architecture of UN peace-keeping missions’.
He has been in charge of the Master course at the Research Architecture Centre, where he is leading a research on the spatial transformations related to the operations of International organisations, Intergovernmental Organisations and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs).
He has taught together with Prof. Irit Rogoff a MA course on Geographies at the Visual Cultures departments, Goldsmiths, University of London.
He has been Research Advisor at the Jan van Eyck Academie in Maastricht between 2010 and 2013.
He has been Head of research at ETH Zurich, Studio Basel / Contemporary City Institute, between 2003 and 2007. ETH Studio Basel is a research institute for the investigation of the transformation patterns of the city of the 21st Century, established by the Pritzker Prize winner architects and professors Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron. He has managed the transition of ETH Studio Basel into a full Research Institute of the ETH Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, establishing the research agenda and methodology. He has led the Institute researches on a series of international cities, also in conjunction with Harvard School of Design, where he helped establish the Independent Thesis Programme led by Herzog and de Meuron, working on collaborative projects with ETH Studio Basel. He has managed the works for the publication of the research ‘Switzerland–An Urban Portrait’.
He has curated the participation of the Institute at the 10th Architecture Biennale in Venice, 2006.
He has co-founded Multiplicity with Stefano Boeri in 1996. Multiplicity is a multidisciplinary network of architects, urbanists, social scientists, photographers, filmmakers and visual artists that explores contemporary territorial transformations. The Milan – based organisation deals with contemporary urbanism, representation of inhabited landscape transformation, visual arts and general culture. Main projects include USE Uncertain states of Europe (Mutations, Triennale di Milano), SOLID SEA (documenta11), Border Devices (Biennale di Venezia), The Road Map (KW Berlin).
He is author of several territorial research studies, with particular attention to the transformations in the general European context and the Swiss urban structure in particular. His research focuses on the representation of self-organisation processes in the construction of the contemporary urban condition.
Palmesino has lectured widely in Europe, Asia, in Japan, Australia and in the US.
Academic affiliations to the AA Architectural Association School of Architecture, Goldsmiths, University of London, ETH Zurich, EPFL Lausanne, Royal Academy of Arts Copenhagen, Politecnico di Milano, IUAV Venezia, University of Genova, and at the Harvard School of Design.
He is co-author of ‘USE- Uncertain states of Europe’, Milano 2003; ‘MUTATIONS’, Barcelona 2000; ‘Lessico Postfordista-Scenari della mutazione’, Milano 2001. He has published several essays and articles in the major architecture and urban magazines (Domus, Abitare, Archis, Volume, StadtBauWelt, etc’).
Fabrizio Gallanti has wide-ranging and international experience in architectural design, education, publication, and exhibitions. He was the Associate Director Programs at the Canadian Centre of Architecture in Montreal and the first recipient of the Mellon Senior Fellow at Princeton University School of Architecture (2014-15) and the Graham Foundation (2015) for the research project Las Ciudades del Boom: Economic growth, urban life and architecture in the Latin American city, 1989 – 2014.
He holds a Ph.D. in architectural design from the Politecnico di Torino (Turin, Italy 2001) and an M.Arch. from the University of Genova (1995). Between 2002 and 2006 he lived in Santiago, Chile, practicing as architect and teaching Architectural Design and Architectural Theory at the Universidad Diego Portales (2002-2006), Pontificia Universidad Católica (2002-2006) and at the Universidad Nacional Andrés Bello (2004-2006). Between 2006 and 2007 he was the academic director for the international courses at NABA (Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti), Milano, Italy. Between 2008 and 2011 he taught Architecture Design at the Politecnico di Milano, Facoltà di Architettura Ambientale.
He curated several cycles of lectures and international seminars, referred to architecture and urbanism: multiplicity. Una collezione di luoghi, Triennale di Milano, Italy, (2000-2001), Urbania, Bologna, Italy (2009), ArchiLiFE, Le LiFE, Saint Nazaire, France (2010), Learning from…, Canadian Centre for Architecture (2011/2013). He curated several exhibitions, among others: Next to city, Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, Germany (1997), Su_RUT?, Galeria Gabriela Mistral, Santiago de Chile (2004), Searching for an Ideal Urbanity, Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, Germany (2007), Alturas de Macchu Picchu. Martin Chambi – Álvaro Siza at work and ABC:MTL. A self-portrait of Montreal both at the Canadian centre for Architecture, Montreal (2012).
