Speakers: Manuel Jimenez Garcia & Gilles Retsin

Speakers: Manuel Jimenez Garcia & Gilles Retsin

    Manuel Jimenez García is the co-founder and principal of madMdesign, a computational design practice based in London. His work has been exhibited worldwide in venues such as Canada´s Design Museum (Toronto), Royal Academy of Arts (London), Zaha Hadid Design Gallery (London), Clerkenwell Design Week (London) and X Spanish Architectural Biennale (Madrid).

    Alongside his practice, Manuel has lectured, taught and attended juries internationally. He is currently a lecturer in Architecture at The Bartlett School of Architecture UCL (London), where he directs Research Cluster 4 at the MArch Architectural Design (AD) and MArch Unit 19; in addition, he curates Plexus, a multidisciplinary lecture series based on computational design; he is also the director of the AA Visiting School Madrid. His academic research has been widely featured in publications and international conferences such us Fabricate, Ecaade, Aae and Acadia. He has recently been awarded with the Best Emerging Research Award in Acadia 2016 Posthuman Frontiers.

    Manuel holds a Masters in Architecture + Urbanism (AADRL) from Architectural Association and a Masters in Design and Computer modeling from CICE new technologies professional school. He has worked as an architect for the offices of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, Minimaforms and Amid(cero9), participating actively in multiple international recognised projects.

    Gilles Retsin is the founder of Gilles Retsin Architecture, a young award-winning London based architecture and design practice. The practice has developed numerous provocative proposals for international competitions, qualifying most recently as one of the finalists for the international competition for the New National Gallery in Budapest. Currently, the practice is working on a a range of schemes, among them a 10000 m2 museum in China.
    Gilles graduated from the Architectural Association in London. Prior to founding his own practice, he worked in Switzerland as a project architect with Christian Kerez, and in London with Kokkugia.

    Alongside his practice, Gilles directs a research cluster at UCL/ the Bartlett school of Architecture, and he is also a senior lecturer at the University of East-London. He has been invited professor at the Texas A&M University, and has lectured and acted as guest critic in numerous universities internationally, most notably ETH Zurich and KTH Stockholm.

    His work has been acquired by the Centre Pompidou in Paris. He has exhibited internationally in museums such as the Museum of Art and Design in New York. His visionary designs have been published in various media like Wired, the Guardian, Dezeen, as well as on academic conferences such as ECAADE, ACADIA and FABRICATE.