John Harding / Ramboll
John has studied and practiced various subjects including architecture, mathematics, structural engineering, computing and design. He believes in the use of computing to facilitate a cross-disciplinary approach to design, particularly at the conceptual stage of projects. He has taught computing and architecture at the University of East London and at the University of Bath where he recently completed his doctorate. He now leads the Computational Design Group at the engineering firm Ramboll in London.
Maria E. Villafañe / AA-atelier one
Maria Eugenia Villafañe is an architect working in the field of structural engineering at Atelier One in London, UK. Her skills comprises coding for rationalization of complex geometries, form finding modelling exercises and gridshell optimization algorithms, having collaborated with structural engineers including Cecil Balmond for the Orbit Tower Project and Prof. Chris J.K. Williams for research in Gridshells at Atelier One.
Angelopoulou Dimitra, Diamanti Vasiliki, Karantaki Meropi (Iro) are architects, designers and game developers. They gained the Bachelor’s degree from the Architecture School of the Aristotle University. In 2013 they graduated from The Bartlett School of Architecture (UCL) with distinction attending the MArch postgraduate programme GAD. Their research focused on architecture and video games, computation and digital design practices.
Wireflies is their thesis project at MArch GAD, RC7 studio by Jose Sanchez. It explores the potentials of creating an architectural system through a playful design process. It is about user’s creative expression, who through decision making explores new strategies in architectural design. Wireflies game explores new building blogs of architecture working around the collection of the wind energy and its distribution. Players can use light patterns to intuitively redefine the topology of the circuits and information networks that run through the building fabric. Wireflies Project has been awarded with the silver award from The Bartlett School of Architecture (UCL).
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 is Unit Master of GAD-Research Cluster 4 together with Manuel Jimenez Garcia and Diploma Unit 6 at University of East London with Isaie Bloch and has been unit Master at the AA visiting school in Shanghai. He lectured and taught extensively in Belgium, Germany, Finland and China.