Workshop Leaders

Ellie Abrons
University of Michigan
Ellie Abrons is a lecturer at the University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning where she was awarded the A. Alfred Taubman Fellowship in Architecture in 2009. She received her M.Arch from the University of California Los Angeles where she graduated with distinction and received the AIA Certificate of Merit. She received her B.A. in art history and gender studies from New York University and has a certificate in graphic and digital design from Parsons School of Design. Ellie has worked for the offices of KoningEizenberg, servo, GregLynnFORM, and Office dA. In 2011 she traveled to Stuttgart, Germany where she was awarded a residency fellowship at the Akademie Schloss Solitude. Most recently, Ellie was invited to participate in the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale.

Andrew Atwood
Atwood-A & First Office, SCI-Arc
Andrew Atwood teaches at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc). In 2011 he founded First Office with Anna Neimark, a design studio based in downtown Los Angeles ( forthcoming publications include essays in the Think Space CityScapes Pamphlet, Perspecta and the inaugural issue of the journal, Project. Andrew has lectured at SCI-Arc, Rice, UCLA, Cornell, USC, UVA, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and Michigan. He recently led an ACSA panel on “The Agency of Drawing and the Digital Process” at MIT. His installations include 5 Doric Columns at the Pacific Design Center, Cone Ceiling at the Beijing Biennale and the forthcoming installation “And Pedestals” at the SCI-Arc Gallery.He has worked and consulted for Belzberg Architects, mos, and BIG. He holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Richmond and an M.Arch from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD).

Angela Co
Studio Co, University of Kentucky College of Design
Angela Co is an architectural designer and an educator. She is the principal of Studio Co, a design practice concerned with the pursuit of ideas and their consequences, with unlikely but rigorous results. Her research into speculative architectural artifacts and their effects on space, bodies, and perception has been supported the Arnold W. Brunner Rome Prize in Architecture, the MacDowell Colony, and the Eyebeam Institute of Art + Technology (NYC, NY). Outside of Studio Co, she has worked on both theoretical and built projects in the offices of Bernard Tschumi and Asymptote Architecture. Co holds a Master of Architecture Degree from Columbia University’s GSAPP, where she was awarded an Honorary Design Award and the Loewenfish Memorial Prize for Design Excellence, and dual Bachelor Degrees in Architecture and Computer Science from the University of Pennsylvania. She has taught design at Columbia University, the University of Pennsylvania, and is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Kentucky.

Brennan Buck
FreelandBuck, Yale University
Brennan Buck is a Critic at the Yale School of Architecture. From 2004-2008 he was assistant professor at the University of Applied Arts, Vienna teaching in Studio Greg Lynn. He has practiced both landscape architecture and architecture, having worked for Neil M. Denari Architects and Johnston Marklee & Associates in Los Angeles.

Justin Diles
The Ohio State University
Justin Diles is the Howard E. LeFevre ’29 Emerging Practitioner Fellow at the KSA for the 2012-13 academic year. His research centers on the architectural implications of complex structural behavior, particularly failure through vibration and buckling. He previously taught design for four years at the University of Applied Arts Vienna in the master class studio of Greg Lynn. He has led numerous workshops on contemporary design techniques, most recently at the 2011 Smart Geometry Workshop in Copenhagen, and is a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania in the post-professional program. He holds a Master of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania.

David Freeland
FreelandBuck, SCI-Arc
David Freeland is design faculty at Southern California Institute of Architecture. From 2008-2012 he taught at Woodbury University where he was instrumental in establishing the FabLab. Prior to FreelandBuck David worked with offices such as Michael Maltzan Architecture and Peter Eisenman Architects in Los Angeles and New York.

Andrew Holder
The LADG, University of Michigan
Andrew Holder is an architect, critic, and occasional author. He is currently the 2012-2013 Oberdick Fellow at the University of Michigan and co-Principal of The LADG, where his design interests include inventing architectural characters and inducing states of play in an audience. Andrew has held appointments at UCLA, Sci-Arc, and Otis, and is a frequent guest critic at institutions across the country. He received his Master of Architecture degree from UCLA and holds a BA in Political Science from Lewis and Clark College. Andrew is a Truman Scholar, a Pamplin Fellow, and a recipient of the AIA certificate.

