Meet Our Team

A collective of artists, designers, architects, filmmakers and digital disruptors.

Mond Qu

Program Director

Designer, narrative animator, and digital craftsman. Mond Qu is the founder of United Make, an experimental think-tank and multi-disciplinary studio based in Melbourne. Mond pushes the frontiers of design through the act of making; from deep materials research, visceral immersive experiences, interactive artworks or modular furniture, to large-scale speculations. Working in research, practice and teaching internationally, Mond challenges designers to innovate and embrace the challenges of the 21st century and is the Director for the AAVS Melbourne 2018.

Dr Paul Loh

Unit 1

Dr Paul Loh is an architect and senior lecturer at the Melbourne School of Design, University of Melbourne. He studied architecture at the University of Melbourne, the University of East London (UEL), and the Architectural Association (Design Research Lab). He gained his doctorate at RMIT University with a dissertation on Digital Material Practice: the Agency of Making. Paul previously taught at UEL and the AA and coordinated the AA Visiting School Melbourne since 2016. His research focuses on the cognitive engagement of making in design practice with digital fabrication and robotics. He is a founding partner of LLDS | Power to Make – a Design and Make practice based in Melbourne, Australia.

David Leggett

Unit 1

David Leggett studied architecture at the University of East London and the University of Westminster. He worked with Edward Cullinan Architects as Director for over ten years before establishing LLDS / Power to Make in 2011. His built projects include the Bristol Harbourside Masterplan, Singapore Management University, the International Digital Laboratory for the University of Warwick and the Master Film Store for the British Film Institute. David teaches Master in Architecture at the University of Melbourne since 2012. He has lectured at the University of Lund and has conducted design workshops at the University of Tsinghua, Beijing. He is a founding partner of LLDS/Power to Make

Stelarc

Unit 1

Stelarc is a performance artist who has visually probed and acoustically amplified his body. He has made three films of the inside of his body. Between 1976-1988 he completed 26 body suspension performances with hooks into the skin. He has used medical instruments, prosthetics, robotics, Virtual Reality systems, the Internet and biotechnology to engineer intimate and involuntary interfaces with the body. He explores Alternate Anatomical Architectures with augmented and extended body constructs. He has been Principal Research Fellow in the Performance Arts Digital Research Unit and a Visiting Professor at The Nottingham Trent University, UK. Between 2006 and 2011 he was Senior Research Fellow and Visiting Artist at the MARCS Lab, University of Western Sydney, Australia and Chair in Performance Art, School of Arts, Brunel University, Uxbridge, UK. In 2016 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the Ionian University, Corfu, Greece. He is presently a Distinguished Research Fellow in the School of Design and Art, Curtin University.

Oskar Johanson

Unit 2

Oskar Johanson (AA Dipl’19) is an Australian-British designer, writer, and educator. He is a Research Fellow at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie and has taught at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie and the Architectural Association. With Adolfo Del Valle he will direct the AA Visiting School in Sydney in January 2021. His essay ‘Degenerate Ark’ won first prize of The Avery Review Essay Prize in 2019 and is currently being adapted for an exhibition at Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam. From Sydney, he lives in London.

Adolfo Del Valle Neira

Unit 2

Adolfo Del Valle Neira (ARB/RIBA Part I, UdK MA‘20) is a Peruvian-American architect and writer. He is a collaborator at Raumlaborberlin. He studied at the AA, where with Oskar Johanson he founded and edited PNYX (2015–2019). He was a core team member for the Making Futures Summer School at the Haus der Statistik, an education research project in Berlin. His work on Making Futures will feature in an upcoming publication published by Spector Books in autumn 2021. He currently works for ZUsammenKUNFT eG, an interdisciplinary urban development cooperative, on the About Urban Praxis project at the Haus der Statistik.

