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Venice Biennale 2012



aberrant architecture
Founded by directors David Chambers and Kevin Haley, aberrant architecture is a multi-disciplinary studio and think-tank with international operations in the fields of architecture, design, contemporary art and cultural analysis. From their studio in London, aberrant strive to capture the best of the past and the contemporary to shape the future of the designed world. In 2010, they were architecture residents at the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A). In the same year, they co-founded the Gopher Hole, a gallery/venue in London that provides a platform for critical debate on the arts and society through a public programme of exhibitions and talks.


Ross Anderson & Anna Gibb
Ross Anderson and Anna Gibb met while studying architecture in Aberdeen. Ross currently practices architecture in the northeast of Scotland. Anna is working towards her architectural registration and living in Glasgow. Together they have found a creative freedom in entering architectural ideas competitions, as individuals and in collaboration with their peers. Every opportunity allows them a chance to experiment with new ideas and investigate things they would not experience in an office environment.


Darryl Chen
Darryl Chen speculates on urbanism. His work rejects current orthodoxies in order to explore the perverse and underrated as source material for a provocative urban practice. His work has spanned community-based geo-engineering, self-incarcerating eco-villages and the possibilities of a ‘productive dystopia’. Based in London, he is co-founder of thinktank Tomorrow’s Thoughts Today and currently leads urbanism at Hawkins\Brown.


dRMM, a London-based international studio of architects and designers, was founded by Alex de Rijke, Philip Marsh and Sadie Morgan in 1995. The practice has a track record of creating extraordinary architecture within the standard constraints of the construction industry. Rather than formulaic or style-based decisions, dRMM’s radical projects are driven by site, client needs, concept and construction. Research work at dRMM is motivated by the imaginative reinterpretation of familiar problems, materials and construction methods. For Venice Takeaway, dRMM assembled a team led by Alex de Rijke and Isabel Pietri.


Forum for Alternative Belfast
Led by Mark Hackett and Declan Hill, Forum for Alternative Belfast is a not-for-profit organisation campaigning for a better environment and plan for Belfast. Mark Hackett was formerly a partner at Hackett Hall McKnight architects. He is external examiner in University of Dundee and has taught on architecture courses since 1999. He is a board member of PLACE and ADAPT NI. Declan Hill was formerly associate in charge of housing at Todd Architects between 1998 and 2011 and won a number of national awards for housing. He previously worked for six years in Hamburg, Dresden and Berlin, where he completed a number of large housing and office projects.


Public Works, Urban Projects Bureau & Owen Pritchard
Public Works (Torange Khonsari and Andreas Lang), Urban Projects Bureau (Alex Warnock-Smith) and Owen Pritchard work at the critical edge of architecture and design. They engage collaboratively in a range of cultural disciplines that blur the boundaries between architecture, art practice, urbanism, academia, journalism and critical discourse.


Elias Redstone
Elias Redstone is an independent curator, writer, editor and consultant. He is founder and curator of ARCHIZINES– an international showcase of new architecture magazines, fanzines and journals – editor-in-chief of the London Architecture Diary and an online columnist for T magazine of The New York Times. Previously, Elias was the curator of the Polish Pavilion at the 2010 Venice Architecture Biennale and hub curator of the 2008 London Festival of Architecture. He was senior curator at the Architecture Foundation, where he worked from 2003–2010 and initiated an international programme of exhibitions, events and film screenings.


Liam Ross & Tolulupe Onabolu
Liam Ross is an architect, lecturer and doctoral candidate at the Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. He studied in Edinburgh and at the Architectural Association, and has practised in London, New York and Edinburgh, principally with Malcolm Fraser Architects. Tolulope Onabolu holds a PhD in Architecture (Creative Practice) from Edinburgh College of Art. He is a tutor in Design and Contemporary Architectural Theory at the University of Edinburgh, and he runs a design practice in Lagos, Nigeria. His PhD thesis, titled ‘Architecture and the Creation of Worlds’ (completed in July 2010), was nominated for the RIBA President’s Medal for Research.


Smout Allen & BLDGBLOG
Smout Allen and Geoff Manaugh first collaborated for the Landscapes Future Super-Workshop. Hosted in LA, the event was a cross-disciplinary research platform for debate and invention. They collaborated again for Manaugh’s Landscape Futures: Instruments, Devices and Architectural Inventions exhibition at the Nevada Museum of Art, Reno USA, for which Smout Allen provided the centrepiece: the large user-activated kinetic installation ‘Surface Tension’.
Geoff Manaugh is a well-known essayist, author, curator and blogger with a unique perspective on the intersection of art, architecture, landscape and conjecture. Mark Smout and Laura Allen are award-winning architectural designers, researchers and senior lecturers based at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL.


Takero Shimazaki / Toh Shimazaki Architecture
Takero Shimazaki is a Director of Toh Shimazaki Architecture (t-sa), a London-based practice founded with Yuli Toh. Established in 1996, the office has completed public and private projects in the UK and abroad, including Centre For Sight, OSh House and London Rowing Club. Shimazaki previously worked for Itsuko Hasegawa, Richard Rogers Partnership and Alison and Peter Smithson in Japan and the UK.