Jill Desimini is trained in landscape architecture and architecture, and has practiced professionally in both fields. A member of the full-time faculty at the GSD, she has previously taught at Northeastern University’s School of Architecture and was formerly senior associate at Stoss Landscape Urbanism. Her work has received numerous awards including a finalist entry in the Van Alen Urban Voids competition, a Narendra Juneja Medal and an ASLA certificate from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Selected Professions Fellowship from the American Association of University Women. Desimini’s research focuses on landscape strategies to address the conditions of shrinking cities. The work attempts to systematically repurpose outdated infrastructures and unlock untapped resources, and aims to create open-space frameworks, management plans, and development tools that allow for positive ecological function and the reestablishment of productive economic, social, and cultural agendas.
Professor Murray Fraser
Murray Fraser is Professor of Architecture and Global Culture at the UCL Bartlett School of Architecture, where he currently acts as Vice-Dean for Research. He has published extensively on design, architectural history & theory, urbanism, and cultural studies. In 2008 his book, Architecture and the ‘Special Relationship’ (Routledge), won a RIBA President’s Research Award as well as the CICA Bruno Zevi Book Prize. He is co-editor for a major book series on ‘Design Research in Architecture’ (Ashgate). A qualified architect, he has jointly set up the Palestine Regeneration Team. He also chairs the RIBA’s Research and Innovation Group.
Professor Matthew Gandy
Matthew Gandy is Professor of Geography at University College London and was Director of the UCL Urban Laboratory from 2006-11. His publications include Concrete and clay: reworking nature in New York City (MIT Press, 2002), Hydropolis (Campus, 2006) and Urban Constellations (Jovis, 2011) along with articles in New Left Review, International Journal of Urban and Regional and Research, Society and Space and many other journals. He is also actively involved in local issues in Hackney, east London, and is a member of Hackney Biodiversity Partnership and Hackney Environment Network.
Dr Jon Goodbun
Dr Jon Goodbun has recently completed a PhD entitled ‘The Architecture of the Extended Mind: Towards a Critical Urban Ecology’. He teaches at the Royal College of Art, the Bartlett School of Architecture and the University of Westminster, where he is a founder member of the EU HERA funded research project ‘Scarcity and Creativity in the Built Environment’. He will soon be publishing his PhD, is working on a new book entitled ‘How to become an Urban Ecologist’, and is co-guest editing an edition of Architectural Design on ‘Scarcity’. His blog is www.rheomode.org.uk and he can be followed on twitter: @jongoodbun
Professor Jonathan Hill
An architect and architectural historian, Jonathan Hill is Professor of Architecture and Visual Theory at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, where he directs the MPhil/PhD Architectural Design programme. Jonathan is the author of The Illegal Architect (1998), Actions of Architecture (2003), Immaterial Architecture (2006) and Weather Architecture (2012), editor of Occupying Architecture (1998) and Architecture—the Subject is Matter (2001), and co-editor of Critical Architecture (2007).
Jane Hutton is a landscape architect and assistant professor in landscape architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Her work focuses on the externalities of material practice in landscape architecture, examining links between the landscapes of production and consumption of common construction materials. Hutton’s practice involves collaborations with activist groups re-thinking urban ecological systems, such as a prototype urban agriculture and soil regeneration project at Parc Downsview Park and Toronto’s first public orchard. Hutton is on the editorial board of the journal Scapegoat: Architecture, Landscape, Political Economy, and is co-editor of Issues: 01 Service and 02 Materialism
Douglas Spencer has studied design and architectural history, and cultural studies, and currently teaches on the Historical and Critical Thinking, and Landscape Urbanism programmes of the Architectural Association’s Graduate School, as well co-directing the school’s research programme on Urban Prototypes. His research and writing on urbanism, architecture, film and critical theory has been published in journals including Radical Philosophy, The Journal of Architecture, and AA Files. He is a co-editor of the book Critical Territories: From Academia to Praxis (forthcoming), and is now completing his study of ‘Architectural Deleuzism’ for his Doctoral thesis at the University of Westminster.
Lisa Tilder is an Architect and Associate Professor at the Knowlton School of Architecture, The Ohio State University, USA, where she teaches design and theory. Her work explores relationships between design and popular culture. She is Principal and co-founder of MUTT with Stephen Turk, a collective whose work explores experimental and underrepresented ideas in architecture. Tilder is co-editor of Design Ecologies: Essays on the Nature of Design, published by Princeton Architectural Press, and is the recipient of the Young Architect’s Award of the Architectural League of New York and the Far Eastern International Digital Architectural Design Merit Award.
Ed Wall is a landscape architect based in London. He teaches landscape and urbanism at Kingston University and is a visiting professor at Politecnico di Milano. Ed’s research focuses on the processes and forms of public space. He co-authored, with Tim Waterman, Basics Landscape Architecture: Urban Design, published by AVA Academia in 2009. Ed has 15 years practice experience in the UK and the USA. In 2007 he established a project studio to explore research and practice collaborations around public space. He had a project selected for the Landscape Urbanism Biennale 2010 and has collaborated on several international competitions. Ed is an MPhil/ PhD candidate on the Cities Programme at the London School of Economics.
Tim Waterman lectures in landscape architecture at the Writtle School of Design. He is the author of Fundamentals of Landscape Architecture and co-author, with Ed Wall, of Basics Landscape Architecture: Urban Design. He is the honorary editor for Landscape magazine for which he writes the iconoclastic column ‘A Word …’. His research interests are rooted in the study of people’s perception and conception of place and landscape in everyday life. This forms the basis for explorations of power and democracy in public space and public life; taste, etiquette, belief and ritual; and foodways in community and civic life and landscape.
Jane Wolff is director of the landscape architecture program and associate professor at the University of Toronto. After studying documentary filmmaking and landscape architecture at Harvard University, she practised landscape and urban design in San Francisco. The author of Delta Primer, a book and deck of cards designed to inform broad audiences about the contested landscapes of the California Delta, she has worked extensively with grassroots organizations in post-Katrina New Orleans. At present she is developing public education materials about the hybrid ecology of San Francisco Bay for the Exploratorium, a Bay Area science museum.
Professor Daniel Zarza
Daniel Zarza is Professor of Urbanism at the University of Alcala in Madrid, Spain. He has lectured and written widely on issues of urban design, planning, and landscape architecture (Alhambra of Granada Territorial Plan, Andalusia Landscape Interreg European Research) and on issues of municipal policy and citizen participation (Master Plan of Madrid, Seville and Regeneration Programme for Bilbao). Daniel trained as an architect and has a doctorate in urbanism. His practice work has included large-scale urban, historical revitalization and landscape projects in Spain, New York, Ticino, Dominican Republic and Jamaica (Spanish Agency of Cooperation).