The AA MakeLab tutor team is each year comprised of a collective of experienced specialists from within and outside of the AA. The final team for MakeLab 2018 will be confirmed at a later date on this page.
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.
Jeroen van Ameijde has been teaching at the Architectural Association in London since 2007, including the last seven 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.
Ping-Hsiang Chen is a senior computational designer at Mamou-Mani Architects and a co-founder of the educational network DEZACT. He specializes in parametric design, multi-media communication and digital fabrication in architecture. Ping Hsiang Chen completed his RIBA Part 1 and Part 2 at the AA School of Architecture and received a master degree in Architecture and Digital Media from the University of Westminster. He has worked with KPF, ShaGa studio and A+T Partners in London and has published and has given talks on the topic of advanced computation in architecture and digital fabrication in both Taiwan and UK. He has taught at Shih Chien University in Taiwan, AA Visiting Schools in Israel and Hooke Park and with the Digital Prototyping Lab at the AA. He is currently a computational course tutor at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, and a parametric design consultant at SimplyRhino.