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Elian Stefa

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Elian Stefa​ (1985), is an Albanian-Canadian architect,​ curator, ​and multidisciplinary artist ​based in Tirana,​ Albania. He currently directs ​GALERiA e BREGDETiT,​ an independent art space in Radhimë, in the south of Albania. After completing his studies in Landscape Architecture at the Polytechnic of Milan, his dissertation project “​Concrete Mushrooms”​ was published as a book by DPR-Barcelona, and the eponymous documentary film was screened at several international film festivals and competitions including, also winning 1st prize in the film category of Arup’s “Drivers of Change” Prize in 2011. The project went on to participate at the Albanian pavilion of the 13th Architecture Biennale in Venice, 2012. Since then Stefa…

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Platon Issaias

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Platon is an architect, researcher and educator. He is currently Director of Projective Cities: MPhil in Architecture and Urban Design programme at the Architectural Association, where he is also Diploma Unit 7 Studio Master developing a project on the North Sea together with Hamed Khosravi. Prior, he has been a Tutor/Visiting Lecturer at the School of Architecture/RCA (MA Architecture, MA City Design), and a Visiting Lecturer at the Department of Architecture, University of Westminster. He has also taught at the Berlage Institute/Rotterdam, the MArch Urban Design/Bartlett-UCL, the University of Cyprus, and Syracuse University, London Program.  Since 2009, Platon, Alexandra Vougia and…

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Eliza Hoxha

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Eliza Hoxha is an architect, graduated at University of Prishtina, Kosovo. In 2006 she finished her postgraduate studies at Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium with focus on Architecture of Human Settlements. Currently she is a PhD candidate at Technical University of Graz in Austria. She is an author of the book “City and Love” an urban diary about the city of Prishtina published in Albanian 2013 and in English 2019. Kosovar Women Network awarded her in 2013 for promoting women’s right in Kosovo. At the same year she was awarded from National AmericanAlbanian Council /USAID – Hope Fellowship Program…

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Urko Sanchez

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Urko holds a Masters Degree in Architecture (MArch) with 20 years experience in architectural services. Born in Madrid in 1970 and living in Kenya for the last 20 years. Urko Sanchez graduated from Madrid School of Architecture in 1998. After a few years traveling and working around the world, he established his own architectural practice in 2003 in Lamu, Kenya during 8 years. Then moved to Mombasa for another 5 years and nowadays have branches both in Nairobi and Madrid. His long history of involvement in design and construction projects in Africa and Middle East, has led him to develop projects throughout…

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Donika Luzhnica

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Donika Luzhnica, born in 1991 in Suhareka, is an architect based in Zurich and Prishtina. She is currently holding a position as a design architect at CH Architekten in Zurich. In 2018 she obtained the Master Degree from the Technical University in Graz and her Master’s Thesis – “Gërmia center for contemporary creation. Reimagine the relationship between the city, its past and art”- was nominated at GAD Awards and won the third Prize. During her studies, she has been working as a research and student assistant at the KOEN Insitute at TU Graz and has as well collected experiences working…

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Hossein Rezai

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Dr. Rezai is an engineer, a design visionary and an educator. One of the initiators of the concept of “fusion engineering”, he is the first and only engineer to receive the coveted title of “Designer of the Year” from the President of Singapore. He is very passionate about the process of advanced computational design, and a holistic approach to architecture + structure + environment. Dr Rezai’s high- profile contributions to industry discourse include his involvement on the 13th cycle Aga Khan Award for Architecture’s Master Jury in 2016, as a jury member for the Singapore President’s Design Award (2017 –…

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Alessio Rosati

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Alessio Rosati (1971) was born in Rome where he studied architecture.After working for some of the main Italian cultural institutions, in 2010 started his collaboration with MAXXI, The National Musem of 21st Century Arts where he curated exhibitions and events, edited publications, headed the Research Department and is currently Head of Institutional Projects.He is regularly invited as guest lecturer and critic by north American architecture schools such as Cornell, Pratt, and Waterloo. About the lecture /  September/25/2020 18:30 CET You Have To Pay For The Public Life. Sometimes. A story by Alessio Rosati featuring Zaha Hadid and Patrik Schumacher, Ralph Erskine,…

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Armina Pilav

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Dr. Armina Pilav is feminist, architect, researcher and lecturer at the Department of Landscape Architecture, The University of Sheffield. She received the Marie Curie Individual Fellowship for her Un-war Space research (2016-2018) developed at the Faculty of Architecture and Built Environment – TU Delft. Armina research, practice and teaching intersects and focuses on politics of re-presentation and re-production of physical, mediated space, bodily experiences in extreme conditions of the war destruction or other disaster condition. Armina uses cross-media tools, psychospatiality and radical observations to explore ecologies of transformations of rivers, land and related natural forms, architectures and society during and after…

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Arba Baxhaku

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Arba Baxhaku completed her PhD dissertation at the University of Florence. Her thesis ‘Suspended Identities – Interpretations on the transfiguration of the Architectural landscape of Tirana after the fall of the communist regime’, presents a project for the recovery of housing built in series during the communist regime in Albania. Arba’s work is defined by a constant conversation between theoretical research and design practices: RE-WRITING or how to interpret the existing architecture as a dialogue between the past and modernity. Her projects have in common the path of re-building fragments of formal worlds that seem to link together, in an extraordinary affinity and…

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James Shen

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James Shen is Principal at People’s Architecture Office. He received his Master of Architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Science in Product Design from California State University, Long Beach. Shen has been a Loeb Fellow at Harvard, a Senior Research Fellow at the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies and an Innovation Fellow at MIT’s China Future City Lab. He has taught at MIT’s School of Architecture and Planning and Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. People’s Architecture Office (PAO) is an international practice with offices based in Beijing and Boston. Founded in 2010 by James…

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