Category: Events

Thesis defence, the end and beginning

Posted by on June 8, 2012

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Ulrika's wonderful introduction that set the standards of the feast

On June 8th 2012 I defended my doctoral thesis, and passing the procedure, I received a doctorate of Archtiecture. The end of a journey starting in 2005, it was a challenge, a moment of great joy, and a time of despair. Looking back, I have to express my gratitude most strongly to many. My family; my mother Else, my sisters Anna and Camilla, my brother Hans, their spouses Colin, Martti and Lotta, my nieces and nephews Mathilda, Emma, Max and Jonathan (the photographers), and Amelie, my love, and her parents Bo and Suzanne, and sister Ebba with Pete.All for making this event something that joined professional passions with the most personal issues.

For making the endeavor possible: my professor Örjan, advisor Katja, opponent Mette, chairman Tina, and review board Lars-Henrik, Thomas and Marcus. For the celebration again my family, Amelie, Bo (in charge of the barbecue), Suzanne, Anna-Lisa, Birgitta, and Erik, and collegues Desireé. Erika, Nina, Hamia, Milad and Sander.

For speeches far beyond my expectations; Anna, Örjan, Nina, Bo, Daniel, Marja, Elsa, Ulrika. For making it possible to celebrate in a marvelous spot, Karin and the White Stockholm office. End friends travelling from far; Kjell and Emilia.

For coordinating, providing the atmosphere, and making git all possible; Ulrika, and again Amelie! While the thesis itself exposes little of the joy and sadness of this day, it can be read here. And for absent loved ones; my father and his partner; Svante and Ulla-Britt, sincerely missed and never forgotten.

Michaels Speaks at White and Dsearch

Posted by on February 14, 2011

Michael Speaks at White Arkitekter. Photo: Thomas Zaar

Michael Speaks at White Arkitekter. Photo: Thomas Zaar

We were very happy to have Michael Speaks as a guest at White Arkitekter, in a lunch conversation organized by Dsearch in collaboration with White R&D. The theme was research and design in practice, and Speaks made the interesting statement that universities start to behave like companies, and large companies start to look at knowledge in a similar way as universities. He suggested that there is an urgent need to re-educate experienced architects, and that this can be accomplished by a more innovative mode of practice in addition to classical training. As a concluding remark, he stated that the only remaining value of vanguard architects is the vanguards of practice, the architects that reform the mode of practice itself.

Michael Speaks in KTH studio11

Posted by on February 11, 2011

Michael Speaks in the seminar with students from Perfromative Design and Architectures of Interdisciplinarity

Michael Speaks in the seminar with students from Perfromative Design and Architectures of Interdisciplinarity

As a collaboration between KTH Performative Design studio, we were happy to have Michael Speaks as a guest. The Dean of University of Kentucky, Speaks is previously known for introducing design intelligence as a source of innovation in practice, as well as introducing Dutch architecture to a wider international audience in the 1990s. He gave a public evening lecture at the KTH, and held a seminar with our two studios on the topic of design and research in teaching and practice. The events were organized by myself in collaboration with Daniel Norell of the Performative Design studio.

We were fortunate to receive additional funding from the KTH School of Architecture for this event.

KTH Studio 11 London trip and finals

Posted by on November 5, 2010

Romain Alarcon presenting his project at AKT

Romain Alarcon presenting his project at AKT

To end the first project in the fall of 2010, studio 11 did a study trip to London. Beside facilitating the final review in London at the AKT office, we also did a series of visits to pracitices especially relevant to the studio agenda. This included among others Fosters, Buro Happold, AKT, Aedas and BDSP. In addition, the studio participated in a Grasshopper workshop set up in collaboration with the AA and London Metropolitan University.

Presenting paper at ACSA Flip Your Field

Posted by on October 24, 2010

The ACSA Flip Your Field advert

The ACSA Flip Your Field advert

I presented the paper Cognitive Estrangement in Digital Design Practice at the 2010 ACSA West Central Fall Conference in Chicago. The theme of the year was Flip Your Field, implying to a return to issues explored in architectural research over the past fifteen years in order to define ten opportunities for ideological re-investment with the aim to trade up the discipline. I was part of the Versions panel, and I suggested that there is a need to link speculative design work with global issues in order to not do less experimental work, but rather more, but tied into narratives that opens up the field of exploration.

The paper suggests that there are concepts and definitions within Science Fiction studies that may be useful in order to establish frameworks for this mode of speculative design. This is a trajectory that will be continued in my forthcoming PhD thesis.

Symposium on Contemporary Practice: Beyond the Crisis, KTH-A 19-20/5 2010

Posted by on May 23, 2010

The Contemporary Practice: Beyond the Crisis invited designers, clients, developers, and educators to discuss interdisciplinary challenges affecting the built environment.

