• Lord Palumbo

    Lord Palumbo

    Lord Peter Palumbo was Chairman of the Trustees of the Serpentine Gallery from 1994-2014. He became Chairman of the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2004. Lord Palumbo was Chancellor of the University of Portsmouth from 1992-2007, and he is Adviser Emeritus to the Board of Governors of Whitgift School, Croydon. Since 1977, he has been a Trustee of the Mies van der Rohe Archive at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. He has served as a Trustee of the Tate Gallery (1978-1985), Chairman of the Tate Gallery Foundation (1986-1997) Trustee of the Whitechapel Art Gallery Foundation (1981-1987), Chairman of the Arts Council of Great Britain (1989-1994) and Trustee of the Natural History Museum (1994-2004).

    He has a particular interest in architecture and has commissioned works by Mies van der Rohe, Sir James Stirling, Lord Rogers, Zaha Hadid, and Quinlan Terry. He was responsible for the development at Number 1 Poultry in the City of London by Sir James Stirling. He was educated at Eton College and holds an MA in Law from Worcester College, Oxford.
  • Georges Arbid

    Georges Arbid

    Georges Arbid is one of the founding members of the Arab Center for Architecture (ACA), the mission of which is to raise awareness about architecture and urbanism in civil society and to provide a public forum for debating the present and future of architecture and cities. He has edited numerous publications produced by ACA, chiefly the Heritage of Urban and Architectural Modernities in the Arab World, published by the UNESCO World Heritage Center, and Architecture from the Arab World (1914-2014) a Selection published jointly by the Ministry of Culture of Bahrain and the ACA.

    In addition to designing a number of buildings in Lebanon, Arbid taught for 14 years at the Académie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts (ALBA) before taking up his current position as Associate Professor at AUB, where he currently teaches design, regional architecture and the history of modern architecture. Over the years, Arbid has conducted research on modern architecture in Lebanon and has lectured widely. He has worked on a number of projects involving schools, shops, and family residences, in which he transcends the traditional-versus-modern predicament. A walk through the Elie Salem House in Bterram in Koura, designed by Arbid in association with F. Dagher, reveals the architect's approach, where the warm stone of the original renovated family structure operates in dynamic dialogue with the modern extension.
  • Farès El-Dahdah

    Farès El-Dahdah

    Dr. Farès el-Dahdah is Professor of the Humanities and Director of the Humanities Research Center (HRC). He studied at the Rhode Island School of Design (BFA, '86; BArch '87) and at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design (MAUD '89; DDes '92). Dr. El-Dahdah's books include Roberto Burle Marx: The Modernity of Landscape, Lucio Costa, Arquiteto, and A Doce Revolução de Oscar Niemeyer. He also participated in Utopías Urbanas: Geopolíticas del Deseo en América Latina, Shaping the City, Brasília - Fortuna Crítica, Razão e Ambiente among others. His articles have appeared in ANY, Architecture Magazine, Arquitectura Viva, Assemblage, Cite, Casabella, Docomomo Journal, Future Anterior, Minha Cidade and ReVista.

    He is currently writing a book on Lucio Costa's 1957 Pilot Plan project for Brasilia. In his creative practice, Dr. El-Dahdah has co-designed and co-curated exhibitions for the

    National Museums in Brasilia and Beirut. Since 2001, his research has primarily focused on Brazil's modern architecture and more recently, on the spatial and social evolution of Rio de Janeiro, for which he is co-developing a digital atlas spanning the city's history. His research projects have been supported by grants from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Graham Foundation and the Getty Foundation. He has also been the recipient of fellowships from the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, the Canadian Center for Architecture and Harvard's Graduate School of Design.

    Dr. El-Dahdah serves on the board of Casa de Lucio Costa and Fundação Oscar Niemeyer, the archives of which he has helped organize and describe. As HRC's director, he is responsible for identifying, encouraging and funding the research projects of faculty, visiting scholars and graduate and undergraduate students, while conducting new initiatives in the humanities and beyond.
  • Rodolphe El-Khoury

    Rodolphe El-Khoury

    Dr. Rodolphe El-Khoury is Dean of the University of Miami School of Architecture. Before coming to UMSoA in July, 2014, he had served as Canada Research Chair and Director of Urban Design at the University of Toronto, Head of Architecture at the California College of the Arts and Associate Professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He has taught at Columbia University, the Rhode Island School of Design and Princeton. After earning a Bachelor of Architecture and Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design, he obtained a Master of Science in Architecture from MIT and a Ph.D. from Princeton.
    Dr. El-Khoury trained as an historian and a practitioner and continues to divide his time between scholarship and design. As a partner in Khoury Levit Fong (KLF), his award-winning projects include designs for Beirut Martyr's Square (AIA San Francisco), Stratford Market Square (Boston Society of Architecture) and the Shenzhen Museum of Contemporary Art (AIA Cleveland). His books on Eighteenth Century European architecture include The Little House, An Architectural Seduction and See Through Ledoux; Architecture Theatre and the Pursuit of Transparency. Books on contemporary architecture and urbanism include Monolithic Architecture, Architecture in Fashion, States of Architecture in the Twenty-first Century: New Directions from the Shanghai Expo and Figures: Essays on Contemporary Architecture.

    His current research in architecture focuses on applications for information technology aimed at enhanced responsiveness and sustainability in buildings and smart cities. He is also working on the application of robotics and embedded technology in architecture in projects and prototypes for interactive and responsive environments, including immersive environments and multi-sensory architecture. With the tools and resources of RAD-UM, his lab at UMSoA, he aims to put every brick online and believes that embedded technology empowers networked environments to better address the environmental and social challenges we face today.

    Articles on his projects and research have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star and WIRED Magazine. He was also featured online (Gizmodo, DeZeen, Fast Company, Domus, Reuters) and on television and radio shows (CBC, Space Channel, NBC, TFO, BBC World), speaking about the Internet of Things and importance of connectivity. His work in this area is documented in The Living, Breathing, Thinking Responsive Buildings of the Future (Thames and Hudson, 2012). His 2013 TEDxToronto talk on Designing for the Internet of Things has been viewed more than 15,000 times.
  • Lamia Joreige

    Lamia Joreige

    Lamia Joreige is a visual artist and filmmaker who lives and works in Beirut. She uses archival documents and fictitious elements to reflect on the relation between individual stories and collective history. She explores the possibilities of representation of the Lebanese wars and their aftermath and Beirut, a city at the center of her imagery. Her work is essentially on Time, recordings of its traces and its effects on us.

    She is the author of an art book, Time and the Other (2014) and a collection of short fiction, 2004 & Içi et peut-être ailleurs (2003). She has work in the permanent collection of the Tate Modern and exhibited at numerous events and venues including MATHAF (Doha), Harvard University, the Carpenter Center (Cambridge, Massachusetts) for the Visual Arts, Parsons The New School (New York), the National Museum and Art Center Reina Sofia (Madrid), the Asian Art Biennale, the Sharjah Biennale, the Pratt Manhattan Gallery, the International Center of Photography, Gallery Tanit (Munich), the Goteborg Biennial, the Venice Biennial, the Seville Biennial, the Museum of Contemporary Art (Denmark), Modern Art Oxford and the House of World Cultures (Berlin)

    Joreige also presented her work at various film festivals and venues, amongst them The Tate Britain and the Tate Modern, the Paris Cinema, Les Rencontres Internationales, The Images Festival in Toronto, Harvard and Columbia Universities, The Rotterdam International Film Festival, the Mediterranean Festival of Cinema in Montpellier and Ayam Beirut al Cinema'ya in Lebanon.

    She was a resident artist at Delfina Studio and was part of the Edgware Road Project organized by the Serpentine Gallery in London.

    She is a co-founder and co-director of the Beirut Art Center (BAC), a unique non-profit space dedicated to Contemporary art in Lebanon.
  • Rem Koolhaas

    Rem Koolhaas

    Rem Koolhaas is widely regarded as one of the most important architectural thinkers and urbanists of his generation. In 2000, he won the Pritzker Prize and was included in Time's list of the World's Most Influential People in 2008.

    Koolhaas is a Professor in the Practice of Architecture and Urban Design at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. After having studied at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London and at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, he returned to London to open his firm, OMA, which was soon joined by Zaha Hadid. The group worked on a series of highly conceptual, predominantly un-built projects like the Dutch Parliament Building in The Hague.

    During this period, Koolhaas wrote Delirious New York, an urbanist manifesto that would come to define his future architectural strategy. The book is considered an essential piece of the architectural canon. Following Hadid's departure, OMA was commissioned to design the building for the Netherlands Dance Theatre in the Hague, which was completed in 1987 and is a manifestation of many of the ideas from Delirious New York. OMA later completed the renowned residential projects of Villa Dall'Ava in 1991 and Maison Bordeaux in 1999. OMA founded an architectural think-tank and research group named AMO in 1999. AMO contributed to stores and runway shows for Prada.

    OMA later designed the IIT-McCormick Tribune Center in Chicago in 2001, the Seattle Central Library in 2004, the Casa da Musica in Porto in 2005 and the Wyly Theater in Dallas in 2009. Since then, Koolhaas has had a hand in designing buildings worldwide, including the CCTV Headquarters in Beijing, the De Rotterdam, the Millstein Hall at Cornell University and the Fondazione Prada in Milan.

