Partner representatives

Tadeja Zupancic is Vice-Dean for Research at the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Architecture.

Johan Verbeke is the coordinator of ADAPT-r and vice-dean of postgraduate studies and research at Faculty of Architecture, Campus Sint-Lucas (LUCA). He was former president and now acts as treasurer of eCAADe.

Richard Blythe serves as Dean at RMIT School of Architecture + Design and is located in Melbourne, Australia. Prior to joining RMIT School of Architecture + Design, Richard served as Deputy Head of School at University of Tasmania.

Katharine Heron serves as Head, Department of Architecture at University of Westminster.

Claus Peder Pedersen is head of research at the Aarhus School of Architecture.

Sally Stewart is the Deputy Head of the Mackintosh School of Architecture, the Glasgow School of Art and is Reader in Architectural Education and Practice.

Veronika Valk is Head of Research at the Estonian Academy of Arts Faculty of Architecture.

Marcelo Stamm is a philosopher trained in Munich and Oxford who has been appointed as RMIT Vice-Chancellor’s Senior Research Fellow to conduct research on creativity, design and innovation and investigate the paradigm of design practice research.

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Sigrid Ehrmann is the ADAPT-r coordinator for RMIT Europe in Barcelona and assists in coordinating and managing the activities of the RMIT School of Architecture and Design in Europe.

Marlies Vreeswijk is research administrator. She acts as contact point for the ADAPT-r network, and is responsible for the project’s administrative coordination and management.

Experienced Researchers

Maria Veltcheva is an Experienced Researcher at the University of Westminster. Her perspective in relation to ADAPT-r is to find a relation between the theoretical research and the architectural practice defining a new design methodology that could be used in the architectural firm.

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Valentina Signore is an Experienced Researcher at KU Leuven. She will develop her research for ADAPT-r thinking Research AS Design and vice versa, while fellows’ venturous practices will constitute her main material of research.

Eli Hatleskog is an experienced researcher at University of Ljubljana with the ADAPT-r project. Her research investigates shifts in understanding (transformative triggers) and moments of engagement (public behaviours) in creative practice. The work aims to co-create new knowledge about creative practice in collaboration with the early stage researchers.

Cecilia De Marinis is an Experienced Researcher at RMIT Europe in Barcelona. She gained her Master of Architecture and PhD in Urban Sustainable Design at Roma Tre University, Italy. Her research for ADAPT-r investigates dimensions of knowledge embedded in creative practice (tacit knowledge) and conditions under which that knowledge is revealed. The work is based on the observation and exploration of fellows’ venturous practices, as well as on the collaboration with venturous practitioners.

Alice Buoli is Experienced Researcher at the Estonian Academy of Arts, Faculty of Architecture (Tallinn) since January 2016. She received her Master of Architecture and PhD in Territorial Design and Government at Politecnico di Milano (Italy). Her professional and academic activities lie at the intersection between urban studies, design thinking and borderlands studies. Her research for ADAPT-r investigates the tacit dimensions of knowledge embedded in creative practice (tacit knowledge) along with the refinement and explication of research methods within the ADAPT-r PhD model. The research is being conducted as a collaborative process among ADAPT-r Experienced Researchers, in cooperation with the Early Stage Researchers and Adapt-r partners.

Dorotea Ottaviani is an Experienced Researcher within the ADAPT-r ITN at the Glasgow School of Art. She will investigate the knowledge embedded in creative practice (tacit knowledge) and the conditions under which that knowledge is revealed within the Adapt-r method.

Early Stage Researchers

Koen Broucke is a visual artist and historian and expresses himself in drawings, paintings, videos, publications, installations and performances. He graduated from the Universities of Antwerp and Brussels and the National Higher Institute of Fine Arts in Antwerp. His PhD research in the arts entitled ‘The joy of images. Towards an intuitive method of drawing when researching historical images, which Broucke has been work on since April 2014, is the logical consequence of this. His doctoral thesis supervisors are Professor Jo Tollebeek (KU Leuven, Cultural History since 1750 Research Group), Dr Tom van Imschoot (LUCA School of Arts, Image Research Unit; Art and Argument Research Group) and Dr Thierry Lagrange (KU Leuven, Faculty of Architecture). He is an ADAPT-r fellow at the Glasgow School of Art since July 2015.

