Visiting Lecturers and Tutors
Artists, filmmakers, producers and publishers, Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine have been working together for the past 10 years mainly focusing their research on experimenting new narrative and cinematographic forms in relation to contemporary architecture. Since 2007 they have been developing a film series entitled “Living Architectures”, widely acclaimed as “a new form of criticism” (Mark) which “has deeply changed the way of looking at architecture” (Domus). “Koolhaas Houselife”, internationally renowned as the “architecture cult movie” (El Pais), is probably the most famous film of their series, featuring Guadalupe – the irresistible housekeeper of the Bordeaux House built by Rem Koolhaas. Selected as one of the 100 most talented personalities of 2017 by Icon Design, presented by the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York) as one of the “most exciting and critical design project of the year 2016”, the complete work of Bêka & Lemoine has been acquired in 2016 by the Museum of Modern Art in New-York (MoMA) for their permanent collection.
Marina Otero is an architect based in Rotterdam. She is Head of Research at Het Nieuwe Instituut, curator of the Dutch Pavilion in the 2018 Venice Biennale and was chief curator of Oslo Architecture Trienal 2016 together with the After Belonging Agency. Previously, she was Director of Global Network Programming at Studio-X, and Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia University GSAPP. Otero studied architecture at TU Delft and ETSA Madrid, where she is a PhD candidate. In 2013, as a Fulbright Scholar, she graduated from the M.S. in Critical, Curatorial and Conceptual Practices in Architecture at Columbia University GSAPP. Her work, recently awarded by The Graham Foundation and Fundación Arquia, has been published in different publications including sqm: The quantified Home, Arquitectura Viva, and Domus. Otero is co-editor of Promiscuous Encounters and Unmanned Architecture and Security Series, and has curated exhibitions at The 2013 Shenzhen Bicity Biennale and the 2014 Istanbul Design Biennial.
Philippe Samyn is founder of the studio Samyn and Partners, 1980. With its affiliated companies FTI (founded in 1985), DAE (founded in 1994) and AirSR (founded in 2003), it is active in all fields of architecture and building engineering. Philippe Samyn’s architectural and engineering design approach is based on questioning, which can be summarised as a “why” methodology inspired by the client aspiration and the genius loci. Its projects have been published in the international specialized press and filmed (1292 publications and 158 footages as of 2017-06-16).
Peter Swinnen is an architect. He currently practices architecture at his Brussels based office CRIT. and conducts PhD research at the KUL University on the political praxis of architecture. Between 2010-15 Swinnen enrolled as state architect for the Flemish Region, a public mandate for which he developed strategic pilot instruments allowing architecture to become – again – a leading policy making discipline. The pilot programs focused on collective housing, health care infrastructure, backfields and energy landscapes. In 2013 he co-curated The Ambition of the Territory at the Architecture Biennale Venice. From 1998 till 2014 Swinnen founded and spearheaded the architectural office of 51N4E, with key projects such as C-MINE, TID Tower, Skanderbeg Square, ISTANBUL 2050, BUDA Arts Centre and the walled Arteconomy residence. In 2011 he edited the publications Reasons For Walling a House and Double or Nothing.
Esteve is a Spanish practicing architect, teacher and researcher. He graduated from Escola Tècnica Superior d’Arquitectura de Barcelona in 2009. He holds Masters in History and Critical thinking by the Architectural Association and is a PhD candidate at The Bartlett (UCL). He has previously collaborated with studios Cloud9 and R&Sie(n) and founded the practice GOIG in 2015. He is currently teaching design and theory in the AA.
Dennis Pohl studied architecture at Leibniz University Hannover and Artesis Antwerp. Next to a degree in philosophy from the KU Leuven, he holds Masters in Architecture and Urban Research from the AdBK Nürnberg. Since 2015 he is associated at the PhD program Knowledge of the Arts at the UdK Berlin, where he develops his research on the political role of the Architecture of the European Institutions. He has previously taught at the Sandberg Instituut Amsterdam and the UdK Berlin. In the field of architecture, Pohl has collaborated with several studios like Common Room, Dogma, LAb[au] and Nomad Concept.
Dubois is a Belgian practicing architect and curator graduated in L’École de la Cambre, Brussels in 2009. Based in Brussels, his studio produces projects in Belgium, France, Switzerland, Italy and China. He was co-curator of the Belgian Pavilion at the 14th International Architecture Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia.