Alumnus of the Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts in Paris and the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées, Edouard François has been an architect and urban planner since 1986.He established his own architectural, urban planning, and design studio in 1998. His career was launched with various projects, including “The Building that Grows” in Montpellier (2000) and the “Flower Tower” in Paris (2004).
Edouard François has taught in schools around the world, including the Architectural Association in London, the Ecole Spéciale d’Architecture in Paris and the Design Academy in Eindhoven. His work can be found in the permanent collections of the Pompidou Centre and the FRAC Centre, and has been regularly exhibited internationally, including the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal, the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, and the Venice Architecture Biennale. His work has also been exhibited in Germany, Belgium, Lebanon, India, Brazil, and China. In 2011, Edouard François was elected Creator of the Year and the Royal Institute of British Architects also named him an honorary member for his contribution to international architecture (Int. Fellow RIBA). In 2012, he was named Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres by the French Minister of Culture.
Beatrice Galilee (*1982, London) is a London-based curator, writer, critic, consultant and lecturer of contemporary architecture and design. She is the chief curator of Close, Closer, the 2013 Lisbon Architecture Triennale and curator at Milan Design Week, Gwangju Design Biennale and Shenzhen Hong Kong Biennale. She was architecture editor of Icon magazine and is a regular contributor and critic for international publications, including Italian magazine Domus. In 2010 Beatrice co-founded The Gopher Hole, an independent exhibition and event space in London and she teaches as part of the Spatial Practices department at Central St Martins university in London.
Fabrizio Gallanti is the Associate Director Programs at the CCA in Montréal since 2011. Architect trained at the University of Genoa, Italy (1995) he received a doctoral degree in architectural design from the Politecnico di Torino (2001). In 1993 he was a founding member of gruppo A12, a collective of architects dedicated to architectural design and art, based in Genoa and Milan, before starting a professional partnership with Francisca Insulza in 2003. He worked for the Triennale di Milano, where he curated the lecture series “multiplicity. a collection of sites” (1999—2000). He has curated the Festival Urbania in Bologna, in 2009, and the international seminar ArchiLiFe, Le LiFE in Saint Nazaire in 2010.
He received fellowships from the Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart (1997) and Canon Foundation in Tokyo (2001). Between 2002 and 2006 he was the jury chairman of the Akademie Schloss Solitude.
He practiced architecture in Santiago, Chile, between 2002 and 2006, where he was Associate Professor of architecture at the Pontificia Universidad Católica, and Professor at the Universidad Diego Portales and Universidad Nacional Andres Bello. Between 2008 and 2010 he taught architecture design at the Politecnico di Milano Facoltà di Architettura Ambientale in Piacenza. Between 2007 and 2011 he was the architecture consultant to the editor in chief of Abitare magazine and the editor of the Abitare web-site. His writings have been published in magazines such as 32, A+U, Abitare, CLOG, Domus, Il giornale dell’architettura and San Rocco. He runs the blog Framing Ark, dedicated to the relationship between architecture and art (http://framingark.blogspot.ca).
Christien Meindertsma explores the life of products and raw materials. For her first book, Checked Baggage (2004), Christien purchased a container filled with a week’s worth of objects confiscated at security checkpoints in Schiphol Airport after 9/11. She meticulously categorized all 3267 items and photographed them on a white seamless background. Christien’s second book, PIG 05049 (2007), is an extensive collection of photographic images that documents an astounding array of products that different parts of an anonymous pig called 05049 could support. With this book, Christien reveals lines that link raw materials with producers, products and consumers that have become so invisible in an increasingly globalized world.
With her designs Christien Meindertsma aims to regain understanding of processes that have become so distant in industrialization. Her work has been exhibited in MOMA (New York), The V&A (London) and the Cooper Hewitt Design museum (New York). For her book PIG 05049 she won three Dutch Design Awards (2008) as well as an Index award (2009). Christien graduated from the Eindhoven Design Academy in 2003.
Photo: Vincent Mentzel
Lyndon Neri is a Founding Partner of Neri&Hu Design and Research Office, a multi-disciplinary award-winning architectural design practice based in Shanghai, China. Neri&Hu works internationally providing architecture, interior, master planning, graphic, and product design services. Lyndon Neri also founded Design Republic, a design platform which promotes and retails a unique collection of products created by the world’s best furniture design talents. Aside from Architecture and Interiors, Lyndon Neri is actively working on a number of industrial design products for various brands in Europe including MOOOI, LEMA, Classicon, Gandia Blasco, Stellar Works, Meritalia and BD Barcelona Design, and at the same time, they are developing their own product line under the monicker brand ‘neri&hu’, which was honored to receive the Perspective Awards, the Red Dot Award and I.D. magazine’s Annual Design Review Awards.
Prior to founding both Neri&Hu Design and Research Office and Design Republic, Lyndon Neri was the director for projects in Asia for Michael Graves & Associates. Lyndon Neri received his BA in architecture at the University of California at Berkeley and his MA in architecture at Harvard University.Academically, Mr. Neri has been actively involved in teaching and research. He taught at Department of Architecture of The University of Hong Kong Graduate School together with his partner Rossana Hu. He served as an active visiting critic for design schools in the U.S. such as Princeton University, Harvard Graduate School of Design, University of California at Berkeley, and Syracuse University.