Eyal Weizman | Principal Investigator
Eyal Weizman is an architect, Professor of Spatial and Visual Cultures, and Director of the Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths, University of London. He is a founding member of the architectural collective DAAR in Beit Sahour/Palestine. His books include Mengele’s Skull (with Thomas Keenan at Sterenberg Press, 2012), Forensic Architecture (dOCUMENTA13 notebook, 2012), The Least of All Possible Evils (Nottetempo 2009, Verso 2011), Hollow Land (Verso, 2007), A Civilian Occupation (Verso, 2003), the series Territories 1, 2 and 3, Yellow Rhythms and many articles in journals, magazines and edited books. He has worked with a variety of NGOs worldwide, and was a member of the B’Tselem board of directors. He lectured, curated and organised conferences in many institutions worldwide.
Christina Varvia | Research Coordinator
Christina Varvia is an architect, researcher and the Research Coordinator at Forensic Architecture. She has graduated from the Architectural Association with a previous degree from Westminster University. Her previous research includes studies on digital media and memory as well as the perception of the physical environment through scanning and imaging technologies, research that she deploys through time-based media. After having worked in architectural practice, Christina joined the Forensic Architecture team in 2014, where she developed methodologies and undertook video analysis that lead to the Rafah: Black Friday report, unpacking one day of war in Gaza, 2014. She has since coordinated the Saydnaya: Inside a Syrian torture prison project, FA’s Venice Biennale participation, as well as other projects and exhibitions.
Samaneh Moafi | Researcher & Project Coordinator
Samaneh Moafi is an architect, researcher and Project coordinator, who has been working with Forensic Architecture since 2013. She is a PhD candidate at The Architectural Association, and has taught and continues to teach design studios and communication workshops in universities such as the The Royal College of Arts, The Bartlett School of Architecture (UCL), The Architectural Association and The University of Technology, Sydney.
Stefan Laxness | Researcher & Project Coordinator
Stefan Laxness is an architect, researcher and Project Coordinator at Forensic Architecture. Having previously worked in architectural practice, Stefan joined the Forensic Architecture team in 2016 and has since worked on analysing and modelling airstrikes in the Middle East as well as the modelling of sites from witness testimony.
Francesco Sebregondi | Research Fellow
Francesco Sebregondi is an architect, a researcher, and a graduate from the Centre for Research Architecture. Since 2011, he has been a Research Fellow at Forensic Architecture and was formerly a Project Coordinator (2013-2015). Francesco is the architect of the on-going PATTRN project – an open-source tool for data-driven, participatory fact-mapping designed to be used in the fields of conflict monitoring, human rights, or citizen journalism. In 2014-15, he coordinated the Gaza Platform project, in partnership with Amnesty International. Between 2013 and 2015, he taught in the School of Architecture at the Royal College of Art, on the topic of “architecture and activism”. As of 2015, Francesco is a doctoral candidate at the Centre for Research Architecture, Goldsmiths University of London.
Nick Axel | Researcher
Nick Axel has been working with Forensic Architecture since 2014 and contributed to Nakba Day Killings and Rafah: Black Friday with research, coordination, editing and interactive design. In 2015, he worked on The Gaza Transcripts, a project studio at Bauhaus-Universität Weimar and the Centre for Documentary Architecture. Nick graduated from the Centre for Research Architecture in 2014 with distinction, where he conducted geographical, legal and financial research into the deregulation of hydraulic fracturing in the United States. In addition to his work at Forensic Architecture, Nick is Managing Editor at Volume magazine.
Hannah Meszaros Martin | Research Fellow
Hannah Meszaros Martin is an artist, writer, and current CHASE funded PhD candidate at the Centre for Research Architecture. Her work focuses on non-human criminality and environmental violence in the context of the ongoing armed conflict in Colombia. She was a part of the Modelling Kivalina group which exhibited at the House of World Cultures (HKW), Berlin, as a part of Forensic Architecture’s exhibition and contributed to FORENSIS (Sternberg, 2014). She has exhibited solo work in Medellín, London, and documenta(13). She has published with Open Democracy and Different Skies, a publication that she co-founded in 2012.
Ana Naomi de Sousa | Researcher
Ana Naomi de Sousa is a documentary filmmaker, journalist and writer. She is the director of The Architecture of Violence; Hacking Madrid; Angola, Birth of a Movement; and Guerrilla Architect. As an in-house producer for Al Jazeera English, she worked in the Americas, the Middle East and Africa. Her work is concerned with activism, memory, architecture, geography, and popular culture. She writes for Al Jazeera English and The Guardian among others. For Forensic Architecture she works on film, media, storytelling and narrative.
