Michael Young New York
Michael Young is an architect and educator practicing in New York City where he is a founding partner of the architectural design studio Young & Ayata. Young & Ayata have received a Progressive Architecture award, the Design Vanguard Award, and the Young Architects Prize. In 2015 they received a first-place prize for their design for the new Bauhaus Museum in Dessau, Germany. Michael is an Assistant Professor at the Cooper Union. Previously, he taught studios and seminars at Princeton, Yale, SCI-Arc, and Columbia. He is currently the 2019-20 Rome Prize Fellow at the American Academy in Rome.
Johan Bettum Frankfurt
Johan Bettum is a professor of architecture and the programme director of the Städelschule Architecture Class. He has taught and lectured, amongst other places, at the AA, UCLA, the Berlage Institute, Innsbruck University, the EPFL in Lausanne, KTH in Stockholm and Oslo School of Architecture. Bettum studied at the Architectural Association in London after gaining a BA with a major in behavioural biology from Princeton University. Having previously focused his work on the intersection between materials, geometry and architectural design, his current thematic engagement is with contemporary forms of representation in design and choreographic space.
Bettum was a research fellow at the Oslo School of Architecture from 1997–2001 and headed a nationally funded research project on polymer composite materials in architecture. Bettum’s PhD is entitled ‘The Material Geometry of Fibre-Reinforced Polymer Matrix Composites and Architectural Tectonics’. Until 2000 he led the OCEAN group in Oslo whose work on polymer composites and advanced digital modelling greatly influenced the group’s projects in this period. After 2000, Bettum has practiced architecture in various collaborative and professional settings, including his own studio, ArchiGlobe. His work has been widely exhibited and part of it is in the collection of the Canadian Centre for Architecture.
Mireia Luzárraga Madrid – Barcelona
Takk is a space for architectural production focused on the development of material practices in the intersection of nature, culture, technology and politics, with particular attention to the challenges raised by the age of Anthropocene.
Led by Mireia Luzárraga and Alejandro Muiño from Barcelona and Madrid, Takk combines its professional activities with research and academic activities. Currently, Mireia Luzárraga is teaching projects at the Escuela Técnica Superior de Alicante and at the Instituto de Arquitectura Avanzada de Cataluña. Alejandro Muiño is teaching projects at the BAU design school.
Takk has published its work in international forums such as GSAPP-Columbia University in New York, Thailand Design in Bangkok and the Floating University in Berlin among others. Also, its work has been exhibited in the Rabal Biennial 2019, the Orleans Biennial 2019 and 2017, the Oslo Triennial 2016 Academy section, and the Spanish Pavilion in the Venice biennial 2014. Its work belongs to the permanent collection of FRAC Centre-Val de Loire and the Centro de Arte 2 de Mayo. In addition to collective exhibitions at the Centro de Creación Contemporánea Matadero de Madrid, Alcova Milán or at the Centro de Cultura Contemporánea de Barcelona CCCB, recently Takk has opened its first solo exhibition at Magazin Gallery in Vienna.
Maya Alam US – DE – IT
Maya Alam is a German born architect and designer. She holds the degree of Dipl. Ing. of Interior Architecture from the Peter Behrens School of Arts in Düsseldorf and a Master of Architecture with Distinction from the Southern California Institute of Architecture in Los Angeles. Maya was the inaugural recipient of the 2016/17 Harry der Boghosian Fellowship. She was awarded the AIA Henry Adams Certificate and a Selected Best Thesis Award at SCI-Arc. She has worked in Germany, India, Switzerland, China, Italy, and the United States with P-A-T-T-E-R-N-S, NMDA, UNStudio and Studio Fuksas, among others. She has taught at Southern California Institute of Architecture, Syracuse University & Yale University. She is currently on the faculty at University of Pennsylvania.
Maya is one of the founding partners of Alam/Profeta, a collaborative partnership with Daniele Profeta. Their projects combine everyday digital habits, contemporary imaging technologies and traditional craftsmanship to surpass an introverted conversation and open up novel forms of practice. Past work ranges from small scale public installations to sites of speculative re-use. Weaving existing conditions with contemporary manufacturing technologies and aesthetics, engaging with the heterogeneous, often contradictory set of evidences of a given context, their practice focuses on constructing inclusive interventions that embrace and critically address the multi-faceted nature of our reality.
The work of A/P Practice has received support from the Smithsonian Institution, the A+D Museum of Architecture and Design in Los Angeles, Syracuse University, and the Festival des Architectures Vives in Montpellier, France.
Christian Scheidegger Zürich
Christian Scheidegger studied architecture at ETH Zürich from 1998 to 2004.In 2004 he was awarded with the ETH Medal and in 2002 for the diploma thesis project “Leuk Congress Center” and with the Swiss Steel Construction Award (Schweizer Stahlbaupreis “Prix Acier”) for the “Office Tower on the Jelmoli Parking Garage” in Zürich-City.From 2004 to 2009 he led the “Leutschenbach Schoolhouse” in the architecture firm of Christian Kerez. He then opened his own architectural office in Zürich-Wipkingen. He has taught architecture and design at the ETH Zürich as a lecturer.
Jürg Keller studied architecture at the ETH Zürich from 1997 to 2004.In 2010 he opened his own office, after leading the project “House with one Wall” in Zurich-Witikon in the office of Christian Kerez from 2004 to 2006 and the “Residential Complex Grünwald (Ringling)” in Zurich-Höngg in the office Schneider Studer Primas from 2006 to 2009.From 2009 to 2016 he taught architecture and design at the ETH Zürich.
Atelier Scheidegger Keller was founded in 2012.The most important projects include “House with two Columns” in Wilen (2009-2014), “House on a Slope 1” in Gordola (2011-17) and the “Multi-family Houses Zwyssigstrasse” in Bern (2011-18).Atelier Scheidegger Keller has received numerous awards for its project, 2015 the “Bauwelt-Award” and 2017 the “Concrete-Award” (Architekturpreis Beton 17) among others.
Thomas Kröger Berlin
Thomas Kröger founded his studio in 2001 in Berlin after working with the architects Norman Foster and Max Dudler. Since the studio’s foundation, Thomas Kröger and his team have gained extensive experience working with private, national and international clients. The array of projects varies between private homes, offices, commercial spaces, museums and art galleries. He is a member of the BDA. Thomas Kröger has been guest critic in architecture schools in Germany and abroad. He was invited to teach at the department of architecture of the Northeastern University of Boston in its Berlin study program. 2014 he was a visiting professor of architecture at the HFT Stuttgart. Since summer semester 2019 he is professor for art of building at the art academy Düsseldorf.