Elif Erdine, PhD


Dr. Elif Erdine is an architect and researcher. During 2010-2015, Elif Erdine conducted her PhD at the Architectural Association PhD in Design Programme, titled ‘Generative Processes in Tower Design: Algorithms for the Integration of Tower Subsystems’. Since 2010 she has been directing various AA Visiting School programmes (AA Istanbul VS, AA Summer DLAB), exploring generative design techniques, integration of algorithmic design methods with large-scale digital fabrication tools. Her research interests include the role of the individual building within complex urban systems, the exploration of urban data as design drivers, biomimicry, and robotic design and fabrication. She has presented her research in Design Studies, eCAADe, CAAD Futures, SimAUD, and ACADIA, among others.


Michael Weinstock, PhD, RIBA, FRSA

Founding Director

Dr. Michael Weinstock studied Architecture at the Architectural Association and has taught at the AA School of Architecture since 1989 in a range of positions from workshop to through Academic Head. He received the Acadia Award for Excellence 2008. Whilst his principal research and teaching has been conducted at the Architectural Association, he has published and lectured widely, and taught seminar courses, studios and workshops on Emergence and associated topics at many other schools of Architecture, in Europe including Delft, Rome, Barcelona, Vienna and in Stuttgart; and in the US at Yale and Rice. He has been Honorary Chief Academic Adviser to the International Research Centre of Computational Design, Tsinghua University Beijing/The University of Hong Kong.


Milad Showkatbakhsh

Studio Master

Dr. Milad Showkatbakhsh holds a PhD from the Architectural Association. After obtaining his BSc. in Architectural Engineering from Shahid Beheshti University, he completed his M.Arch. from Pratt Institute where he graduated with Sidney Katz award for design excellence in 2015. Milad has worked for several architecture and design firms in Asia, U.S.A and Europe as design technology specialist such as Contemporary Architecture Practice (CAP) amongst others. His research has been published in peer-reviewed journals and conferences. Milad is the co-director of the AA Istanbul visiting school with the research focus on integration of algorithmic design methods with large-scale digital fabrication tools. He is the co-founder of ‘Wallacei’, an evolutionary and analytic engine with embedded machine learning algorithms that gives users full control over their evolutionary simulations in Grasshopper 3D


Felipe Oeyen

Studio Tutor

Felipe Oeyen holds a Bachelor in Architecture from the University of Buenos Aires and an M.Arch in Emergent Technologies and Design from the AA awarded with distinction. Since 2013 he has been a member of ‘Off the record’ an Architecture collective based in Argentina, specialized in collaborative material research workshops. He has served as a teaching fellow at the University of Buenos Aires in the areas of Architectural History and Architectural Design. His main research interest is in computational design, digital fabrication and participatory design processes that can empower and have a positive impact on local communities.


Eleana Polychronaki

Studio Tutor

Eleana Polychronaki is an Architect and Computational Designer. She holds a Diploma in Architecture and Engineering from the N.T.U.A Athens and an MSc in Emergent Technologies and Design from the AA, awarded with distinction. She is currently employed as a Computational Design Specialist in Grimshaw, focusing on enabling the design and analysis of complex geometries, as well as actively developing a series of in-house computational tools and workflows. Prior to her position as tutor in the AA, she has led a number of workshops around AR and VR technologies and has worked as a research collaborator in the project “Healthy Housing for the Displaced” carried out by the University of Bath and the EPSRC. She has a keen interest in participatory design, the concept of spatial perception and how these can be pursued through immersive technologies. Her research has been published in SimAUD, BRI and CoDesign among others.

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Lorenzo Santelli

Studio Tutor

Lorenzo Santelli is a charted architect and structural engineer. Since he graduated from EmTech in 2015, he has been part of Eckersley O’Callaghan’s Structural Glass Team, Digital Design Group and Glass Technology Group. He developed expertise in geometrically complex structures, structural analysis and parametric design. He is currently working on glass, steel, cable and carbon fibre structures for building and marine applications based in Europe and Asia. His experience also benefits from long construction site supervision roles. Lorenzo graduated in Architecture and Construction Engineering from the University of Pisa and obtained the licences to practice engineering and architecture both in Italy and the United Kingdom.


Each year EmTech invites critics from established practices and academic institutions to assist with studio sessions. Ranging from architects, engineers, computational designers and academics, they provide critical feedback on the studio projects and trigger intellectual debates and research development, thus forming an integral part of the programme.

Our guest critics for the previous year have included:


Andrei Martin, PLP Architecture
Lars Hesselgren, PLP Architecture
Camila Rock De Luigi, Grimshaw
Yassaman Mousavi, Grimshaw
Spyros Efthymiou, AKT II
Nicolo Bencini, Buro Happold Engineering
Mike Cook, Buro Happold Engineering
Eduardo Rico, Architectural Association


Each year EmTech invites Visiting Instructors to lead workshops and assist in seminar and studio sessions. Visiting Instructors for last year included:


Jens Pedersen, Aalborg Uninersity
Kostas Grigoriadis, Architectural Association, UCL Bartlett
Axel Koerner, ITKE Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design – University of Stuttgart
Suryansh Chandra, Automata Technologies
Henrik Jeldtoft Jensen, Centre for Complexity Science – Imperial College London
Murat Erkurt, Centre for Complexity Science – Imperial College London
Anand Sahasranaman, Centre for Complexity Science – Imperial College London



Our distinguished colleague Emeritus Professor Dr. 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.


Researchers at the AA pursuing their PhD degrees in parallel to EmTech research agenda are:



Mohammed Makki
Milad Showkatbakhsh
Aiman Tabony
Hyunjae Nam
Anna Font Vacas