A10 new European architecture Cooperative now has 31 members who own and develop the Coop, all of them qualified and well-respected experts in their fields of expertise. They have been working with A10 for years and will post regularly on our Homepage or contribute otherwise to the Cooperative. Together we represent 25 countries in Europe which also enables us to do pan-European research. Recent collaborative projects can be found here.
Indira van ‘t Klooster (Netherlands), chair. Indira is an architecture journalist, graduated at the University of Amsterdam. She founded and editor-in-chief of A10 new European architecture Cooperative (2016) and headed the A10 editorial team since 2012. Her books include Forty and Famous – 10 interviews with succesful young European architects (Amilcar Publishers, 2016) and Reactivate! Innovators of Dutch architecture (2013). She has been part of many events and juries all over Europe, including the Media Architecture Prize (Hungary, 2014/2016), the Young Italian Award (2014/2016), the Architect of the Year Award (Estonia, 2015), the Maaskant Prize (Netherlands, 2014), the Doolan Prize (Scotland, 2013) and many more. She also works for Architectuur Lokaal, a foundation that promotes good clientship in the Netherlands. She has been a guest lecturer at the Academy of Architecture Amsterdam since 2003. Recently she accepted the Milena Jesenska Fellowship at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna, which she will dedicate to her research into Eutopian Communities in Europe.
Saimir Kristo (Albania), secretary. Saimir is our Albanian expert. He is an architect and urban designer, currently Vice-Dean and lecturer in the Faculty of Architecture and Design and lecturer of architecture at POLIS University. He is also an active member of civil society in Albania engaging communities and developing a common platform for discussion in the field of architecture and urban planning. He served as co-curator of Tirana Architecture Week 2014 “[En] Visioning Future Cities” and general director of Tirana Design Week 2015 “Design NOW!”
Ruta Leitanaite (Lithuania), treasurer. Ruta is our architecture critic, publicist, writer from Lithuania. In 2017 she has been appointed director of the Architects Association of Lithuania (AAL). She is an organizer of various architectural events: architecture exhibitions, lectures, workshops, architectural competitions and curator of the official website of AAL. She’s a host of a bi-weekly radio program “An architect is required” (broadcast on Ziniu radijas, Lithuania). She also collaborating in various national and international projects, contributes to architectural magazines and books.
Ieva Zibarte (Latvia), public relations. Ieva is reporting from Riga, Latvia. After completing her studies in architecture, she started her career in writing as a correspondent from London for the Latvian national daily newspaper. Since then she’s established a rich portfolio of architectural and design writing for national dailies, current affairs and business magazines. As an editor and writer, Ieva has compiled several books on architecture. She has also curated and directed a few architecture exhibitions, and her work has been recognised by winning the Latvian National Architecture Prize. Ieva is considered an expert in her field, with numerous appearances on national TV and radio in addition to being a frequent guest lecturer at the Art Academy of Latvia. Although her everyday work involves contemporary architecture and design, Ieva’s passion lies in revitalising and extending the life of old architecture through interior photography.
Anne Isopp (Austria). Anne is an architectural journalist, based in Vienna. She studied architecture at TU Graz and journalism at Danube University Krems. She writes for newspapers, architectural journals and magazines. She is editor-in-chief of Zuschnitt (www.zuschnitt.at), a magazine, which presents the current trends in timber building.
Elsa Turkusic (Bosnia-Herzegovina). Elša is an architect, architectural critic and researcher, based in Bosnia-Herzegovina. She studied at the Faculty of Architecture in Sarajevo and at the Escola Tecnica Superior d`Arquitectura de Barcelona. She holds master of science (2010) and Phd (2014) in architecture and urbanism. Since 2007 she works as a senior teaching assistant at the Department of Architectural Design at the Faculty of Architecture University of Sarajevo. She worked for the foundation The Aga Khan Trust for Culture on the project Historic Cities Support Program: Conservation and Revitalization of Historic Mostar and for the foundation Cultural Heritage without Borders (Sweden), cooperated on the several projects with the Institute for the Protection of Cultural-Historical and Natural Heritage of Canton Sarajevo, and with the Institute for Architecture and Urbanism (Sarajevo). She is a Bosnia-Herzegovina’svoting member for ICOMOS International Committee on 20th Century Heritage and independent expert of Mies van der Rohe Award EU for Architecture and a member of the Expert Committee of the European Prize for Urban Public Space.
Aneta Vasileva (Bulgaria). Aneta reports from Bulgaria. She is and architect, critic and publicist, based in Sofia. She is co-founder and blogger at WhAT Association, an independent organization dedicated to architecture criticism, journalism, the organization and evaluation of competitions. Aneta is also co-author and editor of the Architectural section of the Bulgarian Nouvelle Vague book (2012) outlining the best of the Bulgarian contemporary artists. She graduated as master of architecture at the University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy (UACEG), Sofia and is currently a teaching PhD researcher there, working on Bulgarian post WWII architecture and preservation of architectural heritage.
Osamu Okamura (Czech Republic). Osamu reports from Czech Republic. He is an architect, program director of reSITE international festival and conference on more livable cities, lecturer at ARCHIP / Architectural Institute in Prague. 2014 New Europe 100 outstanding challenger from Central and Eastern Europe – by Res Publica with Google and the Visegrad Fund in cooperation with Financial Times. Lectured at universities and institutes in USA, Japan, Thailand, Turkey, Germany, Austria, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Serbia, Ukraine and Czech Republic. In 2005-2012 Editor-in-Chief of professional architecture magazine ERA21, from 2013 it’s scientific supervisor. Official nominator of European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award – for the Czech Republic, member of Commission for urban development and architecture in Prague 7 district, official certifier of Register of Artistic Outputs of Czech Universities for the segment of Architecture. Graduate from Faculty of Architecture CTU Prague and Academy of Fine Arts in Prague – conceptual arts. Studied at ENSA Nantes, France.
Tarja Nurmi (Finland). Tarja is a Helsinki based architect, architecture writer and critic. She has worked in several architecture studios, done TV-programs and documentaries and curated architecture exhibitions. She has also been very active in the Finnish Architecture Association (SAFA) and has written about architecture in both Finnish newspapers, culture publications and architecture reviews in and outisde Finland. She has her own blog “Arkkivahti”, something that might translate as “Watchdog over architecture”. Right now she is working on a book about best contemporary Estonian architecture.
Anna Yudina (France). Anna reports from France. She is an author, curator and co-founder of MONITOR magazine. During 2000-2011, Anna has been involved in curating a number of architecture and design exhibitions, including the exhibitions of Zaha Hadid and Jakob+MacFarlane Architects in the Moscow State Architecture Museum (2000); international architecture exhibitions presented by MONITOR during Milan Design Weeks (2003, 2004), and an exhibition of young Norwegian designers in Paris (2011). Specifically interested in cross-disciplinary thinking in architecture, design, and art, she has authored several books exploring these subjects. Published books include: “Lumitecture” and “Furnitecture” (2015 and 2014, Thames & Hudson); “Phase: the Architecture of Jakob+MacFarlane” (2013, AADCU), and “Eske Rex: Silent Action” (2013).
Sylvain Tegroeg (France/The Netherlands). Sylvain TEGROEG is a french freelance creative based in Amsterdam. He graduated from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in 2013, following which he started his career as a multi-disciplinary designer. Working under self-initiative as well as commissions, Sylvain Tegroeg is best known for creating high-detailed illustrations and landscapes of miniatures, with broad influences such as product design, architecture and graphic design.
Florian Heilmeyer (Germany) has been living and working in Berlin since 1978. As author, editor and curator he focusses on making visible the political and economical forces as well as the cultural and social reasons that make architecture come into form. Proving that he enjoys contradictory things, he splits his time between Berlin and the Bavarian mountains.
Olga Ioannou (Greece). Olga is based in Athens. Previously she studied Architecture at the University of Sapienza in Rome. She later graduated from the Aristotle University in Thessaloniki where she first established her studio in 2002, before moving to Athens in 2010. She has been involved in numerous design and construction projects in Greece. In 2012 she received her degree from the Postgraduate Programme “Architecture – Space -Design” of the National Technical University of Athens where she now is a PhD student researching architectural education. Her research work has been published in online scientific journals and presented in international conferences. She currently teaches both at NTUA and the University of Portsmouth’s branch in Athens. She is also running a blog entitled “connecting data to information to knowledge” that discusses architectural education in online environments.
Petros Phokaides (Greece/Cyprus). Petros is our reporter from Greece and Cyprus. He is an architect and a Ph.D. candidate at National Technical University of Athens, Greece, and a researcher at Mesarch Lab at University of Cyprus. His research spans the disciplines of architectural history and theory and postcolonial studies and focuses in transnational 1960-70s architecture and planning. He has performed extensive archival research in Cyprus, Greece and UK and his historical and theoretical investigations have been presented in international conferences and published in Docomomo Journal (2013), Journal of Architecture (2011), MIT:Thresholds (2011), and MONU Magazine (2013).
Levente Polyak (Hungary). Levente is our correspondent from Hungary. He is an urbanist, researcher and critic. He studied architecture, urbanism, sociology and art theory in Budapest and Paris, worked on urban projects for the New York, Paris, Rome, Vienna and Budapest municipalities and was lecturer at the MoME and BUTE (Budapest) and TU Wien. He is a founding member of the Hungarian Contemporary Architecture Centre, board member of Wonderland Platform for European Architecture and managing director of Eutropian.
