GRAHAM HARMAN is a internationally renown contemporary philosopher of metaphysics. He is Distinguished University Professor at the American University in Cairo, and editor of the Speculative Realism book series at Edinburgh University Press. He is the author of numerous books, most recently Bells and Whistles: More Speculative Realism (2013)

RICHARD TYSON is the Founder of Special Project Office, helping organizations and executives prepare for the future. Richard's work has consistently focused on helping large scale public and private enterprises build adaptive capacities—learning, innovation, and social engagement—that foster growth and resilience. Special Project Office works with leaders to design break-through projects that foster learning and build capacity to harness change. We focus on connecting people and technology to improve collaboration, insight, and decision-making.


TOM BESSAI is a registered architect and founding partner with Maria Denegri of the Toronto-based architecture firm Denegri Bessai Studio. Projects from the studio have been published nationally and internationally. He has recently established DBS Fabrication- a satellite research and production workshop that augments the computing, design and prototyping facilities of the practice. He is an Assistant Professor at the J.H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture at the University of Toronto. He holds an MArch from UCLA and is completing an MSc from the University of Michigan’s Taubman College with a specialization in Design and Material Systems. His research and teaching explore computation and fabrication strategies for adaptive architecture. His recent work on force-active assemblies was presented at ACADIA 2013.

JOHN CIRKA is an Associate Professor in the Department of Architectural Science at Ryerson University. He graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture from Carleton University and completed a one-year post-professional Masters at Columbia. He also holds a Ph.D. from the European Graduate School. He has taught in the Schools of Architecture at Carleton, Waterloo and U of T and has practiced architecture for over twenty years. His research interests include, in philosophy, forms of time, and in architectural theory, the transformations in movement through the twentieth century. He is currently the Director of the Master of Architecture Program at Ryerson.

JASON CROW is a Ph.D. Graduate of the School of Architecture at McGill University and an Assistant Professor at Louisiana State University. He worked on a dissertation about the interrelationship of the histories of vision and stone under the working title, “Animate Matters: Hierurgy and Stone in the Twelfth Century.” In particular his research explores changes in the understanding of the artisan’s ability to transform matter as being equal to an inherent power of stone to change itself. During his time at FARMM, he manages the Facility for Architectural Research in Media and Mediation, the high performance computation lab at McGill University School of Architecture. Recently, he lead a Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Creation Grant funded team, which under the direction of Professor Alberto Pérez-Gómez explored the possibility of a poetics for digital tools. A portion of the research, an immersive ephemeral architecture entitled MXT, was featured in an article on food and design at the news aggregator, Huffington Post, alongside the work of Zaha Hadid and Diller + Scofidio. As a registered architect, he has worked at the forefront of sustainable design for the United States National Park Service and the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts.

FREDERIKA EILERS is a PhD candidate in architecture at McGill University researching the architecture of dollhouses to investigate relationships between modernisms, models, gender norms, playrooms, and toys. Due to her strong interest in material culture, she has been a research fellow at the Winterthur Museum (2011) and the National Museum of Play (2013). Previously, she earned a post-professional master of architecture in the cultural mediations and technology program at McGill (2010), practiced architecture in Western New York and Maryland designing educational and long-term care facilities, and completed a professional bachelor of architecture from Syracuse University (2006).

PATRICK HARROP is an architect, electronic artist and Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Manitoba. He is the former CMRI Chair in Masonry Studies and is an active researcher with CAST (Centre for Architectural Structures and Technology). His research is in emerging technology and design with a practical and theoretical interest in electromechanical hacking, digital fabrication, performative and immaterial phenomenon and contemporary theories of technology. Professor Harrop’s current research/creation is in the contemporary interpretation of Moholy Nagy’s Poly-Cinema (SSHRC) as well as developing critical open source discourses for design-build education across North America (SSHRC partnership). Professor Harrop received his undergraduate architecture degree from Carleton University, and his post professional M.Arch degree from the History and Theory program at McGill University in Montreal.

JAMES HAYES is a PhD student at the Carleton University Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism and a researcher at the Carleton Immersive Media Studio (CIMS). At CIMS he is currently overseeing the development of a digitally-assisted stone carving process with the Dominion Sculptor and the Heritage Conservation Directorate (HCD) of Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC). James’ doctoral research examines the historical developments of the contractual apparatus that frames the translation process (from conception to construction) in order to develop a critical understanding of how digital communication and fabrication technologies might provide a new platform for collaboration among all of the agents involved in the creation of architecture.

MARIANA IBAÑEZ is an architect and designer. She is a founding principal of Ibañez Kim studio and an Associate Professor of Architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. In her practice and academics, Mariana focuses on the agenda of responsive environments and interactive design within architecture and urbanism. Mariana’s work has been published and exhibited internationally at the ICA in London, as well as the MoMA. Mariana received her professional degree from the University of Buenos Aires and an M.Arch from the Architectural Association in London.

