GUEST EDITOR – MARK RAGGATT
Mark is an Associate at ARM Architecture. Mark was responsible for editing the recently published ARM monograph Mongrel Rapture published by URO and curating the Melbourne Now exhibit Blue Now: Blue Epoch, a four-month public engagement program for the National Gallery of Victoria at Federation Square.
He has worked on some of ARM’s most recognisable recent projects including Melbourne Recital Centre, MTC Southbank Theatre, the Hamer Hall redevelopment and Orbis Apartments. Recently, he has been working closely on the Gold Coast Cultural Precinct and National Museum Forecourt.
Mark has extensive experience in computer-aided and computer-generated design. He is an internationally published designer, teacher, and critic.
Roland Snooks is the director of the architecture practice Studio Roland Snooks and research lab Kokkugia. He is a senior lecturer at RMIT University having previously taught widely in the US, including at Columbia University, University of Pennsylvania, SCI-Arc and the Pratt Institute. Roland received a PhD from RMIT University, focused on behavioral processes of formation that draw from the logic of swarm intelligence. He holds a master in advanced architectural design from Columbia University where he studied on a Fulbright scholarship. In addition to his work with algorithmic design Roland directs the Architectural Robotics Lab at RMIT University.
Fleur Watson is Curator at RMIT Design Hub – a building dedicated to cross-disciplinary design research and experimentation. Fleur has co-curated a diverse range of exhibitions for Design Hub including Las Vegas Studio, The Future Is Here, 100 Chairs in 100 Days: Martino Gamper and, later this year, will co-curate Occupied in collaboration with Otherothers. In 2013, Fleur was an invited curator for the National Gallery of Victoria’s Melbourne Now exhibition. She also co-founded Pinup Architecture & Design Project Space – an independent exhibition space in Collingwood (2011-2014). Fleur is a former editor of Monument magazine (2001-2007), the editor of the Edmond & Corrigan monograph Cities of Hope: Remembered/ Rehearsed and, most recently, co-edited an issue of Architectural Design UK (May/June 2015) with Professor Leon van Schaik. In 2015, Fleur completed a practice-based PhD entitled “The Agency of Encounter: Performative curatorial practice for architecture and design.”
Toby Whitfield is the CEO and Partner of the ShapeShift Design Technologies incorporating the digital manufacturing business mouldCAM, and the composite façade system company – ShapeShell.
Shapeshift Design Technologies clients include; RMIT’s “The Green Brain”, Swanston Squares’ “William Barak” portrait façade and The 2016 Mpavilion.
Toby has a background in advanced composites and large format 3D CAD/ CAM manufacturing technology.
DR DOMINIK HOLZER
Dr Dominik Holzer is Senior Lecturer in Digital Architecture at the University of Melbourne. Next to his engagement with academia, he applies his expertise in design technology as part of his consultancy AEC Connect (www.aecconnect.com.au).
Dominik is a member of the Standards Australia ‘BD-104 Working-group/mirror committee’ for the generation of Australian Building Information Modeling (BIM) Standards. He is the previous chair of the ‘BIM and IPD Steering Group’ of the Australian Institute of Architecture & Consult Australia and he is a highly regarded author, commentator, and presenter in Design Technology and BIM related matters.
His interests lie in parametric design; ‘information management’ across design, construction and operation; Building Information Modelling (BIM); building performance optimisation, and collaborative design across all stakeholders in the building industry.
Phil has been a director of Irwinconsult since 1997 and first joined Irwin Johnston and Partners in 1979. He has 38 years’ experience as a consulting structural engineer, based in Melbourne Australia and with a project base that includes structural consultancy in Hong Kong, Malaysia, and the United States as well as all Australian mainland States.
Phil has successfully provided services for projects ranging from award-winning architectural buildings through to mass-produced precast structures design and construct and leaseback developments. A major contributor to both structural and multidisciplinary design teams, Phil is known for his innovative and lateral design solutions and his support of significant and challenging architecture. Phil is also a keen contributor to the industry having served as a member of the Building Appeals Board for more than seven years and currently as a committee member for the Victorian Property Council and the Melbourne Chapter of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat.
Lee is an Associate at ARM Architecture. His particular expertise lies in using digital technology to explore architectural design.