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Keren Christina Mendjul

Keren hails from a multicultural background—she has lived and worked in Donetzk, Jerusalem, Berlin, Venice and NYC. Immersion in these diverse landscapes has taught her to believe in a simultaneous way of being where the knowledge of the past and imagination of the future are synced in the present, allowing for timeless, perpetual creation.

She is the principal of KCM Arkitekt Studio based in the Middle East and NYC. In 2015, Keren founded MASSA Journal of Architecture based in Israel/Palestine, a collaborative initiative that believes reimagining alternative futures belongs to everyone rooted in these places. Keren received a M.ARCH II from The Cooper Union where she drew and casted flowers in bronze, and a B.ARCH I from the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem where she investigated the elimination of ground.

In 2013, in an exchange at Universita IUAV di Venezia,Venice, Italy Keren participated in an installation of Vadim Zakharov, 55th Venice Biennale at the Russian Pavilion. In 2011, she formed part of a practical and theoretical study at CEPT University, Ahmedabad, India in collaboration with Professor and Architect Sharon Rotbard, where she and 15 other participants won First Prize Arie and the Eldar Sharon Award, for their design and construction of a local children’s school.

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Jenny 如 Hsiao

lately I have been working on spatial & temporal sites for civic practice, including — study groups, translations, entanglement, the para-cinematic, cæsurae, time travel, fugitivity  

when I was five years old in 1995, my family moved to Taiwan from Brooklyn after I scored a 44 on a test in Chinese School — in Taipei I thrived in the tropics and chaos, and learned to say 喂 on the phone for "hello / are you there?" to my first friends who did not live on the block — back to the US, I took NYC public school French from 2001-2008 which I still only now am beginning to grasp on a level somewhere below consciousness — in 1881 telephone lines were laid in French-conceded Shanghai — a classmate returned from his travels of summer '07 to inform the rest of us that in fact, the kids do not say "oui" in France — they say "ouais" ::

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Merethe Bahn Trolle

Merethe is currently studying production management and props design at the Danish National School of Performing Arts in Copenhagen. At the school she is a member of several committees and boards, working towards strengthening collaborations between students, and investigate new structures and constellations in order to raise questions that will help create space for new works and methods.

Merethe has over the last years been a part of several artistic processes, both as a performer and as a production manager and facilitator. She is part of the Copenhagen based artistic collective SIGNA, producing site-specific performances all over Europe. She has participated in several of their performances.

In her work with Arts Letters and Numbers she is interested in the collaboration between people from a wide variety of nationalities and disciplines, and sees it as an opportunity to share and strengthen the knowledge of processes.

I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being. Oscar Wilde
 

 

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Josephine Nørtoft Saabye

Josephine received her bachelor in architecture at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in 2017. Throughout her education she has served on various committees and boards to advocate for students’ interests and to better understand the structure of educational institutions.  During her degree she also did a internship in 2016 at Rural Urban Framework (RUF), a non-profit design research lab based at Hong Kong University, where she will return as a research assistant in 2018. 

Before entering the field of Architecture Josephine co-founded the organisation ‘One World Musical’ in 2013.  Creating musicals with children in rural communities in developing countries in Africa and South East Asia, the organisation strived to demonstrate creativity as a universal human trait, the importance of the arts and it’s impact on children’s ability to learn. In 2015 Josephine initiated ‘Dreams of a School’, a project in collaboration with students of Education from Aarhus University, to encourage reflection on the connection between the physical space and the learning processes within. Through one-day workshops elementary school kids dreamt of their school in drawings and models as a space for learning, imagination, creation and inspiration.

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Frida Foberg

Frida received her bachelor of arts in architecture from KTH Royal Institute of Technology, followed by her master of arts in architecture from Aarhus School of Architecture in 2013. In 2012 she started her own freelance based practice and has executed several collaborative exhibitions and installations, all with her interest in the interaction between people-art-space-stories. In 2014 she was, in collaboration with Mie Dinesen, granted by the Cultural Affairs Agency of Oslo for their workshop based installations “Rom i Byen for Byen”.

After working for the artist Vito Acconci, and the architect firm VAMOS Architects in NYC, Frida became a Resident Fellow at Arts Letters & Numbers Headquarters in Averill Park, NY in 2015. During her time as a Resident Fellow she has worked closely with the entire ALN community on many elements that contribute to the life of the project and have strengthened the core mission. Frida has recently taken on the role as Associate Director of Arts Letters & Numbers. 

Frida's artistic work evolve around the awareness of how we do what we do, while we are doing it. The context of her work is the daily life, the situations, rooted in culture and personality traits, we might not contemplate upon. Her larger body of work Why Are We Eating Together, is a research on the intersection of these patterns.