Allison Crank

Unit 3

Designer based in Switzerland working at the intersection of technology, media and architecture. Currently the Head of Digital Experiences at wowl, a Swiss XR and immersive media company working for brands such as Omega, Cartier and Swiss airlines. Previously a design researcher at the EPFL+ECAL lab leading a two year research project on designing immersive experiences for public spaces for the Montreux Jazz Festival UNESCO digital archives. She holds a Masters of Advanced Studies in design for digital innovation from the Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) and ECAL design school (Switzerland) as well as a Masters in Contextual Design from the Design Academy Eindhoven (Netherlands) for which she received the Gijs Bakker and Keep An Eye Award for excellence in design research. She received her Bachelors from Wellesley College (USA) in Architecture where she completed her undergraduate architecture studio courses at MIT.

Sergei Maier

Unit 4

Sergei Maier is an Architectural Artist graduating from the AA and focusing on the intersection of digital and physical realities he works in between Frankfurt and London.

Alvaro Fernandez

Unit 4

Álvaro F. Pulpeiro is a filmmaker currently based between Madrid, Spain, and Barranquilla, Colombia. Born in 1990, spends his first years of life in Saguenay, Quebec, and Northern Galicia, Spain. After being brought up between Northern Brazil and Western Australia, moves to London where he graduates from the Architectural Association School of Architecture in 2015. He has directed two shorts and two feature documentary films that have been selected to renowned film festivals worldwide. His latest work, a feature-length documentary film shot on the Venezuelan petrol hinterlands for over two years, 'So Foul a Sky' (83', 2021), had its world premiere at CPH:DOX as part of this year's Next:Wave Selection. His work has been featured in publications such as Variety and Screendaily.

Kate Finning

Unit 5

Kate is a graduate of the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London where she completed her AA Diploma under Pier Vittorio Aureli and Maria S. Giudici. Kate’s built work and teaching centres on the architecture of housing and the domestic plan as a project.

Andrew Power

Unit 5

After working for Office Kersten Geers David van Severen in Belgium, Andrew returned to Australia to teach and build. He believes architecture is about proportion and arrangement, and that when your proportions are strong, you can make a lot from common things.

Stefan Laxness

Unit 6

Stefan Laxness is a London based architectural researcher, artist and former project leader at the Forensic Architecture (FA). At FA he led numerous projects, including the Ayotzinapa Case, developed methodologies for analysing airstrikes in the Middle East and modelling sites of human rights abuse from witness testimony.
Stefan is the co-founder of Pantopia.xyz an online educational platform for spatial thinkers. His creative practice explores the consequences and opportunities brought about by the climate crisis regarding how we inhabit and engage with our built environment. Recently he has focused on environmental restoration as a collective process of resistance. His work has been exhibited internationally (Werkleitz, 2021; Ars Electronica, 2020; LABoral, 2020; Antarctic Pavilion, 2017)
Stefan teaches at the Architectural Association in London, where he is a studio master of Diploma 9. and has previously worked in architectural practices in London and Paris. He holds an AA Diploma from the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London.

Pablo DeSoto

Unit 6

Pablo DeSoto is an experimental architect and multidisciplinary artist with long-term experience in working with diverse communities across geographical and disciplinary borders. He holds a Master's Degree in Architecture from the Royal Institute of Technology of Stockholm and a Ph.D. in Communication & Culture from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. In the early 2000s, he was a co-founder of hackitectura.net, a group of architects, computer specialists, and activists, who pioneered a wide range of experimental projects on emancipatory uses of hardware, software, and the internet on public space and territory. His research uses fieldwork, radical cartography, and critical epistemologies to produce spatial knowledge and investigate the urgent political and environmental conditions of our time. He has been awarded NTNU ARTEC AiR, BCN Hangar/Tokyo Wonder Site artist in residence, LAB_Cyberspaces, UBA Elinor Ostrom, among others. He is the editor of three books and coauthor of the Critical Cartography of the Straits of Gibraltar. He is currently Visiting Professor at the Federal University of Paraíba Postgraduate Department of Architecture & Urbanism, Brazil.

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