Studio Futures includes case studies of invative studio models together with critical essays that consider the history of the design studio and how it might respond to the changing demands of practice, research, pedagogy and society. In addition, a wider survey of architects enriches this material with observations on the challenges facing the discipline at the coal face of architectural practice. Bringing together leading thinkers from across professional practice and academia, Studio Futures is a sustained reflection on the relevance of the design studio to contemporary conditions. Perhaps more importantly, though, it offers vital insights into what the future might hold for this pivotal platform for architectural education and production.
Professor Donald Bates is a registered architect in Australia and the UK, and is the Director of LAB Architecture Studio. LAB Architecture Studio are the architects of Melbourne's award-winning Federation Square. LAB have completed projects in the UK, China, Singapore, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, as well as Australia. The works of LAB have been exhibited in museums and exhibitions across Australia, Europe and the USA, and have been published in more than fifty international publications. Vivian Mitsogianni was the founding research leader of the Future Fabric of Cities flagship research program in the RMIT Design Research Institute (2009-2013) and has expertise in facilitating processes for design innovation by combining experimental design practice research and real world industry-linked projects. Prior to starting this role, Vivian was responsible for curating the Master of Architecture Design Studios (2001-2009), where she commissioned a number of studios by leading venturous local and international design practices. She has extensive experience in Architectural practice, is a registered Architect and is on the Education Committee of the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA), having also held a position on the AIA Chapter Council (2000-2002). Dr Diego Ramirez-Lovering is Head of the Department of Architecture at Monash University. He has taught and practiced architecture in Australia, Italy and Mexico. His teaching and research examine the contributory role that architecture can play in addressing the significant challenges facing contemporary urban environments climate change, resource limitations, rapid population growth and changing household demographics. His recently awarded practice based PhD focuses on these contemporary urban issues through the platform of affordable and sustainable housing.
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Diego Ramirez-Lovering, Donald Bates, Vivian Mitsogianni