Dr Sam Jacoby (Course Director)
Sam is a chartered architect with an AA Diploma and a doctorate from the Technische Universität Berlin in architectural history and theory. He teaches at the AA since 2002, where he is founding director of Projective Cities. He also taught at the University of Nottingham, the University College London (The Bartlett School of Architecture), the Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste Stuttgart, and the Royal College of Art. Sam has worked for architectural and planning offices in the UK, Germany, USA, and Malaysia after training as a cabinet-maker in Germany.
He recently authored Drawing Architecture and the Urban (Wiley, 2016) and guest-edited the special journal issues ‘Type versus Typology’ for The Journal of Architecture (2015) and ‘New Design Research in Architecture and Urban Design’ for Urban Flux (2015). He also co-edited the book Typological Formations: Renewable Building Types and the City (AA Publications, 2007) and a special journal issue ‘Typological Urbanism: Projective Cities’ for Architectural Design (2011), both with Christopher Lee.
Dr Platon Issaias (Course Co-Director)
Platon is an architect, researcher and teacher. He is currently a Diploma Unit Master at the AA and a Visiting Lecturer at the School of Architecture/Royal College of Art. Prior to this, he taught at the Berlage Institute/Rotterdam, the MArch Urban Design/Bartlett-UCL, Faculty of Architecture/University of Westminster, Syracuse University and the University of Cyprus.
Platon studied architecture in Thessaloniki, Greece (AUTh) and 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 ‘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) with P.V. Aureli and M.S. Giudici; 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.
Platon has been practicing individually and in collaboration across a wide range of scales including architecture, urban design and planning. Key projects include the 2nd prize in UIA’s International Architectural Competition for the Innovative, Bioclimatic, European School Complex in Crete, and the commendation in the European Architectural Competition ‘Re-Think Athens’ for the creation of a new city centre in Athens (with Antonas Office). 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 int history as a place of displacement, detention, and control.
Dr Mark Campbell (Studio Master)
Mark completed his PhD and MA as a Fulbright Scholar at Princeton University and BArch (Hons) and BA at Auckland University, New Zealand. His PhD focused on issues of aesthetic and psychoanalytic theory in the early-twentieth century and his current research examines the contemporary United States and China. At the AA, Mark is currently also the Director of the MPhil in Media Practices and ‘Paradise Lost’ AA Research Cluster. He is in addition a Visiting Professor of Architecture at South-East University, Nanjing, and has also taught at the Cooper Union, Princeton University, and Auckland University, in addition to serving as the Managing Editor of Grey Room and the Cooper Union Archive, currently serving as an editor to The Journal of Architecture.
Mark’s recent publications include Paradise Lost (2016), ‘The Overlook’ (2015), ‘Unreal Estates’ (2014), ‘Blood Simple’ (2014) and Guns, Household Objects, Road Trips, Bodies, Acts of Devotion & TVs (2013).Mark’s research interests include: early modern aesthetic theory; filmic and photographic representation; architectural obsolescence; cultural exhaustion; and contemporary American culture between 1960 and 1980. His recent and upcoming publications include: Paradise Lost (winter 2014); ‘”Nothing but Sheer Nerves”: Geoffrey Scott’s Humanism of Architecture’, AA Files 68 (winter 2014); Glimpses of the USA (2013) ; Guns, Household Objects, Road Trips, Cars, Bodies, Acts of Devotion & TVs (2013); ‘Blood Simple’, AA Files 66 (2013); ‘Choice by Design,’ POA 1-22 (2012) ‘Gleaming Toys,’ VIA: Dirt (2012); ‘Going Back to Greenville,’ AA Files 62 (2011); and ‘The Eye of the Beholder: Geoffrey Scott’s View of History,’ AA Files 59 (2009).
Dr Hamed Khosravi (Studio Master)
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.
Spyros Efthymiou (Computational Design)
Spyros earned a degree in Architectural Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens and a masters from the AA Emergent Technologies & Design programme. His interests lies in the fields of evolutionary computational design, advanced digital fabrication techniques, programming, micro-controllers, smart materials, biomimetics and the application of their virtues in the field of design. He aims to contribute his enthusiasm on demanding architectural and urban design projects with problem solving competencies, an eye for detail and the ability to communicate graphically.
Prof Katharina Borsi
Katharina is a Professor in the Department of Architecture and Built Environment at the University of Nottingham.