Michael Weinstock was born in Germany, lived as a child in the Far East and West Africa, and then attended an English public school. At the age of 17, after reading Joseph Conrad, he ran away to sea, where he spent years in traditional sailing ships, gaining shipyard and building experience. He studied architecture at the AA where he has taught since 1989. His research interest lies in exploring the convergence of biomimetic engineering, architecture, emergence and material sciences.
George Jeronimidis is the director of the Centre for Biomimetics in the School of Construction Management and Engineering. He is an active member of the Smart Materials and Structures Committee of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IoM3) and has published extensively in these fields. He is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Max Planck Institute of Colloid and Interfaces in Potsdam and is on the editorial board of the International Journal of Virtual and Physical Prototyping.
Evan Greenberg is a researcher, designer and educator with interests in biomimicry, advanced fabrication processes, and resilient systems and urban microclimates. He has worked with architects, engineers, artists and fashion designers around the world. He has taught at the AA since 2008 upon gaining his MSc with distinction in Emergent Technologies and Design. Evan has directed workshops and lectured internationally and is a fellow of the Biomimicry Institute.
Elif Erdine is an architect and researcher. Her recently completed PhD thesis (2015) focuses on the integration of tower subsystems through generative design methodologies informed by biomimetic analogies. Since 2010 she has taught at various AA Visiting School programmes, where her teaching experience explores generative design techniques, the integration of algorithmic design methods with large-scale digital fabrication tools, and physical computing.
Manja van de Worp trained as an architect and structural engineer at the Technical University of Eindhoven and Emtech at the AA. Her interests lie in finding synergies between structural design and architecture through technology, geometry and fabrica- tion. She has worked for Arup in London in the Advanced Geometry Unit and Advanced Technolo- gy and Research Group and is now a Principal at NOUS Engineering London.
Suryansh Chandra is an architect, and co-founder of Automata, a company working to democratize robotics based in London. Previously, he spent 6 years working at the Computation & Design Research Group at Zaha Hadid Architects where he got his exposure to advanced design and manufacturing techniques including Robotics. His work at ZHA focused on the understanding of material behaviour and developing innovative computing mechanisms for design and construction.
Dr Deljana Iossifova is a lecturer in Urban Studies at the University of Manchester. Her research is focused on urban transformations with a special focus on East Asia. Iossifova has many years of experience as a practicing architect and led on a number of award-winning master planning and architectural projects, including ‘Beijing Daxing New Media City’ and ‘DressCode Flagship Store’ in Tokyo. She graduated from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and completed a PhD with focus on China’s urban transition at the Tokyo Institute of Technology.
Axel Körner received his MSc. in Emergent Technologies and Design from the Architectural Association with distinction. He worked for several architecture practices in Munich, Vienna and London, as well as for Createx and Northsails TPT in Switzerland where he was in a multi disciplinary team of mechanical engineers, chemists and computer scientists working on carbon fibre material research. Since October 2014 he has been working as research associate at the itke, Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design, University of Stuttgart.
Ulysses Sengupta is a Senior Lecturer at the Manchester School of Architecture. Previously he was a Unit Leader/Master at the University of Nottingham (8 years) and Lecturer at the University of East London. He attempts to progress a parallel discourse between practice and theory on the subjects of architecture, urbanism and planning through teaching, practice and research and has lectured widely and internationally.