Meet Our Team

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

Allison Crank

Tyger Tyger

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.

Alvaro Fernandez

A Cuarta Parede Films

Álvaro F. Pulpeiro (1990) is a Spanish-born filmmaker currently based between South America and Europe. Studies at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London, where he forms part of collectives such as 89+ curated by Hans Obrist Ulrich for the DLD ‘13 in Munich. In 2014 directs and produces Sol mihi semper Lucet (16’, 2015), which premieres in 2015 at Play Doc Film Festival and it is later selected in other festivals internationally. From 2015 travels repetitively to the Port of Montevideo in order to develop what is his first feature-length film, Nocturno: Ghosts of the Sea in Port (72’, 2017). It has its premiere at the Llendes Competitive Selection of the FICX in Gijón and its international premiere in the Documentary Official Selection at the EIFF in Edinburgh, and then travels to cinemas around the world. In 2018 shoots a short film in the Guajira Desert, The Young-Girl doesn’t age. She decomposes (20’, 2019), which premieres as part of the Official Selection for the FilMadrid International Film Festival 2019. He is now post-producing SO FOUL A SKY, his second feature filmed for two years in the petrol states of Venezuela and produced by CAMARALENTA and INSIGHT TWI (www.sofoulasky.com).

Jessica In

Originally from Melbourne Australia via Ithaca, Seoul and Zurich, Jessica is an Australian Architect with experience as both practitioner and university educator. Her design specialisations and interests lie in computation, interaction and fabrication methodologies for Architecture, with a particular emphasis on the expressive potential of technology as a means to explore bespoke design. She is currently pursuing her interests in drawing, robotics and machine learning for interactive design explorations.

A Teaching Fellow at the Bartlett School of Architecture, she runs BSc Unit 9 with Chee-Kit Lai, and is also part of the MArch Design for Performance + Interaction teaching team for the Interactive Architecture Lab with Ruairi Glynn. Prior to joining the Bartlett she was a Designer at Heatherwick Studio, responsible for the Project Coordination and Production of the Google Campus in Mountain View and the Hudson Yards Vessel sculpture projects.

James Chung

James Kwang ho Chung is a Unit Master at the AA Experimental Unit 6 and a Visiting Lecturer in the School of Architecture at the Royal College of Art. He also practices as an architectural designer for Hopkins Architects.

He has worked internationally in numerous studios including Foster + Partners, Grimshaw, USO, NEX realising many built projects. He has lectured and taught with several universities including the AA, RCA, Leeds School of Architecture and Korea University of Arts since graduating from Architectural Association School of Architecture in 2013.

Raphaël Penasa

TygerTyger

TygerTyger is a team of imagineers dedicated to bridging technology and innovative storytelling. With a pool of designers, talents, and award-nominated producers at its core, TygerTyger supports and leads worldwide artistic and technical projects in the shadow. By focusing on creating new experiences with high-level engineering and new media formats, TygerTyger merges digital innovation and physical installations to create unique experiences and formats for our media saturated times.

Sergei Maier

CAVIR

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.

Denis Vlieghe

Cube Zero

Denis Vlieghe is an innovator, architect, and academic creating solutions for complex real-world problems. He is the founding director of CUBE ZERO Ltd, an innovation, design, and technology company offering specialised design services based on data-driven processes and collaborative R&D, and operating at the intersection of industry and academia.

Prior to CUBE ZERO, Denis has worked internationally with renowned design practices including Grimshaw, Shigeru Ban, Endo Shuhei, Robofold, and participated in various competition entries such as the winning design of the Guangzhou Culture Center. At Grimshaw London, he led computational design, and developed their innovative in-house systems to secure new business opportunities. He was also systems lead for Tirana masterplan, and envelope package lead for Oman Botanic Garden’s Northern biome project in collaboration with Arup.

Denis has been teaching for over 10 years in world-class institutions such as the University of Tokyo, the AA, and the Bartlett. He is currently subject lead for the new Apprenticeship in Architecture programme delivered by Oxford Brookes University in partnership with the leading architecture practices in London.

Daniela Mitterberger

MAEID

Daniela Mitterberger currently is a PhD fellow and researcher at ETH Zurich investigating the relationships between human intuition and robotics.

Vienna and Zürich based media artist and architect, Daniela Mitterberger is a co-founder and director of MAEID / Büro für Architektur und Transmediale Kunst, an interdisciplinary design studio, which critically locates new technologies in human-machine-matter relationships. Their work ranges from architecture, speculative research, robotic fabrication to big scale performative installations, continuously and seamlessly linking computation, algorithms, the material and the virtual, living systems & machines. Their work has been recognized with several international awards and prices and has been widely exhibited at various galleries, institutions and events including Ars Electronica Linz, Melbourne Triennial, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna and House of Architecture Graz. Daniela and Tiziano taught at several international graduate and postgraduate programs, amongst others at the University of Melbourne (MSD), The University Innsbruck, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, University of applied Arts Vienna and ETH Zurich.

Tiziano Derme

MAEID

Tiziano Derme is an Assistant Professor and PhD-Fellow at the University of Innsbruck focusing on multimedia composites and material performativity.

Vienna and Zürich based media artist and architect, Tiziano Derme is a co-founder and director of MAEID / Büro für Architektur und Transmediale Kunst, an interdisciplinary design studio, which critically locates new technologies in human-machine-matter relationships. Their work ranges from architecture, speculative research, robotic fabrication to big scale performative installations, continuously and seamlessly linking computation, algorithms, the material and the virtual, living systems & machines. Their work has been recognized with several international awards and prices and has been widely exhibited at various galleries, institutions and events including Ars Electronica Linz, Melbourne Triennial, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna and House of Architecture Graz. Daniela and Tiziano taught at several international graduate and postgraduate programs, amongst others at the University of Melbourne (MSD), The University Innsbruck, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, University of applied Arts Vienna and ETH Zurich.

Mond Qu

United Make

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.

Paul Loh

Power To Make

Paul studied architecture at the University of Melbourne, the University of East London and the Architectural Association, UK. He has over 15 years of architectural experience in Australia, Malaysia and the UK and has worked with Zaha Hadid Architects, Fletcher Priest Architects, MacCormac Jamieson Prichard and NEX Architecture. He is a founding partner of LLDS / Power to Make.

His built projects and research have been widely published and have received many awards, most notably the 2011 RIBA award for Kendrew Quadrangle for St John’s College, Oxford. Paul’s drawings and furniture have also been exhibited and represented at the Royal Academy, London as well as at the London Design Festival and Frieze Art Fair, London.

Paul has extensive research and expertise in digital design, craft and fabrication. He led a design research unit at the University of East London between 2005 and 2011. He has taught at the Architectural Association and lectured in Sweden, Italy and China. He is Lecturer in Digital Architecture at the University of Melbourne and PhD candidate at RMIT. He is a member of the AIA (Victorian Chapter) Education Committee.