Teaching Staff

Roozbeh Elias-Azar

Roozbeh Elias-Azar (Course Master)

Roozbeh holds his MArch from Faculty of Art and Architecture at IAU Tehran and diploma in MSc Urban studies from Urban Laboratory at University College London. Elias-Azar has been practicing since 2002 and in 2020 founded Third-Line based in London and Tehran.

Third-Line is a cross-disciplinary office concerned with the built environment, spatial practices and place imaginaries. The practice operates at the intersection of architecture, art and urban geography. They work with London housing typologies and the cities’ historic urban context for private clients and public organizations. Their projects also include an artist studio in Tehran and house and workshop in rural Iran. Third-line has collaborated in an urban space and public art project in Doha for Qatar 2022 world cup, rethinking historical housing typologies as references for a progressive urban intervention.

Roozbeh’s collaborative research work on forms of public space of Tehran was published in domus 902 (2007) as well as in paradoxical Tehran issue in domus 901 (2007) His photographic works on architecture and materiality has been exhibited in Iran’s 8th biennale of photography and his artistic collaboration with Nazgol Ansarinia on ‘Fabrication’ (2013) has been exhibited internationally. ‘Revolution Begins at Home’ (2019) was developed for the first Sharjah Architecture Triennale together with Hamed Khosravi and is now part of the permeant collection at Sharjah Art Foundation.

Anna Font (Course Master – Seminar and Academic Writing Lead)

Anna is an architect, currently reading her PhD in Design at the Architectural Association (London), she studied architecture at Universitat Ramon Llull ETSALS (Barcelona), and holds a Master in Architecture II for the Harvard University Graduate School of Design (Cambridge, MA). Anna teaches at the Architectural Association, where she is Course Master at the Projective Cities MPhil graduate programme, and Environmental Technical Studies Tutor in first year and the Diploma School. Anna is Unit Tutor at AcrossRCA, a transdisciplinary graduate programme at the Royal College of Art (London). She also leads a module at the Master in Integrated Architectural Design at ETSALS (Barcelona), and has previously taught at the University of Sheffield, where her student’s work has been awarded the RIBA Yorkshire Student Awards 2023.

Before moving to London, Anna was visiting professor at the Escuela de Arquitectura y Estudios Urbanos of Universidad Torcuato Di Tella UTDT EAEU (Buenos Aires) from 2011 to 2021, where she taught Design Studios and Research Seminars, while coordinating and being a tutor of Undergraduate Design Thesis. Parallel to her teaching activities she founded and coordinated the EAEU Archive of Architecture from 2012 to 2021, that registered, compiled, and edited content from the extracurricular activities at the School, producing the series of publications Archivos de Arquitectura, up to its twelfth issue. Her publications include essays and projects in ArchivosPlot and Notas magazines, and she has also collaborated in the edition and production of the books Suprarural (Ciro Najle and Lluís Ortega, Actar Publishers, 2017) and The Generic Sublime (Ciro Najle, Harvard GSD/Actar Publishers, 2016).

Anna runs her own practice after having worked in architectural offices in Barcelona, Buenos Aires, Boston, and Tokyo. In her collaboration with Ciro Najle (General Design Bureau), they have been projecting organizational models that range different scales and lines of research: from explorations on material behaviour and structural redundance in Cummulus 1664 (Energy Effects, MCA Denver 2010), to the design and prototyping of differentiated support structures for public spaces in Pastizal (Rukan prize 2010), and Waiting Sea (Fleni Foundation commission 2018), or the construction of the Aula Magna lecture hall at Universidad Torcuato Di Tella (2017).

Her projects, research, and academic work engage with disciplinary materials as platforms to continue expanding the lineages of thought that give form to architecture culture as collective project. Her practice develops design methodologies and integrates critical frameworks that can contribute to speculate and theorize the transformation currently under way for architecture as material practice.

Cristina Gamboa © Sue Barr

Cristina Gamboa (Course Master)

Cristina is a chartered architect and teacher. She studied at the Barcelona School of Architecture ETSAB / UPC, and the Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning / University of Stuttgart. Cristina is co-founder of Lacol, a cooperative of architects established in 2014 in Barcelona, where she has focused on researching participative approaches to design and developing cooperative housing and housing policies, tested in on-going projects.

Lacol works from architecture towards social transformation, using architecture as a tool to intervene critically in the local environments. The activity is based on a horizontal system of labor, acting alongside society with the motivation and challenge to achieve a transition towards sustainability in the broadest way possible: political, social, economic and environmental. Lacol’s practice embrace Architecture, Urbanism, Housing policies and Participatory processes, blurring the limits of the different disciplines to define a cross-sectional and participative approach. She has focused on researching participative approaches to design and developing cooperative housing and housing policies, tested in on-going projects.

