An Fonteyne and Sara Sherif in dialogue
An Fonteyne graduated from Ghent University in 1994 and gained professional experience in Rotterdam and London. In 2000 she established noAarchitecten (Brussels, Bruges) together with Jitse van den Berg and Philippe Vierin. With a group of 15 people they work on mainly public buildings of different times, occupancies and scales. After winning the international competition for Kanal–Centre Pompidou in Brussels in 2018, they founded the project-based office Atelier Kanal, together with Sergison Bates architects (London) and EM2N (Zurich). An Fonteyne has taught at TU Delft and UHasselt. Since 2017 she is Professor of Architecture and Design at ETH Zurich.
Sara Sherif, born 1995 in Geneva, is currently pursuing an MSc in Architecture at ETH Zurich. She studied with An Fonteyne in the studio Denkraum#2 Exactitude – Building Character during the spring semester 2018. From 2018 to 2019 she was one of the co-redactors of the trans magazin — the semi-annual journal of the Department of Architecture at ETH Zurich managed by an independent student editorial team — where she worked on the issues of Reality (33rd) and Youth (34th). In March 2019 she started a five months internship with Lacaton & Vassal.
Will is the Founder and current Director of the London School of Architecture. He was previously executive editor of The Architectural Review and editor of The Architects’ Journal and Building Design. Trained as an architect at the Bartlett, UCL, and at the Royal College of Art, Will has taught architecture at London Metropolitan University and the RCA and was the creative director for the RIBA conference Guerilla Tactics 2014. Will is a fellow of the Legatum Institute and the Royal Society of Arts, and is a Board member of Fast Forward 2030, which is part of the Institute for Global Prosperity.
Momoyo Kaijima (b.1969, Tokyo) graduated from Japan Women’s University in 1991. She founded Atelier Bow-Wow with Yoshiharu Tsukamoto in 1992. In 1994 she received her master degree from the Tokyo Institute of Technology. During 1996-97 she was a guest student at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich (ETHZ). In 2000 she completed her post-graduate program at the Tokyo Institute of Technology. She has served at the Art and Design School of the University of Tsukuba since 2000, currently as an associate professor (2009-). Since 2017 she has been serving as a Professor of Architectural Behaviorology at ETHZ.
Lesley Lokko is an architect, academic and the author of ten best-selling novels. She is currently Director of School and full professor at the Graduate School of Architecture, University of Johannesburg, South Africa. She trained as an architect at the Bartlett School of Architecture from 1989–1995, and gained her PhD in Architecture from the University of London in 2007. She has taught at schools in the US, the UK, Europe, Australia and Africa. She is the editor of White Papers, Black Marks: Race, Culture, Architecture; editor-in-chief of FOLIO: Journal of Contemporary African Architecture and is on the editorial board of ARQ. She has been an on-going contributor to discourses around identity, race, African urbanism and the speculative nature of African architectural space and practice for nearly thirty years.
Mohsen Mostafavi is Dean and Alexander and Victoria Wiley Professor of Design at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. An architect and educator, his work focuses on modes and processes of urbanization and on the interface between technology and aesthetics. Mostafavi is the author and editor of many books, including Ecological Urbanism (co-edited 2010 and recently translated into Chinese, Portuguese, and Spanish); In the Life of Cities (2012); Architecture is Life (2013); Nicholas Hawksmoor: The London Churches (2015); Portman's America & Other Speculations (2017); and Ethics of the Urban: The City and the Spaces of the Political (2017).
Maruša Zorec studied at the Faculty of architecture in Ljubljana where she teaches since 1993. She is practicing within Arrea architecture since 1996. In 2018 she exhibited 'Unveiling the hidden' at the Venice biennale and published a book by the same name. Noted built work and projects: renovation of villa Ventrelli, Seča near Portorož (with Robert Potokar and Ana Kučan); exhibition and book ‘Oton Jugovec, architect’; Open-air altar, Brezje (with Martina Tepina); renovation of Vetrinje manor, Maribor (with Matjaž Bolčina); renovation of the the castle outbuilding, Ormož (with Maša Živec); High school Ravne na Koroškem, (with Mitja Novak); renovation of the Plečnik house, Ljubljana (with Maša Živec and Matjaž Bolčina); renovation of Švicarija art center (with Martina Tepina and Mark Koritnik).