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Nicholas Boyarsky is a partner of the London based Boyarsky Murphy Architects. He studied architecture at the Architectural Association. He received his PhD in practise based research from RMIT University in 2016. He is currently an Adjunct Professor at RMIT and he teaches a Fifth Year studio at Oxford Brookes University.

Óscar Andrade Castro is a PhD candidate at the Chair of Methods and Analysis of the Department of Architecture TU Delft, and Assistant Professor at the Escuela de Arquitectura y Diseño de la Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso. He has lived, worked and studied as a guest at the Ciudad Abierta of Amereida.

Pierre Chabard is an Associate Professor in the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Paris La Villette. A member of the laboratory AHTTEP, he is responsible for the research axis ‘Social and cultural history of architectural mediation’. Chabard is also a founding-member of the french journal Criticat.

Chen-Yu Chiu (Cho) graduated from Chung Yuan Christian University, Taiwan, and obtained a Masters degree in Urban Design from Columbia University, and a PhD at the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, The University of Melbourne. His primary research interest is in the cross-cultural/national relationships within the field of architecture.

Scott Colman is an Assistant Professor at the Rice School of Architecture in Houston, Texas, where he teaches history and theory and directs the M.Arch. Design Thesis program. Specializing in modern and contemporary architecture and urbanism, Colman’s research focuses on changing interrelationships between creative, theoretical, and historical production.

Irina Davidovici is postdoctoral researcher at the gta Institute for the History and Theory of Architecture at ETH Zurich and part of a team researching Flora Ruchat-Roncati. Trained as an architect, Davidovici worked for Caruso St John and Herzog & de Meuron, and completed a doctorate in history and philosophy of architecture, which was published under the title Forms of Practice: German Swiss Architecture 1980–2000 by gta Verlag in 2012.

Isabelle Doucet is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Manchester. Her research focuses on the relationship between (urban) politics, aesthetics, and social responsibility in architecture, which she examines through historical and contemporary cases. She is the author of The Practice Turn in Architecture: Brussels after 1968 (2015) and co-editor, with Nel Janssens, of Transdisciplinary Knowledge Production in Architecture and Urbanism (2011). Her current research focuses on counter-cultural architectures of the 1970s.

Valeria Federighi is a research fellow in Architecture at the Politecnico di Torino. She holds a PhD from the same school, and a Master of Science in Design Research from the University of Michigan. She is part of the CeNTo (Chinese New Towns) research project, staff member of the South China–Torino Collaboration Lab and editor of Ardeth journal.
Stylianos Giamarelos is a Teaching Fellow in Architectural History & Theory at the Bartlett School of Architecture UCL and the University of East London, an Associate Lecturer in Research-Led Design at Oxford Brookes University, and a General Editor of Architectural Histories, the open-access journal of the European Architectural History Network (EAHN).

Christina Gray is currently a doctoral candidate in the Department of Architecture and Urban Design at the University of California, Los Angeles. Previously she has worked for architecture firms in Vancouver, Rome and Los Angeles.

Janina Gosseye is currently a Research Fellow at the University of Queensland, School of Architecture (Australia). She has a special research interest in the notion of collectivity in post-war architecture. Her work has been published in several leading journals, including the Journal of Architecture, the Journal of Urban History, and the International Journal for History Culture and Modernity. She has edited and authored several books, including Hot Modernism: Queensland Architecture 1945-1975 (London: Artifice, 2015) and Shopping Towns Europe, 1945-1975 (London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2017).

Richard W. Hayes is an architect and architectural historian, educated at Columbia and Yale universities. His research has focused on two different periods: American architectural culture of the 1960s and the Aesthetic Movement in 19th century Britain. In 2007, he published The Yale Building Project: The First 40 Years (Yale University Press), a comprehensive history of an influential educational programme. He has also published essays on Charles Moore in Scroope: Cambridge Architectural Journal, the Journal of Architectural Education, and Rome: Postmodern Narratives of a Cityscape. His publications on the Aesthetic Movement include a chapter in E.W. Godwin: Aesthetic Movement Architect and Designer edited by Susan Weber Soros (Yale University Press). The book received numerous awards and was selected as ‘one of the most notable books of the year’ by the New York Times Book Review. Hayes has received grants and awards from the American Institute of Architects, the American Architectural Foundation, the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, European Architectural History Network, the New York State Council on the Arts, the MacDowell Colony, and Yaddo. A visiting fellow at the University of Cambridge in 2009 and 2013, he is now a life member of Clare Hall.

Hilde Heynen is Professor of Architectural Theory at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. She researches modernism, modernity, and gender in architecture. Heynen is the author of several books and publishes regularly in architectural journals such as the Harvard Design Magazine and The Journal of Architecture, of which she is a member of the editorial board. She is also a board member of the European Association of Architectural Education (EAAE) and the Society of Architectural Historians (SAH).

Nel Janssens is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Architecture, KU Leuven, Campus Sint-Lucas, Belgium. She holds a MSc in architecture and spatial planning, and obtained a doctoral degree at the Department of Architecture, Chalmers University of Technology. Her research interest is directed to the link between critical theory and research by design.

