Housing & Urbanism Programme

Directors

Jorge Fiori is a sociologist and urban planner. He studied in Chile and has worked in academic institutions there and in Brazil and England. He is a visiting lecturer at several Latin American and European universities, and consultant to a number of international and national urban development agencies. He researches and publishes on housing and urban development, with particular focus on the interplay of spatial strategies and urban social policy.

Hugo Hinsley is an architect with expertise in urban development projects, housing design, and community led co-developments. He has a wide range of practice experience, and has been a consultant to many projects in Europe, Australia and the US. He has taught, lectured and published internationally. Recent research includes London’s design and planning, particularly in Docklands and Spitalfields; urban policy and structure in European cities; and rethinking density for housing and urban development.

Staff

Lawrence Barth lectures on urbanism and political theory, and has written on the themes of politics and critical theory in relation to the urban. He practises as a consultant urbanist to architects, cities, and governments on large-scale strategic projects, and is engaged in research on urban intensification, innovation environments, and the transformation of workspace in the knowledge economy.

Nicholas Bullock studied architecture at Cambridge University, and completed a PhD under Leslie Martin. His research work includes issues of housing reform with a special interest in Germany; post-war housing design and policy; and the architecture and planning of reconstruction after World War II.

Anna Shapiro is an architect and urbanist who studied at Tel Aviv University and the Architectural Association Graduate School. She has worked for a range of architectural practices in Israel and UK and currently she is an urban designer with Sheppard Robson Architects, working on masterplanning and residential projects. Anna is an initiator of “Collective Formations”, an international design research group.

Elad Eisenstein is a director for urban design at Mecanoo and also leads its London office. He has experience designing and delivering a wide range of projects with sustainable place-making at their core, including new eco-cities, large-scale metropolitan centres and complex city centre sites.

Dominic Papa is an architect and urban designer involved in practice, teaching and research. He is a founding partner of the practice s333 Studio for Architecture and Urbanism, which has won awards for projects across Europe. He is a design review panel member for CABE and the West Midlands, and has been a jury member for a number of international competitions.

Elena Pascolo  is an architect and urbanist who has trained and worked in London and South Africa on large housing and urban regeneration projects.   She co-founded Urban Projects Bureau with Alex Warnock-Smith.  Her research focuses on the development of spatial tools that structure complex urban strategies, and the role of institutions in promoting urban transformation. She has participated as a design tutor in numerous international workshops on design and urbanism.

Naiara Vegara has an AA Diploma and is a registered architect. She is currently the Director of Fundation Metropoli “Design LAAB” London, working at the scales of Urban Design, Landscape and Architecture; and Director of the AA Visiting School Semester Programme in London.  Naiara has been a Visiting Critic at many architecture schools, and has presented her research on Virtual Environments and the Design Process in Architecture at workshops at the Universities of Columbia, Princeton and Pennsylvania in the USA.

Francesco Zuddas completed a PhD on the space of the university as a critical testing ground for an idea of the city, which he is currently developing into a book. In parallel to his academic activities he co-directs the practice urbanaarchitettura focusing on domestic projects and urbanism. In 2013-14 he was a Visiting Research Scholar at GSAPP, Columbia University. He also teaches at Leeds School of Architecture and at Central Saint Martins in London.