MEET THE studio pop AMBASSADORS TEAM
STUDIO POP wants to expand our mission and ethos in other cities. To share ideas and experiences regarding remaking cultures on co-design, self-building and best practices.We have ambassadors in Copenhagen, Ljubljana Girona, Vilnius, Rotterdam, Delft, Santiago, Belgrade, Barcelona, Annecy,Perugia, Genova, Glasgow and Edinburgh.
Ambassador in Glasgow, UK
While studying architecture I have realized that there is a strong connection between people and their built environment, or in other words, social, architectural and urban dimensions continuously overlapping and influencing each other. Then I started asking myself how to create buildings and public urban spaces which stays alive and are maintained by people? How built environment could solve social problems and how social activities could upgrade the public urban spaces? To be able to find an answer to these questions, I have dedicated my undergraduate dissertation and postgraduate thesis research to explore deteriorated and emerging urban conditions as well as social relation to it.
I believe that StudioPop projects and workshops are the essential urban acupuncture elements transforming our cities and due to that I support and participate in the studio´s activities.
Ambassador in Annecy, France
After graduating from applied arts with a major in space design, I decided to start another journey in the contemporary art and design field. Because every new experience leads to exchanges and rising creativity, I am convinced working together make us stronger.
I am working on the perceptible forms of dialogues that can be created within and between spaces. It is about interpreting what they are made of : meetings/interactions, atmospheres/perceptions/details, experiences/events and so on. I am highly interested by urban related interventions (ephemeral structures/temporary spaces) because of the issues it produces and the various ways people react to it, interact with it. Every space is filled with stories which await for the next one to appear. So let’s make it happen !
I believe working on interdisciplinary and urban-social-sustainable design projects with STUDIO POP will bring another dimension to my spatial conceptions. Always looking for innovations in terms of shapes and materials, I make sure to have fun while working because if not, what is the point ?
Rachael Hughson Gill
Ambassador in Glasgow, UK
I am a product design engineering student currently going into my 4th year of the joint program between The University of Glasgow and the Glasgow School of Art. I passionate about the positive impact that design can have on people’s lives, communities and the environment. Within my work I try to combine engineering and design principals and techniques to create systems and products that have social benefit. I believe very strongly in the psychological benefit of creating in things such as gardens, crafts, arts and baking. Furthermore, I am an active member of the local Greenpeace Glasgow group which takes part in local and global campaigns to lower the impacts of climate change.
Ambassador in Italy, Genova
Giulia is graduating in Architecture at the Polytechnic School of Genova (Italy). She studied Architecture for a year through the Erasmus+ project at the Escuela Tecnica Superior de Arquitectura of Granada (Spain). Her graduate thesis is about the importance of citizens’ participation in public spaces projects, made of small interventions that can revitalize abandoned or degraded places and provide new aggregation ones, increasing their identity. She believes in social projects and in ecological ones, made of reused and recycled materials to preserve our ecosystem.
She loves traveling and discovering new cultures and new mentalities, catching more informations as possible for her personal growth.
Ambassador in Italy, Perugia
Flavia just graduated in Architecture and Building Engineering at University of Perugia (Italy). Her Master degree's thesis about the refugee camp of Zaatari in Jordan shows her interest to take part in social projects and her sensitivity towards community empowerment.
She loves traveling and grasping as much as she can around. Flavia was involved in a professional workshop in Urban Planning in Lisbon and she lived for some months in Barcelona, in order to complete an internship at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Besides she is curious and enthusiastic and ready to catch any challenge which arise.
Ambassador in Italy, Perugia
I am at the last year of studies in Architecture and Building Engineering at University of Perugia (Italy). I was analyzing an abandoned industrial area of my hometown (Teramo, in Abruzzo) as my master degree thesis. I think that people feel more comfortable in the space, which is more responsive to their needs, therefore they are more keen to respect and protect it.
We can not only subtract environment resources but we also need need to restore what has been taken. This is why the concepts of reuse and recycling are very important for me.
Ambassador in Italy and Scotland
I am an architect, I received a master degree in architecture from the Università degli Studi di Palermo, Italy. During my studies I participated to the Erasmus interchange program and studied for 9 months in the Universidad de Navarra, Pamplona Spain.
In 2005 after the registration within the Italian board of Architects I moved to Glasgow, Scotland attracted by a unique natural environment and following an interest for the countries located in northern areas of Europe.
