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- Technical Tutor
Claudio Campanile is an engineer and computational designer. His main interest relies on developing computational tools and integrated pipelines to synthesise complexity within design problems. Namely, within the domain of complex geometries, structural systems and digital manufacturing to deliver innovative design technology models for the built environment.After having experienced jobs in China and the UK, Claudio obtained his MSc in the Emergent Technologies and Design programme at the AA School of Architecture.
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.