Studio One Symposium


The Nature of Programming Matter — Programming Matter & Nature

FRIDAY - February 7, 2014


Studio One Introduction: TOM BURESH - 5:00 PM

Tom J. Buresh is Professor and Chair of Architecture at the College of Environmental Design at the University of California, Berkeley, and Principal of Guthrie + Buresh Architects. Tom was Professor and Chair of Architecture at Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan from 2001-09. In 2011 Buresh was named the Eva Li Chair of Design Ethics at UC Berkeley.

Symposium Introduction: MARIA PAZ GUTIERREZ - 5:10 PM

Maria-Paz Gutierrez is Assistant Professor of Architecture at UC-Berkeley and co-founder of Gensler + Gutierrez interdisciplinary practice. Her design researches material bio-responsiveness addressing sensorial, cultural and biological phenomena. Gutierrez holds an M Arch from U Penn, post-graduate studies -U.S.P. Brazil and Arch Dipl- U.F.T. Chile.

Opening Keynote: JOANNA AIZENBERG - 5:30 PM

Joanna Aizenberg, is an Amy Smith Berylson Professor of Materials Science; Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Radcliffe Professor and the Director of the Kavli Institute for Bionano Science and Technology at Harvard University. She pursues a broad range of research interests that include biomimetics, self-assembly, smart materials, crystal engineering, surface chemistry, nanofabrication, biomineralization, biomechanics and biooptics.

Respondent: MASSIMO MAZZOTTI - 6:30 PM

Massimo Mazzotti is Associate Professor in the Department of History at University of California, Berkeley. His research interests lie at the intersection of history of science and science studies. He is especially interested in the historicity and situatedness of mathematics, logic, deductive reasoning, and in the social processes that can make them universally valid.


The student work in this year's Studio One program will be exhibited in the Wurster Gallery on the opening day of the symposium. The entire community is invited to join us for this celebration of the student's explorations in this first semester of their year-long program.

SATURDAY - February 8, 2014

SESSION 1 - SATURDAY 9:10AM - 10:35 AM

Plenary Speaker: ACHIM MENGES - 9:10 AM

Achim Menges is a registered architect and professor at University of Stuttgart where he is the founding director of the Institute for Computational Design (since 2008). In addition, he has been Visiting Professor in Architecture at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design (2009-10), at the AA School of Architecture in London (2009-current) and at Rice University in Houston (2004).

Plenary Speaker: DELIA MILLIRON - 9:45 AM

Delia Milliron is a Staff Scientist and Director of the Inorganic Nanostructures Facility, The Molecular Foundry, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Respondent: T JASON ANDERSON - 10:20 AM

T Jason Anderson is an Adjunct Professor of Architecture at the California College of the Arts, a frequent Lecturer at the UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design and cofounder of the spatial design firm studioAnomalous.

SESSION 2 - SATURDAY 10:35 AM - 12:00 PM

Plenary Speaker: JENNY SABIN - 10:35 AM

Jenny E. Sabin is an architectural designer, artist and educator. Her work is at the forefront of a new direction for 21st-century architectural practice—one that investigates the intersections of architecture and science, and applies insights and theories from biology and mathematics to the design of material structures.

Plenary Speaker: SHU YANG - 11:20 AM

Shu is interested in developing new methodologies for the controlled synthesis, fabrication and characterization of materials with specific and unique structures and functionalities inspired by biology. Special interests include preparation of functional (co)polymers and investigation of their self-assembled nanostructures; understanding the self-organization process at surfaces and interfaces; development of novel responsive materials and non-conventional approaches for nano- and micropatterning of complex 2-D and 3-D structures; controlling wetting, adhesion and biofouling on polymer thin films.

Respondent: IRENE CHENG - 11:45 AM

Irene Cheng is an Assistant Professor of Architecture at the California College of the Arts and a principal of the multidisciplinary design firm Cheng + Snyder. Her research explores the the relationship between architecture and politics, with a special focus on the history of American utopias. She holds a an M.Arch from Columbia and a Bachelor degree in Social Studies from Harvard, and recently completed her Ph.D dissertation in Architecture History and Theory at Columbia.



Plenary Speaker: PETER TESTA - 1:00 PM

Peter Testa is Principal at Testa|Weiser and founding director of the MIT Emergent Design Group (EDG). At Testa|Weiser he leads a wide range of projects including the Carbon Tower and PSA Peugeot Citroen EV Factory, recognized for groundbreaking applications of composites and robotics in architecture. Previously he collaborated with Pritzker Prize winner Alvaro Siza, and was Principal-in-Charge of several significant museums and large-scale urban projects in Europe and the United States.

Respondent: HARRISON FRAKER - 1:35 PM

Harrison Fraker, Jr., F.A.I.A., was educated as an architect and urban designer at Princeton and Cambridge Universities and is recognized as a pioneer in passive solar, daylighting and sustainable design research and teaching. He has pursued a career bridging innovative architecture and urban design education with an award-winning practice. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal for creating a new College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at the University of Minnesota and was appointed the founding Dean. He was granted Fellowship in the AIA College of Fellows for his distinguished career of bridging education and practice. Professor Fraker is currently pursuing his beliefs through a whole systems design approach for entirely resource-self-sufficient, transit-oriented neighborhoods of 100,000 people in China.

Plenary Speaker: LUKE LEE - 1:50 PM

Luke Lee is the Arnold and Barbara Silverman Distinguished Professor of Bioengineering, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, and Biophysics at UC Berkeley. He is the founding Director of the Biomedical Institute of Global Healthcare Research & Technology (BIGHEART) and Co-Director of Berkeley Sensor & Actuator Center.

Plenary Speaker: MARIA-PAZ GUTIERREZ - 2:25 PM

Maria Paz Gutierrez is Assistant Professor of Architecture at UC Berkeley and founder of BIOMS, an interdisciplinary research initiative, that intersects nano and microscale science and engineering to architecture. Her research is funded by organizations such as NSF and has been published in leading scientific and architectural journals. Gutierrez holds an M Arch from U Penn, post-graduate studies - U.S.P. Brazil and Arch Dipl - U.F.T. Chile.

Respondent: MICHAEL BOGAN - 3:00 PM

Michael Bogan is Adjunct Professor of Architecture at the California College of the Arts. He received his BA at the University of Michigan; MA, London School of Economics; MArch, Columbia University; JD, University of California, Berkeley.

SESSION 4 - SATURDAY 3:15 - 4:00 PM

Plenary Speaker: PAUL WOOLFORD - 3:15 PM

Paul Woolford, AIA, IIDA, LEED AP BD+C, is the director of design for HOK's San Francisco practice and a member of the firm’s design board.

Respondent: CATHRINE VEIKOS - 3:50 PM

Cathrine Veikos is an associate professor of Architecture and the chair of the Interior Design Program. Her scholarship engages issues related to the design of surfaces, image theory, and representation, including the nature and use of ornament and the production of perceptual and atmospheric effects.

SESSION 5 - SATURDAY 4:00 - 5:00 pm

Closing Keynote: SANFORD KWINTER - 4:00 PM

Sanford Kwinter is Professor of Architectural Theory and Criticism at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He is a writer and editor who holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from Columbia University. He has taught at MIT, Columbia and Rice universities as well as at the Staedelschule in Frankfurt, the Architectural Association in London, and the Universitat fur Angewandte Kunst in Vienna.


Closing Panel:

Maria Paz Gutierrez, Paul Woolford, Joanna Aizenberg, Achim Menges, Luke Lee, Peter Testa, Ken Goldberg, Jenny Sabin, Shu Yang, Luisa Caldas, Marco Cenzatti, Sanford Kwinter.


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