Sam Kebbel worked for architects in New York and Amsterdam before returning to New Zealand to start KebbellDaish Architects with his former teacher, John Daish, in 2002. Sam has also taught at the School of Architecture at Victoria University of Wellington since then. He graduated from VUW with a B.Arch (1st class hons) in 1998 which included an exchange to the Penn State University arts program and the Penn State architecture program in Rome. He completed his M.DesS History and Theory (Distinction) at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard (Cambridge, USA) in 1999. Sam is currently a PhD Candidate at RMIT in Melbourne and an ADAPTr research fellow at the University of Westminster.

Karin Helms is a landscape architect and created her own office „Karin Helms, Paysagiste Sarl“ in 1993. She is currently on a long leave as Associate Professor of Design and was in charge of the international relationships at Ecole Nationale SupÈrieure de Paysage Versailles during 15 years. She is the founder of European masters in Landscape architecture EMiLA and State Landscape Architect Adviser. Her research includes large scale research in landscape architecture. She is an ADAPT-r fellow at RMIT Europe since April 2015.

Martí Franch Batllori is a Landscape Architect, and a Horticulturalist at ETSAB in Barcelona, where he teaches since 2001. He is the founder & principal of ‘EMF landscape architecture’, an interdisciplinary practice of independent experts in the field of urban and environmental design, exercising internationally. Franch explores hybrid ways between ecological systems & cultural constructs to inform projects and build up new realities. His work has been internationally published, and awarded with several international prizes. Currently Franch is a Design Practice Research PhD at RMIT Europe, and ADAPT-r fellow at the Glasgow School of Art for a period of 18 months.

Colm Moore established Clancy Moore Architects in partnership with Andrew Clancy in 2006. Since then the practices work has been the recipient of numerous national and international awards and commendations. He is currently a senior lecturer at Queens University, Belfast, and ADAPT-r research fellow at the University of Westminster, London.

Cian Deegan is an architect. His research is based around the work of our architectural practice, TAKA. Through this research, he wishes to more fully understand the deeper urges which lie behind these references, which will enable a more focused future practice. Cian Deegan is an ADAPT-r fellow at RMIT Europe since June 2014.

Architect by ETSA Madrid, Alicia Velazquez explores materiality as 3-dimensional interface, embodying an in-between position to explore intimacy between human and non-human. Next to texture design and interior branding consultancy, she hosts the Swiss chapter for Design & Emotion Society, and has been professor for among others, TU Delft, University of Calgary and Universidad Europea in Madrid. Alicia is an ADAPT-r fellow at KU Leuven in Brussels since September 2015.

Marco Poletto, co-founder and director of ecoLogicStudio, is an architect, author and educator. Marco has been Unit Master at the Architectural Association in London, Senior Tutor at the IAAC in Barcelona and Visiting critic at Cornell University. His projects have been published and exhibited in Orleans (9th Archilab – FRAC Collection, 2014), in Paris (EDF Foundation, 2013), in Venice Biennale (STEMv3.0 the lagoon experiment, 2008; The Ecological Footprint Grotto, 2010), in Seville Biennale (STEMcloud, 2008), Istanbul (Fibrous Room, 2008) and Milan (Urban Algae Folly for EXPO, 2015 and Aqua Garden, 2007). He is author of “Systemic Architecture – Operating manual for the self-organizing city” published by Routledge in 2012. Since April 2015, he is Adapt-r research fellow at the Aarhus school of Architecture; his research focuses on the development of bio-digital design strategies and prototypes.

Eric Guibert is an architect and a gardener. He studied at the Bartlett in London and the Ecole d’architecture de Nantes in France. He established the architectural practice sens in 2003. Eric is a lecturer at the University of Westminster and an ADAPT-r fellow at KU Leuven in Brussels since March 2015. In parallel, he is developing with Robin Pembrooke a wild garden in France.