    In 2005, he co-founded Volume Magazine together with Mark Wigley and Ole Bouman. With the extensive list of acclaimed alumni OMA, it is not a stretch to call Rem Koolhaas the godfather of contemporary architecture. Equal parts theorist and designer, in his 40-year career he has revolutionized the way architects view the interaction of space and continues today to design buildings that push the capabilities of architecture to new places.
  • Hans-Ulrich Obrist

    Hans-Ulrich Obrist

    Hans-Ulrich Obrist is Artistic Director of the Serpentine Galleries, London. Prior to this, he was Curator of the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. Since his first show World Soup (The Kitchen Show) in 1991, he has curated more than 300 exhibitions. Most notable amongst these are the Do It series (1993-), which has evolved into 50 different manifestations, Take Me (I'm Yours) in London (1995) and Paris (2015); and the Swiss Pavilion at the 14th International Architecture Biennale in Venice (2014). Obrist has also co-curated the Cities on The Move series (1996-2000), Laboratorium (1999); the operatic group exhibition Il Tempo del Postino in Manchester (2007) and Basel (2009), and The 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 Rooms series (2011-). His Art of Handwriting project, which casts a light on the disappearance of handwriting in the digital age, is currently taking place on Instagram and Twitter (@hansulrichobrist).

    Obrist co-founded the 89+ research project in 2012, which was conceived as a mapping of the digitally native generation of innovators born in or after 1989. The research has been presented through conferences and exhibitions including the 2015 show Filter Bubble at LUMA Westbau in Zurich, and Poetry Will Be Made By All! for After Babel at the Moderna Museet in Stockholm.

    In 2009, Obrist was made Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), in 2011 he received the CCS Bard Award for Curatorial Excellence and in 2015, he was awarded the International Folkwang Prize. He has lectured internationally at academic and art institutions, and is contributing editor to several magazines and journals. His recent publications include A Brief History of Curating (2008) Do It: The Compendium (2013), Mapping it Out (2014), Ways of Curating (2015), Lives of the Artists, Lives of Architects (2015), as well as new volumes of his Conversation series.
  • Dame Julia Peyton-Jones

    Dame Julia Peyton-Jones

    Dame Julia Peyton-Jones DBE was the co-director of the Serpentine Gallery until 2016. She studied painting at the Royal College of Art, after which she was an art lecturer at the Edinburgh College of Art. In 1988, she became a curator at the Hayward Gallery and later, the director of the Serpentine Galleries in 1991. In 1998, she oversaw a major refurbishment of the gallery. In 2000, she inaugurated the annual Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, a project that invites an architect who has previously never been commissioned to work in the United Kingdom to create a temporary structure at the Gallery. The first pavilion was designed by Dame Zaha Hadid and subsequent pavilions have been designed by Ai Weiwei, Jean Nouvel, and Oscar Niemeyer.

    Dame Julia Peyton-Jones was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2003 Birthday Honours for services to the Art and Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in the 2016 Birthday Honours for services to the Arts.

    In 2013, she oversaw the expansion of the Serpentine into a second building, the Serpentine Sackler Gallery, located in a Grade-II listed building, which was originally used for gunpowder storage and which has an extension by the architect Zaha Hadid.
  • Lord Richard Rogers

    Lord Richard Rogers

    After attending Architectural Association in London, Lord Richard Rogers studied in the United States at Yale University.

    Lord Rogers is currently a senior Partner at Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners. As one of the leading architects of the British High-Tech movement, he stands out as among the most innovative and distinctive architects of a generation. In 1977, he collaborated with Renzo Piano on one of the most famous buildings of our time, the Centre Georges Pompidou, an example of a trademark Rogers technique where the building services are in full view, known as ‘Bowellism’. The Centre Georges Pompidou is widely recognized as a defining moment in the history of museum design, as its unpretentious and futuristic design was intended to break down the elitist aura that often surrounded museums. In 1986, he went on to design a treasured landmark in London, the Lloyd's Building, bringing a high-tech architectural aesthetic to the Medieval financial district of London.

    In the 1990s, Lord Rogers became involved in British politics, with a seat in the House of Lords as a Labour Peer under the title of Baron Rogers of Riverside. This led to an invitation by the government to set up the Urban Task Force, which in 1998 conducted a review into the causes of urban decay and outlined a vision for the future of British Cities in the paper Towards an Urban Renaissance. He also served for several years as chair of the Greater London Authority panel for Architecture and Urbanism, as well as chair of the board of Trustees of The Architecture Foundation. For 8 years, he was chief adviser on architecture and urbanism for the Mayor of London.

    In more recent years, he has continued to produce work of great merit, such as the Millennium Dome which was completed in 1999 and Tower 3 of the new World Trade Center in New York. He won the Stirling Prize in 2006 and 2009, the Pritzker Prize in 2007 and the ULI J.C Nichols Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development in 2015.