Space Program San Francisco is a research and design workshop exploring how space is made for living and working today. Two weeks of site visits, research, seminars and designing, concluded with a conference and public exhibition of the work. Available to architects and architecture students.
“from cubicle to bean bag, from white collar to t-shirt, from a professional to a personalised environment”
Organised by the AA School of Architecture and directed by Martin Brandsdal, Magnus Casselbrant and Jesper Henriksson, founders of the London-based architectural practice Hesselbrand. The workshop and conference will be held around the San Francisco Bay Area between March 23 and April 07 2017. The application deadline is 10 March. Click here to apply now
Space Program is a research and design studio that explores how space is made for living and working today. This year we will be based in the San Francisco Bay Area, which pioneered the info-society and is the hotbed for disruptive ideas. We will focus on the workspace and its transformation from cubicle to bean bag, from white collar to t-shirt, from a professional to a personalised environment. Today your personality is part of your job, which has changed the nature of the workspace.Home Economics at Venice Biennale, Hesselbrand, 2016
The program will focus on how the design of the workspace can change the basis for our human relationships by designing our own architectural response. Together we will do a critical reading of the history and current condition of the workspace in order to gain a deeper understanding of its limitations and opportunities for how we work, both together and apart. We aim to acquire new perspectives through interdisciplinary discussions, and through writing, drawings and images, we will design models that become manuals for how to understand space.Three Found Models, Hesselbrand, 2016
Space Program San Francisco is made up of two distinct parts, a two-week workshop and a conference. All workshop participants will also be invited to take part in the conference, where invited guests from variety of fields will share their views on the workspace. The conference gives an opportunity to discuss the ideas and design developed during the workshop with a broad range of expert professionals and academics.Three Found Models, Hesselbrand, 2016
Workshop 24.03.2017 - 06.04.2017
Conference + exhibition 07.04.2017
Location San Francisco
Directors Martin Brandsdal Magnus Casselbrant Jesper Henriksson
Tutors Daniel Chen Afra Farry
Space Program San Francisco is organised by the AA School of Architecture and directed by Martin Brandsdal, Magnus Casselbrant and Jesper Henriksson, founders of the London-based architectural practice Hesselbrand.
HESSELBRAND Hesselbrand is an office dedicated to bridge academia and professional practice in order to bring clear concepts to real projects. The three founders previously worked in highly influential offices around the world before beginning their pursuit to design projects that intervenes with patterns of daily life. Collectively they teach at schools around the world and have previously given lectures and workshops in institutions such as AHO in Oslo, INDA in Bangkok, Newcastle University and the AA School of Architecture in London. Hesselbrand works with a design methodology that focuses on spatial qualities and the impact of form on our human behaviour, as seen for example in their design of the British Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale.Three Found Models, Hesselbrand, 2016
AA VISITING SCHOOL Space Program San Francisco is a workshop that is supported by the AA School of Architecture in London. Every year the AA organizes a number of Visiting Schools around the world, where students and professionals get to meet and learn together with a dedicated team of researchers. Each Visiting School has a particular theme, and for the Space Program this is to explore how space could be made for working in the future.
JESPER HENRIKSSON, director Co-founder of Hesselbrand who previously worked at BIG in Copenhagen. Jesper has worked on the design for many large scale live/work and campus projects, including student housing and a co-working offices in London. In his research he has specialised on how work relates the individual to the collective and through to the city.
MARTIN BRANDSDAL, director Prior to co-founding Hesselbrand, Martin worked at Herzog & de Meuron in Switzerland, where he specialised in office design projects, including the Roche building, one of the largest office buildings in Switzerland. He recently completed an extensive research project on how to combine a university campus with incubator spaces in an urban context.
MAGNUS CASSELBRANT, director Before co-founding Hesselbrand, he worked at Kengo Kuma in Tokyo where he was part both of the design and the research team. He has worked on designs for large scale learning institutions and research facilities, as well as a new bank headquarter in central Stockholm. Magnus has run workshops on workspace design in institutions around the world, from Newcastle to Bangkok and London.
DANIEL CHEN, researcher Daniel Chen is a business designer and strategist who specialises in the field of architectural innovation in office environments. He has previously researched the future of the office for Herman Miller (the largest furniture manufacturer in the US), and has a background that spans business school degrees from Harvard and Stanford, as well as a project management position at BIG in Copenhagen.
AFRA FARRY, researcher Afra Farry is an architectural designer with a range of experience in corporate office projects. She previously worked for Foster + Partners (F+P) in London, where she was on the design team for Bloomberg’s London headquarters and the Royal Hamilius development in Luxembourg. She later joined F+P's team in Cupertino, where she worked on Apple Park, the new headquarters for Apple. Afra has previously taught at Cornell University, and has served on design juries at the CCA and UC Berkeley.
To make an application for Space Program, please follow the link below to the AA School of Architecture:
The deadline for application is 10 March 2017, and the fee is £895 per participant. Separate tickets for the conference only will be available from the beginning of March. If you are an architecture student at UC Berkeley, please get in touch with us directly on email@example.com for a special offer.
For more detailed information about the workshop and application process, please see the AA website. For more information about Hesselbrand, please visit hesselbrand.com. All questions regarding the workshop are to be directed to the AA School of Architecture at firstname.lastname@example.org For press and sponsorship enquiries, please contact Hesselbrand directly at email@example.com