Eyal Weizman | Director
Eyal Weizman is an architect, 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 architect, researcher, and the 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 | Programme 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 Programme Manager, Sarah is responsible for project management, communications, exhibitions, finances, and administration at Forensic Architecture and Forensic Oceanography.
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 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 | Project Coordinator / PhD Candidate
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.
Simone Rowat | Filmmaker & Researcher
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.
Nicholas Masterton | Researcher
Nicholas Masterton is an architect and 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.
Nathan Su | Researcher
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 | Researcher / PhD Candidate
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).
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.
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.
Sebastian Tiew joined Forensic Architecture in 2018 after graduating from the Architectural Association, where his work looked at how models of video games and virtual reality technologies could be used to rehabilitate prisoners. He has previous experience working with a range of tools from game design and CGI, finding new forms of representation through a variety of digital processes.
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 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. Chantal is currently enrolled in the MA Media and Communications at Goldsmiths.
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.
Working together since 2011, Charles Heller and Lorenzo Pezzani co-founded Forensic Oceanography, as well as the WatchTheMed platform, a project that seeks to enable nongovernmental actors to contest and prevent the deaths of migrants at sea. Their collaborative work has been used as evidence in courts of law, published across different media and academic outlets and exhibited widely.
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).
Lorenzo Pezzani is an architect and 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.
Franc Camps-Febrer | Software Development Lead
Franc Camps-Febrer is a technologist, designer, and project coordinator. He has been working with Forensic Architecture since late 2016 building tools and experiences for visualisation, analysis and navigation of evidence and data. He has previously collaborated on neuroscience research with New York University, and later transitioned to data analysis and visualisation engineering. He holds a BSc in Physics from the Autonomous University of Barcelona and is working on an MA at the Royal College of Art in Information Experience Design.
Hana Rizvanolli | Programme Manager
Hana is an architect and former Programme Manager at Forensic Architecture, which she joined in 2015 having previously worked in architectural practice. She is a graduate of the University of Westminster (BA), East London University (Post Grad Dip.) and the University of Oxford (MSt), where her research culminated with an investigation on the political aspirations behind the architectural modernisation of Pristina, Kosovo in the former Yugoslavia. At FA, Hana was responsible for the daily running and management of the office including communications, exhibitions, finances, and administration.
Omar Ferwati | Researcher & Project Coordinator
Omar Ferwati is a researcher and project coordinator at Forensic Architecture. Omar has previously worked at several architecture offices in Toronto and Vancouver as well as Shigeru Ban Architects in Tokyo. At Forensic Architecture, he has coordinated projects including the Al-Jinah Mosque bombing and Torture and Detention in Cameroon, and has been part of several others including 77sqm_9:26min.
Nadia Mendez | Researcher
Nadia is a Colombian architect and urban designer. Nadia joined Forensic Architecture in 2017 to work on the Ayotzinapa case. She graduated as an architect from Los Andes University (BA Hons) and holds a Masters in Urban Design (Distinction) at the Bartlett School of Architecture at UCL. Nadia has previously worked at several architecture offices in England and Colombia. She has been involved in a variety of roles and projects across a wide range of scales from architecture and interior design to public urban infrastructure and urban resilience projects.
Elena Palacios Carral | Researcher
Elena trained as an architect in Mexico and the Architectural Association (AA) School of Architecture in London, where she also completed an MA in History and Critical Thinking in 2015. She is now a PhD candidate at the AA, where she is researching, drawing, and writing about the artists’ studio, with a particular focus on the relationship between art practice and domesticity.
Tané Kinch joined Forensic Architecture in 2018. Her past professional experience has involved public realm strategies, exhibition curation, and 1:1 construction workshops in London, Paris, and Italy, respectively. As a Part II Architect from the Architectural Association, her research explored algorithmic housing and spatial economic strategies. She has also pursued writing, particularly with respect to London’s housing issues, during her time as an Editor-Publisher-Writer for the online platform AA Conversations.
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.
Pierre-François Gerard | Researcher
Pierre-François Gerard holds 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 Brussels and London. 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.
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.
Samiah Anderson joined Forensic Architecture in 2018, where she assists with administration and research. She graduated from Goldsmiths (BA Politics, Philosophy and Economics) and founded NSE Goldsmiths; a collaboration with Rethinking Economics, which aims to democratise the public’s understanding of economics. After co-creating the documentary On the Ground at Grenfell, she has been advising and supporting government and media relations for community groups. Samiah has also spoken at a number of universities and conferences on progressive economics and public housing.