Susan Schuppli | Senior Research Fellow
Susan Schuppli is a media artist and cultural theorist who is currently Acting Director of the Centre for Research Architecture, Goldsmiths University of London where she also received her doctorate in 2009. Previously she participated in the Whitney Independent Study Program and completed her MFA at the University of California San Diego. Her creative projects have been exhibited throughout Canada, the US, Korea, Australia, and in Europe. Recent and upcoming projects include HKW, Casino Luxembourg, Artliner WTP, Stroom Den Haag, Shanghai Biennale. She is on the editorial board of the journal SITE (Stockholm) and her written work has appeared in Cabinet, Photoworks, Architectural Design, Borderlands, Cosmos and History, Memory Studies, Photographies, Ciel Variable, Mute, Yale University Press, Academia Press, Sternberg Press, Black Dog, and Cambridge. She is currently working on the book Material Witness (MIT Press 2015) which was the subject of an experimental documentary.
Shela Sheikh | Research Fellow & Publications Coordinator
Shela Sheikh is a theorist and editor with a PhD from the Department of History, Goldsmiths. While part of the Forensic Architecture team, Shela was also a lecturer in the Department of Visual Cultures, Goldsmiths. Since 2014 she has been a lecturer in the Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths, where she convenes the MA Postcolonial Cultures and Global Policy, and the ‘Globalism, Activism, Art’ strand of PhD research. Her research spans continental philosophy, post- and decolonial studies, environmental humanities, theatre and performance studies, and visual cultures, with an emphasis on the concepts and practices of witnessing and testimony. She is currently working on a monograph about the phenomenon of martyr video-testimonies, predominantly through a deconstructive lens, and a research project around colonialism, botany and the politics of planting.
Paulo Tavares | Research Fellow
Paulo Tavares has been exhibited in various venues worldwide, most recently at BAK – basis voor actuele kunst, ZMK Center for Art and Media, Haus de Kulturen der Welt, PROA-Buenos Aires, and Taipei Biennial. Tavares has collaborated with many international publications and has lectured widely at different contexts and locations, including ETH-Zurich; Pérez Art Museum Miami; Haus de Kulturen der Welt (Berlin); São Paulo Biennale, Ireland Biennale and Mercosul Biennale.
He teaches design studio and spatial theory at the School of Architecture, Design and Arts of the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador in Quito, and is currently a visiting scholar at the School of Architecture at Princeton University. Prior to that, Tavares taught at the Centre for Research Architecture – Goldsmiths, University of London, acting as the coordinator of the MA programme. He is a fellow researcher at the project Forensic Architecture.
Lawrence Abu Hamdan | Researcher
Lawrence Abu Hamdan is a London-based artist and researcher. His work explores the legal status of the voice. His solo exhibitions include “The Freedom of Speech Itself” (2012) at The Showroom, London, “Aural Contract: The Whole Truth” (2012) at Casco, Utrecht, and most recently “Tape Echo”(2013) at Beirut in Cairo. He is currently a PhD candidate in Research Architecture at Goldsmiths.
Pierre-François Gerard | Researcher
Pierre-François Gerard has completed a Masters in Architecture at the Free University of Brussels. He went on to investigate the field of Information and Communication Science with a focus on interactive storytelling at the Université of Valencienne in France. Since 2002, he has been working as a 3D visualiser with architects and designers in both Brussels and London. Through his practice, he realised the potential of 3D visualisation techniques as a distinct creative force in the design process. Pierre-François’ ongoing research interests lie in developing virtual learning environments in the spirit of the memory palaces of the ancient Greeks. Through the lens of architecture and spatial cognition, using virtual reality and machine learning, he is exploring ways to enhance human cognitive abilities for knowledge construction. He is currently a PhD candidate in Computing at Goldsmiths, University of London.
Originally from Geneva, Charles Heller completed a Masters in International Studies at Goldsmiths, University of London and graduated in Fine Arts from the Ecole Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Geneva. Over the last few years his work has mainly focused on the politics of migration and the politicity of art and media. He is currently producing video and spatial evidence of non-assistance to migrants at sea during NATO’s intervention in Libya. He is working towards a PhD in Research Architecture at Goldsmiths.
Lorenzo Pezzani | Researcher
Lorenzo Pezzani is an architect, a researcher, and a PhD candidate at the Centre for Research Architecture, Goldsmiths. His work focuses on spatial politics, human rights and media.
Jacob Burns | Researcher
Jacob Burns is a writer and researcher who joined Forensic Architecture to work on Drone Strikes and now focuses on the group’s work in Gaza. He was the DAAR winter resident in 2015.
