Internationally renowned architectural historian and theorist Beatriz Colomina is Professor of Architecture and Founding Director of the Program in Media and Modernity at Princeton University. Her books include Manifesto Architecture: The Ghost of Mies (Sternberg Press, 2014), Clip/Stamp/Fold: The Radical Architecture of Little Magazines 196X-197X (2010), Domesticity at War (2007), Privacy and Publicity: Modern Architecture as Mass Media (1994) and Sexuality and Space (1992). She is curator with a team of Princeton Ph.D. students of the exhibitions Clip/Stamp/Fold: The Radical Architecture of Little Magazines 196X-197X (which opened at Storefront for Art and Architecture, New York, 2006 and has travelled to 11 venues worldwide), Playboy Architecture, 1953-79 (which opened at NAi Maastricht, 2012 and was at the DAM (Deutsche Architektur Museum) in Frankfurt in 2014, and Radical Pedagogies: Architectural Education in a Time of Disciplinary Instability (Lisbon Triennale, 2013 and Venice Biennale 2014).
Architecture historian, theorist, and critic from New Zealand based in New York, Mark Wigley is Professor and Dean Emeritus of Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation. He is an architectural theorist, critic, and historian from New Zealand who is based in New York. The author of The Architecture of Deconstruction: Derrida's Haunt (1993), White Walls, Designer Dresses: The Fashioning of Modern Architecture (1995), and Constant's New Babylon: The Hyper-Architecture of Desire (1998), he coedited, with Catherine de Zegher, The Activist Drawing: Retracing Situationist Architectures from Constant's New Babylon to Beyond, (2001) and was one of the founders of Volume magazine. He has curated exhibitions at the MoMA in New York, the Witte de With in Rotterdam, The Drawing Center in New York, and the CCA in Montreal. His forthcoming book is Buckminster Fuller Inc.: Architecture in the Age of Radio.
Zoë Ryan is a British curator and writer. She is the John H. Bryan Chair and Curator of Architecture and Design at the Art Institute of Chicago. Since joining the museum in 2006 she has been building the museum's first collection of contemporary design in addition to expanding its holdings in historical and contemporary architecture.
Taking an interdisciplinary approach to her work, Zoë's recent exhibitions include "Building: Inside Studio Gang Architects" (2012), the first survey exhibition of this Chicago-based architecture practice; "Fashioning the Object: Bless, Boudicca, and Sandra Backlund" (2012), which investigates the construction of narratives in fashion design; "Bertrand Goldberg: Architecture of Invention" (2011), a major retrospective of this iconic Chicago architect; "Hyperlinks: Architecture and Design," (2010), an international survey exploring inter-disciplinary practices in architecture and design; "Konstantin Grcic: Decisive Design" (2009), the first solo exhibition of the work of this important industrial designer' and "Graphic Thought Facility: Resourceful Design" (2008), the first solo show of the work of the eponymous London-based studio.
Prior to working at the museum, Zoë was Senior Curator at the Van Alen Institute in New York, a non-profit public art and architecture organization committed to improving the design of the public realm. In addition to editing the Van Alen Report, the Institute's quarterly journal, she organized a variety of exhibitions including "The Good Life: New Public Spaces for Recreation".
Zoë has also held curatorial assistant positions at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.
Zoë is often called upon as a juror and critic and has lectured on her work internationally. She has served on the advisory committee of the Experimenta Design Biennial in Lisbon and was part of the curatorial advisory committee for Spontaneous Interventions in the U.S. Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2012. She served as Chair of the Jury for the National Design Awards, Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, New York in 2013, and that same year was part of the jury for the Wheelwright Fellowship, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University.
In fall 2012, Fast Company magazine named Zoë one of the 50 people shaping the future of design.