Helena Mattsson is an Associate Professor in History and Theory of Architecture and Head of department at KTH School of Architecture. She is the co-editor of Swedish Modernism: Architecture, Consumption, and the Welfare State and the forthcoming Neoliberalism: An Architectural History. She is a member of the editorial board of Journal of Architecture.

Cathelijne Nuijsink graduated in architecture from Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands and the University of Tokyo, Japan before embarking on a PhD in East-Asian Languages & Civilizations at the University of Pennsylvania in the Unites States (graduated August 2017). Her research sits at the nexus of Architecture History, Architecture Theory and Japan Cultural Studies, and focuses in particular on the discourses and culture within which buildings are imagined and produced. Currently, she is working on the construction of a new historical narrative that aims to offer an understanding of architecture history that differs radically from existing narratives.

Eliana Perotti is Senior Researcher at the Department of Architecture, ETH Zurich. Trained as an art historian, she has worked in the field of the history of town-planning since 1998. Perotti is co-director of the research project ‘History of Urban Design’ (2000-2014) at the Department of Architecture, published as Anthologie zum Städtebau. She works on topics of history of urban design theory, highlighting the history of ideas, social and cultural aspects, with focus on aspects of urban sustainability, colonial urbanism, as well as on the impact of representative technologies on urban design. Her current foremost interest is the discourse on city and gender (Theoretikerinnen des Städtebaus, Berlin: Reimer, 2015, 2018). Perotti is an initiator of Interest Group ‘Gender in Architecture and Urban Design’ (EAHN). Her new research includes a research project on ‘Saffa 1958’ (Swiss Women’s Work Exhibition) and the SNF Project ‘Flora Ruchat-Roncati at ETH Zurich, 1985-2002: Professor, Architect, Theorist’, which she leads as PI.

Linsy Raaffels graduated in Architectural Engineering at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel where she started a PhD in January 2017 in collaboration with the architectural office Barbara Van der Wee Architects. Throughout her research, she identifies the characteristics and qualities of architects’ houses in Brussels and develops qualitative restoration and re-use strategies for these houses.

Xiang Ren completed his doctoral research in 2017 at the University of Sheffield, and now lectures in architecture at Sheffield Hallam University. His research has been shortlisted for the RIBA President’s Awards for Research in 2014 and 2016, and has been published in Architectural Research Quarterly, Architecture and Culture and Heritage Architecture.

Robert Riddel graduated from the AA London in 1976 after commencing studies in Brisbane in 1976. During this period he also completed a Masters degree at the Royal College of Arts in Furniture Design. He began Riddel Architecture in Brisbane in 1982 which continued until 2012 when it merged with Conrad Gargett. Riddel gained a PhD from the University of Queensland, where he is currently an Adjunct Professor.

Isabel Rousset is a scholar whose interests concern the relationship between architecture, visual culture, and politics. She recently completed her PhD dissertation at the University of Western Australia, which explored historical intersections between housing design and social theory in nineteenth-century Germany. Her most recent work has been published in the Journal of Architecture and she has a chapter on the Bauhaus in a forthcoming edited book titled Fashioning Professionals.

Silvana Rubino is an Associate Professor at the History Department of the Universidade Estadual de Campinas (State University of Campinas) in Brazil. She obtained a PhD in Social Sciences in 2002, and completed post-doctoral studies at EHESS in Paris in 2007 (Social Anthropology) and in 2013 (History). In 2014, Rubino was Curatorial Assistant of Roger Martin Buergel for the exhibition ‘Lina Bo Bardi 1914 in Rom geboren’ (Lina Bo Bardi born in Rome 1914), which was held at the Johann Jacobs Museum.

Patricio Cáraves Silva is Professor of Architecture at the Escuela de Arquitectura y Diseño de la Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso (Chile). He is a founding member of the Ciudad Abierta of Amereida since 1972, where he currently lives, works and studies.

Lee Stickells is an Associate Professor in Architecture at the University of Sydney. His research is characterised by an interest in the potential for architecture to shape other ways of living, particularly its projection as a means to reconsider the terms of social life – of how we live together.

Peter Swinnen is a Brussels based architect. He practices architecture at CRIT., conducts PhD research on the political praxis of architecture (at KULeuven in Belgium) and runs the ETHZ architecture studio on ‘Policy Whispering’. Between 2010 and 2015 Swinnen engaged in public practice as State Architect for the Flemish Region. In 1998 he founded the architectural practice 51N4E.

Sarah Wigglesworth founded Sarah Wigglesworth Architects in 1994. Her practice has a reputation for sustainable architecture and an interest in using alternative, low energy materials. Wigglesworth was Professor of Architecture at the University of Sheffield from 1999 to 2016. Her academic work often blended with her ‘live’ projects and she describes her research focus as ‘revealing the workings of practice. Early in her career Wigglesworth, together with Till, was the first architect to be awarded the Fulbright Arts Fellowship. Wigglesworth was appointed MBE in 2004 and in 2012 became the first woman to receive the prestigious Royal Designer for Industry award for architecture.