Anselm Franke | Research Fellow and Curator
Anselm Franke is a curator and writer based in Berlin. Since 2013 he has been Head of Visual Art and Film at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin. His project Animism was presented in different versions in Antwerp, Bern (2010), Vienna (2011), Berlin and at e-flux, New York (2012). Franke has edited numerous publications and regularly contributes articles to magazines such as Metropolis M, e-flux journal, and Parkett. He was also the curator of the 2012 Taipei Biennial. At the HKW, he curated The Whole Earth (2013) with Diedrich Diederichsen, After Year Zero (2013) with Annett Busch, and Forensis (2014) with Eyal Weizman.
Thomas Keenan | Research Fellow
Thomas Keenan teaches media theory, literature, and human rights at Bard College, where he directs the Human Rights Project and helped create the first undergraduate degree program in human rights in the United States. He is the author of Fables of Responsibility (1997) and, with Eyal Weizman, Mengele’s Skull (2012). He is co-editor, with Wendy Chun, of New Media, Old Media (2006, 2nd ed. 2015), and, with Tirdad Zolghadr, of The Human Snapshot (2013). Flood of Rights, co-edited with Suhail Malik and Tirdad Zolghadr, is forthcoming in 2016. He curated “Antiphotojournalism” with Carles Guerra (2010–11), and “Aid and Abet” (2011). He has served on the boards of a number of human rights organisations and journals, including WITNESS, Scholars at Risk, the Crimes of War Project, the Journal of Human Rights, and Humanity.
Territorial Agency | Research Fellows
Territorial Agency, founded by architects and urbanists John Palmesino and Ann-Sofi Rönnskog in 2007, is an independent organisation that innovatively promotes and works for sustainable and integrated territorial transformations. Their practice combines architecture, analysis, advocacy and action, and often brings together multiple stakeholders from international organisations, to local, national governments and private actors. Amongst their projects is NORTH, a multidisciplinary research into the shifting geopolitical conditions of the Arctic and Subarctic regions, which focuses on the relation between political, spatial and territorial dimensions of the changing environments in the High North. Territorial Agency has further designed, for example, the first integrated vision of the Markermeer addressing the changing dynamics of the Netherlands’ fifth largest polder and its surroundings.
Adrian Lahoud | Research Fellow
Adrian Lahoud is an architect, urban designer and researcher. Through private practice, teaching, and doctoral research, he explores the disputed, conflicting and often paradoxical transformation of cities. Adrian has nine years experience teaching in architecture and urban design programs. A regular contributor to academic and mainstream architectural publications, in 2010 he co-edited a special issue of Architectural Design titled Post-traumatic Urbanism featuring Slavoj Zizek. Forthcoming in 2012 are two books, Project for the Mediterranean and Spatial Organization in Architecture and the City, a diagrammatic analysis of experimental architectural and urban design work. His professional experience has moved across a broad range of scales and disciplines including architecture, art, urban design and landscape. Most recently his work has been exhibited at the Prague Quadrennial (2011) and in Korea at the Design Biennale Gwanju (2011) co-curated by Ai Weiwei.
Alessandro Petti | Research Fellow
Alessandro Petti is an architect and researcher in urbanism, founding member and co-director of DAAR, an architectural office and an artistic residency program that combines conceptual speculations and architectural interventions. Alongside research and practice, Petti is engaged in critical pedagogy, he is the founding member of Campus in Camps an experimental educational program hosted in Dheisheh refugee camp Bethlehem. He has written on the emerging spatial order dictated by the paradigm of security and control in Archipelagos and enclaves (Bruno Mondadori, Milan 2007) and more recently he co-authored the book Architecture after Revolution (Sternberg, Berlin 2014) an invitation to rethink today’s struggles for justice and equality not only from the historical perspective of revolution, but also from that of a continued struggle for decolonisation. Awarded with the Price Claus Prize for Architecture, nominated for Visible Award, the Anni and Heinrich Sussmann Artist Award, the Curry Stone Design Price, the New School’s Vera List Center Prize for Art and Politics, and the Chrnikov Prize and recipient of the Foundation for Art initiatives grant.
Srdjan Jovanovic Weiss | Research Fellow
Srdjan Jovanovic Weiss is a Serbian-born architect and theorist living and working in New York City. He currently teaches at Columbia and Penn universities. He holds the PhD from the Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths, University of London. His book Almost Architecture explores complex politics of architecture in the context of emerging democracy in Serbia during the crisis years of the 1990s.
