Tobias Klein

Tobias Klein works in the fields of Architecture, Art, Design and interactive Media Installation. His work generates a syncretism of contemporary CAD/CAM technologies with site and culturally specific design narratives, intuitive non-linear design processes, and historical cultural references.

Before joining City University Hong Kong in the role as interdisciplinary Assistant Professor in the School of Creative Media and the architectural department, he was the Unit Master of the Diploma 1 Studio at the Architectural Associ¬ation in London and ran a Media Studies class at the AA 2006-2014. He has lectured and given workshops internationally (Madrid, Spain – Lund, Sweden – Berlin,Germany – TU Munich, Germany …) and was an invited critic at Ecole Spé¬ciale d’Architecture – Paris, The Bartlett, Cambridge, Brighton University, Oxford Brookes, London Southbank, Greenwich and Nottingham to name a few in¬stances. He became an appointed Guest Professor at the TU Innsbruck; Stu¬dio 3, Institute for experimental architecture in 2010-12 and lectured at the Royal College of Art, (2007-2010).

The resulting works of his studio are exhibited international with examples being in the collection of the Antwerp Fashion Museum, the London Science Museum, the V&A, the Bellevue Arts Museum, Museum of Moscow and Vancouver. He is lecturing and published internationally with most recent articles focusing on the translation from craftsmanship to digital manufacturing.

Local Coordinator and Co-Director
Ryan Vincent Manning

Ryan Manning is a designer/owner of quirkd33 a design collaborative in landscapes, film, and architecture. He holds B.S. in Architecture from University of Texas at Arlington and Master of Architecture from SCI-Arc.  He has been involved with multiple workshops and programs including Tereform One, Mara Haseltine and Studio Go.

He has worked with numerous architectural firms including Tom Wiscombe Architecture, Buro Happold, and Cliff Garten.  He has worked with Heron-Mazy since 2008 and accompanied honors/publications in Storefront Art and Architecture, Dallas Film Festival, IDEXXCanada, Blankspace, and many others. Recently working with local artists and filmmakers, Ryan has experienced the multi-facets of the architecture and film industries including Project Manager, Production Designer, Installation Designer, and Director.

He was guest professor at TU Innsbruck, Institute of Urban Design, for the past year. He has lectured and been a critic internationally in Prague, Vienna, Innsbruck, Berlin, London, Los Angeles, Zurich, Dallas and Bratislava.  He has been a critic/lecturer at SCI-Arc, UCLA, ETH, University of Texas at Arlington, Bartlett, TU Berlin, TU Innsbruck Institute for Experimental Architecture, and USC.

Ben Warwas

Ben Warwas got his start in Berkeley CA in 1974. He spent his youth participating in the beginning of street skateboarding to the sounds of the punk scene maturing Gilman St.  It was here that he began his vision of infusing many mediums into one body of work.  In the same way skateboarding experiences the urban landscape, Ben works in a variety of mediums including film, fashion, architecture and sculpture.  Focusing less on a specific medium and more on what is appropriate for the project at hand.  He has worked with bands on the outfits they wear on Tour, in order to take the audio experience into the visual realm.  The outfits for Le Tigre were and attempt to create a wearable visual representation of a feminist parade.  In his experimental shorts, he questions reality and the accepted tropes of storytelling through unconventional editing and sequencing.  His sculptures like to remind the viewer that the walls do not necessarily delineate interior space.  The graphic murals he paints bend the walls into alternate realities of false depth and infinite patterns.  Each work becomes a kind of foreign object that questions its environment.  Ben then labels these works with titles such as “we met online” and forcing us to come to terms with our rapidly changing world.  Ben received his B.A. in fashion design from Massachusetts College for Art and his Masters of Architecture at SCI-Arc.  He is presently on the faculty at Pasadena City College Architecture Department. He recently showed “Not Land Art” a large scale drawing using fabric over land in the Maiden LA show in Los Angeles.

Ferdinand Fritz

Ferdinand Fritz‘s working methodology defines the very much based on the specificity of chance and error and defined. The dialogue between performance and interaction of people is a very important concept at the work of Ferdinand Fritz. At the moment Ferdinand Fritz teaches at the University of Innsbruck, Institute for experimental architecture ./studio3 and operates at snohetta Innsbruck. The connection between theory and the built environment is to be read as a challenge and to be regarded as continuous development, because as defined, for him, architecture is still, by the activation of space exploration and the active space implementation. The experiment as the top approach, as the lead motivation to define and test new space in connection between music, art and architecture.

Studio Tutor
Cesar Harada

Cesar Harada is a French-Japanese environmentalist, inventor and entrepreneur based in Hong Kong. CEO of MakerBay (Hong Kong MakerSpace for Social and Environmental Impact), Scoutbots and Protei INC (Ocean Robotics), Cesar dedicates his life to exploring and protecting the ocean with open technologies. Protei is a shape-shifting sailing robot, a wind-powered maritime drone that is remotely controlled or automated that will collect ocean data or transport clean-up equipment. Cesar is a former MIT Project Leader, TED Senior Fellow, GOOD 100, IBM Figure of Progress, Unreasonable at Sea Fellow, Shuttleworth foundation and Ocean Exchange grantee. Cesar opened the Ocean Track for COP21 Climate Talks Action Day in Paris with Ban Ki-Moon, French President Hollande and Jack Ma. His TED talks have more than 1 million views and are translated in more than 20 languages. Cesar won the Ars Electronica Golden Nica [NEXT IDEA] with his Masters graduation project from the Royal College of Arts, London in 2009. He has been teaching Masters at the Goldsmiths University of London, Versailles Architecture School in France and has lectured all over the world. Cesar believes that nature, human and technology can thrive in harmony.

Studio Tutor
Victor Leung

Victor Leung completed BA(Architectural Studies) in The University of Hong Kong and is currently pursuing Master of Science degree in Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Design and Computation. His focus on the computational side of architecture specialize in wood construction. With a background in computer programming, modeling and carpentry, he laid the foundation of a privately funded research and the company AWAWA Ltd., designing and building luxury detailed, free-form wood structures with parametrically detailed joints for automated CNC machining. His works had been used in various geometry computation workshops as study examples and are highly favored by architects and designers. He had worked on various discipline including architecture, installation art, CNC machining, electronics, robotics and microprocessors.

Studio Tutor
Ramon van der Hejiden

Ramon van der Hejiden is an architect with a strong emphasis on computational design. He studied Architecture and Design and Decision Support Systems at Eindhoven University of Technology. He has worked as an Architect at UNStudio Amsterdam and he’s currently working as a computational design specialist at Front Inc. New York and Hong Kong. Ramon has specialized in the generation of large, data rich building models, which has led him to author the Elefront add-in for Grasshopper. Ramon has hosted numerous workshops for his employers. He has taught computational design at Eindhoven University of Technology and hosted seminars on Elefront at Chinese University Hong Kong and Hong Kong University as well as tutoring for the M.Arch II program at HKU. A long time robotics aficionado Ramon has built and flown his own radio controlled UAV:s for years. At the SmartGeometry 2014 workshop held at Chinese University of Hong Kong he co-directed the cluster HK_SmarTowers focusing on UAV photography and environmental data acquisition, mesh reconstruction from photos and physical to digital data mapping.

Tomas Laurenzo

Tomas Laurenzo is a Uruguayan artist, designer, researcher and engineer, based in Hong Kong. He works as Assistant Professor at the School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong. He holds a PhD in computer science and has publications in the areas of art, hciI, software engineering and robotics. His artworks and performances have been shown and awarded internationally.