In collaboration with ITU, the AA Istanbul Visiting School will be organizing lectures by key figures from the international and Turkish architectural arena.

Patrik Schumacher

Patrik Schumacher is partner at Zaha Hadid Architects and founding director at the AA Design Research Lab. Schumacher studied philosophy and architecture in Bonn, London and Stuttgart, where he received his Diploma in architecture in 1990. In 1999 he completed his PHD at the Institute for Cultural Science, Klagenfurt University. He joined Zaha Hadid in 1988.

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-directors. Schumacher has co-taught a series of post-graduate option studios with Zaha Hadid at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Columbia University and at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University.

Since 2004 Patrik Schumacher has been tenured Professor at the Institute for Experimental Architecture, Innsbruck University. Currently he is a guest professor at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. Schumacher’s contribution to the discourse of contemporary architecture is also evident in his published works and interviews which can be viewed at www.patrikschumacher.com.

Dr. 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.

Onur Yüce Gün

Onur Yüce Gün is a graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology [MIT] where he got his Master of Science Degree in Design and Computation at the Department of Architecture. He received his B.Arch degree at Middle East Technical University [METU] as the top of the class.

Onur initiated and directed the Computational Geometry Group of Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates-New York and simultaneously started co-teaching design studios at Pratt Institute in 2006.

His work and teaching focuses on computational and generative design methodologies, as well as emergent techniques of prototyping and construction. In practice, he worked on more than 40 non-standard complex-geometry buildings, some of which are either built or under construction. He has been an invited critic around United States (Harvard, MIT, UPenn, Columbia, UIC) and Turkey (METU, ITU, Bilgi), and conducted numerous international workshops in EU and US.

Onur got published and won prizes  in renowned conferences like eCAADe, ACADIA, IASS and presented his work in cities like London, San Francisco, Frankfurt, Munich, Istanbul and New York. His work was exhibited in several exhibitions in Venice, France, Tokyo and Los Angeles (SIGGRAPH). Some of his work was compiled into a chapter in Rob Woodbury’s book Elements of Parametric Design.

He currently teaches fulltime at Istanbul Bilgi University and he continues architectural design practice under his Computational Design Collaboration initiative O-CDC.

Further information and projects can be found at http://o-cdc.com/ .