Marta Armengol is an architect formed in ETSAB (Barcelona). In her work, through various disciplines such as architecture, design, installations, and sculpture, she plays with experimentation, and works in research and conceptualization of spaces and objects, using errors and material possibilities rather than searching for definitive solutions. She works with the materials out of which we construct our surroundings, and opens up new spaces within a world we thought we had defined. She believes that it is by mixing the boundaries between architecture, design, and scenography; between installations and sculpture or between the practice and research of architecture itself; that new ideas and innovation flourishes. She has exhibited her work at Palais de Tokyo in 2015, Dutch Design Festival 17 in 2018 and Matadero de Madrid in 2019. She is also co–founder of the Cierto Estudio, and member between 2015 and 2017. During this period of her life the studio had different recognitions: Special Mention at Solvia Innova Prize 2014, Shortlisted at Solvia Innova Prize 2015, was awarded with two Premis Ajac X 2016 in Unbuilt Work + Furniture and more recently, in 2017, with the First Prize for the Masterplan and construction of a social housing building in Plaça de les Glòries, Barcelona.
Glass is for Emmanuel Barrois a way of life, a place of freedom, a vocation born from a chance encounter. While shooting an assignment on the preservation of heritage and artistic crafts, he met a glassmaker and discovered a fascination for light, colour and the art of physically defying the material. As a self- taught man, in the 90s he began to learn glass work by restoring stained glass panels from cathedrals and abbeys. His intention is not so much to rediscover the gestures of the past, but rather to feel how the glassmakers of the 13th century created the architecture of their time and invented their modernity. The dialogue with the architect Claude Parent in 2000, followed by his collaboration with Paul Andreu, were decisive encounters that enabled him to precise his vocation and to understand the need, in his own words, to “constantly call into question, to establish the principle of discomfort as a rule”. In 2010, Emmanuel Barrois was appointed Master of Art Glassmaker of Architecture by the Minister of Culture and Communication. In 2013, he is promoted to the rank of Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters. Barrois has exhibited works at the Centre Pompidou, National Museum of Tokyo, National Museum of China, Galerie Nationale des Gobelins – Le Mobilier National, Tokyo Zokei University Museum, Designer’s Days, and Ecole Nationale de Beaux Arts de Paris. He has given lectures internationally at institutions including the Galerie Nationale des Gobelins, INMA, and the National Museum of Tokyo.
Rena Giesecke is an Architect, Doctoral Researcher and ITA Fellow at the Chair for Digital Building Technologies, Institute of Technology in Architecture at the Department of Architecture at ETH Zurich. Rena studied architecture in Germany, Japan and Austria. Her work, academic research and teaching activities revolve around rethinking construction through new technologies, robotic fabrication, 3d printing, and material research. She has worked on a range of 18 construction projects that employ digital fabrication for concrete and glass.
Christian Kerez was born in 1962 in Maracaibo (Venezuela). After his studies at ETH Zurich, Kerez worked in the field of architecture photography. In 1993, he opened his own studio in Zurich, Switzerland. Christian Kerez has been a visiting professor in design and architecture at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, ETH Zurich since 2001, an assistant professor since 2003 and as a full professor for design and architecture since 2009. In 2012 he held the Kenzo Tange Chair at Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Cambridge. Kerez has been officially invited for the exhibition at the Swiss Pavilion at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia in 2016.
Armin Linke (b. 1966, Milan) is a photographer and filmmaker combining a range of contemporary image processing technologies to blur the border between fiction and reality. Linke indagates the formation – so called Gestaltung – of the natural, technological and urban environment in which we are living. Armin Linke's oeuvre – photographs and films – function as tools to become aware of the different design strategies. Linke has served as a research affiliate at the MIT Visual Arts Program, guest professor at the IUAV Arts and Design University in Venice, and professor for photography at the Karlsruhe University for Arts and Design. Currently Armin Linke is guest professor at ISIA, Urbino (IT) and artist in residence at the KHI Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz.
Ritsue Mishima was born in 1962 in Kyoto, Japan. She moved to Venice in 1989, and began visiting the glass workshops of the Murano islands. Mishima collaborated with the glass artisans there since 1996. In 2001, she was awarded the Giorgio Armani prize for Best Artist at Sotheby's Contemporary Decorative Arts Exhibition held in London. She makes large, organic glass forms often inspired by nature, and is one of the few artists in Venice working almost exclusively in clear glass. Mishima's major exhibitions in recent years have included the Venice Biennale in 2009, a solo show at the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, the Netherlands in 2011 and as part of a project, “Spring at Palazzo Fortuny” in Venice in 2014.
