Eyal Weizman | Director
Eyal Weizman is Professor of Spatial and Visual Cultures, and Director of Forensic Architecture. He is a founding member of the architectural collective DAAR in Beit Sahour/Palestine. His books include Forensic Architecture: Violence at the Threshold of Detectability (2017), The Conflict Shoreline (with Fazal Sheikh, 2015), FORENSIS (with Anselm Franke, 2014), Mengele’s Skull (with Thomas Keenan at Sterenberg Press, 2012), Forensic Architecture (dOCUMENTA13 notebook, 2012), The Least of All Possible Evils (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.
Christina Varvia | Deputy Director
Christina Varvia is an architectural researcher and Deputy Director of Forensic Architecture. She has graduated from the AA School of Architecture 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. Christina joined the Forensic Architecture team in 2014, where she has developed methodologies for the Rafah: Black Friday report, unpacking one day of war in Gaza, 2014, as well as Saydnaya: Inside a Syrian torture prison, 77sqm_9:26min, and many other projects and exhibitions.
Sarah Nankivell | Manager
Sarah Nankivell joined Forensic Architecture in 2017, having previously worked at B+H Architects, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and The Aga Khan Museum. She is a graduate of the University of Toronto (BSc.) and the University of Cambridge (MPhil.), where her research focused on the destruction of heritage sites in conflict and the discursive representation of these events through the media. As Manager of Forensic Architecture, Sarah is responsible for project management, communications, exhibitions, finances, and administration.
Stefan Laxness is an architectural researcher and Project Coordinator at Forensic Architecture. Having previously worked in architectural practice, Stefan joined the Forensic Architecture team in 2016 and has since been the Project Coordinator of The Ayotzinapa Case, as well as working on analysing airstrikes in the Middle East and modelling sites from witness testimony.
Samaneh Moafi is a researcher at Forensic Architecture. She first joined the team in 2015 and has since been coordinating investigations focused on environmental violence and climate change, including Ecocide in Indonesia, the Center for Contemporary Nature, and Scorched Earth. She received her PhD from The Architectural Association (AA) School of Architecture, where her research examined struggle and resistance from the space of the home with a particular focus on Marxist feminist theory. Previously, she led architectural design studios at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL (2014-15) as well as the University of Technology Sydney (2013-14), and has taught and coordinated a number of technical courses and workshops at the Royal College of Arts and the AA.
Ariel Caine | Researcher and Project Coordinator
Ariel Caine is an artist and researcher currently living in London where he is a PhD candidate at the Centre for Research Architecture, Goldsmiths University and a researcher at Forensic Architecture.
Utilising cutting edge computational photographic and photogrammetric processes in combination with analogue archival media, Ariel’s artistic practice and conceptual research explores the co-constitutive relations of state, religious nationalism and imaging technologies, seeking to both expose and challenge the ways in which the photographic apparatus is embedded in the logic of the construction of physical reality. Ariel’s works have been exhibited and collected internationally. Ariel is the Project Coordinator and lead researcher for the Ground Truth Project.
Nicholas Masterton | Researcher and Project Coordinator
Nicholas Masterton is an architectural researcher at Forensic Architecture. He has graduated from the Unknown Fields division of the Architectural Association with a previous degree from the Bartlett School of Architecture. His previous research includes studies into the nature of digital work and crowdsourcing. After having worked in at Wilkinson Eyre Architects and KTB Architecture, Nicholas joined the Forensic Architecture team in 2017, where he helped to produce a film analysing pro-government strikes on M2 Hospital in Aleppo.
Simone Rowat | Researcher and Filmmaker
Simone Rowat is an artist and filmmaker at Forensic Architecture. She graduated from the Fine Art Photography pathway at Royal College of Art with a previous degree from The Slade School of Fine Art at University College London. Her film practice is concerned with traumatic memory, simulation and neuroplasticity. Simone joined the Forensic Architecture team in 2016 where she helped with the production of videos of witness testimonies from Saydnaya prison in Syria.
Nathan Su | Researcher and Project Coordinator
Nathan Su is a researcher and animator at Forensic Architecture. His past work has speculated on the impact of near future technologies on cities and culture, using fictional worlds and events to reveal technological and social dilemmas we face here and now. He graduated from the Architectural Association, where he now runs a media studies course focusing on 3D compositing and the role of edited imagery in the production of culture. He joined the team in 2017, working on animations for the Ayotzinapa case.