Michael Corr is an architect with over 15 years experience in practice. Over this time he has been Founding Director of Pie architecture Ltd. a successful architecture/urban design/research practice in London and a senior urban designer/design advisor to the Mayor of London, as part of the team Design for London within the Greater London Authority (GLA). Michael is currently the director of PLACE, the Built Environment Centre for Northern Ireland and is a Fellow of the Estonian Academy of Arts Faculty of Architecture , undertaking a PhD by practice as part of the ADAPT-r programme. Michael has been teaching architecture for 7 years and currently leads a Masters architecture studio in Queens University Belfast.

Rosanne Van Klaveren is an Early Stage Researcher at the Estonian Academy of Arts. She researches how creativity and shared media use can overcome the us-and-them feeling that is frequently encountered within participatory art.

Deborah Saunt founded the award-winning architectural studio DSDHA in 1998. Her work blurs the boundaries between landscape and architecture, art and urbanism, and questions our preconceptions of the city. She has been teaching a diploma design unit at the Cass School of Architecture in London, and was a guest professor at EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland. She is an ADAPT-r fellow at RMIT Europe since November 2014.

CJ Lim is Professor of Architecture and Urbanism, and served as Vice-Dean at the Bartlett, and the Pro-Provost at UCL. He is also the founder of Studio 8 Architects, an international award-winning practice in urban planning, architecture and landscape. He is an ADAPT-r fellow at RMIT Europe since September 2014.

Steve Larkin is a musician and architect. He studied architecture at University College Dublin and graduated in 2002. He established Steve Larkin Architects in 2007. Steve Larkin is an ADAPT-r fellow at RMIT Europe since June 2014.

Gitte Juul runs an independent practice parallel with being artistic leader of The Office for Art in Town, associate professor at The Royal Academy of Art, School of Architecture in Copenhagen.Gitte Juul is an ADAPT-r fellow at University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Architecture since November 2014.

Alice Casey is Principal of TAKA Architects with her partner, Cian Deegan. The practice was established in 2008 and is based in Dublin, where Alice was born and educated. TAKA has exhibited in the Venice Architectural Biennale in 2008 and co-curated the Irish Pavilion in 2010. As well as national and international awards, TAKA have been nominated for the Mies Van der Rohe award and were finalists in the 2014 BD Young Architect of the Year Award. Alice also teaches Architecture in Queens University, Belfast and at Dublin Institute of Technology. She is an ADAPT-r fellow at RMIT Europe since April 2015.

Since childhood Johannes Torpe has allowed his creative energy and intuition to guide him. With support from his freethinking parents, Torpe has pursued his ventures without any conventional training. His keen eye for emerging trends and a holistic approach to the business of design is the driving force behind his creative consultancy expertise. This has given him the opportunity to surround himself with a team of multi-disciplinary experts from around the world, and the honour of being the first ever Creative Director for luxury design and sound brand Bang & Olufsen. Since July 2015, Johannes is an ADAPT-r fellow at the University of Westminster.

Federico Del Vecchio, is co-curator of flip project space and engaged in an independent artistic practice. After finishing his studies at the Academy of Fine Art in Naples, he attended the Städelschule in Frankfurt am Main, followed by completing the Master in Fine Art at The Glasgow School of Art. He was then at the HIAP – Helsinki International Artist in residence Program, supported by Kulturamt Frankfurt am Main Referat Bildende Kunst and 2012 Movin’ Up prize for the mobility of young Italian artists abroad. Since June 2015 he is an ADAPT-r fellow at University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Architecture.

Ana Krec is an architect trained from Ljubljana Slovenia, Denmark and Australia. In 2010 she co-founded SVET VMES architectural office that specializes in transformation of educational buildings. In-between spaces are the main point of interest and research in their practice that promotes spatial sensitivity among people and challenges their day to day behavioural patterns. From 2012 to 2015 she worked as an assistant to assoc. prof. Jurij Sadar at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, Faculty of Architecture. Since July 2015 she is an ADAPT-r fellow at KU Leuven in Brussels, Belgium.

