Jose Alfredo Ramirez is an architect co-founder and Director of Groundlab. He studied Architecture in Mexico City, and the MA Landscape Urbanism at the Architectural Association. Before founding Groundlab he was practising in several architectural offices and institutions in Mexico City, Madrid and London where he concentrated in architectural and urban design projects like the Olympic master plan for London 2012. At Groundlab he has won and developed several competitions, workshops, exhibitions and projects, including winning entry for Longgang City international competition master plan, the international horticultural exposition in Xian, China among other projects worldwide. Jose Alfredo has given workshops and lectured on the topic of Landscape Urbanism and the work of Groundlab in Italy, Mexico, Germany, Israel, Taiwan, Spain, China, UK, Venezuela among others.
Eduardo Rico is a Civil engineer and MA Landscape Urbanism Graduate currently working in Arup as well as member of design practice Relational Urbanism. He is currently engaged in strategic advice on infrastructure and transportation for urban master planning in the ILG team in Arup. Eduardo focuses his work and research in alternative design practices which feed infrastructural inputs into architectural urbanism. He has taught in Berlage Institute 2010 and 2012 as well as GSD Harvard 2013. Eduardo Rico has extensively lectured on his work on Infrastructures and Landscape as well contributed to various articles and books on the subject matter.
Clara Olóriz Sanjuán is a research and practising architect. She developed her PhD on the relationship between architecture and technology through production systems at the ETSAUN and AA. Along with her PhD research, she has contributed to several congresses and magazines and she co-directs an AA research cluster on Urban Prototypes. She teaches at AALU Masters programme and at the University of Navarra and has participated in several workshops worldwide. She is also co-directing the AA Visiting School ‘Computing Topos’ in Bilbao. Currently she works as a project leader and consultant for Groundlab in London.
Douglas Spencer has studied design and architectural history, cultural studies, and critical theory, and has taught history and theory at a number of architectural schools. His research and writing on urbanism, architecture, film and critical theory has been published in journals including The Journal of Architecture, Radical Philosophy, AA Files and Culture Machine. He has contributed chapters to collections on urban design, utopian literature and contemporary architecture, and is currently researching for a book which formulates a Marxian critique of contemporary architecture and ‘control society’.
Lecturer- Machinic Landscapes
Tom Smith is a landscape architect and urban designer currently at SPACEHUB. His work has been diverse, ranging from master planning for the Chelsea Flower Show, to developing networks of rural communities on the Portuguese coast, to large-scale multidiscipli¬nary landscape, engineering and architecture projects. He has been instrumental in the design of the London 2012 Olympic and Legacy Master Plan. He has focused on leading the design and delivery of the Olympic and Legacy Parklands, as well as the development of the Legacy Master plan framework.
Gustavo Romanillos is an architect and researcher interested in the spatial analysis of urban and territorial dynamics. He completed his degree in Architecture at the ETSAM, and a Master in Geographic Information Technologies at the UCM. His research and teaching activities are being developed in different Spanish universities, Nicaragua and the UK.
Giancarlo Torpiano completed his Bachelor’s degree in Architecture and Structural Engineering at the University of Malta and holds an MArch in Emergent Design and Technologies from the AA. His main interests are algorithmic design focused on emergent behaviours, natural structures, structural engineering and computational techniques. He has led workshops on digital architecture in Malta and at the AA.
Vincenzo Reale graduated in 2010 from the University of Bologna (Masters Course Building Engineering and Architecture) and became a euro chartered engineer since 2011. He also hold a Master of Science in Emergent Technologies and Design at the Architectural Association in London.
Visiting Studio Master
Eva Castro has been teaching at the AA since 2003 and is also cofounder of Plasma Studio and GroundLab. She studied architecture and urbanism at the Universidad Central de Venezuela and subsequently completed the AA Graduate Design programme with Jeff Kipnis.
She is winner of the Next Generation Architects Award, the Young Architect of the Year Award, the ContractWorld Award and the HotDip Galvanising Award. Her work is published and exhibited worldwide. Plasma and GroundLab are currently lead designers for the International Horticultural Fair in Xi’an, China a 37ha landscape with a wide range of buildings due to open in 2011.