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Gregor ­Eichinger­­

Eichinger was born in ­Austria and studied Archite­cture at the Technical University, Vienna. He worked a­s the personal assistant of Peter Weibel and his wide field of expertise covers architecture, design, set-design for the fil­m industry and advertising agencies. In 1984 he founded the architectural office “Eichinger oder Knechtl“ together with Christian Knechtl. In 2004 the architectural practice “eichinger offices“ was established.

Eichinger teaches internationally. Since 2004 he has held the position of ­Professor for Architecture and Design at the ETH Zurich, in 2001 he was a visiting professor at the University of Fine Arts, Vienna and since 1998 associate lecturer at the University of Applied Arts, Vienna. In 1996 he was visiting professor at Sci-Arc, Los Angeles.

Greg Lynn

(born 1964 in North Olmsted, OH) leads his office Greg Lynn FORM and is currently a tenured professor of architecture at University of Applied Arts Vienna, a studio professor at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Department of Architecture and Urban Design and a visiting professor at Yale University.

Greg Lynn graduated cum laude from Miami University (OH) with degrees in Architecture and Philosophy, and Princeton University with a Master of Architecture. He is distinguished for his use of computer-aided design to produce irregular, biomorphic architectural forms, as he proposes that with the use of computers, calculus can be implemented into the generation of architectural expression. Lynn has written extensively on these ideas, first publishing the book "Animate Form" in 1999, funded in part by the Graham Foundation. Lynn's New York Presbyterian Church in Queens, New York, with Douglas Garofalo and Michael McInturf is an early project which used vector-based animation software in its design conception. He was profiled by Time Magazine in their projection of 21st century innovators in the field of architecture and design.

Lynn's latest works begin to explore how to integrate structure and form together as he discovered some biomorphic forms are inherently resistant to load. He is also one of the forerunners in exploring and integrating the tools of digital fabrication, into the process of design and construction. Lynn has taught at Columbia Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation and ETH Zurich. Greg Lynn FORM has defined how architects use computers as a design medium. Projects, publications, research and exhibition have shaped both the use of advance technology in design and accelerated its integration into construction. FORM is at the centre of debate and discussion not only in architecture but also in general design culture.

Patrik Schumacher

is a partner at Zaha Hadid Architects and Co-director at the AA Design Research Lab. He joined Zaha Hadid in 1988. Patrik Schumacher studied philosophy and architecture in Bonn, London and Stuttgart, where he received his Diploma in architecture in 1990. Patrik Schumacher has been teaching at various architectural schools in Britain, Continental Europe and the USA since 1992. He has co-taught a series of post-graduate option studios with Zaha Hadid at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Columbia University, at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University, and at Yale University. In 1996 he founded the "Design Research Laboratory" with Brett Steele, at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London, and continues to serve as one of its co-director. Since 2004 Patrik Schumacher is also Professor at the Institute for Experimental Architecture, Innsbruck University. In 1999 he completed his PHD at the Institute for Cultural Science, Klagenfurt University. His contribution to the discourse of contemporary architecture is also evident in his writings: www.patrikschumacher.com


Paul Finch

Finch’s impressive career in architectural journalism spans several decades, initially at Building Design and the Estates Times through the 70s and early 80s, as Editor of BD in the 80s and early 90s, and latterly as Editor of The Architects’ Journal from 1994-1999, and Editorial Director of Emap Constructs’ architecture titles from 1999.

He leaves CABE next month, but will continue to chair CABE's joint design review panel (with Design for London) for the London Olympics and sits on various RIBA committees, co-edits and publishes the quarterly magazine Planning in London, is a visiting critic of the Bartlett School and the Architectural Association, and has sat on the jury of various architecture awards including the Stirling Prize. He was awarded the OBE in 2002.

Finch is the Director of the World Architecture Festival, its inaugural year being 2008.

Jeffrey Kipnis

(born 1951, Georgia, USA) is an American critic, urban designer, filmmaker, theorist, curator and professor of architecture at the Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, and USA. He is also visiting professor at Columbia University, New York. He curates Architecture and Design at the Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio.

