The AA MakeLab tutor team is each year comprised of a collective of experienced specialists from within and outside of the AA. The team for MakeLab 2017 will consist of the following tutors:
Luis Rodil-Fernández is an artist, researcher, teacher and hacker. His work is concerned with the impact that technologies have on cognition and the human body with particular emphasis in movement and embodied interfaces. Through performances, installations and social games, his work proposes a critical approach to human-computer interactions rooted in movement. He is part of the Qualified Self project, an international research-creation program that aims at exploring the expressive potential of the new wave of biosensing technologies that are marketed under the moniker of Quantified Self. Luis is also co-founder of Algo Research Systems, a platform for researchers, curators and artists that investigate how the increasing automation of society alters the social order, creates mythical narratives around technologies and subjects the human to systematic automatisms. Luis studied Computer Science in Spain, and earned a BA in the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam and a Masters of ArtScience at the Royal Academy in The Hague.
Zachary Mollica is a Canadian architect and maker whose work explores the implementation of innovative digital methods alongside traditional craft knowledge. Having grown up working with carpenters, Zac studied philosophy and physics before finding his way to architecture school. Returning to study after working in a number of international practices, Zac received a MArch degree through the AA’s Design & Make programme in Hooke Park where he was involved with the computational design, planning and execution of the new Wood Chip Barn at Hooke Park.
Ping-Hsiang Chen (AA dip.) is an architectural and computational designer, specializing in parametric design, multi-media communication and digital fabrication. He is the founder and director of [IN] Morph Lab and co-founder of DEZACT. Ping Hsiang Chen completed his RIBA Part 1 and Part 2 at AA School of Architecture and a master degree in Architecture and Digital Media at the University of Westminster. He has been working as architectural designer on a wide range of projects in KPF, ShaGa studio and A+T Partners in London. He has contributed to journals including Smart Geometry (2013) and has given several talks on the topic of advanced computation in architecture and digital fabrication. He has taught at Shih Chien University (Taiwan), the AA Visiting School in Israel and with the Digital Prototyping Lab at the AA. His architecture and art works have been exhibited at various locations such as UCI Gallery (USA); Light in Alingsås (Sweden); Cheers Exhibition / P3 exhibition / SG2013 (UK ). He currently work as computational designer at Mamou-Mani Architects and as 3D printing specialist at Fab Pub.
Jeroen van Ameijde has been teaching at the Architectural Association in London since 2007, including the last six years as Unit Master of Intermediate Unit 6 which investigates the critical application of innovative digital design and construction processes within dense urban contexts. He is director of the MakeLab and Kuwait Visiting Schools and a regular co-tutor in several other Visiting Schools. His previous roles within the AA include Head of Digital Prototyping and Course Tutor at the AADRL graduate programme. He has taught workshops in many universities and institutions and has published and lectured about digital design and fabrication worldwide. He is the co-founder and director of Urban Systems, an office specialising in generative design methodologies which is currently developing several large scale projects in China.