Current

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 | Researcher and Project Coordinator

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 | Researcher and Project Coordinator

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 Research and Coordination

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.

Robert Trafford | Researcher and Project Coordinator

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 | Software Development Lead

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.

 

Grace Quah | Researcher

Grace Quah works at the intersection of architectural design, writing and film. She has previously worked for architectural practices in London and has written for design publications such as Blueprint, Dezeen, and Archinect. She completed her Part II studies at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL where she explored the relationship between women’s experience of gendered spaces and technology. At Forensic Architecture, Grace is working on migration in the Mediterranean with Forensic Oceanography.

 

Nicholas Zembashi | Researcher

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.

Chantal Stehwien | Programme Assistant

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 the Liverpool Biennial and Whitworth Art Gallery. Chantal is currently enrolled in the MA Media and Communications at Goldsmiths.

Research Fellows

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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 | Research Fellow, Forensic Oceanography

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 | Research Fellow, Forensic Oceanography

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).

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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).

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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.

http://lawrenceabuhamdan.com

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.

Past

Franc Camps-Febrer | Software Development Lead

Hana Rizvanolli | Programme Manager

Omar Ferwati | Researcher and Project Coordinator

Nadia Mendez | 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