Kipnis taught at the Architectural Association School of Architecture, London from 1992-1995, where he ran the Graduate Design Program. In 2006 and 2007 he was a Visiting Professor at Harvard University, USA.

As a critic he has written for many different periodicals, such as Assemblage and El Croquis.

Kipnis collaborated with architects Reiser and Umemoto (RUR Architects) in designing the Water Garden in Columbus, Ohio and the Kansai-Kan National Diet Library. Kipnis was awarded a Masters degree in physics from Georgia State University, USA (1981). In 2006 the Architectural Association School of Architecture, London, awarded an honorary Diploma Kipnis in recognition of his contributions as a teacher, critic and theorist, to the discipline of architecture.

Kipnis first came to prominence through his collaborations with avant-gardist theorist and architect Peter Eisenman, and their joint collaboration with French philosopher Jacques Derrida.

Select bibliography
▪ Kipnis, Jeffrey. "Twisting the Separatrix", in K. Michael Hays (Ed), Architectural Theory Since 1968. Cambridge, MIT Press, 1998. (originally published in Assemblage 14, 1992).
▪ Robert Somol (ed), Autonomy and Ideology: Positioning an avant-garde in America (with contributions by Jeff Kipnis). New York, Monacelli Press, 1997.
▪Kipnis, Jeffrey (ed), Jacques Derrida and Peter Eisenman, Chora L Works, New York, Monacelli Press, 1997.
▪Kipnis, Jeffrey. “What we need here is – failure to communicate!!,” Quaderns 245 no.Q 5.0 (April 2005): 94-100.
▪Kipnis, Jeffrey. "Diagram." Hunch 11 (2007).


Mirko Zardini

Zardini is the current Director of the CCA. The Canadian Centre for Architecture is an international research centre and museum founded on the conviction that architecture is a public concern. Based on its extensive collections, CCA is a leading voice in advancing knowledge, promoting public understanding, and widening thought and debate on the art of architecture, its history, theory, practice, and role in society today.

Zardini is an architect whose research, writings, and design projects engage the transformations of contemporary architecture and its relationship with the city and landscape. Editor of Casabella magazine from 1983 to 1988 and Lotus international from 1988 to 1999, Mr Zardini also served on the editorial board of Domus.

He has taught design and theory at various architecture schools, including the Swiss Federal Polytechnic University (ETH) at Zurich, Harvard GSD, the Federal Polytechnic University (EPFL), and University of Lausanne.

His publications include Annähernd perfekte Peripherie (An almost perfect periphery) (Basel, Boston and Berlin, 2001), Back from the Burbs (Lausanne, 2000), Paesaggi ibridi: Highway, Multiplicity (2000), The Dense-City: After the Sprawl (Milan, 1999), Paesaggi ibridi: Un viaggio nella città contemporanea (Milan, 1996), and Frank O. Gehry: America as Context (Milan, 1994). Many of Zardini's writings result from his research on the urban fabric and context of Zurich, where he proposed a new reading of the periphery. ­

Mr. Zardini’s writings have also appeared in journals, including Lotus International, Casabella, ANY, Archis, and El Croquis. His architectural works have been presented in several exhibitions such as Il Centro Altrove at the Mi­lan Triennale in 1995, and Parking Plus Picturesque at the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne in 2000.

He recently won the competition for Piazza Montefeltro at Forli (Italy), as well as the international competition for the Giardini di Porta Nuova in Milan, with Petra Blaisse (Inside Outside), Michael Maltzan, Irma Boom, Piet Oudolf, and Rob Kustler.

Mr. Zardini’s most recent book, Asphalt (Milan, 2003), is the result of in-depth research on the character of the contemporary city for a series of exhibitions, of which Asphalt (Milan Triennale, Spring 2003) was the first. He conceived the innovative exhibition entitled Out of the Box: Price, Rossi, Stirling + Matta-Clark for the CCA in 2004, an initial look at four major archives recently acquired by the CCA.­­

Born in Verona, Italy, in 1955, Mr. Zardini received his degree in Architecture from the Istituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia in 1980. ­He speaks English, French, and Italian.­