AA San Francisco Visiting School

11 to 22 July 2011

New Additions to the Team!

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We are pleased to announce that Toni Kotnik and Andrew Payne will be joining the Biodynamic Structures Workshop as tutors this summer.

Toni Kotnik
Toni Kotnik studied architecture and mathematics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich, the University of Tübingen, and the University of Utah and received his doctoral degree from the University of Zurich. He was research fellow at Center for the Representation of Multi-Dimensional Information (CROMDI), principal researcher at OCEAN design research network, postdoctoral researcher at the ETH Zurich and assistant professor at the University of Applied Sciences in Lucerne. Currently, he is studio master at the Emergent Technology and Design program at the Architectural Association in London, senior researcher at the chair of structural design at the ETH Zurich and principal of Kotnik.architects, a Zurich-based architectural office. His practice and research work has been published internationally and is focused on the interplay of digital architectural design, mathematics, and structural force flow.

Andrew Payne
Andrew is a licensed architect who is currently pursuing his doctoral degree at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. Andrew’s work explores embedded computation and parametric design and he has lectured and taught extensively throughout the United States and Canada.  In 2009, Andrew co-authored a publication with Rajaa Issa titled, The Grasshopper Primer which provides an in depth look at the Grasshopper plug-in for Rhino. More recently, Andrew and Jason Kelly Johnson published Firefly – a set of comprehensive software tools dedicated to bridging the gap between Grasshopper, the Arduino micro-controller, the internet and beyond. It allows near real-time data flow between the digital and physical worlds, and will read/write data to/from internet feeds, remote sensors and more.  His doctoral research at the GSD will explore how recent advancements in technology can help us create spaces and systems that have a capacity to meet changing individual, social, and environmental demands.

We are also extremely excited to announce the involvement of David Shook, Mark Sarkisian, and Craig Hartman from SOM San Francisco. The team from SOM will be working alongside the students in structural analysis, as well as joining the workshop for the final presentation.

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May 25th, 2011 at 5:24 pm

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