Centre Director Professor Eyal Weizman
Eyal Weizman is an architect, Professor of Spatial and Visual Cultures, and founding member of the architectural collective DAAR in Beit Sahour/Palestine. His books include The Conflict Shorelines (with Fazal Sheikh at Steidl, 2015), Mengele’s Skull (with Thomas Keenan at Sternberg Press, 2012), Forensic Architecture (dOCUMENTA13 notebook, 2012), The Least of all Possible Evils (Nottetempo 2009, Verso 2011), Hollow Land (Verso, 2007), A Civilian Occupation (Verso, 2003), the series Territories 1,2 and 3, Yellow Rhythms and many articles in journals, magazines and edited books. He has worked with a variety of NGOs worldwide, and was a member of the B’Tselem board of directors. He has has lectured, curated and organised conferences in many institutions worldwide. Eyal Weizman is the recipient of the James Stirling Memorial Lecture Prize for 2006-2007 and is currently am Principal Investigator of the Forensic Architecture ERC project based in the Centre (2011-14, 2015-2020).
Deputy Director & Senior Lecturer Dr. Susan Schuppli
Susan Schuppli is an artist-researcher and writer. Through investigative processes that involve an engagement with scientific and technical modes of inquiry, her work aims to open up new conceptual pathways into the material strata of our world. While many projects have examined media artefacts—photographs, film, video, and audio transmissions—that have emerged out of sites of contemporary conflict and state violence, current work explores the ways in which toxic ecologies from nuclear accidents and oil spills to the dark snow of the arctic are producing an “extreme image” archive of material wrongs. Her creative projects have been exhibited throughout Europe as well as in Canada, Asia and the US. She has published widely within the context of media and politics and am author of the forthcoming book, Material Witness (MIT Press, 2016), which is also the subject of an experimental documentary. From 2011-14 Susan Schuppli was Senior Research Fellow on the Forensic Architecture ERC project.
FA Lecturer Dr. Lorenzo Pezzani
Lorenzo Pezzani convenes the MA stream in Forensic Architecture. An architect and a PhD graduate from the Centre, his work deals with the spatial politics and visual cultures of migration, with a particular focus on the geography and history of the ocean. Since 2011, he has been working on Forensic Oceanography, a collaborative project that critically investigates the militarized border regime in the Mediterranean Sea. Together with a wide network of NGOs, scientists, journalists and activist groups, he has produced maps, visualizations and human right reports that document the violence perpetrated against migrants at sea and challenge the regime of visibility imposed by surveillance means on this contested area.
MARA Studio Tutor John Palmesino
John Palmesino is an architect and urbanist as well as tutor of the MA Studio in the Centre. Together with Ann-Sofi Rönnskog, he established Territorial Agency which and runs a Unit Programme at the AA. He is the initiator and curator of the research project Neutrality, a multidisciplinary investigation in the territorial implications of UN policies and self-organisation processes of transformation and control of the contemporary human landscapes. He has been Head of Research at ETH Zurich, Studio Basel/Contemporary City Institute (2003-2007) a research platform for the investigation of the transformation patterns of the city of the 21st Century. He is also co-founder of Multiplicity, a research network on contemporary territorial transformations. The Milan-based organisation dealt with contemporary urbanism, representation of inhabited landscape transformation, visual arts and general culture. His work has been exhibited at documenta11, the Biennale di Venezia, the Triennale in Milano, the KunstWerke, Berlin, the Musée d'Art Contemporaine de Paris, the Vanabbe Museum in Eindhoven, IABR Rotterdam and ZKM Karlsruhe.
Lecturer Louis Moreno
Louis Moreno is urban theorist who recently completed a PhD at University College London Urban Laboratory. His research examines the growth of financial services and its effect on changes to the urban form of cities. He teaches the Introduction to Research Architecture as well as supervises MARA dissertations and participates in critiques.
Postdoctoral Fellows & Visiting Scholars
Each year research and postdoctoral fellows as well as international visiting scholars spend a portion of their time at the Centre for Research Architecture participating in seminars and presenting their work. Past postdoctoral fellows and visiting scholars included Alessandro Petti, Ayesha Hameed, Patrick Kroker, Ana Medina, and Runa Johannessen.
Current Visiting Scholar is Dr. Stephen Turner from the University of Auckland. The majority of Stephen’s writing concerns processes of settlement in the historical context of New Zealand. More broadly, the three interrelated projects he is currently engaged in may each be understood in terms of the theme of encounter. These projects span the settlement of new countries, the living knowledges of indigenous peoples, and the function of the university, including the responsibility of teaching.