He frequently writes for international architecture magazines and journals such as 32, A+U, Abitare, Domus, Museion Journal, CLOG, San Rocco, Journal of Architectural Education and Il Giornale dellʼArchitettura. In 2006 he was the guest editor of the special issue of the Japanese architecture magazine A+U, Chile Deep South, dedicated to contemporary Chilean architecture. In 2010 he was the guest editor of the academic journal Materia #01 published by the Universidad San Sebastian with a special issue dedicated to architectural education. Between 2007 and 2011 he was architecture editor at Abitare magazine and chief editor of the Abitare web-site. Between 1993 and 2004 he was a founding member of gruppo A12, collective of architects dedicated to the hybridization between architectural design and visual arts, based in Genoa and Milan (www.gruppoa12.org). During its trajectory gruppo A12 has produced a consistent body of work and research that encompassed a multiple array of practices: architecture design (25 apartments housing complex in Borghetto Lodigiano, Italy 1996-1999; Europan 5, first prize), spatial installation and exhibition designs (ZKM Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie, Karlsruhe; manifesta 3, Lubljiana; P.S.1, New York; Musée dʼArt Moderne de la Ville de Paris; Witte de With, Rotterdam; Kröller Müller Museum, Otterlo; Villa Medici, Rome; Center for Contemporary Art, Kitakyushu). In 2000 gruppo A12 participated to the Venice Architecture Biennale with the research project “parole”, a dynamic dictionary of the contemporary city (http://parole.aporee.org). Since 2003 he has developed a professional partnership with Francisca Insulza. Their work has been exhibited in various venues (Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, Santiago de Chile; exo, Sao Paulo; film + arch, Graz; Architecture and Urbanism Biennale Shenzhen Hong Kong, Canadian Centre for Architecture Montreal).
Anthony Vidler, historian and critic, is Vincent Scully Visiting Professor of Architectural History at Yale University and the former Dean of the Cooper Union School of Architecture.
Vidler received his professional degree in architecture from Cambridge University in England, and his doctorate in History and Theory from the University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands. He was a member of the Princeton University School of Architecture faculty from 1965–93, serving as the William R. Kenan Jr. Chair of Architecture, the Chair of the Ph.D. Committee, and Director of the Program in European Cultural Studies. In 1993 he took up a position as professor and Chair of the Department of Art History at UCLA, with a joint appointment in the School of Architecture from 1997. He was appointed Acting Dean of the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of The Cooper Union in 2001, and Dean of the School in 2002.
As designer and curator he installed the permanent exhibition of the work of Claude-Nicolas Ledoux in the Royal Salt Works of Arc-et-Senans in Franche-Comté, France, as well as curating the exhibition, “Ledoux et les Lumières” at Arc-et-Senans for the European year of Enlightenment. In 2004 he was asked to curate the portion of the exhibition “Out of the Box” dedicated to James Stirling, for the Canadian Center of Architecture, Montreal, and in 2010 installed the exhibition “Notes from the Archive: James Frazer Stirling,” in the Yale Centre for British Art, an exhibition that then travelled to the Tate Britain and the Staatsgalerie, Stuttgart in 2011.
He has received awards from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities; he was a Getty Scholar, at the Getty Center for the History of Art and the Humanities in 1992–93 and a Senior Mellon Fellow at the Canadian Centre of Architecture, Montreal, in 2005.
His publications include The Writing of the Walls: Architectural Theory in the Late Enlightenment (Princeton Architectural Press, 1987), Claude-Nicolas Ledoux: Architecture and Social Reform at the End of the Ancien Regime (MIT Press, 1990) which received the Henry-Russell Hitchcock Award from the Society of Architectural Historians, The Architectural Uncanny: Essays in the Modern Unhomely (MIT Press, 1992), Warped Space: Architecture and Anxiety in Modern Culture (MIT Press, 2000), Histories of the Immediate Present: The Invention of Architectural Modernism (MIT Press, 2008), James Frazer Stirling: Notes from the Archive (Yale University Press, 2010), and The Scenes of the Street and other Essays (Monacelli Press, 2011). He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and received the architecture award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2011.