Zoë has authored and edited numerous publications, including: Building: Inside Studio Gang Architects, co-edited with Jeanne Gang (AIC/Yale University Press, 2012); Fashioning the Object: Bless, Boudicca, and Sandra Backlund (AIC/Yale University Press, 2012); Bertrand Goldberg: Architecture of Invention (AIC/Yale University Press, 2011); Building with Water: Designs, Concepts, Visions (Birkhauser Press, 2010); Konstantin Grcic (AIC/Yale University Press); Graphic Thought Facility (AIC/Yale University Press, 2008); Coney Island: Pavilions of Fun, co-edited with Jonathan Cohen-Litant (VAI/PAP, 2007); and The Good Life: New Public Spaces for Recreation (Van Alen Institute and Princeton Architectural Press, 2006).
Her writing has also been published in magazines and journals internationally and she has contributed essays to exhibition catalogues and monographs on artists, designers, and architects such as Greg Lynn, BarberOsgerby, Ron Gilad, Ineke Hans, Arik Levy, Matali Crasset, and Lucy Orta.
In addition to her work at the museum, Zoë is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Art History Department at the School of the Art Institute and at the School of Art and Design at the University of Illinois at Chicago where she teaches a Masters-level seminar focused on critical issues in design.
Meredith Carruthers is a curator and artist living in Montreal. Often taking the role of the role of instigator, facilitator or co-conspirator, she is invested in alternate narratives and the materialisation of research. Her recent projects include mSm: Molinari, Sala, Munari, with Andrea Sala at the Guido Molinari Foundation (2011) and Museum of Joliette (2012) and Parade, a choreographed art display at the Leonard and Bina Ellen Gallery (2011). With the artist-curator initiative Leisure (Meredith Carruthers and Susannah Wesley, 2004 -) she has produced exhibitions and special projects in collaboration with venues in Canada and abroad, and participated in residencies in Banff, Dawson City and Vienna. As part of the curatorial team at the Canadian Centre for Architecture (2008-2012), she worked on Actions: what you can do with the city (2008-09), Journeys: How travelling fruit, ideas and buildings rearrange our environment (2010-2011) and Imperfect Health: The Medicalization of Architecture (2011-2012). She has written on theoretical architecture, window display and conceptual exhibition making for: Canadian Architect, CAN (forthcoming), cura.art magazine, UK (forthcoming), Abitare, IT (2013).
After graduating from MSU Architecture Faculty on 1986, Emre Arolat worked with Metcalf Architecure Office in USA Washington D.C. between 1986-87. He has worked as an associate designer with Şaziment and Neşet Arolat between 1987-2004 and co-founded Emre Arolat Architects (EAA) with Gonca Paşolar in 2004. His projects with EAA have won many national and international awards, including 2005 Mies van der Rohe Award for European Architecture ( Highly Commended), 2006 AR Awards for Emerging Architecture (Highly Commended), 2010 Cityscape Dubai Awards, 2011 MIPIM AR Future Projects Awards, 2011 Green Good Design Awards and 2011 WAF ( World Architecture Festival) Awards ( Highly Commended). He has had teaching experiences at architectural design studios and as a project jury at several universities in Turkey. He has won the Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 2010 with the İpekyol Textile Factory Building. "Nazaran.../With regard to...", "An/Moment" and "Fabrika/The Factory" exhibitions curated by Arolat has provided a widely spread audience for the architectural approach as much as the projects of the Office. He has contributed to EAA's books, Dalaman Airport, Emre Arolat: Buildings / Projects 1998-2005, and " ...with regard to"
Joseph Grima is a Milan-based architect, editor, writer and curator. He is the editor of Domus, the internationally renowned magazine of contemporary architecture, design and art founded by Gio Ponti in Milan. He is the former director of Storefront for Art and Architecture, a non-profit gallery and events space in New York City devoted to the advancement of innovative positions in art and architecture. His work has been presented at the Venice Biennale of Architecture, Experimenta, the New Museum (NYC) among others. He has edited and contributed to a wide range of books, magazines and periodicals including Abitare, Volume, Bracket, Urban China and New Geographies, and has taught and lectured in Europe and America, most recently at the Streka Institute of Media, Architecture and Design in Moscow. He currently sits on the advisory board of the Vitra Design Museum and the Shorefast Foundation.