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Prof. Dr. Michael U. Hensel [Dipl. Ing. Grad Dipl Des AA PhD Reading] (born 1965, Celle, Germany) is an architect, researcher, educator and writer. He is a founding member of OCEAN (1994), and founding and current chairman of the OCEAN Design Research Association and the Sustainable Environment Association [SEA]. The OCEAN Design Research Association is an international and independent not-for-profit organization with the mission to conduct inter- and transdisciplinary research by design, and to develop overarching theoretical frameworks and related design methods in its specific areas of inquiry. SEA is an international and interdisciplinary not-for-profit expertise network that pursues systematic, integrative and interdisciplinary inquiry into the human-influenced and built environment and its interaction with the natural environment and local ecosystems with the aim to develop alternative approaches to architectural design and sustainability. From 2007 to 2012 he was board member of BIONIS – The Biomimetics Network for Industrial Sustainability. 

Currently he is tenured professor for architecture at AHO the Oslo School of Architecture and Design where he directs the Research Center for Architecture and Tectonics [RCAT]. From 1993 to 2009 he taught at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London, where he co-initiated and co-directed the Emergent Technologies and Design Program from 2001 to 2009. He held numerous visiting professorships and innovation fellowships and taught and lectured in Europe, the Americas, Asia and Australia. In his academic work he integrates research, educationand practice with a pronounced emphasis on interdisciplinarity, critical ability and projective capacity.

Since 2007 he is editorial board member of AD Wiley and since 2011 of the open system journal FORMakademisk. From 2007 to 2009 he was editorial board member of JBE – Journal for Bionic Engineering, Elsevier Scientific Press. His writings have been published in Chinese, Czech, English, Estonian, Farsi, Finnish, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Spanish, and Turkish. He has authored, co-authored and edited numerous books and journals, including five issues of AD and with a sixth one in production. Current publications focus on research by design in architectural education and practice as well as on performance-oriented architecture. Recent and forthcoming publications include: Hensel, M. (2013). AD Primer - Performance-oriented Architecture: Rethinking Architecture and the Built Environment. London: AD Wiley. Forthcoming publications include Hensel, M. and Turko, J. (2014). Grounds and Envelopes - Reshaping Architecture and the Built Environment. London: Routledge and Hensel, M. ed. (2014). The Handbook of Sustainable Traditional Buildings. London: John Wiley & Sons.

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Defne Sunguroğlu Hensel [MSc AA EmTech AA Dipl RIBA II] (born 1979, Istanbul, Turkey) is an architect, interior architect, board member & principle researcher in OCEAN Design Research Association, SEA Sustainable Environment Association and doctoral research fellow at AHO, the Oslo School of Architecture and Design. She is the architectural advisor on the project of building professional relations between Norway and Turkey as part of the official programme financed by Innovation Norway. She studied interior architecture at Kent Institute of Art & Design, Rochester, UK, architecture Part I at Canterbury School of Architecture, Canterbury, UK, and completed her diploma degree at the AA Architectural Association, London, UK where she also gained her MSc in the Emergent Technologies and Design Programme. Currently, she pursues her PhD entitled; Correlating Evolutionary Inventive Problem-Solving in Biology and Architecture as a Research Fellow, a stipend by AHO. In the field of research by design in architecture, her interdisciplinary work extends into the fields such as; systems & complexity, biology, biomimetics, engineering, TRIZ & BiolTRIZ, material science, micro-climatology, computational design and ontologies, CAD/CAM and environmental & ecological sustainability and receives industrial sponsorships; mainly Wienerberger, Norwegian Brick Association including support from institutions such as FFI, the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment. Her current research projects include Nested Catenaries, Complex Brick Assemblies, Material-Ontologies and 30 Case Studies, the latter focusing on the analysis of historical buildings and architectural history from a performance perspective. Previously, she received the Buro Happold studentship (2006) to pursue her research into Complex Brick Assemblies, the Holloway Trust Award (2006) for a significant contribution to the construction industry, a stipend by BDA – the Brick Development Association (2007), the Anthony Pott Memorial Award (2007) for detailed analysis and research of Eladio Dieste’s work as well as the CERAM Industrial Category Award (2007). She held Innovation Fellowships, published, lectured, thought, exhibited, organized symposiums and conducted workshops internationally and her work has been published widely.

