Professors

Philippe Morel

 Associate Professor

Philippe Morel, an architect (dipl. Summa cum Laude) and theorist, cofounder of EZCT Architecture & Design Research (2000), is Associate Professor at the Ecole nationale superieure d’architecture Paris-Malaquais where he cofounded the Digital Knowledge program and department. Before teaching at the Bartlett he has taught at the Berlage Institute (seminar and studio) and at the Architectural Association (HTS Seminar and AADRL studio). His published essays include The Integral Capitalism (2001-2002), Research On the Biocapitalist Landscape (2002), Why Research and Contemporary Architecture should be Different (Archilab 2004), Notes on Algorithmic Design (2003), Notes on Computational Architecture (2004), A Few Precisions on Architecture and Mathematics (Mathematica Day, Henri Poincare Institute, Paris, January 2004), Forms of Formal Languages: Introduction to Algorithmics and Bezier Geometry with Mathematica (2005), Embedded Positivism: or Everything is Theoretical (2005), N Extensions to Extension of the Grid (2005), Some Geometries (2005), Computational Intelligence: the Grid as a Posthuman Network (Architectural Design, 2006), Mathematica in Architecture and Architectural Education, an Introduction, (IMS’2006, 8th International Mathematica Symposium) and Sense and Sensibilia (Architectural Design, 2011). Philippe Morel lectured and/or exhibited at Loopholes within Discourse and Practice (Harvard GSD, 2005), Script (Firenze, 2005), The Architecture of Possibility (Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, 2005), GameSetMatchII (TU Delft, 2006), at Columbia GSAPP, MIT Department of Architecture (A Few Remarks on Epistemology and Computational Architecture, Lecture, March 2006), at Architectural Association (Information Takes Command, 2007; The Laws of Thought, 2008; Pangaea Proxima, 2008; or recently What is computationalism?, 2012), at UCL Bartlett (Prolegomena to a Global Theory of Computationalism, 2011), at the Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS, Paris) and at the Ecole normale supérieure in Lyon. In February 2007, he curated the exhibition Architecture beyond Forms: The Computational Turn of Architecture at the Maison de l’architecture et de la ville PACA in Marseille. Explicitly departing from Eisenman’s dissertation The Formal Basis of Modern Architecture (1963) the exhibition addressed both historically and theoretically the linguistic and computational turns in architectural design. Philippe Morel book Empiricism & Objectivity: Architectural Investigations with Mathematica (2003-2004), subtitled A Coded Theory for Computational Architecture, exhibited at ScriptedByPurpose (Philadelphia, Sept. 2007), is to be considered the first architectural theory book entirely written in code. EZCT work, present in the FRAC Centre and Centre Pompidou permanent collections, as well as in private collections, has been presented recently in the exhibition Out of Hand: Materializing the Postdigital at the Museum of Arts and Design in NY.

  • Postgraduate 55%
  • Undergraduate 35%
  • Seminar 10%

Christian Girard

Professor

Christian Girard is an architect and theoretician practising in Paris. He holds a Doctorate in Philosophy from the Université Paris I Sorbonne and a HDR (Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches) from Université Paris 8, Philosophy Department. He was Professeur d’Architecture at Ecole d’Architecture Paris-Villemin where he served as Chair from 1996 to 1998. He is a founding member of the school Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture Paris Malaquais, which opened in 2000, where he is Professor and directed the Theory History Project Department. Since 2011 he heads the Digital Knowledge Department.

Author of “Architecture & Concepts nomades, Traîté d’Indiscipline” (Bruxelles,Mardaga, 1986) an essay on architectural epistemology and of numerous theoretical writings available on www.theorytag.org, he has lectured widely. His practice, Atelier d’Architecture Christian Girard. Works and projects have been exhibited in Paris (Centre Pompidou, Pavillon de l’Arsenal,l’I.F.A., E.S.A), Florence, Mexico, Seoul, Montreal, Berlin (AEDES Gallery), Rotterdam (NAI). Both his practice projects and his critical writings have been published in Europe and worldwide.

  • Postgraduate 50%
  • Seminar 50%

Leda Dimitriadi

Associate Professor

Leda Dimitriadi holds a diploma in architecture engineering from the National Technical University of Athens (2000), and is Associate Professor in Ecole nationale supérieure d’architecture Paris-Malaquais and researcher in the Laboratory ACS – UMR AUSSER n.3329 CNRS. She holds a DEA (Diplôme d’études approfondies, 2002) and a Doctorate diploma (2008) in Aesthetics and sciences of art from Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. Her PhD dissertation’s title is From flexibility to transformability: ruptures and transitions of the technological evolution in architectural design. She has worked as an architect, has participated in international conferences and has published different articles on architecture and technology, history of construction and philosophy of techniques.

  • Postgraduate 5%
  • Undergraduate 85%
  • Seminar 10%

Frank Minnaërt

Associate Professor

 

Frank Minnaërt is a French/Australian architect, academic and researcher.

He has taught for 7 years until 2013 as a full-time Lecturer in the School of Architecture at the University of Technology, Sydney in the Undergraduate and Master programs.

Frank established his multidisciplinary design practice in Sydney in 2006 and in Paris in 2014 operating in multiple fields: architecture, design, installation, curatorial works, research and publication. His practice has received several design awards and been published worldwide. Projects have exhibited internationally including at the Venice Architecture Biennale.

