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Louise Pelletier

Louise Pelletier was trained as an architect, but decided a few years ago to take a step back from active practice, and now takes pleasure at watching from a distance the glorious accomplishments and egoistic folly that marks the built environment. Along the way, she has taught in various schools of architecture and design, and has written non-fiction books with academic presses such as Routledge and The MIT Press, a commercial guidebook about Montreal with Sgraff, and over twenty articles in scholarly publications, magazines and exhibition catalogues. She currently is the director of the School of Design at the Universite du Quebec a Montreal (UQAM).

Visiting artist at Arts Letters & Numbers Summer Workshop 2012-2013.
 

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Alberto Pérez-Gómez

Alberto Pérez-Gómez was born in Mexico City in 1949 and became a Canadian Citizen and a Quebec resident in 1987. He obtained his undergraduate degree in architecture and engineering in Mexico City, did postgraduate work at Cornell University, and was awarded a Master of Arts and a Ph.D. by the University of Essex in England. He has taught at universities in Mexico City, Houston, Syracuse, and Toronto, at the Architectural Association in London, and was Director of the Carleton University School of Architecture from 1983 to 1986. He has lectured extensively worldwide.

His numerous articles have been published in the Journal of Architectural Education, AA Files, Arquitecturas Bis, Section A, VIA, Architectural Design,ARQ, SKALA, A+U, Perspecta, and many other periodicals. His first book in English, Architecture and the Crisis of Modern Science (MIT Press, 1983) won the Alice Davis Hitchcock Award in 1984, a prize awarded every two years for the most significant work of scholarship in the field.

In January 1987 Pérez-Gómez was appointed Saidye Rosner Bronfman Professor of the History of Architecture at McGill University, where he directs the History and Theory option. From March 1990 to June 1993, he was also the Founding Director of the Institut de recherche en histoire de l'architecture, a research institute which he instigated, co-sponsored by the Canadian Centre for Architecture, the Université de Montréal and McGill University. Students of Dr. Pérez-Gómez now teach most Canadian architecture programs, and in many North American and European Universities.

Dr. Pérez-Gómez is the author of Polyphilo or The Dark Forest Revisited (MIT Press, 1992), an erotic narrative/theory of architecture that retells the love story of the famous fifteenth century novel/treatise Hypnerotomachia Poliphiliin late twentieth-century terms, a text that has become the source of numerous projects and exhibitions. He is also co-editor of a now well-established series of books entitled CHORA: Intervals in the Philosophy of Architecture (McGill-Queen’s University Press), which collects essays exploring fundamental questions concerning the practice of architecture through its history and theories. A recent major book co-authored with Louise Pelletier, Architectural Representation and the Perspective Hinge (MIT Press, 1997), traces the history and theory of modern European architectural representation, with special reference to the role of projection in architectural design. In his most recent book, Built Upon Love: Architectural Longing after Ethics and Aesthetics(MIT Press, 2006), Pérez-Gómez examines points of convergence between ethics and poetics in architectural history and philosophy, and draws important conclusions for contemporary practice.

Visiting artist at Arts Letters & Numbers Summer Workshop 2012, 2013 and Session Leader 2018.

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Pneuhaus

Pneuhaus is a design collective working within the fields of event structures, spatial and object design, and contemporary art. 

The group was co-founded in 2013 by designers Matthew Muller and August Lehrecke, who both attended the Rhode Island School of Design in the department of Furniture Design. Starting as Matt and August's thesis collaboration, Pneuhaus swiftly expanded into a sphere of potential the two could not deflate. Relocating in North Providence the summer of 2014 the pair were joined by fellow RISD alum Hunter Blackwell, Glass '14 and Levi Bedall an old friend and recent grad from The Ohio State University, Architecture '14. Focused around designing objects and spaces that require an active participation from their audience, their work covers a wide range of fields ranging from experimental material explorations to functioning objects.

Visiting artist at Arts Letters & Numbers Summer Workshop 2015.

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