Symposium logotype

Symposium logotype

Regional and international speakers with multi-disciplinary backgrounds initiated discussions about: political vision and the built environment (Leadership); specialisation, scale and region (Construction); process, fabrication, education (Design). The initiative supports the Research Cluster Design and Technology for a Sustainable Built Environment launched by the School of Architecture and the Built Environment, KTH, in January 2010.

Among the speakers were Christer Larsson (Director of Development, Malmö), Kristina Alvendal (Vice Mayor at City of Stockholm), Sarah Jackson (Director of Design Review, CABE, UK), Klaus Bode (founding Partner, BDSP, London), Hugh Whitehead (Specialist Modeling Group, Foster and Partners, London), Rikard Espling (Skanska Sweden), Frank Barkow (Barkow Leibinger Arkitekten, Berlin), Erik Stening (Skandinaviska Glassystem, Gothenburg), Neri Oxman (MIT, Cambridge), Ole Gustavsson (Snöhetta, Oslo) and Cristiano Ceccato (Zaha Hadid Architects, London).

The event was organized by Architectural Technologies Research at the KTH School of Architecture, through Tim Anstey, Hanif Kara, Lina Martinsson and Erik Törnkvist, in association with the cross-department Forum for Industrial Building Practices (KTH FIND) and with the support of Stockholms Arkitektförening. I was an advisor on early stages of planning, and a moderator for the second session (with Louise Masreliez), themed: Construction – Specialisation, scale and region.

Presentation at the Bioinspired Forum 15/10 2009

Posted by on October 18, 2009

Background image Claudia White, DIP16

Background image Claudia White, AA DIP16

I presented the work of AA DIP 16 at this event which gathered researchers, entrepreneurs, decision makers and architects for a focused discussion on Biomimetics and Biomimicry in a symposium at KTH Albanova, Stockholm. Additional speakers included Christopher Allen and Denise DeLuca from the Biomimicry Institute, Vincent Bulone and Lars Berglund representing Biomime at KTH, Richard Bonser from the University of Reading, Ulrika Karlsson of Servo and KTH, Antonia Ax:son Johnson as founder of Antonia Ax:son Johnson Foundation for Sustainable Development as well as a number of researchers and representatives from the city of Stockholm. My focus was partly on giving examples of  biomimetic references in the work of the students at AA DIP16, but also to introduce the student design project as a platform for collaboration and a testbed that could prove beneficial to interests outside eduction. My hope is that this event will lead to new collaboration in student work as well as in my own research.

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AA DIP16 Introductions, 28/9 2009

Posted by on October 5, 2009

Jonas Lundberg introducing DIP16

Jonas Lundberg introducing DIP16

We introduced Diploma unit 16 at the Architectural Association at the start of the new year, followed by interviews and student selection. We have a good team and look forward to the coming year. Jonas Lundberg and Andrew Yau will head the unit this year, assisted by Thomas Tong. I will be focusing on the fortcoming AA Agendas publication that will feature the design based research of the unit over the first five years, and do regular London trips for specific unit events.

More on the work of the unit at dip16.net

Hanif Kara at ssark seminar 7/9 2009

Posted by on October 5, 2009

Introducing Hanif Kara

Introducing Hanif Kara

As the third event on this series of open seminars on Architecture, Technology, Media and Communication hosted by the ssark medialab at Scheiwiller Svensson Architects our special guest was Hanif Kara, founding partner of Adams Kara Taylor Engineers in London. He presented the work of the office, with a focus on p.art, the internal concept for setting up innovative collaborations with architects and other disciplines.

Additional presenters were Gunnar Tibert, docent in Flexible Structures at the KTH and his PhD student Seif Dalilsafaei as well as Gustaf Fagerström, architect at KPF and guest lecturer at London Metropolitan University.

These seminars are aimed at establishing a platform for advanced and critical discusisons within architectural practice in Stockholm, based around technology as means of innovation. More than 20 local practices were represented among the guests

Our guests

Our guests

Presentation at Bioinspired Forum, Simrishamn

Posted by on August 20, 2009

presenting at Bioinspired Forum

presenting at Bioinspired Forum

Presenting at Bioinspired Forum

Presenting at Bioinspired Forum

As part of the opening ceremony of the Bioinspired Forum exhibition I presented the work of AA DIP16 together with co-tutor Thomas Tong and students Kengo Skorrick and Claudia White. Additional speakers included Ulrika Karlsson (KTH Perfromative Design studio), Denise DeLuca (Biomimetic Forum) and representatives from Malmö Högskola/K3 and 1scale1 interaction designers.

While the presentation introduced the projects developed, the focus was on the specific approach and methodology of the unit, including prototyping, the use of biomimetic principles and the starting point in material systems.