They had been recognized locally and internationally, recently they won the 2018 City of Barcelona Architecture Award.Her individual and collective work has been published and exhibited in ‘Piso Piloto’ Exhibition opened at the CCCB in Barcelona (2015), Medellín (2016) and Ciudad de México (2017); in the Catalonia Pavilion – Biennale of Venice (2016); in the Barcelona Pavilion – Biennale of Buenos Aires (2017); ‘Together! The New Architecture of the Collective’ opened at the Vitra Museum (Weil am Rhein, Germany), among others.

She has written and lectured about cooperative housing processes, challenges and potentialities of the model and its architectural design. Cristina’s writings include ‘To build housing to build community. The experience of La Borda housing cooperative and its replicability in the context of Barcelona’ (2018); ‘The experience of LaBorda, from the development to the project’ (2016). She also co-edited the book ‘Habitar en comunidad’, Ediciones de la Catarata (2018).

Cristina currently teaches at ETSAB (DPA PIII_IV Contemporary Collective Housing, Associated Professor). She also taught as a Visiting Lecturer at the School of Architecture / Royal College of Art ( ADS7’s co-tutor).

Platon Issaias © Sue Barr

Dr Platon Issaias (Programme Head)

Platon is an architect, researcher and educator. He is the Director of Projective Cities: MPhil in Architecture and Urban Design programme at the Architectural Association, where he is also Diploma Unit 7 Studio Master. Prior, he has been a Tutor/Visiting Lecturer at the School of Architecture/RCA (MA Architecture, MA City Design), and a Visiting Lecturer at the Department of Architecture, University of Westminster. He has also taught at the Berlage Institute/Rotterdam, the MArch Urban Design/Bartlett-UCL, the University of Cyprus, and Syracuse University, London Program.

Platon studied architecture in Thessaloniki, Greece (AUTh). He holds an MSc in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University and a PhD from TU Delft. His thesis Beyond the Informal City: Athens and the Possibility of an Urban Common investigated the recent history of planning in Athens and the link between conflict, urban management and architectural form. He has written and lectured extensively about Greek urbanisation and the politics of urban development. His published work includes ‘Solidarity’, AA Files 2019; ‘Displaced, in place and in Transit: refugee population in Greece and the formation of planning protocols and domestic machines’, Transient Spaces: Building Shelter in Crisis Contexts (NY, 2019); ‘Designing the Informal – The Case of Athens’, in Athens: From Informal to Paradigm (Athens, Futura, 2019); ‘From the Flat to the City: The construction of Modern Greek Subjectivity’ Joelho, issue 8 (2017); ‘Domestic, Production and Debt: For a Theory of the Informal’ in T. Stoppani et al (eds) This Thing Called Theory (London, 2016); ‘Mechanism of Suspension: Infrastructure and Legislation for Free Camping’ in Y. Aesopos Tourism Landscapes: Remaking Greece (Domes Editions, 2015) with T. Issaias and A. Vougia; ‘On Conflict, Generic and the Informal: The Greek Case’, in Very, Vary Veri, Harvard GSD, 2  (2015); ‘The Absence of Plan as a Project: Notes on the Planning development of Modern Athens, 1830-2010’ in P.V. Aureli (ed.) The City as a Project (Ruby Press, 2013); ‘From Dom-ino to Polykatoikia’, DOMUS, issue 962, October (2012) i; and ‘Labour, City, Architecture: Athens as a case study’ in P. Dragonas, A. Skiada, Made In Athens (YPEKA, 2012) with P.V. Aureli and M.S. Giudici.

Since 2009, Platon practices as a founding member of Fatura Collaborative, an architecture and research collective. Fatura Collaborative has developed projects in a wide range of scales, from intimate objects, to architecture, urban design and planning. Their work has received multiple awards in Greece and internationally, most recently the 3rd prize for the redesign of Lycabettus Hill Theatre Public Space in Athens. From 2015 to 2020, they have been developing an incremental housing project based on alternative cooperative models in Da Nang, Vietnam. Their work has been presented and exhibited widely, most notably in the 2015 Venice Biennale, the Benaki and Acropolis Museums, and the 10th and 5th Biennale of Young Greek Architects.

In 2018, he co-curated the exhibition Islands of Exile: The Case of Leros in Manifesta 12, Palermo, Italy, which presented the findings of a four-year-long interdisciplinary project on the island of Leros, Greece and its history as a place of displacement, detention, and control.