José Antonio González Zarandona is a graduate of the University of Melbourne. He is currently a DECRA Track Fellow in the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation (Deakin University, Australia) and an Associate Researcher in the History Division (Center for Research and Teaching of Economics, Mexico). During his 2018 Visiting Fellowship at Forensic Architecture, funded by the British Academy, Antonio is working on two projects related to heritage destruction in Western Australia and Iraq. He has published on the same topic in the International Journal of Heritage Studies and the Cambridge Archaeological Journal.
Michael is a dramatic writer interested in the intersections of media, representation, and Human Rights practice. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor’s Degree from New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, where he combines his interest in writing for the stage and TV with coursework in media theory, trauma theory, Middle Eastern Studies, and Human Rights. Michael was awarded NYU Gallatin’s Global Fellowship in Human Rights and is an intern at Forensic Architecture working on the investigation into the genocide and enslavement of the Yazidi people of northern Iraq.
Irving Huerta | Gavin MacFadyen Investigative Fellow
Irving Huerta is a Mexican journalist, appointed this year as the inaugural Gavin MacFadyen Investigative Fellow. Huerta is working with the CIJ and Forensic Architecture on investigations into human rights abuses around the world. He has worked on stories about corruption, money laundering, and public administration breakdowns in his home country and the Americas. In September 2016, Huerta moved to London to pursue a PhD degree in the Politics Department at Goldsmiths University, with a research project on investigative journalism and its impact on policy making in Latin America.
Theo Resnikoff | Intern
Theo Resnikoff is an investigative journalist and researcher. He has been working at Forensic Architecture since late 2016 and his work involves collating, producing and translating data which is used to visualise crime scenes. He has previously worked as a freelance journalist and holds an MA in Investigative Journalism from City University, London.
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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.
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 | Chair of the Forensic Architecture Advisory Board and Director of the Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths, University of London
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.
Lawrence Abu Hamdan | Senior 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.
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.
Rosario Güiraldes | Curator
Rosario Güiraldes is a curator and writer based in New York City. She is Editor at Pioneer Works. She has organized curatorial projects and public programs at Hessel Museum New York; Fundación Proa, Buenos Aires; Judd Foundation, New York; International Studio & Curatorial Program, New York; Consulate General of Argentina in New York and Peña, Buenos Aires. Her most recent project Forensic Architecture: Towards an Investigative Aesthetics is being presented in different versions at MACBA, Barcelona (2017) and MUAC, Mexico City (2017). Güiraldes has edited numerous publications such as The Present is the Form of All Life: The Time Capsules of Ant Farm and LST, Staging, ACCseSsions, Compost and Correspondencia. At Fundación Proa she also curated Forensis (2015) with Eyal Weizman and Anselm Franke. Güiraldes holds a B.Arch from the Universidad de Buenos Aires and an MA in Curatorial Studies from the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College.
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.
Helene Kazan is an artist, curator, writer and CHASE funded PhD candidate at the Centre for Research Architecture. Helene’s research observes the architecture of the lived built environment in Lebanon as a material sensor of risk, produced through an evolving integrated limit condition of conflict and capitalism. Forcing its impact through slow, structural and spectacular modes of enacting violence, Kazan traces a historic inscription of these technologies of governance, read through an intersectional observation of international law, architecture and the human bodily experience of affect. She exhibited at the House of World Cultures (HKW), Berlin, as a part of Forensic Architecture’s exhibition, and contributed to FORENSIS (Sternberg, 2014).
Nabil Ahmed | Researcher
Nabil Ahmed is a transdisciplinary scholar and writer. He leads INTERPRT, a long term project that investigates contemporary environmental crimes with a focus on the Pacific region. The project actively campaigns for the creation of ecocide as an international crime. INTERPRT’s work has been exhibited at Arts Catalyst, 2018 Dhaka Art Summit, The Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw and with Forensic Architecture. His writings have appeared in Scientific Reports, Archaeological and Environmental Forensic Science, Documenta 14 Journal, Third Text, Sternberg Press, MIT Press, Volume, Mousse Publishing and Routledge. He holds a PhD from the Centre for Research Architecture. He is a senior lecturer of architecture (history and theory) at The Cass School of Architecture at London Metropolitan University.
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.
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.