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Prof. Christian Hermansen Cordua - Dip.Arch., Master in Architecture and Urban Design, Registered Architect (NAL & CAC)

Professor Hermansen studied and practiced architecture in Chile, the USA and Britain. From 1984 to 2002 he worked with both the Mackintosh School of Architecture, GSA, where he was Director of Post Graduate Studies, and with Elder and Cannon Architects. The latter work won numerous awards such as The Royal Scottish Academy Gold Medal for Architecture, RIBA Awards, GIA Awards, Civic Trust Awards, The Regeneration Scotland Prize, Europa Nostra Award, Eternit Prize for British Architecture, etc. In 2002 he moved to Oslo, Norway where he was appointed Professor of Architecture and Head of the Department of Architecture, a position he held until 2009. In the latter half of 2010 he spent a semester as visiting researcher at the LSE, Cities Programme.

He has lectured in America, Europe and Asia, has been Visiting Professor at The Central European University, Department of History and Philosophy of Art and Architecture, CEU, Prague; Washington University, USA; University of Dundee, GB; and Universidad del Desarrollo, Santiago, Chile. He has published several books, the last of which is Manifestoes and Transformations in the Early Modernist City, Ashgate, 2010, and contributed to journals, books and exhibitions in Europe and America. He has worked in several European Union funded research projects: E-archidoct, (ended in 2010), and currently: HERA, Scarcity and Creativity in the Built Environment (2010-1013) and Erasmus Mundus Latin America Project (2012-2015).

 OCEAN PavelHladik

Dr. Pavel Hladik is an architect and researcher in OCEAN. His research focuses on complex systems and advanced computing methods in architectural design with interest in close collaboration with teams across building design disciplines. He participated on projects where fast data communication was established especially with lighting, environmental and structural designers. His interest in design of architectural form is always connected with a real-time feedback and performative concepts. Pavel Hladik obtained his master's degree at the Faculty of Architecture of the Czech Technical University in Prague, at the Graduate School of the Architectural Association - Emergent Technologies and Design and he holds PhD from CTU in Prague. His education was focused on generative parametric design of branched structures, growth algorithms and movable structures. He was also trained in internal Arup University course in Computer Design Optimization module in 2009/2010.

His research has been published and awarded in Europe, Asia and United States. He had been a visiting tutor at the CTU in 2005-2010 and among his academic work belong a visiting tutor at the Academy of Arts in Vienna (2007), University of Brighton (2012) and participation on various workshops for London design schools.

In his professional career he specialized in stadium design in international design and consultancy firm AECOM (Global Sports). He worked on stadium concepts and on-site projects in Europe, Middle East, Asia and South America. Among currently on-site projects belongs Singapore National Stadium where his focus was mainly on large span shell roof structure and he also worked on Aquatics Centre for Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Pavel Hladik also worked for various design studios in Prague, London and Singapore (SOM, ArupSport, Arup, Arup Associates).

In Prague he has co-founded the design group nolimat which specialises on architecture and lighting industry. 

Contact: pavel.hladik(at)


Joakim Hoen is a norwegian architect educated at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) and the Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO) where he received his masters degree in Architecture. He is currently working with the architectural office Helen & Hard in Oslo and teaching at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design. These positions enable him to follow his interest in computational design and fabrication through both practice and academia.

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Prof. Dr. Birger Sevaldson [dipl NCAD MNIL PhD] is professor at the Institute of Design at AHO - Oslo School of Architecture and Design and a principle researcher in OCEAN design research association.

He is an academic and designer working in a broad field of design and
architecture. He has been in private practice since 1986. His practice spans
from architecture, interior to furniture and product design including design of
lighting armatures and boat design. It also includes experimental architecture
and several art installations in collaboration with the composer Natasha Barrett in the context of OCEAN.