Zaira Magliozzi (Italy). Zaira is our correspondent from Italy. She is an architect, editor and critic based in Rome. In 2016 she co-founded Superficial Studio, a creative office based in Rome to research and develop projects focused on communication, image, architecture&design, culture, events, branding. She is in the IN/ARCH Lazio’s steering committee (the regional section of the National Institute of Architecture founded by Bruno Zevi) to promote the architectural debate through conferences and events. She is also an active collaborator of the creative laboratory presS/Tfactory – part of the AIAC, Italian Association of Architecture and Criticism – curating, coordinating and organizing exhibitions, workshops, competitions, courses and international meetings focused on architecture.
Silvio Carta (Italy/England). Silvio is an architect and academic based in London. His main fields of interest are architectural design and design theory. His academic, editorial, and writing work have focused on the understanding of the contemporary architecture, architectural criticism, research through making, digital design, and the analysis of the design process.
Emmett Scanlon (Ireland). Emmett is an Ireland-based architect focused on the social purpose of architecture. His practice includes the design of buildings, academic research, architectural education, policy development, curation and criticism and he has a particular interest in the house and home in Ireland. His is a Lecturer at UCD Architecture and Architecture Adviser to the Arts Council and is a PhD candidate at the School of Architecture, University of Sheffield. In 2016 Emmett is leading a team appointed by Grangegorman Development Agency to deliver Home on The Grange a community based public art project focusing on home making as a creative process in North Dublin city.
Vjollca Limani (Kosovo). Vjollca is our correspondent from Kosovo. She is an architect based in Prishtina. After completing her studies from the University of Prishtina in 2005, she started her professional work experience in local urban planning and architecture office-Urban Plus. In 2008 she co-founded XL Architects, developing urban planning projects with great focus on sustainable community planning and design, as well as architecture and urban design projects. Currently she is also engaged as municipal advisor for GIZ-Kosovo.
Joakim Skajaa (Norway). Joakim is our Norwegian correspondent. He is an architect educated at the Bergen School of Architecture. In addition to architecture he has studied applied micro- and local meteorology and landscape ecology at the University of Bergen. He has served two years on the Board of the Oslo Architects Association and in 2013 he was responsible for the association’s contribution to the Oslo Architecture Triennale – Behind the Green Door, he was the editor of the book ‘Hit og dit og inn og ut..’ released in conjunction with the Triennial. He is co-editor of the magazine Pollen. He teaches at Bergen School of Architecture and the Oslo School of Architecture and Design. He is also a partner in the architectural office Eriksen Skajaa Arkitekter with Arild Eriksen.
Hubert Trammer (Poland). Hubert writes about architecture in Poland. He teaches at the Faculty of Civil Engineering and Architecture of Lublin University of Technology. And he is a nominatorg for the European Union Prize for Architecture Mies van der Rohe Award 2015. He has been a member ofjuries in various architectural competitions in Poland and abroad – including the European Architectural Competition Europan, and the Competition for the best architectural designs and built objects in Lithuania 2008-2009. He also writes for the Polish architectural monthly Architektura-murator.
Carlos M. Guimarães (Portugal). Carlos is our man from Portugal, based in Porto. He is an architectand urban strategist (DipArch, Smart Cities MSc), currently interested in connecting the dots between Design and Planning, Technology and Urban Management, and Policy. With ten years of professional experience, Carlos has been traveling the world while working in his field, from Europe to Africa, from South to North America. He has been collaborating with A10 Magazine since 2008.
Stefan Ghenciulescu (Romania). Stefan reports from Romania. He is an architect, editor-in-chief of Zeppelin magazine, and co-founder of Zeppelin Association, Bucharest. He is also a lecturer at the Ion Mincu University of Architecture and Urbanism, Bucharest (UAUIM). He set up his own architectural practice in 2005. In 2006 Stefan was part of the team which represented Romania at the Venice Architecture Biennale. He is the author of the book Transparent City. Limits and dwelling in Bucharest, as well as co-author of several books and exhibitions. His current research interests are contemporary architecture, modern and post-socialist urban and architectural developments in South-Eastern Europe, the regeneration of socialist housing areas, and alternative projects for public space.
Peter Szalay (Slovakia). Peter is an architectural historian and curator based in Bratislava. He works as a researcher at the Department of Architecture of Slovak Academy of Sciences in Bratislava. He is a member of the editorial board of the ERA 21 magazine and member of the review panel of scientific journal Architektúra & urbanizmus. His research is focused on modern movement and contemporary architecture and urban planning, specifically on its social and political context, as well as on the heritage protection and conservation of modern architecture. He is a member of DOCOMOMO International.
