Tobias Klein works in the fields of Architecture, Art, Design and interactive Media Installation. His work generates a syncretism of contemporary CAD/CAM technologies with site and culturally specific design narratives, intuitive non-linear design processes, and historical cultural references. He was running Dip1 at the Architectural Association (2008-2014) and leading a unit in the Mediastudies program. Before joining the Architectural Association, he was leading ADS1 (2007-2010) at the Royal College of Art, London. Today, he is an interdisciplinary professor combining Architecture and New Media art and Design at the School of Creative Media City University. The resulting works of his studio and students are exhibited international with examples being in the collection of the Antwerp Fashion Museum, the London Science Museum, the V&A, the Bellevue Arts Museum, Museum of Moscow and Vancouver. He is lecturing and published internationally with most recent articles focusing on the translation from craftsmanship to digital manufacturing.
Cesar Harada is a French-Japanese environmentalist, inventor and entrepreneur based in Hong Kong. CEO of MakerBay (Hong Kong MakerSpace for Social and Environmental Impact), Scoutbots and Protei INC (Ocean Robotics), Cesar dedicates his life to exploring and protecting the ocean with open technologies. Protei is a shape-shifting sailing robot, a wind-powered maritime drone that is remotely controlled or automated that will collect ocean data or transport clean-up equipment. Cesar is a former MIT Project Leader, TED Senior Fellow, GOOD 100, IBM Figure of Progress, Unreasonable at Sea Fellow, Shuttleworth foundation and Ocean Exchange grantee. Cesar opened the Ocean Track for COP21 Climate Talks Action Day in Paris with Ban Ki-Moon, French President Hollande and Jack Ma. His TED talks have more than 1 million views and are translated in more than 20 languages. Cesar won the Ars Electronica Golden Nica [NEXT IDEA] with his Masters graduation project from the Royal College of Arts, London in 2009. He has been teaching Masters at the Goldsmiths University of London, Versailles Architecture School in France and has lectured all over the world. Cesar believes that nature, human and technology can thrive in harmony.
Ferdinand Fritz‘s working methodology defines the very much based on the specificity of chance and error and defined. The dialogue between performance and interaction of people is a very important concept at the work of Ferdinand Fritz. At the moment Ferdinand Fritz teaches at the University of Innsbruck, Institute for experimental architecture ./studio3 and operates at snohetta Innsbruck. The connection between theory and the built environment is to be read as a challenge and to be regarded as continuous development, because as defined, for him, architecture is still, by the activation of space exploration and the active space implementation. The experiment as the top approach, as the lead motivation to define and test new space in connection between music, art and architecture.
Victor Leung completed his BA (Architectural Studies) at The University of Hong Kong and is currently pursuing his Master of Science degree at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Design and Computation. His work focuses on the computational techniques in representing and communicating robotic assembly for DIY and Makers Culture. Victor’s background is in architectural design, computer programming, CAD CAM modeling and carpentry; he has designed a few wood structures with parametrically detailed joints using CNC machining. Victor is an active member in the Rhino-Grasshopper community, developing scripts and tool chains for parametric design. He has taught classes and workshops at HKU, AA (Visiting School), UTAS and MIT in topics ranging from computational geometry and parametric design for architects to digital fabrication and rapid prototyping and DIY robotics. He has worked in various disciplines including architecture, installation art, CNC machining, electronics, robotics and microprocessors.