Birger Sevaldson has been developing concepts in design computing and his
doctoral thesis from 2005 is based on 15 years of research into this field. He has been collaborating in OCEAN design research association since 1997 and the
experimental design projects resulting from this collaboration have been published worldwide. The research into digital design developed into a wider interest in the design process and especially design processes for uncertainty, unforeseen futures and complexity. This research grew out of the digital
research which initially engaged in time related design, where time was
explored as a design material. Later this approach was further developed and
new concepts for systems thinking in design emerged. He has defined Systems
Oriented Design as a designerly way of systems thinking and systems practice.

Birger has lectured and taught in Norway, Europe, Asia and USA and has
held a visiting professorship at NACD in Oslo and has been a visiting critic at
Syracuse University School of Architecture, USA. He is currently visiting professor at the University College of Ålesund, Norway. He was collaborating in the start-up of the academic design journal FORMakademisk and is in the editorial board of the journal. He has been in a number of international evaluation committees amongst them the evaluation committee for Danish design research under the Ministry of Culture of Denmark, and the evaluation committee for a science master for the Higher Education and Training Awards Council (HETAC), Ireland, and the evaluation committee for the EID project by the Swedish energy authorities. Birger is member of the council of the Design Research Society.

Birger has held several positions amongst them, leader of the National Council
for Design Educations in Norway, Vice Rector of Oslo School of Architecture and
Design, curator of Gallery AHO, director of OCEAN Design Research Association and the co-organizer of NORDES 2011.

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Prof. Søren S. Sørensen is an architect, educator and researcher. He is a graduate from NTH (NTNU) in Trondheim, where he received his diploma in 1982. He is currently pursuing his PhD thesis within the field of Architectural Representation and Augmented Reality.

Søren worked as a practicing architect and project leader at some of the leading architectural offices in Norway from graduation until 1996. During this period he received an Italian State Scholarship for Urban studies in Rome, had an assignment for UNHCR in Hong Kong, established a gallery for contemporary art in Oslo, Norway, and did part time teaching of computational skills.

Since 1997 he was been a full time employee at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design, AHO, as Assistant Professor responsible for the implementation of digital technology in the educational curriculum and as teacher at master level.

Søren has been doing research on Virtual and Augmented Reality in relation to architecture since 2003, and is responsible for the field at AHO. The interdisciplinary research has been done in cooperation with Institute for Energy Technology in Halden, Norway, and the Kyoto University, Japan, and led to the establishing of AR-Lab Norway. He has published papers internationally, both on Augmented Reality for visualization of architecture and within the field of Nuclear Safety.

Contact: sss(at)

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 OCEAN JeffTurko

Jeffrey P. Turko [AA Dipl RIBA II] is an American born architect registered in the Netherlands, educator and researcher currently based in London. He is founder of the design practice NEKTON Studio. A design studio that works on projects ranging in scales form urban design, private houses, to objects. NEKTON Studio's work has been published and exhibited widely and represented the UK in the Beijing Biennial 2008. Also in 2008 Nekton was in the running for the Young Architects of the Year Award in the UK.

Jeffrey is a graduate of the Architectural Association School of Architecture where he received his diploma in 1999.

He has been a Senior Lecturer at the University of East London from 2001 – 2011, as well as having taught at the Architectural Association School of Architecture where he was unit master of Diploma Unit 12 from 2008 -2010. He is currently the Program Director of the AA Global Visiting School in Sydney Australia. In Summer 2011 Jeffrey accepted a full-time Senior Lecturer post at the University of Brighton where he is studio leader on the Masters of Architecture program.

Before becoming a full member of OCEAN in 2007 he was an instrumental collaborator on projects such as Landsc[r]aper - Urban Ring Bridge and the World Centre for Human Concerns. Since joining he was involved in the Membrella project, a shortlisted proposal for a workspace of the future. Previously he has been the Vice Chair of the OCEAN Design and Research Association and currently he has taken on the role of Secretary of the Association.

Recently he has been involved in the co-authoring the following essays and chapters on OCEAN in the following books: ‘OCEAN Design Research Association’ in Performalism [Routledge 2011] and Design Innovation for the Built Environment Research by Design and the Renovation of Practice [Routledge 2012]. Other recent publications and articles include ‘Relational Skins’ [LULU, 2009], 'Parallel Indexing - Infrastructure and Space' in Digital Cities AD [AD Wiley, London, 2009].

Contact: jeffturko(at)

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