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Mark Hemel is the Co-founder and Director Information Based Architecture and registered as architect at the Stichting Bureau Architecten Register, The Hague, the Netherlands.


Mark Hemel graduated from the Technical University of Delft, the Netherlands in 1993. He subsequently received a scholarship from the Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture to research the development of vernacular architecture in West Africa, and historical cities in Southern India.


In 1996 he completed his  Postgraduate studies  at the Architectural Association in London. He worked for Zaha Hadid in London for 2 years 1996-1997. Between 1999-2008 he was Unit-master at the Architectural Association in London. From 2002 - 2003 he has taught as design-tutor of the post-graduate Environment and Energy program at the AA in London, and also taught at the Architecture Academy in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

He has received the RIBA Bronze Medal tutor award from the Royal Institute of British Architects.


Mark’s writings are widely published. He is currently writing a book on the design-process of the Guangzhou TV tower called Supertall, the rise of bio-intelligence. He is a registered as architect at the Stichting Bureau Architecten Register, The Hague, the Netherlands




Emmanuel Blamont is Senior Design Partner & Director of External Relations at Ateliers Jean Nouvel.


Emmanuel Blamont graduated from Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris, in 1984. In 1977 to 1985, he collaborated with Jean Nouvel firstly as an architectural assistant and then as a project manager on

more than sixty projects. He worked as an associate partner of Jean Nouvel et Associés.


In 1990 to 1995, he created Blamont & Caroso Neiva Architects, and participated in various design studies and

competitions, both in France and abroad and built “Le Phènix” theatre in Valenciennes. From 1995 to 2003, he lived in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, where he designed and coordinated a large urban planning project in a shantytown: Projeto Ta Rebocado - Favela do Candeal. This project won a Best Practice Award from the UNHABITAT UNO in 2002. Emmanuel also created and managed “DUNE”, a Non-Governmental Organization for the conception of sustainable development projects in semi-arid areas.


Since June 2003, he has been collaborating again with Jean Nouvel as a Senior Design Partner. From June 2014, he was named Director of External Relations for AJN.




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Sameep Padora is the principal architect and founder of Sameep Padora & Associates (sP+a), a Mumbai based architecture studio engaged in projects of multiple scales, all framed within a larger interest in history and typological research.


Sameep completed his undergraduate studies in Mumbai in 1996 followed by post-graduate studies at Cambridge, where he received a Master's Degree from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University in 2005.


He is a member of the Academic Council at the School of Environment and Architecture (SEA) and is one of the founding members of the Bandra Collective, an organization of architects engaging with design of public spaces in the city of Mumbai.


In the recent past his practice received Wallpaper Magazine’s award for single-family house of the year in 2016. Prior to this sP+a was one of the firms that received the World Architecture News, (WAN 21 for 21) Award for 21 Emerging International Practices for the 21 st century and has been a Nominee for the BSI Swiss Architecture Award 2014.


In 2015 the studio’s projects were a basis for a traveling solo exhibition entitled Projective Histories beginning.


In 2015 he instituted sPare, a research arm of the studio. sPare’s maiden project, a documentation and analysis of historic housing types within the city of Mumbai resulted in a traveling exhibition entitled ‘In the Name of Housing and is available as a book published by the UDRI.



Kamran Afshar Naderi, graduated from Italy and university professor since 1994, is the co-founder of the most influential Iranian architectural magazine, Memar (1997). He has published three books: Istituzioni colletive nelle citta’ Islamiche (Genoa - 1987), Iranian Architecture (Tehran - 2003), The Gardens of Paradise (Rome - 2007) and over 150 articles.


His articles, interviews and ideas have been  published in Iran, Italy, Germany, England, Kuwait,  Turkey, Cyprus, Switzerland, USA and Hong Kong (in process). He has chaired jury sessions for several architectural prizes and competitions. He is the co-founder of the prestigious “Memar Award”, (since 2001).


Afshar Naderi delivers lectures about architectural theory and criticism. He teaches design process at university. His recent teaching method consists of disclosing fundaments of design process through creative and unconventional exercises.


His key points in architecture are “creativity”, “critical approach” and to “explore in depth” and through these issues he explains the subjects of “idea”, “form”, “space” and “place”. He explains the common roots of creative thinking in the different fields of knowledge, through a cross comparison among architecture, music, painting, neuroscience, anthropology, archeology, history of science and technology, poetry and so on. His writings are used as textbook in design courses at several universities.





Navin Piplani is a conservation architect, currently appointed as Principal Director of INTACH Heritage Academy, New Delhi. He took up this post after the completion of his role as the Hamlyn-Feilden Fellow and Director of Studies at the Centre for Conservation Studies, Department of Archaeology, The University of York.


Navin also runs his architecture conservation practice in Delhi and has acquired knowledge, expertise and skills by working on a range of projects in India and Europe. Since 2002, he has worked as a core member of the Taj Mahal Conservation Collaborative, a multi-disciplinary team of heritage professionals, engaged in the conservation of the World Heritage Site of Taj Mahal. In 2004, Navin assisted Professor A.G. Krishna Menon, an eminent conservationist, for the preparation of the INTACH Charter for the Conservation of Unprotected Architectural Heritage and Sites in India. He has lectured at several academic institutions and professional organizations in India and overseas.


Navin is Vice President of ICOMOS International Training Committee (CIF) and National Scientific Councilor of ICOMOS India. He has researched and published widely on heritage conservation education, training and capacity building.



Günay Erdem (born April 18, 1978) is one of the inspiring and innovative architects in his generation all over the globe. In 1998 Günay Erdem together with his brother landscape architect Sunay Erdem opened professional architecture, landscape architecture and urban design practice Erdem Architects.


In all his designs Günay Erdem dissolves the boundaries of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. By the help of his interdisciplinary approach Mr. Erdem develops designs in more comprehensive manner and his designs gains significant innovative characteristics.


Since 1998 Mr. Erdem designed and supervised many different types of projects varying from single functional projects to metropolis sized mixed use projects. Types of projects he developed varies from common to very extreme ones.


Günay Erdem designed hundreds of architectural, landscape architectural and urban design projects in more than 40 different countries. Some of his projects were awarded in international competitions and some of them received recognition awards from international institutions. Mr. Erdem was invited to conferences to present his projects in many institutions all over the globe.


Günay Erdem has special academic expertise and deep knowledge in the fields of “Basics of Design”, “Architectural Design”, “Architectural Idea Development and Presentation”, “Conceptual Design” and “Ethics in Architecture”. Günay Erdem was invited to many universities to give lectures and share his academic expertise.



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