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 Maria S. Giudici (Course Master)
Maria earned an MA in Architecture from Mendrisio Academy and holds a PhD from Delft University in 2014. Her thesis The Street as a Project: The Space of the City and the Construction of the Modern Subject is a critique of the contemporary idea of public space and an attempt to rethink the ‘void between the buildings’ as the object of political and architectural intentions. Between 2005 and 2011 Maria collaborated with offices BAU Bucharest, Donis, and Dogma, specialising in large-scale urban developments and mass housing projects. Maria has taught research programmes in Aleppo (TU Delft), Moscow (Strelka), Athens (Berlage Institute), and Barcelona (BiArch). At the AA, she is also runs Diploma Unit 14 with Pier Vittorio Aureli since 2011. In addition, Maria is the founder of publishing and educational platform Black Square.
Published works include Rituals and Walls (AA Publications, 2016) co-edited with Pier Vittorio Aureli; The Supreme Achievement (Black Square, 2016) co-edited with Davide Sacconi; ‘La Réussite Suprême’ in Architectures CREE, 374 (2015) with Davide Sacconi; ‘John Soane: From Theatre of Memory to Framework for Memories’, in Perspecta 48 (2015); ‘Specific Spaces: Government and the Emergence of architecture d’accompagnement, 1584–1765’, in Pier Vittorio Aureli (ed), The City as a Project (Ruby Press, 2013); ‘Education, Consumption, Reproduction: Three Cautionary Tales’, in Ana Jeinic, Anselm Wagner (eds), Is There (anti)Neoliberal Architecture? (Jovis, 2013); and Rome: The Centre(s) Elsewhere (Milan: Skirà, 2010) co-authored with Pier Vittorio Aureli and Martino Tattara.
Dr Platon Issaias (Course Master)
Platon is an architect, researcher and teacher. He is also currently a Visiting Lecturer at the School of Architecture/RCA and an adjunct professor at Syracuse University, London Program. Prior to this, he taught at the Berlage Institute/Rotterdam, the MArch Urban Design/Bartlett-UCL 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 ‘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).
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).
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.