Ayesha Hameed | Research Fellow
Ayesha Hameed is the Joint Programme Leader in Fine Art and History of Art in the Department of Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London. Her practice includes performance, video and writing, and examines borders, migration and detention. Publications include contributions to Photoworks, Place: Location and Belonging in New Media Contexts and Tate ETC and future exhibitions include group exhibitions with the Forensic Architecture Project at the House of World Cultures in Berlin.
Nabil Ahmed | Researcher
Nabil Ahmed is a contemporary visual artist, writer , researcher, and musician. His work and various collaborative projects have been presented internationally including at The Centre for Possible Studies Serpentine Gallery, Barbican, Resonance FM, CCA Glasgow, Tate Modern, Nottingham Contemporary, no.w.here, South Asian Visual Arts Centre (SAVAC) in Toronto, and the Royal Geographic Society. He is co-founder of Call & Response, a sound art collective and curatorial project based in London. He is a member of Chicago Boys While We Were Dreaming They Were Singing, a 1970s music revival band and neo-liberalism study group. He is currently a PhD candidate in Research Architecture at Goldsmiths. He lives and works in London.
Maayan Amir | Researcher
Maayan Amir is an artist, curator and writer. She holds a PhD from the Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths, University of London. She is the editor of Documentally (2008), an anthology of essays on Israeli documentary cinema. Her collaborative works with Ruti Sela have been shown internationally in exhibitions, including the Biennale of Sydney (2006), the Istanbul Biennale (2009), the Berlin Biennale (2010), the New Museum Triennial (2015), Centre Pompidou, Art in General (NY), Tate Modern, Jeu de Paume, Ludwig Museum, HKW, and Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo. In 2009 she initiated together with Ruti Sela the ongoing art project Exterritory, for which both artists won a Young Artists Award from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO, 2011). She has curated numerous exhibitions and published essays in books and catalogs, and was a researcher on the Forensic Architecture project at Goldsmiths University. She teaches Theory at the MFA Program in Fine Arts at Haifa University, and also at Sapir Academic College, the Israel Institute of Technology (Technion), and other academic institutions. Throughout 2011 she was a guest resident at the Rijksakademie, Amsterdam. She also edited the forthcoming anthology Extraterritorialities in Occupied Worlds (together with Ruti Sela, Punctum Books, 2015).
Gerald Nestler | Researcher
Gerald Nestler is an artist and researcher who combines theory with performance, video, installation, and speech to interrogate financial derivatives and other finance-based narratives and their role in current biopolitics. He is currently a PhD candidate in Research Architecture at Goldsmiths, University of London.
Godofredo Pereira | Researcher
Godofredo Pereira is an architect and researcher based in London. Graduated as architect from FAUP (Porto), he holds a M.Arch from the Bartlett School of Architecture and has completed his PhD at the Centre for Research Architecture, Goldsmiths University. His research Underground Fetishism investigates political and territorial conflicts within the planetary race to underground resources. He is the coordinator of the Atacama Desert Project, a geo-forensic analysis of environmental violence in the Atacama Desert in Chile. He is also coordinator of History and Theory, and teaches the Axiomatic Earth design studio at the M.Arch Urban Design program at the Bartlett, UCL. He edited the book Savage Objects, INCM, 2012.
Füsun Türetken | Researcher
Füsun is a PhD candidate at the Centre for Research Architecture, Goldsmiths. She teaches at the Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam, NL.
Steffen Krämer | Researcher & Filmmaker
Steffen Krämer received his MA in Research Architecture from Goldsmith University London and his Diploma in Communication in Social and Economic Contexts from The University of the Arts Berlin. He works as an independent video editor, cinematographer, and producer on individual and collective audiovisual projects with a current interest in experimental documentary and essay film relating to questions of architecture and contemporary media apparatuses. He teaches media design and theory at the Department of Applied Media Studies at the University of Cottbus.
Model Court | Researchers
Model Court is an on-going collaboration between Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Sidsel Meineche Hansen, Lorenzo Pezzani, and Oliver Rees that explores the shifting infrastructures of international justice. Exhibitions and events include “Resolution 978HD” at Gasworks, London (2013), and the Danish Pavilion “Osloo” at the 54th venice Biennale (2011).
Modelling Kivalina | Researchers
Modelling Kivalina is a collective of artists and architects based at the Centre for Research Architecture, Goldsmiths, University of London. Through their work with the village of Kivalina, Alaska, the group (Andrea Bagnato, Helene Kazan, Daniel Fernández-Pascual, Hannah Meszaros-Martin, and Alon Schwabe) explores the use of visual techniques as a means of engaging with the issue of climate displacement worldwide.