Mario Monotti graduated from Zurich Polytechnic with a degree in Civil Engineering and subsequently, earned a PhD in Technical Sciences where he focused his research on the plastic analysis of reinforced concrete slabs. Since 2009, he has held the position of Professor of Structural Design at the Accademia di architettura in Mendrisio, Switzerland. He is also the founder and owner of the Monotti Ingegneri Consulenti SA in Locarno. His company specialises in structural design in architectural contests in the public and private sectors on national and international levels. Mario Monotti works collaboratively with young architects. His name is associated with the school of Leutschenbach of C. Kerez (European steel design award 2011), the House on Two Pillars of C. Scheidegger and J. Keller (Betonpreis 2017), the National Pavilion of the Kingdom of Bahrain for Expo Milano 2015 of Anne Holtrop, and many other project and exhibition pavilions.
Dima Srouji founder of Hollow Forms Studio is an architect and visual artist exploring the ground as a deep space of rich cultural weight. Srouji looks for potential ruptures in the ground where imaginary liberation is possible. She works with glass, text, archives, maps, plaster casts, and film, understanding each as an evocative object and emotional companion that help her question what cultural heritage and public space mean in the context of the Middle East. Her projects are developed closely with archaeologists, anthropologists, sound designers, and glassblowers. Srouji is currently the Jameel Fellow at the Victoria & Albert Museum and leading the MA City Design studio at the Royal College of Art in London.
Remco Siebring (MSc) (1983) studied architecture at the Academy of Architecture in Arnhem. He opened his practice in 2012 after working for Sou Fujimoto Architects in Tokyo (2010 – 2011). In his work he intuitively explores the boundaries of spatial experiences, in both temporary and permanent installations and buildings. He is interested in analogue working methods and large modelmaking with a wide array of materials. He is also a tutor at the master Studio for Immediate Spaces at the Sandberg Instituut in Amsterdam. Seibring is a long-time collaborator of Studio Anne Holtrop and is currently working on a glass architecture project for the studio.
Ate graduated from the Architecture Master at the University of Delft. In the graduation project, under mentorship of prof. ir. Rob Nijsse, he devloped a series of shell structures with glass as the primary loadbearing material. Currently, Ate works at chair of Structural Design and Mechanics within the faculty of Architecture. As a researcher he is part of the Glass Research Group where his focus is on the structural behaviour of glass load bearing components of bridges and buildings. Within the research group he specialises in FEM modeling of stress distribution in glass, detailing of glass connections and structural design with glass. Ate also teaches the structural design component of the BSc course BK1TE2, the minor Bend & Break and mentors a small number of BT graduate students with a specific interest in structural glass design.
Since 2011 Philip Ursprung has been a Professor of History of Art and Architecture at ETH Zürich and Designated Dean of the Department of Architecture. He earned his PhD in Art History at Freie Universität Berlin in 1993 after his studies in Geneva, Vienna and Berlin and his Habilitation at ETH Zurich in 1999. He taught at the University of Geneva, the Hochschule der Künste Berlin, the GSAPP of Columbia University New York, the Barcelona Institute of Architecture, and the University of Zürich. Philip Ursprung served as advisor to the Swiss Federal Government as a member of the Eidgenössische Kunstkommission from 1997 to 2004. He was the president of the Fondation Nestlé pour l’Art from 2003 to 2014 and president of the Jury of Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart from 2007–2011. Since 2013 he had been president of the scientific board of Zentralinstiut für Kunstgeschichte in Munich. Philip Ursprung’s research deals with the history of modern and contemporary art and architecture with a focus on North American art in the 1960s and 1970s and European architecture since the 1980s. Among other publications, he is the editor of Herzog & de Meuron: Natural History (Lars Müller Publishers, 2002).
ROGIER VAN DER HEIDE
Lighting designer Rogier van der Heide has always worked with light. In 1994, he founded his agency, a world’s first: serving clients with a holistic approach to light, imagery, and architecture. When the practice got acquired by Arup, Arup Lighting grew to include over 70 lighting designers under Rogier's artistic and business leadership. In 2010, Rogier joined Philips Lighting, to lead all the design activities of the corporation as Chief Design Officer and Vice President. As a lighting designer, Rogier continues to empower clients with imaginative light. And Rogier stays connected with the new generation of designers through lectures, workshops, and talks, and as the founder of the world’s largest festival of Light Art, in Amsterdam.