Disc* [Design & Innovation for Sustainable Cities]


July 2-August 3, 2018

Disc* 2018 Faculty


Gabriel Kaprielian | Co-Director

Gabriel Kaprielian is a designer, urbanist, and artist based in the Bay Area. With degrees in both architecture and city planning, his creative work and research focus on resilient cities, sustainable design, emergent technologies, and digital fabrication. His professional experience includes traditional architecture practice with award-winning firms, social focused architecture as a Design Fellow for Architecture for Humanity, urban design in the public sector, and as an Artist-in-Resident at Autodesk’s Pier 9 Workshop in San Francisco. In addition to serving as the Co-Director of DISC in the College of Environmental Design, Gabriel has served as a lecturer at a Cal Poly, California College of the Arts, UC Berkeley, and is currently Assistant Professor of Architecture in the Tyler School of Art at Temple University. Gabriel holds a BArch from Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, CA, and MArch and MCP from UC Berkeley.


Ghigo DiTommaso | Global Cities / Global Challenges Lecturer

Ghigo DiTommaso was trained as an architect in Florence, where he picked up the tools of the trade while feeding a strong interest in urban history and theory. Licensure in hand, he moved to Barcelona to become part of its thriving design community. There he worked with prominent Catalan architects on numerous award-winning projects while also conducting research at the EtsaB School of Architecture and teaching at the ESDi School of Design. Based in the Bay Area since 2010, he has been a core member of the Rebar Art & Design Studio and more recently of the new San Francisco offices of Gehl Studio, where he continues to practice the profession. At CED, while serving as Program Director of Disc*, he also collaborates with the LAEP department as a lecturer and project researcher. Ghigo holds a BArch and an MArch from the Facoltà di Architettura di Firenze, and an MSArch and PhD from EtsaBarcelona.


Alison Sant | Field Lead

Alison Sant is an artist, with a background in digital media, architecture, and urban art practice. Her work explores the city as both a site for investigation and intervention and focuses on the intersection of technology, architecture, and ecology. She has exhibited nationally and internationally at venues including the Berkeley Art Museum, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, VIPER Basel, ISEA and the Conflux Festival. Sant has taught classes that blend urban art practice, ecology, and new media at the California College of Art, San Francisco Art Institute, Mills College and UC Berkeley. She is the recipient of grants from the San Francisco Exploratorium and the Creative Work Fund. She received her BFA from New York University in the Departments of Photography and Interactive Telecommunications and received her Masters in Design at the College of Environmental Design, University of California Berkeley. Sant is a curator and board member of Southern Exposure and a member of the Art Program Oversight committee for the San Jose Airport.