Panel Discussion

Formal Opening and Panel Discussion: ZHA

Panel Discussion in TheGallery / in Lecture Theatre

Panel Discussion

Thursday 15 February 2018

South House Lecture Theatre, AUB
5:00pm – 6:00pm

The Panel will discuss the evolution of Zaha Hadid Architects’ design processes and design tools, from analogue to digital methods.

Event and exhibition formally opened and hosted by Professor Stuart Bartholomew, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, AUB

Event Chaired by Dr. Christian McLening, Dean of Art, Design and Architecture, AUB

Panel members to include:
David Getzin, Architectural Historian
Manon Janssens, Senior Associate – Head of Exhibitions & Archive, Zaha Hadid Architects
Helmut Kinzler, Senior Associate – Head of Virtual Reality, Zaha Hadid Architects
Ed Frith, March Course Leader, AUB
Woody Yao, Associate Director, Zaha Hadid Architects and Zaha Hadid Design

David Getzin
David is an Architectural Historian and holds a Masters in Design Studies from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD), focusing on the History and Philosophy of Design. He has a BFA from Illinois Wesleyan University and has also worked at Apple for a number of years in Cupertino and Chicago, applying user-centred design approaches. David has worked on built projects in The United States and South America. He is an expert in the theory of Pattern Language and Living Process developed by architect Christopher Alexander.

David has been a regular writer and presenter with the Fundamental Process (New York and Lima, South America) delivering online lectures and podcasts on the History of Architecture and Design. He is currently working in Campania, Italy where he is developing an architectural programme, drawing together regional crafts and architectural practice.

Manon Janssens
Manon Janssens has worked at Zaha Hadid Architects since 2003 as Press and Public Relations Officer, before taking on responsibility for the Archives and Exhibitions Department in 2008. Her position within the organisation as Associate Director is a reflection of the time spent and value brought by her skills and experience.  Manon has been instrumental in developing the fundamental strategy of the practice for both the present, and future management of the physical and digital archive and their customized databases.

As the Head of Exhibitions and Archives, Manon manages every aspect of exhibition planning and holds editorial control for exhibitions catalogues, websites and all related physical and digital marketing material. She is also responsible for archiving of the practice’s collection, whilst simultaneously developing the evolving library of digital assets containing over 80,000 images and videos. She continues to oversee and direct the implementation of conservation and  preservation strategies, as well as the storage and digitization of the physical items of the Zaha Hadid collection. Her liaison with external organisations and third parties allows ZHA to share the collection through exhibitions, publications and third party loans globally.

Helmut Kinzler
Helmut Kinzler is the Senior Associate at ZHA and joined the team in 1998 as a designer, project architect, BDA registered Architect and Engineer. He has also been the founder and head of the VR research and development group at ZHA since 2014. Helmut graduated from Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Stuttgart in 1996 with a a degree and diploma in Architecture, and in 1998, he graduated form University College, London with a Bachelor of Architecture diploma.

He has taught in the Bartlett School of Architecture, and been a guest at Bartlett, University College London and the Architectural Association. Since joining ZHA He has subsequently worked on a series of important architectural, design and exhibition projects with his current focus on the development and the realisation of high-end residential projects.

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Ed Frith
Ed Frith is the Course Leader for MA MArch (ARBPart2) course at AUB focusing on architecture & performativity at the University. Educated at Bristol, Cambridge, Princeton and Columbia Universities, Ed has also taught at Bath Birmingham and Greenwich Universities. As a director and architect at Moving Architecture, he has developed performance pieces and buildings in the UK, China, US and across Europe. His Greyfriars Surgery Project, in Hereford has been exhibited at the Royal Academy and won an AJ small projects award. Ed has a number of publications and articles on architecture and the humanities and has written and reviewed for Building Design, Architects Journal, Architectural Design and the Guardian newspaper.

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Woody Yao
Woody Yao (AA Dip) is Director of Zaha Hadid Design and an Associate Director of Zaha Hadid Associates. Since joining Zaha Hadid Architects in 1994, Woody has worked on a number of winning competition designs including Cardiff Bay Opera House, The Rosenthal Centre for Contemporary Art Cincinnati, MAXXI Rome and the Changsha Meixihu International Culture & Arts Centre.  During this time Woody has also designed, managed, and delivered a number of key architectural projects including the Spitellau Viaducts Housing Project in Vienna, Hotel Puerta America Madrid, Guangzhou Opera House, ROCA London Gallery and the Jockey Club Innovation Tower at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

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Admission: Free
Booking is essential (limited numbers)
You can book your place here.

Private View and Formal Opening

Thursday 15 February 2018

TheGallery, AUB
6:00pm – 7:00pm

Exhibition Private View and Drinks Reception.

Free open event, RSVP not required.
This event will follow the panel discussion.

To celebrate the official opening of the Zaha Hadid Architects: Evolution exhibition, TheGallery are holding a private view to welcome all staff, students and visitors to the world of ZHA and their international work.