Hamed Khosravi © Sue Barr

Dr Hamed Khosravi (Programme Head, Course Master, Design Studio Lead)

Hamed is an architect, educator and writer. He graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Tehran. He holds his Masters in Urbanism, within the EMU programme, at TU Delft and IUAV in Venice. Hamed received his PhD in history and theory of architecture in ‘The City as a Project’ programme at the Berlage Institute / TU Delft. Hamed has recently completed his Post-doctoral research on the ‘Labour Movements and Architecture: Tehran (1943-63)’ at the International Institute of Social History in Amsterdam (IISG). He has been teaching history and theory courses, seminars, and design studios in various schools of architecture including TU Delft Faculty of Architecture, Oxford Brookes School of Architecture, and the Berlage Institute. He is currently the Studio Master of Diploma Unit 7 at the Architectural Association (AA) and the coordinator of the Transitional Territories Studio (Landscapes of Coexistence) at the TU Delft Faculty of Architecture.

Hamed’s recent writings include Tehran. Life within Walls: A City, its Territory, and Forms of Dwelling (Hatje Cantz, 2017), ‘Aesthetics of Ruins’ in JAE Journal of Architectural Education (2018), ‘The Nomos of the Sea; Pirates, DJs, Hackers, and the Architecture of Contingent Labour’, in The Avery Review, 29, (2018), ‘Inhabitable Walls: Notes Towards a Genealogy of Islamic Sacred Space’ in P.V. Aureli & M.S. Giudici (eds.) Rituals and Walls. The Architecture of Sacred Space (London: AA Publications, 2016), ‘The Multiple Lives of Gabriel Guevrekian’ in AA Files (2015), among other titles. His forthcoming book, Gabriel Guevrekian: The Elusive Modernist, will be published by Hatje Cantz in 2019.

Hamed is co-founder of the research collective Behemoth Press, active in architectural research and education as well as curatorial projects. His individual and collective projects were published extensively and exhibited in different international venues, among them are: ‘The Architecture of Fulfilment’ for the Venice Biennale 2014, ‘Cerberus: The Three-Headed Monster’ for the Kuwait Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2016, ‘Prato: Citta-Fabrica’ for the Oslo Architecture Triennale 2016, which have been all developed together with Amir Djalali and Francesco Marullo. ‘The Garden of Free Waters’, together with Plan Común, for the Lisbon Architecture Triennale 2016, and ‘The Port and the Fall of Icarus’, developed together with Taneha Kuzniecow Bacchin and Filippo LaFleur for the Dutch Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2018.

Daryan Knoblauch

Daryan Knoblauch (Course Master)

Daryan is an architect, designer and scenographer, who’s work focuses on alternative models of living for which he uses print,- exhibition,- furniture and installation design as mediums of communication.

He studied Architecture and Urbanism at the Architectural Association (AA) in London where he graduated with distinction from the Taught MPHIL Projective Cities Programme in 2021. His thesis “KRISTALL, The Domestication of Water”, investigated the emergence of the bathroom in Germany as a built repercussion of body culture in search of new collective living models in Berlin today. Prior, he received a BArch (hons) from the Alanus University of Arts and Social Sciences, where his thesis was awarded the “BDA-Master Award” for the best German Thesis of 2018 by the German Chamber of Architects after which he perused a MSc in Architecture at KU Leuven´s Sint Lucas Faculty of Architecture in Brussels.

Daryan has worked as an architect in Brussels for 51n4e, in San Francisco for Kava Massih Architects and in London/Wuppertal for Team 51.5. He was a research assistant for the Chair of Architectural Resources at AU from 2015 till 2018, before becoming a teaching assistant at Projective Cities in 2020.


Nora Akawi

Nora is a Palestinian architect, and an Assistant Professor at The Cooper Union, New York. She focuses on erasure and bordering in settler colonialism and works at the intersection of architecture with border studies, cartography, and archive theory.  Prior to joining The Cooper Union, Nora taught at Columbia University’s GSAPP, where she was the director of Studio-X Amman since 2012, and the founding director of the Janet Abu-Lughod Library and Seminar since 2015. She curated Al Majhoola Min Al-Ard (this earth’s unknown) at the Biennale d’Architecture d’Orléans (2019), and co-curated Sarāb: Wadi Rum, a festival of experimental electronic music and performance from the Arab worlds (2019), and Friday Sermon at the Biennale Architettura in Venice (2018). She co-edited the books Friday Sermon (2018) and Architecture and Representation: The Arab City (2016). Together with Eduardo Rega Calvo, in 2019 she co-founded the interdisciplinary research and design studio Interim Projects.

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