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Michael Wen Sen Su

Co-Founder of SITREP.at, and Instructor of SITREP.at [New York] 2013
Michael Su is a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Pratt Institute School of Architecture, where he is Coordinator and Instructor of the Undergraduate Degree Project. His architectural interest centers around the notion of “Machinic Architectures”, i.e. – architectural theorizations explicitly founded upon informational processes. Left brain-wise, he is a graduate of the California Institute of Technology and Columbia University, where he conducted research on magnetic confinement fusion; right brain-wise, he is a graduate of The Cooper Union and Princeton University, where he is also completing his doctoral dissertation on the interchange between science and architecture in the works of R. Buckminster Fuller. From 2007-2011, he taught the interdisciplinary design studio Sensory Architecture at Pratt Institute, together with Chris Perry. In Fall 2011, he was the Gerald Sheff Visiting Professor of Architecture at McGill University, for which he taught both the M1 Graduate Design Studio and a graduate seminar on contemporary architectural theories. In 2012, he founded 1/N, an architectural space and practice in Hoboken, New Jersey. Currently, he co-teaches Degree Project: Independent Thesis at Pratt Institute with Philippe Baumann.



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Philippe Baumann, RA

Co-Founder of SITREP.at, and Instructor of SITREP.at [New York] 2013

Philippe Baumann has been teaching architectural design in New York City since 1998, where he is currently a Lecturer at the Parsons School of Design, a Visiting Assistant Professor at Pratt Institute School of Architecture, and Instructor of Pratt Institute’s summer architecture program in Berlin titled “Temporary Contemporary Urbanism”. He founded Baumann Architecture in 2000, an architectural design studio with interests ranging from competitions to urban infill to global urbanism. The studio has extensive construction experience in the City of New York, with projects currently under construction such as the innovative steel-sheathed Courtyard House in Gowanus and a zero-energy brownstone in Brooklyn. Baumann Architecture has been widely published and internationally recognized, including winning the prestigious Center for Architecture New Practices Competition of 2008 – a juried competition of young firms in New York City. He is a graduate of Brown University, and received his Masters in Architecture from Rice University.

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Tristan Bel

Co-Founder of SITREP.at and the Director of SITREP.at [New York]
Tristan Bel founded Tristan Bel Inc. in 2010 – a consultancy guiding entrepreneurs in New York City through the design of their product/brand and organization. He has the uncanny ability to make visions happen, bringing just the right people and resources into play. His work follows a unique, design-oriented approach developed through his experience with the engineering of consumer products, medical devices, and industrial machines, and then applied consistently to the development of products and systems. His diverse background includes leading the development of curriculums and producing large-scale, multimedia educational events. He is a graduate of the École Centrale de Marseille and the Université de Saint-Jérôme with Masters Degrees in Competitive Intelligence and Product Design Engineering.

When he is not in New York City, Tristan travels the world to bring back images for Tristan Bel Photography.
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Chris Perry

Founding Member of SITREP.at, and Instructor of SITREP.at [New York] 2013
Chris Perry holds a Master of Architecture from Columbia University, where he received an Award for Excellence in Design in 1997. After ten years as principal of his first design practice servo, he co-founded his current practice pneumastudio in 2011.

servo’s work has been exhibited at a number of prominent venues, including the Venice Architecture Biennale, the Centre Pompidou, the Wexner Center for the Arts, the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, Artists Space, the Storefront for Art and Architecture, and SFMoMA. Publications of the group’s work include servo: networks and environments, a monograph published by DAMDI Press in Korea, 10x10_2 by Phaidon Press, The New Mathematics of Architecture by Thames & Hudson, and Interactive Architecture by Princeton Architectural Press. servo’s work is also part of the permanent collections of SFMoMA and the Frac Centre in Orleans, France.

Formed in 2011 and situated between the fields of landscape and architecture, pneumastudio has exhibited its work at the Design Museum in Barcelona and New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study. Forthcoming publications featuring the group’s work include Architecture Inserted by Yale School of Architecture, Bracket 2: Goes Soft by Actar, and Post-Sustainability: Blueprints for a Green Planet by Metropolis Books.

In 2010, Perry was the Louis Kahn Visiting Assistant Professor at the Yale School of Architecture, an endowed chairmanship. Since 2000 he has taught at Columbia University, the University of Pennsylvania, Cornell University, Rice University, Parsons School of Design, Pratt Institute, the University of Toronto, the Architectural Association in London, and RMIT in Melbourne. He is currently an Assistant Professor at the Rensselaer School of Architecture, where he is Director of the Geofutures Post-Professional Program and Coordinator of the undergraduate thesis sequence.

Perry is a recipient of the Architectural League of New York’s Prize for Young Architects and Designers and The MacDowell Colony Fellowship.  He is co-editor of Collective Intelligence in Design, published by Wiley-Academy in 2006, and has published essays in a variety of architecture journals and books, including Yale Perspecta, Architectural Design, Architectural Review, Scroope (Cambridge University Architecture Journal), The Digital Turn in Architecture: 1992–2012 by Wiley-Academy, Architecture Inserted by Yale School of Architecture, Architecture In:Formation by Routledge, Autogenic Structures by Taylor & Francis, Lubricous Architectures: Studies in Hybridity by Columbia Books of Architecture, and Bracket 2: Goes Soft by Actar.

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Carla Leitão

Founding Member of SITREP.at, and Instructor of SITREP.at [New York] 2013


Carla Leitão is an architect, designer and writer living and working in New York, USA and Lisbon, Portugal. She is also Co-founder of AUM Studio in New York (w/ Ed Keller) and Umasideia in Lisbon. She Currently teaches architecture at RPI and Pratt GAUD, and has taught architecture studios and seminars in several schools, including Cornell University, City College, and the University of Pennsylvania.

Her practice and academic endeavors focus on the convergences of Architecture/Design, Urban Phenomena, Ubiquitous Cultures, Digital Communication, and the role of design in cultural and technological innovation.

Her publications include “4 Lines” as author (Akademie Schloss Solitude), and “City Fragments” (CBA) and “City Fragments, Beijing” (CBA) as co-editor. Her work and writings have appeared in AD, Journal of Architectural Education, GDNYU, OA Lisbon, and Experimenta, as well as on other online venues. She is also a monthly contributor to the Huffington Post Design Section.

Her practice includes built and ongoing residential and institutional projects, exhibitions, and multimedia installations.

She curated, organized, and designed the event “Portugal Now,” and the Cornell AAP Folio of same, which comprised an exhibition of more than 20 portuguese offices, with conferences in Ithaca, NY and New York City.

Her works and writings include:

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Ed Keller

Founding Member of SITREP.at, and Instructor of SITREP.at [New York] 2013
Edward Keller is the Director of the Center for Transformative Media at The New School, and Associate Professor at Parsons The New School for Design. He is a designer, professor, writer, musician and multimedia artist. Prior to joining the faculty at Parsons, he taught at Columbia Univ. GSAPP [1998-2010] and SCIArc [2004-09]. With Carla Leitao, he co-founded AUM Studio, an architecture and new media firm that has produced residential projects, competitions, and new media installations in Europe and the US. His work and writings have appeared in Punctum, Praxis, ANY,  AD,  Arquine,  Leonardo Electronic Almanac,  Architecture, Parpaings,  Precis,  Wired,  Metropolis,  Assemblage, Ottagono, and Progressive Architecture. Chronomorphology: Active Time in Architecture, a survey of his graduate design studios at the Columbia GSAP, was published in 2004 by CBA. He has spoken on architecture, film, technology and ecology internationally. Ed has been an avid rockclimber for over 30 years.

His writings and works include:

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