Stefanos Levidis | Field Coordinator (Greece) and Researcher
Stefanos Levidis completed his architectural studies at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, and holds a Masters degree from the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalunya, where he also taught design and digital/robotic fabrication. He is currently a PhD candidate at the Centre for Research Architecture, Goldsmiths University. His work operates between theory, spacial practice, film and activism and has been applied in the field and exhibited internationally. Stefanos has been a researcher at Forensic Architecture since October 2016.
Bob Trafford joined Forensic Architecture in 2017 after three years as a freelance investigative journalist. He is a graduate of the University of Oxford (BA Hons, Philosophy and Theology) and City, University of London (MA Investigative Journalism).
Lachlan Kermode is a software developer and researcher at Forensic Architecture. He graduated from Princeton University with a degree in Computer Science, and has a background in building full stack software systems. He is most interested in the aesthetics and politics of computing infrastructure, computer history, and other ways of thinking computing critically. He also has experience scripting 3D software, and a soft spot for functional programming techniques.
Nicholas Zembashi joined Forensic Architecture in 2018 after having completed his Part II at the Architectural Association. His past work lies between architecture, media and politics and uses speculation and allegory to form essays in space. His most recent work investigated how identity is bound by a landscape of media and how classification in machine learning reveals new discriminatory biases that thwart the promise of a world without defined edges. He has worked in architectural practises in Cyprus and the UK and is a keen writer and illustrator.
Chloe Thorne | Video Editor
Chloe studied BA Art Practice at Goldsmiths and a postgraduate chapter on ‘Animism’ at Ashkal Alwan (Beirut) under Anselm Franke, researching the relationship between modernism and colonialism. For two years, she managed the studio of Turner Prize-winning artist Laure Prouvost before working as an editor for clients Mario Testino, Unknown Fields Division, National Geographic and many others in television, cinema and artist film. She programmed for Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival from 2015 to 2017.
Alican Aktürk | Researcher
Alican is a creative technologist, researcher and designer. His role at Forensic Architecture involves platform design, and the creative application of technology and game engines in investigation. Alican graduated from Goldsmiths, University of London’s MA programme in Computer Games, Art & Design with distinction. His dissertation examined the practice of Forensic Architecture. He also has a degree in Visual Communication Design, Photography, and Video from Istanbul Bilgi University, where he later worked as an academic researcher and taught BA courses on the topics of photography and cyber-cultures between 2011 and 2015. Alican is interested in representations of experience, memory, and history in the digital space. He finds relief by designing experimental games as social and political commentary.
Martyna Marciniak | Researcher
Martyna Marciniak is a Researcher at Forensic Architecture, working on the continuation of the Umm-al Hiran investigation. She completed her RIBA Part 1 and Part 2 at the Bartlett School of Architecture in 2017. Her graduation design project and thesis explored the idea of spatio-temporal storytelling, embodiment and architectural allegories employing animation, film, writing and model-making. Martyna is currently an MArch Design Studio Tutor at the University of Westminster. She joined FA in November of 2018 and has previously worked as visualiser and exhibition designer. Most recently she has completed and exhibited a series of sculptures and a film as a result of being awarded the research-driven interdisciplinary residency at the Bauhaus Foundation in Dessau.
Chantal Stehwien joined Forensic Architecture in 2018. She holds a BA in Art History from the University of Saskatchewan, where she focused primarily on documentary and post/neocolonial studies. She has worked variously in higher education and in arts organisations, including for the Liverpool Biennial and Whitworth Art Gallery. Chantal is currently enrolled in the MA Media and Communications at Goldsmiths.
Jarek Pzsyk | Researcher
Jarek Pszyk joined Forensic Architecture in 2018 after 25 years as a media analyst with a US Government organisation. He is a graduate of Lviv Ivan Franko National University, Ukraine (MA in English Language and Literature) and Higher School of Economics in Kielce, Poland (MA in Banking and Finance).
Jakob Hauter | Researcher
Jakob conducts open-source research and social media investigation. His work at Forensic Architecture focuses on social media analysis in conflict and current affairs contexts. Jakob holds an MA in Contemporary European Studies from the University of Bath, and a BA in International Relations from the University of Dresden. He is currently an MPhil candidate at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies at University College, London.
Susan Schuppli | Senior Research Fellow and Chair of the Forensic Architecture Advisory Board
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.
Lorenzo Pezzani is an architectural researcher. In 2015, he completed a PhD in Research Architecture at Goldsmiths, University of London, where he is currently Lecturer and leads the MA studio in Forensic Architecture. His work deals with the spatial politics and visual cultures of migration, with a particular focus on the geography of the ocean.