His current research examines the conditions, processes and techniques for the production of hybrid environment as urban strategy in collaboration with the Atelier International du Grand Paris (Frank Minnaërt, Formes du déplacement – Forms of displacement, Paris, AIGP, 2014)

http://www.frankminnaert.com

http://www.utsarchitecture.net

 

  • Postgraduate 5%
  • Undergraduate 85%
  • Seminar 10%

Pierre Cutellic

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Pierre Cutellic is a French architect. He holds a first Master of Architecture from E.N.S.A.T. (Toulouse, France) and graduated at E.N.S.A.P.M.(Paris,France) in 2007 where he started teaching and lecturing on digital technologies and practices in 2006. Since then, he has been practicing in several architectural firms in the research and development of generic and automated systems from conception to construction design and management. He joined Gehry Technologies in Europe in 2008 as a Project Consultant and worked until 2012 on various and intricate large-scale projects across Europe and the UAE. He is currently lecturing and teaching several studios and workshops on Integrative Design in Europe and Switzerland. In 2012, Pierre founded The Computational Monkeys, an architecture and design firm, through which he pursues his work and research.

  • Postgraduate 20%
  • Undergraduate 70%
  • Seminar 10%

 Minh Man Nguyen

Adjunct Assistant Professor

 

Minh Man Nguyen is a civil engineer from ESTP (Paris), graduated architect from both France (ENSAPLV) and USA (Georgia Tech). He now teaches a class on the use of digital tools at E.S.A., he also leads the school think tank about the educational form of digital concepts and tools. At E.N.S. Paris-Malaquais School, he has been teaching in workshops and some studios in the Digital Knowledge department.

He cumulated 9 years of professional experience in numerous firms, including the Atlanta firm Mack Scogin Merill Elam Architecture. He also joined the structural engineering office RFR, located in Paris, where he especially worked in the “Complex Geometry” department, among others. There, he contributed to the University of Vienna research program about optimization algorithms and their application in architecture, and additionally worked on highly sophisticated shapes, such as the LVMH Fundation.

In 2011, Minh Man Nguyen co-founded the architecture firm WAO, in Paris, developing a way of working based on the very act of manufacturing. He also co-founded WoMa, la fabrique de quartier in early 2014, a place promoting the collaborative use of skills, tools, and work.

  • Postgraduate 60%
  • Undergraduate 40%

 Nicolas Leduc

Adjunct Assistant Professor

 

 

Nicolas Leduc studied structural engineering at ESTP in Paris where he graduated in 2001. Then he completed architecture studies in 2006 in ENSAPM where he now teaches structure, geometry and scripting.

For ten years, he works at RFR as a specialist in analysis and optimization of non-standard complex skins and structures. He takes part in technical development and construction aware geometry design of skins and supporting structure of complex facades. Research and development is also part of his activity at RFR as he contributed to the IAPP (Industry Academia Partnerships and Pathways) European Research program “Architectural Freeform Structures from Single Curved Panels

  • Postgraduate 60%
  • Undergraduate 40%

 Jean-Aimé Shu

Adjunct Assistant Professor

 

 

 

Jean-Aimé Shu is an architect and holds an MS in engineering from Ecole Centrale Paris.

He is a founding partner at soja architecture practice in Paris and holds teaching positions both at Ecole d’Architecture Paris-Malaquais and Ecole d’Architecture Paris-Val de Seine.

His international experience lead him to University of Pennsylvania and to London where he worked along side George L. Legendre (IJP Corporation) on the use of parametric equations in architecture. From this collaboration, the book Pasta by Design was published in 2010.

In 2011, he also contributes to the publication of Marnes, documents d’architecture, vol.1 with the paper Architecture and digital tools : the debate.

Back in France, he joins Lafarge Group to work on the international development of Ductal® concrete. He takes the lead of the France-Export team in 2012 and contributes to the exploration of the potentials and new building systems offered by this new generation material.

  • Postgraduate 60%
  • Undergraduate 40%

Speakers

Felix Agid

Speaker

Felix agid is an architect, co-founder of EZCT Architecture & Design Research. The EZCT work focuses on the imbrication of computational technologies and industrial processes. EZCT presented his work in France and abroad: Archilab 2013 (Orléans); Centre Pompidou (2012); Art Biennial of Seville (2008); Mori Art Museum in Tokyo (2004); Centre Pompidou (Permanent Collection, Paris); Archilab 2004 (Orléans); scenography for the Architectures Non Standard exhibition at the Pompidou Centre (2003). EZCT worked on shape optimization in partnership with INRIA (algorithmic chairs, EZCT/INRIA) and is co- winner of the international competition for the Seroussi Pavillon (Meudon 2006). Felix Agid teaches at the School of Fine Arts Angers-Tours-Le Mans (esba TALM ), and he heads with Christian Morin the research program Synthetic (www.synthetic-lab.net ). Felix Agid is also a PhD candidate in history and philosophy of mathematics at the EHESS. His thesis concerns the history of architecture and the computer vision.

  • Postgraduate 40%
  • Undergraduate 20%
  • Seminar 20%
  • Workshops 20%

Student

Tristan Gobin

MArch Student

Tristan Gobin is a M.Arch candidate of the Digital Knowledge Program at the Ecole Nationale supérieure d’Architecture Paris-Malaquais (Paris). He has been working at EZCT Architecture & Design Research (Paris) for several years, and actively participated to numerous research projects. Amongst them, the U-Cube system, displayed at the Multiversité Créative exhibition at the Centre Pompidou (Paris, 2012), and the Studies on Recursive Lattices recently exhibited at Archilab 2013 (FRAC Orléans, 2013). Tristan led several architectural robotic workshops at the ENSAPM and the UCL-Bartlett School of Architecture since 2012, and is now pursuing his research combining mathematics, mechanics and architectural design

  • Webdesign 80%
  • Workshops 20%