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Troels Steenholdt Heiredal

Troels Steenholdt Heiredal addresses issues of time, geographies, spatial production, and representation. Working in various mediums and locations, he explores aspects of serendipity and emblematic effects of place.

Troels makes us question the relationship we build to our daily surroundings by drawing out the inner geographies that our spatial experiences build in us. Superimposing collections of places, spaces, and colors on film evokes unexpected connections between distinct geographies and shows that conventionally defined 2D mediums, such as drawing and photography, can be a practice of sculpting in time and space.

Looking beyond the immediate becomes a way of re-stitching the constellations of the matter that make up our environment.

Mixing media and form, the hand is always a key focal point of the work, not only in drawing and building, but also in seeing, writing, experiencing. The hands-on approach of submerging into the matter and absorbing it with the skin allows for Troels’ aesthetic idiosyncrasies to be exposed and observed in the work.

Troels holds a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering from The Technical University of Denmark and a Master of Arts in Architecture from The Aarhus School of Architecture. Troels has exhibited, been published, and has lectured on his work domestically and internationally. He is a founding fellow at Arts Letters & Numbers and an invited guest critic at Cornell University, RISD, and The Cooper Union.

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Loren Howard

Loren Howard studied architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and prior to that, mechanical engineering at Boston University.   He grew up in a family of woodworkers and mechanics, with access to an open toolbox and the freedom to make his own mistakes and discoveries.  This led to an appreciation of the dialogue between body, tool and material, and what it means to listen.  He has a shop, Hazard Built, where he works wood and metal into a variety of tools, jewelry, furniture and architectural spaces.  Loren has taught and contributed to the technology curriculum in the architecture department at RISD.

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Rikke Jørgenson

Rikke Jørgensen received her Master in the Arts of Architecture from the Aarhus School of Architecture in 2011, where she became an Assistant professor and held a position as full time Adjunct Professor from 2012.


Through her work Jorgensen explores the narrative potential of architecture, specifically the significance of the tools and the relation between the realm of the representative field and the full scale. She cuts houses, draw with swings and dances with machines. She is an Instructor Adjunct at the Cooper Union, has been a Fellow at Arts Letters & Numbers since 2013 and collaborates/consults on various projects in DK and in the US.

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Chris Rose

We know as much as our means of expression, engagement, our ‘art’ allows us to know, since we can know only what we have attempted to share, explain, present or negotiate. (From ‘Five Essays on Design’, 2006).

Chris Rose is a designer, author, academic and all-round visionary. He is known both for his work in arts-science-design collaborations and for his leadership of one of the UK’s best known multidisciplinary design programs, Three-Dimensional Design and Materials Practice, at the University of Brighton, England from 1993–2009. He brings his vision for 'seeing' things in different ways into many disciplines and for many purposes, all related to developing how we live and work for the better of all. Formerly a furniture and interior designer Chris was a member of the UK Crafts Council Index of Selected Makers and a recipient of the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers Guild award. He and UK furniture artist Fred Baier shared studio design consultancy Baier-Rose Design, and Rose subsequently worked with Pearl Dot Furniture in London. He was invited to manage part of the independent Parnham Studio Furniture program established by John Makepeace, and later the multidisciplinary arts and design program at the University of Brighton, where he continued to broaden the connections and working links with materials science, art-science collaboration and European cross-border projects. Chris saw links between engineering and art+design practices long before it become fashionable. His work with collaborator Caroline Baillie on programs of 'Travelling Facts' and knowledge development through the Institute of Advanced studies in Berlin, first connected  ideas on interdisciplinary design to the complexities of social justice and ethics. His work on 'Composites on Tour' for the European Society for Composite Materials supported the development of design thinking of many engineering students throughout Europe.  In 2012 Chris consulted at Aalto University Helsinki with architect collaborator Saija Hollmen on proposals for new joint masters programs for engineering and architecture, applying concepts from the cognitive sciences for visual thinkers and designers. Currently Chris shares his time between three countries: Australia, the UK and the US where he works at Rhode Island School of Design as researcher, teacher, advisor and formerly as Dean of Graduate studies. His work in Australia frames the connections between sustainable design, Aboriginal ways of knowing and biomimimetics - learning from nature. 

Chris is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, London.


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Zubin Singh

Zubin Singh studied architecture at the University of Waterloo where he received his Bachelor of Environmental Science and Master's of Architecture.  He has worked in several architecture firms in Toronto, Ottawa, Los Angeles and San Francisco, built low-cost housing in Costa Rica, worked in a botanical garden in Tofino, British Columbia, and spent a year in Italy, studying in Rome and Pescara.  He has also taught design studio and courses in architectural history and cultural history at McGill University and the University of Waterloo.

Zubin recently finished his Ph.D.candidate in the History and Theory of Architecture Program at McGill University, writing on the Masque projects of John Hejduk.

 

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