Eva Minoura

I am an architect trained in the United States and KTH in Sweden. I began my PhD studies in september of 2009 and aim to finish in 2014. My research focus in broad terms is on how architecture and spatial configuration affects social interaction and appropriation of urban territories. I am interested in how an urban structure and it’s material expressions frame and delimit space and what effect this has on use and stewardship at the interface between public and private. Besides the research, I am project manager in urban development at the Stockholm City Planning Office.             Eva Minoura, Arkitekt SAR/MSA

Sepideh Karami

My name is Sepideh Karami. I am an architect and researcher currently carrying out my PhD research at Umeå School of Architecture. I graduated from Iran University of Science and Technology with an M.A. in Architecture in 2001. Since graduation I have been committed to teaching, research and practice. In 2010 I achieved my second master in “Design for Sustainable Development” at Chalmers University in Sweden and in mid 2010 I started to work as a guest researcher at Umeå School of Architecture.

My PhD research –In Search of Utopia in the Silent Rebellion– studies the relation between Formal and Informal worlds and Revolutionary Aesthetics. It investigates what forms of emancipation emerge in the encounter of formal and informal world and how practices of architecture enhance and mobilize these emancipating potentials through different forms of encounter, exchange and dialogue between social classes, to suggest a social and human alternative to the fragmented and segregated cities we are living in.

brady burroughs

brady burroughs

brady burroughs

When I’m not Gizelle Gazelle, the spokeswomanimal for the collective sanctuary called The Beastlet OR the local Lesbian seagull, watching the mating and hunting rituals of the human animals at sea OR one of Osho’s sannyasin, excluded from the ‘women-only’ swimming group at Zorba The Buddha Café…

And if I’m not Aphrodite speaking to Sappho in a secret underwater cave OR The Oracle at Delphi delivering spiritual messages from the angels OR an elusive feminist architectural activist, occupying an Aldo Rossi row house…

If I’m not an elderly Roman Catholic nun or a precocious 10 year-old girl, or even the ghost of William Shakespeare himself…

THEN I am an architect who tells stories. I am a teacher who learns from her students. I am also a researcher at the School of Architecture and the Built Environment, KTH, Stockholm, within Critical Studies, working on a dissertation exploring the architecture of desire and pedagogy through critical fictions.

Katja Hogenboom

Katja Hogenboom

Katja Hogenboom

I am a doctoral researcher within the research environment called Relational Architecture at the Umeå school of Architecture: with a focus specifically on the sub-theme Aesthetics as a Form of Politics. The research – The possibility of Emancipating Architecture – Categories of Estrangement – seeks to identify a micro-politics of change that reinvent the idea of publicness and privacy through an estranging and spatial aesthetic that provide ground for enactments of new forms of emancipation. My main research question is: how can architecture as unique spatial and aesthetic knowledge, while engaging the paradoxical and complex realities of the everyday, play a transformative role, act emancipatory through different techniques of estrangement, its autonomy (independence) presence and representation?

After graduating in 2004 (MA architecture) at the Technical University of Delft, I worked as project architect for seven years at an office in the Netherlands. In 2008 I started my own freelance practice; developing a practice where research, teaching and the practice of architecture form an integrated whole. I also worked two years (2008-2009) for the state architect of the Netherlands setting up educational programs, doing research and curating work. I was in charge, as chief editor, of a publication that documented the professional education of young architects. In 2010 I moved to Umeå, where I was involved in developing and teaching the second year bachelors program at UMA for one year. Since Oct. 2011 I am a PhD researcher at UMA, and also still  work as an independent architect and photographer.

http://www.katjahogenboom.nl