Petra Marguc is an architect and urban designer trained from Germany, the Netherlands and Great Britain. She is co-founder of Polimorph, a platform for applied research and design projects, based in Paris, France, whose role is to explore, implement and transmit integrative design methods and collaborative design tools in architecture and urbanism. The work of Polimorph is regularly published and presented at conferences and events, several projects gained prizes or have been published. Parallel to her work in practice, Petra has been teaching and lecturing in various architecture schools in Europe. Since April 2015, Petra is an ADAPT-r fellow at KU Leuven.

Sébastien Penfornis graduated from the School of Architecture in Nantes and TU Delft. As an architect, he collaborated with several landscape and urban design practices (West 8 / KAAP3 / MADE). He teaches at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Paysage in Versailles, and has led workshops and design critics in several schools (RMIT Melbourne, QUT Brisbane). He’s in charge of Taktyk / Paris and supervises on going metropolitan projects. He is PhD candidate at RMIT Melbourne, and since November 2014 he is a ADAPT-r fellow at Glasgow School of Art. His research focuses on the notion of play as a tactical approach, as a possible mode of practice in the field of landscape architectural and urbanism.

Siv Helene Stangeland is an ADAPT-r fellow at Aarhus school of Architecture since August 2014.

Thierry Kandjee is a landscape architect, co-director of Taktyk, lecturer in ENSP Versailles, editor and state adviser, based in Brussels. Projects range from the design of public space, city campus strategic plan, urban renewal, post- industrial/agricultural scenarios to prospective studies. He is an ADAPT-r fellow at RMIT Europe since October 2014.

Tom Holbrook is an ADAPT-r fellow at RMIT Europe since August 2014.

Villem Tomiste is an ADAPT-r fellow at KU Leuven. Fifteen years of practice started with deep interest in public space. Winning numerous urban planning competitions has led to actual planning commissions and activities. This has reinforced my approach to squares, streets, urban blocks and city landscape as generator of socially active space. On another note, city centres in Estonia are usually under heritage protection. Competitions which I won in Tallinn Old Town and in other protected areas have triggered my interest in design process to provoke and to explore the boundaries of modern heritage protection.

Irene Prieler was an Adapt-r research fellow in 2016 at the Aarhus school of Architecture. She and Michael Wildmann initiated together Grundstein. Grundstein was conceived as an open collective for contextual work where architecture intersects with (applied) urbanism, (digital) design, (applied) art and (social) space. The projects and/or solutions we have developed are as individual as the working styles of the various participants (contributors). The solutions emerged through collaboration between ourselves and the clients, as well as through transdisciplinary exchange – drawing from artistic, technical and scientific disciplines. The highest possible degree of innovation from all fields is a common ambition of all participants working on our projects.

Karli Luik is an architect and urban planner. He graduated from Estonian Academy of Arts in 2003 and was founder and partner of Salto architects from 2004-2014. Since 2014 he founded studio Kontekst in Tallinn. His work has been internationally published and awarded. He is an Adapt-r fellow at the University of Ljubljana from March till November 2016.

Hseng Tai Lintner is a co-founder and partner of architectural research forum EA-CR; a practice that investigates the intersection of technology, energy, matter and the built environment. Her current research as an ADAPT-r fellow at the University of Westminster addresses these themes through the notion of architecture as a constructed ecology or geology. The aim is to explore the potential of productive synthetic hybrid ecologies that dissolve the boundary between human and non-human systems through design protocols that tightly knit material, chemical or biological behaviour with digital design. Hseng Tai has been an assistant teacher at Southern California Institute of Architecture and has tutored and ran workshops at Konstfack and at Chalmers University of Technology where she was also involved in setting up the new robot lab.

