Giaime Meloni, photograph and architect based in Paris, graduates in 2008 in Civil Engineering and Architecture from the University of Cagliari. After the diploma he works for the Museum of Modern Art in Nuoro (MAN) in the preparation of some exhibitions. This experience contributes to deepen his architectural visual education. Since 2008 he collaborates with the Architecture School of Cagliari on several research projects and as teaching assistant. He is currently doing his PhD studies between Paris, LAVUE – CRH, and the University of Cagliari. The aim of his research study is focused on the understanding of the photography action’s role within the landscape project. One focus of his research is the exploration of the ambiguity of the image in the architectural practice.
Nina Valerie Kolowratnik is an architect educated at Graz and Helsinki. From 2008-2010 she has been collaborating with A. Petti, S. Hilal and E. Weizman on the project “Decolonizing Architecture” in Palestine. Several sections of her diploma thesis Images of Presence for a Landscape of Absence: A Spatial Re-reading of the Palestinian Refugee Question have been published in international magazines and exhibited in Israel and Europe. In 2011 she worked with Markus Miessen in Berlin as co-editor of Waking up from the Nightmare of Participation (Expodium, 2011). Kolowratnik has been awarded a Fulbright fellowship and is currently pursuing the MSc program in Critical Curatorial and Conceptual Practices in Architecture (CCCP) and working as an Exhibitions Coordinator at Columbia University GSAPP in New York.
Maddalena Dalla Mura, PhD in Design Sciences, is currently conducting research at the Free University of Bolzano, on the relation of graphic design and designers with the exhibition context and the curatorial.
Anne Holtrop (b. 10 november 1977, The Netherlands), graduated cum laude in architecture from the Academy of Architecture in Amsterdam in 2005. He has opened his practice in the same year and has been awarded several grants from the Fonds BKVB, as well as receiving the Charlotte Kohler Prize for Architecture from the Prince Bernhard Cultural Foundation. He has joined an artist in residence in Tokyo in 2009, in 2011 in Seoul and in 2012 in Copenhagen. He is course director of the master Studio for Immediate Spaces at the Sandberg Instituut Amsterdam, and is editor of OASE, an independent architectural journal for architecture. His work ranges from architecture models to temporary and permanent buildings, on which he occasionally collaborates with the artists Krijn de Koning and Bas Princen.
Andres Lepik studied History of Art and German Philology at the Universities of Augsburg and Munich and did his Doctorate on Renaissance Architectural Models at the Bibliotheca Hertziana in Rome. He was a Curator at the Staatlichen Museen in Berlin since 1994, from 1998 to 2004 he was Scientific Advisor of the General Director. 2004 – 2007 he took the Direction of the 20th and 21st Century Architecture Collection of the Kunstbibliothek. 2007 – 2011 he was a Curator at the Department for Architecture and Design of the Museum of Modern Art, New York. 2011/2012 Loeb-Fellow at the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University. Since October 2012 he is Professor for History of Architecture and Curatorial Practices at the TU München and Director of the TUM Architekturmuseum at the Pinakothek der Moderne.
Andres Lepik curated several Architecture exhibitions at the Staatlichen Museen in Berlin, among others: Architekturmodelle der Renaissance (Altes Museum, 1995), Renzo Piano 2000 (Neue Nationalgalerie), Mies in Berlin (Altes Museum, 2001), Content. Rem Koolhaas und OMA/AMO (Neue Nationalgalerie 2003/2004). At the Museum of Modern Art he curated Small Scale, Big Change. New Architectures of Social Engagement (2010/2011).
Roberto Gigliotti graduated in architecture at the IUAV in Venice and in landscape architecture at the Edinburgh College of Art. He is associate professor of interior and exhibit design at the Faculty of Design and Art of the Free University of Bozen Bolzano. His main research interests are the exhibition of architecture and the public space of the contemporary city. He is grounding member of Lungomare Bolzano and collaborates with the architectural practice ulapiù. Among the most relevant publications: 2005 he edited with Angelika Burtscher and Manuela Demattio the volume Traum Stadt Wir, Studienverlag Innsbruck; 2008 Casa Tabarelli 1968-2008, Bozen Bolzano University Press.
Trained as an architect and an architecture historian, respectively, Ilka Ruby and Andreas Ruby are the founding partners of textbild, an office that authors and edits books, magazines, and essays; curates exhibitions and conferences; and consults architects and institutions (www.textbild.com). In 2008, they founded their own publishing house, Ruby Press (www.ruby-press.com), with the publication of Urban Transformation. As editors and publishers, Ilka Ruby and Andreas Ruby are committed to smart, sustainable, and innovative approaches to architecture and urban development.
Kersten Geers (*1975 in Ghent, Belgium) lives and works in Brussels. He studied at the University of Ghent and at the Esquela Tecnica Superior de Arquitectura in Madrid, Spain. Geers worked in Rotterdam for Maxwan/Max.1 Architects until 2001 and from 2001 to 2005 for Neutelings Riedijk Architects. He co-founded Office Kersten Geers David Van Severen in 2002. SInce 2006 the studio is located in Brussels, Belgium. He was a tutor at the TU Delft, the University of Ghent and the Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio, and a guest lecturer and guest critic for the Berlage Institute in Rotterdam, and Columbia University in New York, among other institutions. He is editor of San Rocco magazine and frequently publishes essays on architecture.
Soon after its founding, Office Kersten Geers David Van Severen won several international competitions, including for a new administrative capital city in South Korea and a border crossing between Mexico and the United States. At the same time, the firm gained attention for its first small realisations in Belgium. In 2008, Office represented Belgium at the Venice Architecture Biennale, and the following year, a solo exhibition was held at deSingel, in Antwerp, Belgium. That same year, Office finished its largest project to date, the gallery and office building for Kortrijk Xpo—for which the firm received its first nomination for the Mies van der Rohe Award—and received the Belgian Prize for Architecture, for their bridge at the Handelsbeurs cultural complex, in Ghent. In 2010, Office Kersten Geers David Van Severen was awarded the Silver Lion for most promising young architects at the Venice Architecture Biennale.
Tina di Carlo, a former curator of architecture and design at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, is a Ph.D fellow in Exhibiting Architecture: Placement and Displacement, funded by the Norwegian Research Council at the Oslo Centre for Critical Architectural Studies. She holds a Masters in Architecture from Harvard University and advanced degrees in Art History and Visual Cultures from the Courtauld Institute, London and Goldsmiths, respectively. She was the contributing editor of LOG 20: Curating Architecture and is the author of the forthcoming Exhibitionism (Sternberg Press) funded by the Graham Institute for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts.
Something Fantastic is a young architectural practice, committed to smart, touching, simple architecture. Something Fantastic is bridging the gap between pragmatism and idealism, between the possible and the better. Its works include publications (Something Fantastic, Building Brazil, e. a.), teaching (Technology Exchange at ETH Zurich, e.a.) and design for private and institutional clients. Next to Something Fantastic the partners Schubert, Schütz, and Streich also operate the creative agency Belgrad to be able to work in a broader field and context of creative production.