Mariana Ibañez
ikstudio, Harvard GSD
Mariana Ibañez is principal of IK Studio, and Associate Professor of Architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Prior to founding IK Studio, she worked at the Advanced Geometry Unit at ARUP London before going to the office of Zaha Hadid. Mariana graduated from the University of Buenos Aires before attending the Architectural Association in London for her Master of Architecture where she created responsive architectural prototypes through the implementation of adaptive structures and interphases. Her investigations in physical computing and augmented architecture continue in her practice and academic research.

Jason Kelly Johnson
Future Cities Lab, California College of the Arts
Jason Kelly Johnson is a founding design partner of Future Cities Lab, an experimental design and research office based in San Francisco, CA. Since 2002, Future Cities Lab has created a range of award-winning projects exploring the intersections of design with advanced fabrication technologies, robotics, responsive building systems and public space. Jason was born and raised in Canada and received his MArch degree from Princeton University. His work has been published and exhibited worldwide, most recently at SFMOMA and the ZERO1 Art and Technology Biennial. He was awarded the 2011 Architectural League of NY “Young Architects Prize”, and the 2008-09 “Oberdick Fellowship” at the University of Michigan, and the 2009 “NY Prize Fellowship” at the Van Alen Institute. In 2009 Jason began his collaboration with Andy Payne on the FIREFLY for Grasshopper toolbar. He is currently an Assistant Professor at CCA San Francisco.

Thomas Kelley
Norman Kelley, University of Illinois – Chicago
Thomas Kelley grew up in Canberra, Berlin, Warsaw, Tegucigalpa, Oxford, Lima, and Washington D.C. Previously, Thomas worked in Charlottesville, Virginia for Future-Cities-Lab and São Paulo, Brazil for Brasil Arquitetura Studio. Since then he has worked for Asymptote Architecture in New York and Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill in Chicago. His work has been exhibited in New York, Chicago, and São Paulo. Thomas is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the 2012- 2013 Reyner Banham Fellow at the University at Buffalo. He operates a design collaborative with Carrie Norman based out of Chicago and New York City under the pseudonym Norman Kelley.

Simon Kim
ikstudio, PennDesign
Simon Kim is a licensed architect, principal of IK Studio, and Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design where he directs the Immersive Kinematics Research Group. After graduating from the Design Research Laboratory at the Architectural Association, he was a designer and project architect for the office of Zaha Hadid and Gehry Technologies. Simon’s recent research has been an engagement with electronic devices, dynamic environments and urban space as a continually mediated and perceptual frame. His post-graduate work at MIT was on cybernetics, machine architecture, and their translated design agencies.

Jimenez Lai
BUREAU SPECTACULAR, University of Illinois – Chicago
Jimenez Lai is an Assistant Professor at University of Illinois at Chicago and Leader of Bureau Spectacular. Previously, Jimenez Lai lived and worked in a desert shelter at Taliesin and resided in a shipping container at Atelier Van Lieshout on the piers of Rotterdam. His first manifesto, Citizens of No Place, was published by Princeton Architectural Press with a grant from the Graham Foundation. In 2012, Lai became a winner of the Architectural League Prize for Young Architects. His installation, White Elephant, has recently been collected by the Museum of Modern Art.

Michael Loverich
Michael Loverich cofounded Bittertang with Antonio Torres so they could create humorous and pleasurable environments. Their work uses fables and narrative to build new worlds that explore frothiness, biological matter, animal posturing, and babies all unified together through bel composto. Recently they have built 3 inflatable pavilions, a pregnant sugar oozing pinata, a plush toy collection, a sagging birdcage and won the Architectural League Prize in 2010.

Michael Young
Young & Ayata, Cooper Union
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. Their practice is focused on both speculative research and architectural proposals. He is a registered architect in the State of New York. Michael currently teaches studios and seminars at The Cooper Union, Yale University, and Princeton University. His drawings have been exhibited recently in New York, Los Angeles, Barcelona, and in Lexington, Kentucky and are featured as part of the Drawing Center’s Viewing Program in New York. In addition to practice and teaching, Michael is invested in writing and research in relation to the confluence of geometry, representation, and aesthetics.


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