Programme Directors

Medine Altiok a German-Turkish architect graduated from the AA in 2000. She is the founder of MOCA Office for Culture and Architecture based in Zurich and initiator of a series of research projects dealing with cultural, political and economic changes in the Mediterranean. She has been teaching at ETH Zurich since 2005 with Momoyo Kaijima (Atelier Bow Wow, Tokyo) and Prof. Felix Claus (Claus en Kaan, Amsterdam). Together with Stephanie Tunka, she is programme director of the AA Visiting School Mittelmeerland series.

Stephanie Tunka graduated in 2001. After that she collaborated with Mecanoo Architects and TU Delft in the Netherlands. In 2006 she moved to London to join Foster + Partners. Over 10 years, she designed and realized various projects dealing with a contextual approach, different urban densities and innovative environmental concepts for waterfronts in Europe, North Africa and America. Together with Medine Altiok, she is programme director of the AA Visiting School Mittelmeerland series.

Partners, Tutors and Local Collaborators

Christopher Pierce is an Intermediate Unit Master at the AA, director of the AA’s Visiting School and writes widely on seventeenth- and eighteenthcentury drawings as well as contemporary building criticism. He studied at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and gained a PhD from the University of Edinburgh. Among his recent publications are essays on Ron Arad’s Design Museum, ‘In Praise of the Harpoon’ (Log, 2010); EMBT’s Shanghai Pavilion, ‘Chinese Whispers’ (Urban Flux, 2010); and, with Tom Weaver, ‘In Conversation with Léon Krier’ (AA Files, 2010). He formed Mis- Architecture with Christopher Matthews in 2000.

Shany Barath is a registered architect and the co-founder of SHaGa Studio. She received her degree in architecture from the TUDelft faculty of architecture in the Netherlands [with Hons], and her M.Arch. in design and computation from the Architectural Association in London. Shany has practiced architecture with Ben van-Berkel_UNStudio(Amsterdam), and Adriaan Geuze_ West 8(Rotterdam), and has been teaching at the Architectural Association since 2009.

John Palmesino and Ann-Sofi Rönnskog are architects and urbanists. They have established Territorial Agency, an independent organisation that combines architecture, analysis, advocacy and action for integrated spatial transformation of contemporary territories. John is Research Advisor at the Design Department of the Jan van Eyck Academie in Maastricht. He is researching for his PhD at the Research Architecture Centre at Goldsmiths, where he also teaches. He has previously been Head of Research at ETH Studio Basel / Contemporary City Institute and has co-founded Multiplicity, an international research network. Ann-Sofi was previously a researcher at ETH Studio Basel, she has studied in Helsinki, Copenhagen and Zurich.


Ruedi Baur studied graphic design at the Zurich School of Applied Arts. In 1989 he opened his office, Integral Concept, now a group of five independent studios that often work jointly on cross-disciplinary projects. Intégral Ruedi Baur has been working on 2 and 3-dimensional projects within the different fields of visual communication: identity, orientation and information programs, exhibition design, and urban design. Ruedi Baur teaches at Luxun Academy of Shenyang and the Central Academy of Beijing in China, at the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs de Paris (ENSAD) in France and at the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste (ZHdK) in Switzerland. He is founding partner of the new institute Civic City.

Bureau E.A.S.T. is a collaborative design practice based in Los Angeles, Toronto, and Fez, Morocco. Founded by Aziza Chaouni and Takako Tajima, Bureau E.A.S.T. is a collective of architects, landscape architects, urban designers, planners, and engineers. The firm has been recognized with top awards for both the Global and Regional (Africa and the Middle East) competition from the Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction, the Architectural League of New York Young Architects Award, and the American Society of Landscape Architects Design Awards among others.

Nikolina Muza is a young graduate from the Faculty of Architecture in Zagreb. Her master thesis investigated into the development possibilities of Gorski Kotar within the context of the scientific project HiperCroatia. Nikolina has collaborated in many international workshops with the latest being the AA Visiting School Mittelmeerland in Dubrovnik. Her special interests are in regional development, architectural anthropology and mapping.




He holds a Ph.D. in Architecture and Master in Urban Design. He has an international professional and advanced research experience in environment; housing and urban design in Europe and also overseas, mainly in Latin America. Since 2007 he teaches Sustainable Architecture at the Welsh School of Architecture (WSA), UK. In addition, he leads an NGO called RECICLARQ in Barcelona: and Ecofabrica

Sumita Sinha is an ecological architect who has worked in India, Venezuela, Serbia, France, Spain and the United Kingdom. Recently she has set up Charushila, a small charity promoting culturally appropriate sustainable architecture. She is the course leader of the MA Architecture of Rapid Change and Scarce Resources at the London Metropolitan University. Sumita is the founder of Architects for Change, the Equality Forum at the Royal Institute of British Architects, and past Chair of Women in Architecture.



Omar Belbachir, Imad Dahmani, Lahbib El Moumni


Omar Belbachir, Joris de Baes, Imad Dahmani, Derek Irwin, Iva Jelincic, Morana Mazuran, Omar Moulay Boudda, Lahbib El Moumni, Issam El Mousghi, Ramu Nagabathani, Sidmou Nouha, Joel Valencia Paredes, Gunnar Ploner. Dennis Pohl, Fabian Ruegmer, Lion Schreiber, Fatim Benhamza Zahra, Fatine Zahri