November 3, 2010


Core Faculty:

Jeffrey P Turko: (Programme Director) is a research director in the OCEAN Design and Research Association and is the founder of the design practice NEKTON Studio. With OCEAN he has worked on high profile projects such as the Landscraper Bridge and the new world trade center proposal for the Max Protetch Gallery in New York, the “World Center for Human Concerns.” He is currently leading the newly established research area in OCEAN on Heterogeneous Grounds and Envelopes.

With his design practice NEKTON Studio he has gone onto success in international design competitions, most notably the TURF CITY masterplan competition for Reykjavik. And has represented the UK in the 2008 Beijing Biennial in Architecture.

Jeffrey is also an academic and began his teaching career at the AA School soon after completing his studies there in 1999. He then went onto become a senior lecturer at the University of East London teaching design at the post graduate diploma level for over a decade. He returned to the AA to teach again between 2008 & 2010 as Diploma unit Master of the highly successful Diploma Unit 12 and in 2011 he took the directorship of the AA Visiting School in Sydney Australia. Currently he has taken the post of Senior Lecturer in Architecture at the University of Brighton.



Paul Loh is Lecturer in Digital Architecture Design at the University of Melbourne and founding partner of Melbourne based design to production studio LLDS / Power to Make. He has over 10 year of architectural experience and has worked with Zaha Hadid Architects, Fletcher Priest Architects, MacCormac Jamieson Prichard and was associate at NEX Architecture. Paul studied architecture at the University of Melbourne, the University of East London and the Architectural Association (DRL). He was Senior Lecturer at the University of East London from 2005 to 2011. He has taught at the Architectural Association and lectured in Sweden, Italy and China.


Holger Kehne:  is a director of Plasma Studio and is an Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Hong Kong.
With Plasma Studio Holger Kehne won the BD/Corus Young Architect of the Year Award and the Hot Dip Galvanising Award in 2002, the Next Generation Architects Award in 2007, the Contract World Award in 2008 and Europe 40 under 40 in 2009.
Additionally Plasma was selected for Architecture Record’s Design Vanguard 2004 and Arquitectura Viva’s Emergentes in 2007. Its work has been published widely: examples are Phaidon’s 10x10_2 and Atlas of 21st Century Architecture, Taschen’s Architecture Now, the Architectural Review, A+U, Abitare, Architektur Aktuell, Icon, Mark, Wallpaper, the New York Times, the Financial Times, El Pais among many others worldwide.
Holger Kehne’s focus lies in the development and application of form-driven, systemic and material intelligence across a wide range of scales sites and programmes.


Mark Hemel: is the director of Information Based Architecture, with offices in Amsterdam and Guangzhou. Since 2015 he is bio-based ambassador for the Northern region of Holland. He is currently involved in research concerning 3D concrete printing. Mark Hemel has taught at the Architectural Association in London where he has been Unit-master from 1999 to 2007, and a design tutor in the Environment & Energy Program. Furthermore he has taught at the Hong Kong Unversity, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, in Goteborg Sweden and at the TU Delft and Eindhoven. Mark studied himself at the Technical University of Delft, and at the AA , and worked for Zaha Hadid in London.

In 2003 he received the RIBA Bronze Medal tutor award from the RIBA.


Omid Kamvari: is the Director of Kamvari Architects  which he established in 2011, He is currently working on a unique residential scheme in London as well as a boutique hotel in Tehran. He studied for his architectural degree at the University of Greenwich before moving to the Architectural Association to complete his diploma and masters degree. For his masters he specialized in emergent technologies and design and was the digital coordinator for the first  AA Canopy project.

In addition to his work at Kamvari Architects, Omid is the programme Director of the Architectural Association’s Tehran and  Baku visiting schools, aimed at investigating architecture and urbanism in the Middle East. He previously directed the AA Muscat Visiting School and  has Taught on the AA Dubai Visiting School and is a senior lecturer at the University of Brighton and also sits on the RIBA validation and membership committees.


Filippos Filippidis:  is founder of continuous-inputs, a design research lab which focuses on architecture, design and research. Filippos holds a Master in Science in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University in New York after completing his diploma in London. Past collaborations include ecoLogicStudio, Robofold and Acconci Studio. He currently lives in London and works for Foster and Partners.


Theo Sarantoglou Lalis:  is a co-founder of LASSA Architects, an international architecture practice with offices in london and brussels. Prior to founding LASSA, he worked in Brussels, London and New York and was a project architect at Future Systems and project director at Asymptote Architecture. He has been running diploma 17 at the architecture association together with Dora Sweijd since 2010. He is a visiting professor at Chalmers University in Sweden. He has lectured and run workshops worldwide. He has taught postgraduate studios at Harvard and Columbia. He received his masters from the Bartlett in London and is a registered architects at the ARB since 2003.


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