Anna Puigjaner is a PhD architect, co-founder of MAIO, an architectural office that works on spatial systems which allow variation and change through time. Her personal research is focused on alternative domesticities able to reshape biased social structures. She is currently teaching at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation GSAPP at Columbia University. Formerly, she taught at Royal College of Arts, London, and at the Barcelona School of Architecture ETSAB/ETSAV - UPC. From 2011-2017, she was part of the editorial team of the magazine Quaderns d’Arquitectura i Urbanisme [www.quaderns.coac.net].MAIO’s work has been published in magazines such as Monocle, Domus, Architecture d’Aujourd’hui, A+U, Architectural Review and Detail among others, and exhibited at the MOMA of New York, the Royal Academy of London, the Art Institute of Chicago and Storefront for Art and Architecture. Anna has been finalist of the Rolex Mentor & Protégé Initiative 2016, and awarded for her research ‘Kitchenless City’ with the Wheelwright Prize 2016, Harvard GSD.
Dutch architect Herman Hertzberger (Amsterdam, 1932) graduated in 1958 from what is now the Technical University of Delft. His architectural practice, the nowadays AHH, was established in 1960. His most famous designs include those for the Centraal Beheer head office in Apeldoorn, Music Centre Vredenburg in Utrecht, The Ministry of Social Affairs en Employment in The Hague and the Chassé Theatre in Breda. He is known for his many cultural buildings, schools and residential buildings, not only in The Netherlands, but also abroad. National and international Herman Hertzberger has been granted with many honorary fellowships and received prestigious awards for individual projects as well as for his work as a whole. In 2012 he has been awarded with the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Gold Medal, in 2015 he received the esteemed Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal in Architecture, in 2019 in The Netherlands the ARC19 Oeuvre Award and in 2021 the Royal Scottish Academy Metzstein Discourse Medal for Architecture.
He has lectured at the Academy of Architecture, Amsterdam (1965-69), was professor at the Technical University of Delft (1970-99), visiting professor at the University of Geneva (Switzerland) and chairman of the Postgraduate Berlage Institute (1990-95). He has been is and presenting lectures in Europe, North, Middle and South America, the Middle East, Asia and Australia.
Hertzberger's projects have been published and exhibited all over the world. He was one of the editors of FORUM (Dutch magazine), together with Aldo van Eyck and Jaap Bakema. Along with many magazine articles he wrote the books "Lessons for students in architecture" (1991), published in English, Dutch, Japanese, German, Italian, Portuguese, Greek, Chinese, Persian, Korean, French and Czech, and "Space and the Architect, Lessons in Architecture 2" (2000) with elaborated versions of his lectures, also charting the backgrounds to his work and the ideas informing it. In 2008 "Space and Learning" was published, a book that brings together his knowledge and ideas in a theoretical study of the spatial conditions of learning. In October 2009 his book "The Schools of Herman Hertzberger" came out.This book is not only a presentation of his built and unbuilt schools, but the sociologist Abram de Swaan also addresses Hertzberger's work in an essay, paying tribute to him as a pre-eminently 'sociological' architect. His latest book "Architecture and Structuralism", published in 2015, attempts to formulate what structuralism means in architecture and why that matters, given a new impulse to the discussion about sustainability and a blueprint for a more democratic architecture. Documentaries on Herman Hertzberger that came out on DVD are "Searching or Space", a film by Kees Hin (2010) and "The School as City" of the filmmakers Moniek van de Vall and Gustaaf Vos (2012).
Ilze Wolff is an architect working in Cape Town. She co-directs Wolff Architects with Heinrich Wolff, a practice that is concerned with developing an architecture of consequence.
In 2007 she founded Open House Architecture a research practice that documents the architecture of Southern Africa and in 2016 she co-founded pumflet: art, architecture and stuff,
a publication and research platform concerned with the black social imagination. She is the author of 'Unstitching Rex Trueform, the story of an African factory’, an interdisciplinary study of a modernist garment manufacturing factory in Salt River, Cape Town.
Ilze’s main preoccupation as an architect is to reconstruct and seek out spatialities of collective freedom in conditions where this has been historically erased, violated and oppressed. Her belief in the ancient technology of storytelling finds its way in various forms of expression: architectural design, creative non-fiction writing, mothering, loving, film, gardening, teaching and prophetic organising.