Nina Granda (Slovenia). Nina lives between Ljubljana and Vienna. She studied Dramaturgy at Academy for Theatre, film and Television at University in Ljubljana, and Architecture at University in Ljubljana, where she finished her Master Study in 2009. Since then she works as a freelance architect. She had succesfully participated at many architectural competitions and won some competition awards. She was editor of Hiše (Houses) Magazine 2010 – 2014, and then conceptualised and realised Outsider – an international magazine for spacial culture, which is published four times a year in Slovenian and 2 times per year in German. She is currently finishing her Magister work with the theme “Curating a magazine” at University of applied arts Vienna.
Sander Laudy (Spain). Sander is our man in Spain. He finished his architecture study at TU Delft (NL) in 1999 and in 2000 he went to Barcelona to join the architecture office of Roser Amadó and Lluís Domènech, B01 arquitectes. He became a partner in the office in 2006 and he was the responsible architect for projects like the theaters of Sant Andreu de la Barca and Lloret de Mar, for the Til·lers Offices of the Catalan Politecnic University and for the Green Energy Central of Olot. He focuses on the sustainability of architecture and construction and he has been leading R&D&I projects collaborating with the building industry, trying to reduce the ecological impact of construction. He lectures on architecture and sustainability on universities in Spain and Italy, is a member of the directive board of the Green Building Council España and since 2005 he has been writing for A10.
Emiel Lamers (The Netherlands). Emiel reports from The Netherlands, Slovenia and Hungary. He is a Dutch architect who studied Architecture at the Technical University in Delft. His final project “Off the Track” won the Archiprix in 1994. Since then, he has lived and worked in five different European cities: Rotterdam, Budapest, Paris, Ljubljana and since September 2013 in Amsterdam. He realised seven buildings for the Dutch state and several within his own practice. Since 2005, he has written more than 150 articles, mainly as a correspondent for A10 magazine. He also wrote on a book about contemporary architecture in Hungary.
Ömer Kanipak (Turkey). Ömer graduated from Istanbul Technical University, department of Architecture in 1995 and got his Master’s degree from MIT School of Architecture in 1997. He founded Arkitera Architecture Center in 2000 and directed it for 10 years. Since 2010 he works as a freelance architect, teaches in universities as an adjunct professor and works as a professional architectural photographer. Kanipak frequently writes on various national and international publications, works as members of juries or consultants of national and international architectural awards.
Isabelle Priest (United Kingdom) was born in rural Cambridgeshire and found a particular interest in contemporary architecture as it provided such a different model to what was immediately available to her – East Anglian vernacular, John Vanburgh, even Robert Adam. The first memorable experience of this interest began with one of the first Modernist houses in Britain, New Ways (1925-1926), by Peter Behrens in Northampton. This led Isabelle to study architecture at The Bartlett, UCL (UK) and completed study on an AHRC-funded place for a Masters in Architectural History, again at The Bartlett in 2012. Her dissertation on Le Corbusier was shortlisted for the 2013 RIBA President Award for Research. Having worked in Amsterdam at A10 in 2011, she has worked at a number of architecture magazines including Architecture Today and The Architects’ Journal, and written for several others. She is now assistant editor at The RIBA Journal in London. In 2016 Isabelle was named IBP Architecture Writer of the Year.
Dutton Hauhart (USA/Netherlands). Dutton has developed, managed and edited content for an expanded version of A10 magazine’s website since 2009. He assisted in implementing and troubleshooting a CMS developed for the website. He has communicated with correspondents, photographers and architects regarding website content and permissions. He wrote and edited articles for both the website and print magazine. He specializes in editing and improving texts translated into English or written by non-native speakers. The activities of his company, Reitz Ink, also include proofreading, reviewing, and (copy)writing.
Gonzalo Herrero Delicado (Spain/UK). reports from the United Kingdom. He is an architect, curator and writer of contemporary architecture and design based in London. He is the Architecture Programme Curator at the Royal Academy of Arts. Trained in Architecture at University of Alicante and Polytechnic University of Madrid [ETSAM], he worked as an architect for several practices, amongst them Lacaton & Vassal Architectes in Paris. Later, he was curator at The Architecture Foundation, and lead curator and programme manager of ARDE at Somerset House. He curated with Justin McGuirk the headline opening show of the new Design Museum titled Fear and Love: Reactions to a Complex World. His projects are greatly informed by political affairs in an attempt to situate architecture within a larger social and economic discourse. His work is also focused on the analysis of emerging practices and their connection with the development of cross-disciplinary projects that have an impact in the urban arena. His curatorial portfolio, both independently and working for other institutions, is composed of a wide range of projects including exhibitions, installations and public programmes developed in partnership with the Mies van der Rohe Foundation, Barbican, Tate, Serpentine Galleries and the ICA (Institute of Contemporary Arts), amongst others. Since 2007 he has widely contributed as a writer to some of the most renowned design and architecture magazines including Domus, Abitare, Neo2, Mark, Blueprint and A10. Since 2012 he is also part of the board of experts/nominators for the European Union Prize Mies van der Rohe.