J. Meejin Yoon is an architect, designer, and educator. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and founder of MY Studio (2000) and Höweler + Yoon Architecture (2005). She is the recipient of the United States Artist award (2009), the RISD/Target Athena Award (2008), the Rome Prize Fellowship in Design (2005), the Metro New York 5 under 35 Award (2005), the Young Architects Award from the Architectural League of New York (2002), and Fulbright Fellowship (1997). She received a Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University with the AIA Henry Adams Medal (1995), and a Masters of Architecture in Urban Design with Distinction from Harvard University Graduate School of Design (1997).
Mike Silver holds a Masters of Building Design from Columbia University, and is both a LeFevre’ 29 research fellow for The Knowlton School of Architecture in Columbus Ohio and a Sanders Fellow at the University of Michigan. He was the Director of Digital Media at the Yale School of Architecture from 2001-2004 and a design instructor at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. He is also the author of numerous books and articles on the relationship between technology and design practice including “Pamphlet Architecture #19 Reading / Drawing / Building, AD’s “Mapping in the Age of Digital Media” and a new release by Wiley and Sons, entitled “Programming Cultures”. Mr. Silver currently directs a multidisciplinary design laboratory based in New York City. His current work explores technologies like L.I.D.A.R., humanoid robotics, and a variety of new digital fabrication tools including numerically controlled fiber-placement technology. As the 2011-2013 Design Innovation Fellow at Ball State School of Architecture Mike established the Laboratory of Architecture and Humanoid Robotics.
Jimenez Lai is an Assistant Professor at University of Illinois at Chicago and Leader of Bureau Spectacular. He graduated with a Master of Architecture from University of Toronto. Previously, Jimenez Lai has lived and worked in a desert shelter at Taliesin and resided in a shipping container at Atelier Van Lieshout on the piers of Rotterdam. Before founding Bureau Spectacular, Lai worked for MOS, AVL, REX, and OMA/Rem Koolhaas in Toronto, Rotterdam, and New York. In the past years, Lai has built numerous installations as well as being widely exhibited and published around the world. His first manifesto, Citizens of No Place, was published by Princeton Architectural Press with a grant from the Graham Foundation. Draft II of this book has been archived at the New Museum as a part of the show Younger Than Jesus. In 2012, Jimenez Lai has been named a winner to the Architectural League Prize for Young Architects.
Andrew Kudless is an architect based in San Francisco where he is an assistant professor at the California College of the Arts. Andrew has taught design studios, workshops, and seminars atThe Ohio State University, the Architectural Association (London), Yale University, and Rice University. In 2005 Andrew was the Howard E. LeFevre Fellow for Emerging Practitioners at OSU. He earned a Master of Arts with distinction from the Architectural Association’s Emergent Technologies and Design graduate program and a Master of Architecture with honors from the Tulane University School of Architecture. In 2004 he was the recipient of a Design Merit Award in the Far Eastern International Digital Architecture Design (FEIDAD) competition and in 1998 he was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to research architectural design and urbanism in the Kansai region of Japan. He has worked as a designer for Allied Works Architecture in Portland and New York and as a digital design, modeling, and fabrication consultant for Expedition Engineering in London. Andrew’s work has been exhibited in the US, England, France, Japan and China.
Scott Robertson is a concept designer, author, educator and the former Chair of Entertainment Design at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. He is the founder of Design Studio Press in 2002, a Los Angeles based publishing house with 50 titles to date that bring international attention to the field of concept art. Robertson graduated with honors with a B.S. degree in Transportation Design after which he immediately opened a consulting firm in San Francisco designing consumer products. He has worked on a very wide variety of projects ranging from the Hot Wheels animated series Battle Force Five to theme park attractions such as the Men in Black the Ride in Orlando, Florida. Clients include the BMW subsidiary Designworks/USA, Mattel Toys, Spin Master Toys, Minority Report feature film, Nike, Universal Studios, Rockstar Games, Sony Online Entertainment, Buena Vista Games and Fiat to name just a few.
Dwayne Oyler received a Bachelor of Architecture from Kansas State University and a Master of Architecture from Harvard University Graduate School of Design. He was awarded the Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill Traveling Fellowship in 1996. In 2000, Dwayne, along with Jenny Wu, established the office of Oyler Wu Collaborative. Dwayne has also worked in the office of Toshiko Mori, Architect, and has collaborated with Lebbeus Woods on numerous projects. Dwayne has taught at the Southern California Institute of Architecture and the Research Institute for Experimental Architecture in Vico Morcote, Switzerland. Prior to relocating to Los Angeles in 2004, he taught in the Thesis Design Studio program at Cooper Union for the Advancement for Arts and Sciences in New York City. He currently heads the Undergraduate Thesis Design Studio at SCI-Arc. Dwayne is a licensed architect in the State of California.