Michael Wildmann is an architect trained in Vienna, Austria and Montreal, Canada. He and Irene Prieler initiated together grundstein, Austria.
Michael is board member of IG architektur and board member of the chamber of architects, architectural departement, Vienna, Austria.
Since March 2016, Michael is an ADAPT-r fellow at KU Leuven.

Anna Pla Català is a registered architect based in Barcelona. She graduated from the Architectural Association (AA) in London and has a Master of Science from Columbia University in New York. Has worked at Foster and Partners and Eisenman Architects. She is founder and principal of APC_Studio an architecture office focused on the research and development of models of higher integration between advanced digital technologies and everyday architectural production, from its conception to its construction on site. Has taught Design Studios at PennDesign-UPenn, Berlage Insitute, IaaC, ADDA-Elisava and at the GSD-Harvard University amongst others. Anna is a fellow at the University of Westminster.

Marija Strajnic is an ADAPT-r fellow at KU Leuven from August up to and including November 2016. Marija is operating in the fields of architecture, photography, illustration and design, in all possible forms and scales. She is a partner at architecture studio, founded in collaboration with Janko Tadic.

Dermot Foley is Principal Landscape Architect with Dermot Foley Landscape Architects Ltd, established in Dublin in 2001. He is a horticulturalist, having trained at the National Botanic Gardens before studying landscape architecture and he worked as landscape contractor and horticulturalist prior to working as a landscape architect. He was awarded Europe 40-Under-40 in 2010 and has received multiple awards for landscape design, landscape research and landscape conservation. He teaches at University College Dublin and lectures internationally. He completed the first comprehensive publication on contemporary Irish landscape architecture, titled Artifice, published in 2011. He is an ADAPT-r fellow with RMIT Europe since June 2016.

An architect, educated in Dublin and the USA Siobhán Ní Éanaigh has 30 + years professional experience in Ireland, mainland Europe including with the IBA/Berlin 84. Involved in architectural education with roles of senior design tutor at University College Dublin, visiting critic, external examiner, she was appointed by government to An Chomhairle Ealaíon / The Arts Council of Ireland. With Michael McGarry she founded McGarry Ní Éanaigh Architects, a practice in receipt of many awards including the inaugural joint CCCB European Prize for Urban Public Space. Currently an ADAPT-r Fellow at RMIT Europe her interest lies in the nature of ‘design thinking’ evidenced through practice in architecture and the place of the ‘physical’ in light of ongoing championing of the ‘virtual’ in life.

Chris Johnstone is director and owner of Bosqué Studio Australia. Bosqué Studio is the continuing name for the design practice into the future. Currently he is undertaking a PhD via the EU sponsored ADAPT-r fellowship program through the Aarhus school of Architecture, Denmark. Chris is a graduate of the RMIT landscape Architecture program and a practicing Master Gardner before studying Landscape Architecture. Formerly he was a senior landscape Architect with Taylor Cullity Lethlean (TCL), Melbourne office. He worked with TCL through a range of projects from the small Melbourne Memorial to the Bali Terrorist Bombing through to the Silo Park and Auckland Waterfront Redevelopment (winner of the Rosa Barba Prize, 2014) and the National Arboretum in Canberra (Winner of the World Architecture Festival Landscape of the year award, 2014).

Claudia Pasquero is co-founder and director of ecoLogicStudio ltd, teaching fellow and Director of the Urban Morphogenesis Lab at The Bartlett UCL, Senior Tutor at the IAAC in Barcelona and research fellow/PhD candidate, as part of the Adapt-r/RMIT Europe research by practice program, with the Estonian Academy of Arts, Faculty of Architecture in Estonia. Her projects have been published and exhibited throughout the world, in particular in Karlsruhe (Globale Exibition – ZKM Museum, 2015), Milan (EXPO2015, 2015), in Orleans (9th Archilab – FRAC Collection, 2014), in Paris (EDF Foundation, 2013), in London (Architectural Association, 2011 and London Biennale, 2006 and 2008), HORTUS.venice, 2015; Solana Open Aviary, 2016). Claudia has just been appointed curator of the Tallinn Biennale 2017 which will be titled bio.T.A.llinn.