News 21 May 2019

A Master in Architecture graduate from YALE University, Issa Diabaté is the Managing Director of the Koffi & Diabaté Architectes office and co-founder of Koffi & Diabaté Group. From 1991 to 1993, Issa Diabaté interned in architecture firms in Côte d’Ivoire (Goly Kouassi), the United States (Devrouax and Purnell) and in France (Jean Nouvel et Catani) where he participated in the “Cité Judiciaire de Nantes” contest. In May 1994, he joined the SAU Guillaume Koffi office as Architect Intern, to return in 1995 as Architectural Projects Manager. In 2001, Issa Diabaté partnered with Guillaume Koffi in the creation of Koffi & Diabaté Architectes. A member of Côte d’Ivoire’s Order of Architects (CNOA), Issa’s design work has presented at Senegal’s DAK’ART Contemporary Art Biennale (1998 laureate), and most recently at the exhibitions Abidjanow (Côte d’Ivoire) and Design Indaba (South Africa). He is one of ten African designers who worked on the IKEA and ÖVERALLT collection at the Design Indaba. Issa Diabaté has been appointed Knight of the Order of Cultural Merit in Côte d’Ivoire.

News 10 May 2019

Mercedes Miras studied architecture at the Seville School of Architecture (ETSAS). In 2000 she established her own architectural practice in Almeria, Spain. Her work has mainly involved the restoration and preservation of historical buildings, including the renovation of a Renaissance historical building to house the Andalusian Photography Museum and the restoration of a Nasrid Tower in Huercal-Overa. She has also worked for the Andalusian Regional Government on social regeneration projects in deprived areas. Luis Castillo studied architecture at the Madrid School of Architecture (ETSAM) and the Architectural Association School of Architecture (AA). In 2000 he established his own office in Almeria, Spain having worked in several practices in Spain and Holland. He has lectured widely in Spain on his work. He has written various articles about architectural theory, published mainly in OASE, the leading Dutch architectural journal. Together their work has been published in international architectural journals Casabella, C3, Metamorphose, Detail and in Spanish architectural journals Pasajes de Arquitectura, Diseño Interior, Arquitectura Viva and ARV. Castillo Miras Arquitectos was one of the ten finalists for the 2016 Aga Khan Award of Architecture.

News 27 Apr 2019

Charles Holland will present a series of architectural projects exploring shared themes to do with architectural style, symbolism and language. The lecture will explore the way in which these projects emerge from a mix of common themes, personal obsessions, practical needs and individual circumstance. Charles Holland is an architect, teacher and writer. He is the principal of Charles Holland Architects (CHA), a multi-disciplinary design practice based in the UK and is Professor of Architecture at the University of Brighton. CHA’s work covers architecture, art, teaching and research and ranges in scale from the urban masterplan to the domestic interior. He is a former director of FAT (Fashion Architecture Taste) and a co-founder of Ordinary Architecture. His work has been exhibited at the Venice Biennale, the Royal Academy of Art, the RIBA and the Victoria and Albert Museum. While at FAT, he was the director in charge of A House For Essex, the practice’s creative collaborative project with the artist Grayson Perry. He writes and lectures about architecture and the work of his practice regularly and contributes to numerous magazines and journals.

News 27 Apr 2019
Lesley Lokko on the origins of the GSA for #Bartlett100

The GSA is the only architecture school in Africa offering the unit system, where the learning environment is organised around year-long design studios or 'units'. Lesley Lokko, Director of the Graduate School of Architecture since 2014, writes for the #Bartlett100 archive on the inception, growth and meaning of the Graduate School of architecture at University of Johannesburg South Africa. Click here to read the full article.

News 25 Apr 2019
Crossover #1: First Date

"My love for you isn't less, it's more" First Date Six Units One Foreign Affair... This Wednesday, we have the opportunity to find new objects of affection - through the eyes of 6 other ways of seeing, doing and thinking. Set in a speed-dating format, students will be invited to seduce their dates with their architectural propositions. Following what is likely to be a most animated occasion, the Crossover will open up into an exhibition walk-about and wine-bar. Join us for an afternoon of architectural flirtation...

News 28 Mar 2019

Jeannette Plaut graduated from the University of Chile. In 2008, together with her partner Marcelo Sarovic, she founded Constructo. She has worked as an academic at the Catholic Universities of Chile and Andrés Bello, and has given talks at various institutions such as the University of Leipzig Germany, and the Universities Diego Portales, Concepción, Federico Santa María and San Sebastián, in Chile. She was a consultant for the Sustainable Development and Human Settlements Division of ECLAC (2004-2010). In her work as a curator, she stands out as director of YAP_Constructo in Chile (Young Architects Program), an annual competition to promote innovative architecture in young architects, associated with MoMA (New York), MAXXI (Rome), Istanbul Modern (Istambúl) and MMCA (Seoul). She was the director of the national exhibition of the XV Architecture Biennial of Chile in 2006, director of the international meeting of architects of the XIV Architecture Biennial of Chile in 2004 and 2002. She has been a curator of exhibitions such as the "Architectural and Urban Case Show", exhibited at the Chile Pavilion at the Shanghai Universal Exhibition (2010), as well as the exhibition "Extraordinary: New Practices in Chilean Architecture" at the Center for Architecture AIA in New York in 2016. Plaut is part of the jury of the Rolex Mentor & Protégés Arts Initiative (Switzerland), jury of the Ibero-American Biennial 2014 / BIAU organized by the Spanish Government, nominator of the Mies Crown Hall of the Americas Prize of the Illinois Institute of Technology (2014-2016), and selected in 2016 to be part of the MoMA International Curatorial Institute in Modern and Contemporary Art. She is also the author of PULSO: New Architecture in Chile (Editorial Constructo, 2008), Rafael Iglesia (together with Sebastián Bianchi, Ediciones Universidad Andrés Bello, 2011), CEPAL 1962_1966 (together with Marcelo Sarovic, Editorial Constructo, 2012), PULSO 2: New Architecture in Latin America (together with Marcelo Sarovic, Editorial Constructo, 2014).

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