Charles Heller is a researcher and filmmaker whose work has a long-standing focus on the politics of migration. In 2015, he completed a PhD in Research Architecture at Goldsmiths, University of London, where he continues to be affiliated as a research fellow. He is currently based in Geneva, conducting a postdoctoral research supported by the Swiss National Fund (SNF).
Paulo Tavares | Research Fellow
Paulo Tavares 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. Paulo has collaborated with many international publications and has been exhibited in various venues worldwide.
Shourideh C. Molavi | Research Fellow
Shourideh C. Molavi is a writer and scholar in political science specialising in critical international relations and political theory and trained with a background in International Humanitarian Law. She has over 14 years of extensive academic, legal research, and fieldwork experience in the Middle East on the topics of human and minority rights, with an emphasis on the relationship between the law, violence and power. Shourideh is currently an Assistant Professor at the American University in Cairo, Egypt. Her publications include Stateless Citizenship: The Palestinian-Arab Citizens of Israel (Brill, 2013) and Contemporary Israel/Palestine (Oxford University Press, 2018).
Lawrence Abu Hamdan | Research Fellow
Lawrence Abu Hamdan is a London-based artist and researcher with a PhD in Research Architecture from Goldsmiths. 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.
Francesco Sebregondi | Research Fellow and Project Coordinator
Francesco is an architect and a researcher, whose work explores the intersections of violence, technology, and the urban condition. Since 2011 he has been a Research Fellow at Forensic Architecture, former Research Coordinator of the project (2013-2015), and co-editor of its first collective publication Forensis: The Architecture of Public Truth (Sternberg Press, 2014). Since 2015, he has been a CHASE-funded PhD candidate at the Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths, where his research examines the architecture of the Gaza blockade. Francesco’s writings have been published in journals such as the Architectural Review, Volume, Footprint, the Avery Review, and City. He has taught a design studio at the School of Architecture, Royal College of Art (2013-2015) and has been invited to deliver talks and workshops in many international venues.
Başak Ertür is a lecturer in law and co-director of the Centre for Law & the Humanities at Birkbeck School of Law, University of London. She has been a Visiting Research Fellow at Forensic Architecture since December 2017. Başak is a critical legal scholar whose work focuses on political trials, performativity and temporalities of political violence. She is the editor of Manual for Conspiracy (2011) and co-editor of Waiting for the Barbarians: A Tribute to Edward Said (2008), as well as Something Is Rotten in the State, a special issue of Theory & Event. Recent articles have appeared in Law & Critique, Theory & Event, and in the edited collections Vulnerability and Resistance and Law, Violence, Memory: Uncovering the Counter-Archive. She is also the co-director and co-producer of the documentary film, For the Record: The World Tribunal on Iraq (2007).
Franc Camps-Febrer | Software Development Lead
Hana Rizvanolli | Programme Manager
Omar Ferwati | Researcher and Project Coordinator
Nadia Mendez | Researcher
Grace Quah | Researcher
Sebastian Tiew | Researcher
Elena Palacios Carral | Researcher
Tané Kinch | Researcher
Nick Axel | Researcher
Pierre-François Gerard | Researcher
Jacob Burns | Researcher
Ana Naomi de Sousa | Researcher and Filmmaker
Steffen Krämer | Researcher and Filmmaker
Theo Resnikoff | Research Assistant
Samiah Anderson | Administrative & Research Assistant
Anika Sierk | Collaborating Psychologist
José Antonio González Zarandona | Visiting Research Fellow
Michael Reynold Zalta | Intern, NYU Gallatin Global Fellowship in Human Rights
Irving Huerta | Gavin MacFadyen Investigative Fellow
Frank Longford | ASI Data Science Fellow
Shela Sheikh | Research Fellow & Publications Coordinator
Hannah Meszaros Martin | Research Fellow
Territorial Agency (John Palmesino and Ann-Sofi Rönnskog) | Research Fellows
Adrian Lahoud | Research Fellow
Alessandro Petti | Research Fellow
Srdjan Jovanovic Weiss | Research Fellow
Ayesha Hameed | Research Fellow
Helene Kazan | Research Fellow
Anselm Franke | Research Fellow and Curator
Rosario Güiraldes | Curator
Nabil Ahmed | Researcher
Maayan Amir | Researcher
Gerald Nestler | Researcher
Godofredo Pereira | Researcher
Füsun Türetken | Researcher
Sidsel Meineche Hansen | Researcher
Oliver Rees | Researcher
Andrea Bagnato | Researcher
Daniel Fernández-Pascual | Researcher
Alon Schwabe | Researcher