SIMON KIM is an Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design where he directs the Immersive Kinematics Research Group, and is a founding principal of Ibañez Kim studio. Simon has graduate degrees from the Architectural Association and MIT and is a registered architect in California. His academic interest in robotics in architecture and design has been presented in international conferences such as IEEE and AAMAS. This work has also been exhibited at the ICA in Philadelphia, Storefront for Art and Architecture in NY, and Fashion Week in Milan.

FILIZ KLASSEN (M.Arch., B.Arch.) is Director of Design Fabrication Zone and Associate Professor at Ryerson University. Her research emphasizes materiality as ‘responsive matter’ in architecture and focuses on adaptability to variables in environmental conditions. She is recipient of a research/creation grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada for her project Malleable Matter: Material Innovations in Architecture (2005-2010). Her ‘Snow, Rain, Light, Wind: Weathering Architecture’ exhibition is displayed at Triangle Gallery, Calgary (May 28-June 24, 2010) and Design at Riverside Gallery, Cambridge (November 2009 to January 2010). She has presented at conferences internationally in Boras, Singapore, London, New York, Istanbul, Eindhoven, Delft, Venice and nationally in Banff, Calgary, Cambridge and Toronto. Her articles on material innovations and responsive environments are published in books Snow, Rain, Light, Wind: Weathering Architecture (2009), Arium: Weather + Architecture (Hatje Cantz, 2010) and Mobile Nation (Riverside Press, 2008), as well as in other academic and professional journals. She is the co-editor of Transportable Environments 3, the third book on portable architecture and design published by Spon Press (UK, 2006) following the international conference she organized and co-chaired at Ryerson. She has curated exhibitions and also exhibited her own work at Archive Gallery, Gladstone Hotel, Design Exchange, and various other venues in Toronto. She directed ‘Weathering Architecture’, a performance that was staged as part of Harbourfront Centre’s HATCH: Emerging Performance Projects in 2008. For more information on her work and publications please see <>

BRIGHITA LUNGU is currently working on her PhD in the History & Theory Department at McGill University's School of Architecture and is a FARMM researcher. Her dissertation focuses on film as a technical variation of our vision and its implications in architectural representation. She holds a master degree in Cultural Mediations & Technology from McGill University and previously studied at Universitatea Tehnica 'Gh. Asachi', Romania.

SCOTT MARBLE is a founding partner of Marble Fairbanks and a faculty member at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation (GSAPP). He is the Director of Integrated Design at the GSAPP and is currently Director of the Integrated Design Studios for The Columbia Building Intelligence Project (CBIP). The work of Marble Fairbanks is widely published internationally, has received numerous design awards and is part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. In 2008, the MoMA commissioned their project, Flatform for the exhibition Home Delivery: Fabricating the Modern Dwelling. Their most recently completed project, Glen Oaks Library, was selected as both the Public Choice and the Editor’s Choice for American-Architects Building of the Year 2013. Scott recently completed a new book, Digital Workflows in Architecture: Design / Assembly / Industry published by Birkhäuser.

KIEL MOE is a registered practicing architect and Assistant Professor of Architectural Technology in the Department of Architecture at Harvard University Graduate School of Design where he is Co- Director of the MDes Program and Co-Director of the Energy, Environments & Design Research Unit. He is author of Insulating Modernism: Isolated and Non-isolated Thermodynamics in Architecture (2014); Convergence: An Architectural Agenda for Energy, (2013); Building Systems: Design Technology & Society (2012); Thermally Active Surfaces in Architecture (2010); and Integrated Design in Contemporary Architecture (2008).

DAVID NEWTON is an Assistant Professor of Architecture at McGill University. His teaching and research situates itself at the intersection of computer science, fabrication, and design. His work has been published by AD Magazine, the Architectural Association (AA), and Rice University. Before starting in academia he worked with the office of Diller Scofidio + Renfro, where his interests in digital design processes, interactive systems, and fabrication were explored professionally.

JONATHAN POWERS recently completed his doctoral dissertation in Architectural History & Theory at McGill University. He holds an M.A. in Philosophy from Boston College and a B.A. in Philosophy from Amherst College. He has published on the subjects of utopia and Renaissance architectural theory. Professionally, Jonathan has worked in affordable housing finance (for the Affordable Housing Institute), community development (for the U.S. Dept. of HUD), and as a language instructor and cultural attaché (at the University of Strasbourg in France). Jonathan's dissertation concerns the lexical and philosophical strategies that early Renaissance architects used to articulate to potential patrons the potentialities and character of architectural creativity.

KEITH G. RAGSDALE (M.Arch, B.E.D.) is a Ph.D. student and FARMM researcher at McGill University’s School of Architecture. While his doctoral research addresses the history and theory of architectural drawings and drafting practices during the late-eighteenth century, Keith is also interested in the philosophies of craft and technology and their intersections within the contemporary domain of architectural pedagogy.