Teaching Staff

Raül Avilla-Royo (Course Tutor)

Raul is an architect and researcher. He studied architecture in Barcelona School of Architecture (ETSAB-UPC) and in the Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio (AAM-USI), after which he pursued a Taught MPhil at the Architectural Association (AA). He is currently a PhD candidate at the Royal College of Art in London (RCA): taking Barcelona as a research context the thesis develops a theory of urban transformation framed by social movements and commoning practices through  inquiring on the new roles of architects as part of a strategic re-thinking urban development. Since 2013 he runs his own practice, focused on public housing and public facilities.

Raül is member of the collective Arquitectos de Cabecera in Barcelona, which inquiries in the role of architects in community-led city transformation processes through architecture pedagogy as a tool for social transformation. Arquitectos de Cabecera has been recognized national and internationally, including the City of Barcelona Architecture Award in 2015 and the nomination to the Mies van der Rohe awards in 2017. It has been exhibited in the Spanish Pavilion of the 2018 Biennale of Architecture in Venice and in Piso Piloto Exhibition in Centre de Cultura Contemporànea de Barcelona (CCCB) and Museo de Antioquia de Medellín in 2015.

Raül has been teaching assistant in “Housing and City” studio in ETSAB (2010-13), tutor in the ETSAB Summer School (2016-17) and in the Architectural Association Visiting School (2017), and co-director of Arquitectos de Cabecera Workshop (2019). Besides, he has been invited as jury panellist at the RCA, Kingston School of Art, AA and ETSAB, and has been invited to give seminars at the Royal College of Art in London, in the Huazhong University of Science & Technology (HUST) in China, MAS Housing at ETH Zurich, and has lectured in the Frindge Architectural Festival 2017 in Glasgow.

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Dr Doreen Bernath (Course Master)

Doreen Bernath is an architect and a theorist across disciplines of design, technology, philosophy, visual art, media and cultures. Trained at Cambridge and the AA, she won an RIBA scholarship and was a finalist in 2011 for the RIBA President’s Award for Outstanding Thesis (Phd). She is part of the editorial team of RIBA’s The Journal of Architecture and a co-founder of the research collective ThisThingCalledTheory, an international platform of critical debates, open seminars and publications on the role of theory in the discipline. One of its publications, which she co-edited, is the special issue focused on ‘Theory as Apparatus’, ‘Theory as Transaction’ and ‘Theory as Craft’ in Architecture & Culture November 2015. Her earlier publications appeared in Time + Architecture magazine in China, Dialogue magazine in Taiwan, and the research journal of the Asia Centre at the London School of Economics.

Since 2018, Doreen co-directs AAVS Budapest ‘The Uncommon Walk’ that explores pedestric modes of urban activism: ‘In/Imprints 2018’, ‘Re-Sets 2019’ and ‘Pace Play 2020’. This programme collaborates with significant local architecture centres (FUGA, KÉK, BVA), universities (BME, MOMÉ), art galleries and festivals (Budapest Design Hét) and specialists manufacturers through workshops, travelling exhibitions, installation and filmmaking, eventually leading to international symposium and publication. She was previously a co-director of DEZACT and a founder of SpaceMedia that initiated digital art and architectural collaborations, such as through the biennale ‘Modern Body Festival’ between Den Haag and Taipei.

Doreen has taught in numerous universities internationally since 2006, including UCL Bartlett School of Architecture, Nottingham University and Plymouth University. Currently she teaches at the AA in History and Theories Studies Diploma School, Projective Cities MPhil Programme and supervises PhDs. She also teaches at the Leeds School of Architecture, where she has co-led the MArch design unit ‘Cinematic Commons’ since 2013. As a result of the international symposium ‘Scene and Sequence: On Cinematic Urbanisms’ which she organised in February 2018, a book proposal preliminarily titled ‘Urban Transcripts of the Cinemesque’, and in parallel a research website project, have been put forward, engaging critical voices from a diverse range of cultural contexts in Mumbai, Mexico City, Tokyo and London. She also coordinates the whole school public programme and research clusters, and as PhD director of studies.

Dr Mark CampbellMark-Campbell-Profile  (Thesis Advisor)

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).

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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).

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Dr Platon Issaias (Programme Director)

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.

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Dr Hamed Khosravi (Course 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.


Dr Sam Jacoby (External Thesis Supervisor)

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.


Prof Katharina Borsi

Katharina is a Professor in the Department of Architecture and Built Environment at the University of Nottingham.

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