PLEXUS 02 _ 4th DEC 2012

“Collision Course”

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Special Guests:
Arthur Mamou-Mani

Arthur Mamou-Mani is a registered Architect, principal at Mamou-Mani ltd, unit master of Diploma Studio 10 at the University of Westminster and Grasshopper 3D tutor for Simply Rhino ltd. He has taught parametric design tools as well as environmental and structural simulation at many leading academic bodies such as the Architectural Association and the Bartlett. He has worked for Atelier Jean Nouvel, Zaha Hadid Architects and Proctor and Matthews Architects for three years before setting up his own practice. He graduated from the AA in 2008 after being nominated for honours for his project on Oscar Niemeyer’s Communist Party Headquarters in Paris.


Tom Smith

Tom recently completed a Masters in Architecture at the Bartlett school of Architecture, after completing the course he was awarded the drawing prize for his Diploma project Simulating a Crashed Architecture. After leaving University he has gone on to work as an Architect for a London Based Practice.

George Profenza

George Profenza is interested in creative uses of technology. Originally worked for digital agencies to produce web based campaigns for clients such as WWF, MTV, EE but had since expanded his pallette of tools. He studied Creative Computing at Goldsmiths, UoL and Adaptive Architecture and Computation at the Bartlett School of Graduate Studies, UCL. Recently he collaborated on larger pieces revolving around physical computing and computer vision with artists as Ruairi Glynn, on Fearful Symmetry exhibited at The Tanks, Tate Modern or with Daniel Hirschmann,driving a 3D soundscape over Millenium Bridge during the Olympics. Along with Ryan Mehanna has taught the Kinect Workshop for the 2012-2013 AAC, where they are involved as teaching assistants.

Gilles Retsin

Gilles Retsin is a Belgian born architect holding a Masters in Architecture + Urbanism (Dist) from the Architectural Association School of Architecture’s Design Research Laboratory (AA.DRL). His current research and interest is focused on developing Object-Oriented Design as an emergent, open-source paradigm for architecture which offers a neutral but consistent design strategy for radical differentiation on a range of scales, from the tectonic to the urban. He gained professional experience while working in Germany and Switzerland, most notably as architect with LAVA in Stuttgart and as project architect with Christian Kerez in Zurich. Gilles is senior designer at research-based design firm Kokkugia in London,where he is closely involved in ongoing research into non-linear design methodologies. He is also co-founder of SofKill Design, a collective design studio investigating generative design methodologies for additive manufacturing. He teaches Diploma Unit 6 at University of East London with Robert Stuart-Smith and has been unit Master at the AA visiting school in Shanghai. He lectured and taught extensively in Belgium, Germany, Finland and China.

Vlad Tenu

Vlad Tenu is an architect based in London. He has studied architecture in Iasi, Lisbon and in London at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, where he has been awarded a Msc. in Adaptive Architecture & Computation and a Certificate in Advanced Architectural Research. His ongoing research focuses on the integration of computation, science and technology in the design process, involving generative computational methods, digital fabrication techniques and interactive design. His project – Minimal Complexity, the winner of the Tex-Fab REPEAT 2010 competition, has recently been part of the London Festival of Architecture 2012 and the London Design Festival 2012. Minimal Complexity has also been awarded an AIA Houston Design Award for ‘Divine Detail’ in March 2012.

As a registered architect both in Romania and the UK, his professional experience covers a wide range of projects and competitions. With Surface Architects, he has lead the design of the Helsinki National Library competition proposal and had a major role in several projects, such as MyPlace Youth Centre in Hull and the UEL Reception Building in London. Alongside his professional work, Vlad has been involved in teaching at the Bartlett School of Architecture as an assistant for the Embodied & Embedded Technologies and Morphogenetic Programming modules, as well as thesis supervisor within the Msc. Adaptive Architecture & Computation. He has also lectured at several academic institutions such as Architectural Association in London, the G.D. Hines College of Architecture in Houston or the Cooper Union in New York.




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