Italian architect and professor Niccolo Casas is a visiting faculty member at RISD Rhode Island School of Design and a PhD candidate at The Bartlett UCL London. His work highlights the intersection of architecture, biology and technology via the application of emergent digital technologies and additive manufacturing. His most recent works include the collaborations on additive manufactured pieces with fashion designer Iris Van Herpen for the Magnetic Motion, Hacking Infinity and Lucid haute couture shows in Paris and for “The future of fashion is now” exhibition at the Museum Boĳmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam. His multidisciplinary approach is an essential characteristic of his work: he has in fact collaborated with fashion-tech designer Anouk Wipprecht and fashion designers Leyre Valiente and Iris Van Herpen, with entertainment company Cirque du Soleil, with automotive companies Volkswagen and BMW, with multinational software and electronic corporations Intel and Autodesk, 3d printing companies Materialise and 3D Systems, with MIT research team EmbrLabs and jewelry emerging hub Hatch Jewelry among others. He is part of the international “Innernet” team (with Paul Weiss UCLA, Ruth West University of North Texas, Andrea Polli University of New Mexico, Allison Kudla University of Washington and Donald Ingber Wyss institute of Harvard) recently awarded by the american National Academy of Sciences for research on Microbiome. He received his Master in Architecture at ISA St. Luc in Bruxelles and for four years he has been professor at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Bologna; in 2013 he has been visiting professor at Texas A&M School of Architecture. Further he has taught and lectured at the Università degli Studi di Genova, Università degli Studi di Firenze, London South Bank University, The Bartlett School of Architecture at University College of London and Florida International University and Sci_arc Los Angeles. Niccolo Casas’ work has been exhibited worldwide and it has recently selected among the best emerging architects for ArchiLab 2013 at the FRAC Centre in Orleans; it is part of the (En)Coding Architecture book edited by Liss C. Werner and Naturalising Architecture by Professor Frédéric Migayrou and Marie-Ange Brayer. He has also contributed to Domus and Lancia- TrendVisions magazines.
Mathias Gmachl is a trans-disciplinary artist, researcher and design thinker. He is director of studio Loop.pH founded in 2003 to form an entirely new creative practice that reaches beyond specialist boundaries. By facilitating collaborative spaces, mediating between digital & biological media and intervening at an urban scale he challenges us to re-imagine life in the city.
Mathias is internationally recognised for the design and fabrication of ephemeral textile architecture and living environments. Over the last 5 years has been developing a physical construction method and corresponding parametric design tools to construct curvilinear architectural space that challenges the rigid rectilinear world of conventional architecture. He is a Research Associate at the Royal College of Art, London, and has taught workshops at Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam, Centre for Information Technology and Architecture (CITA), Copenhagen and Acadia Conference, Halifax.
Josef Musil is an associate and a computational designer at Foster + Partners in London, where he is part of the research and parametric design oriented Specialist Modelling Group. In his work he focuses on applied research, application of new technologies, and algorithmic design to complex architectural and geometrical challenges.
Some of the projects he worked on include Safra neuron screen, where he built a generative model of a small section of brain also called cortical column with an automated workflow that reads 3D scans of neuroscientific scans as well as implements structural analysis and manufacturing constraints.
He also specialises on the application of small robotics within the office. This has been demonstrated by a working functional prototype of a small number of 3D printing swarm based robots for a NASA organized Mars habitat competition where Foster and Partners received second place. Other projects include a kinetic lighting sculpture activated by muscle wires and reacting to live brain wave signal reads. Currently he is looking at implementations of computer vision algorithms and 3D point cloud processing to allow industrial robot interact with its physical environment.
Josef studied as a Fulbright scholar at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Architecture,, where he received his second research MArch degree within the topics of computational design. Before that he received his first professional degree in architecture at the Czech Technical University in Prague.
Josef is enthusiastic about bridging computer science or other sciences with architecture.
Josef worked as a researcher or a tutor at UPenn, USC, UCL, and AA Visiting School.
Jan Dierckx is part of the Specialist Modelling Group at Foster + Partners where he combines an internal consultant role with research in large-scale manufacturing and the integration of robotics and automation in the office.
Jan is a Bartlett (UCL) postgraduate in Architectural Design where he researched the juxtaposition between extreme control of robotised deposition and the unpredictability of highly expansive synthetic materials. He focussed on the scripted control and process planning optimisation of industrial robotic arms and custom end-effectors.
Jan also holds a graduate degree in Civil Engineering and Architecture from Ghent University (BE). His master’s thesis The impact of 5D-building in Design Processes for wero energy homes was awarded best thesis project. He specialized in adaptive design and rapid prototyping after an exchange programme with the Computer Aided Architectural Design faculty at RWTH Aachen (GE).
His work ranges from traditional architecture, product design, parametric design to programming and software development.