Here I initially worked for major UK architectural firms then I set up on my own looking at develop a more independent and personal approach to design and projects.
My interest with STUDIOPOP is to explore how design and creative urban solutions as well as the use of new technologies and social media, can enhance communities and generate innovative social interaction and circular economy. Also to experiment on how re-cycling and re-making can be part of a design strategy and be effective solutions in architecture and in urban and social challenges.
Ambassador in Glasgow, UK
I am architect from the Universidad de Alcalá de Henares in Madrid since summer 2015. I have been living in Glasgow apprehending its culture, its social approach & learning from it´s rich history for three years now.
I form part of STUDIO POP with the passion for doing something for the communities, helping to find solutions to problems through collaboration, listening to people, their needs & their passions & getting involved in ecological design where the key is to go back to a local approach to problems thought a global perspective taking advantage of the digital world we live in.
I understand the design of the city has to be driven by the real needs of the communities through a process of thinking, playing & making things happen. And we need to take part of this, start taking control of the empty city.
I studied an Erasmus year out in the RWTH university in Aachen, Germany where I participated in several workshops in different countries in a more practical approach of architecture. Some projects we developed where the “studenten garden”, an approach to recover spaces within the city & reimagining them or “landscaping on ice” to play & project landscapes & spaces in the snow in Austria.
I had worked in collaboration with ETSAG & the Tabacalera in Madrid on projects related to empty spaces in the city & the social & leisure approach of design. We developed a theatre area with reused material for & with the community. Thought a DIY workshop for the community we would give them the theory & the tools to replicate the model .
I am passionate about finding tools for everyone to participate in the development of cities & a more social & digital approach to the cities design as, at the end of the day… we all share, live, think & play in the city .
Ambassador in Edinburgh, UK
Hey! I’m Cameron, a recent architecture graduate working in the field of participatory design. I enjoy investigating the relationships between designing and making, and between the designer / maker and the end-user. Over the past few years I have worked in Germany for Studio Umschichten, in Spain for Recetas Urbanas, and more recently have set up a collective called Civic Soup. I am joining the Studio Pop team in Glasgow to further develop these explorations, focusing in particular on the making / meeting / eating aspect of their work.
Ambassador in Glasgow, UK
My name is Anabella Barnet and I am from Venezuela.
I am not indifferent to what is happening in the world and so, I want to do something for our planet. This decision is a reflection of the problems of today. The issues that we are facing as a society are my inspiration to be a graphic designer. I have chosen communication design as my tool for the battle because communication design is mainly communication of ideas. I feel I can actually do something and something to say. I believe communication design can change one of the hardest thing in the world - the people. As an artist, we communicate ideas, inspire people, make people to think and make them take action and reflections and finally, change. The minds people is one of the first steps for change. is mostly like if somebody have invented a product that can chance the world, but that will not change anything until, the people’s mind has changed and they have feel the urge to buy it because they know it will make the difference.
My objectives as a graphic designer is innovate graphic design and create for environmental and social issues. Graphic design is mainly communication of ideas. I think we can change people’s mind with strong communication. I believe STUDIO POP change people’s mind and help communities with environmental innovation. I am willing to do the same, but in the communication area. I do feel that a combination of environmental design and communication design can impact strongly.
Ambassador in Belgrade, Serbia
I am currently at my final year of bachelor studies at University of Belgrade, planning to pursue a master's degree in Urban planning. I find cities inspiring. Ever since I was little, I have been traveling as much as I can, experiencing people, culture and environment.
I have developed a great deal of affection for cities created by people, for the people. I had over a year working in AIESEC, one of the biggest international student organizations, and have had the chance to understand and experience the problems our generations is faced with, and had the privilege of working in several multi-national teams on international projects.
This experience has allowed me to broaden my horizons, travel and connect with people from different cultures, heritages and way of living, finding similarity in the issues our world faces in different parts of the world.
I seek to inspire: to inspire people to create a difference, to work on the space around them, to make a change and model their living space. A happy city, a happy space, is created for people, by the people. I design to create a difference.
Ambassador in Copenhagen, Denmark
II am an Architect with a Master's degree from Faculty of Architecture, University of Ljubljana. I hold a special interest in elements that provide liveliness in cities, good social environments and sustainable architecture. During the course of my education, I worked in an architectural office giving me the advantage to combine theory and practice. Over a period of six years, working at Techline projekt d.o.o. I learn to lead a project from idea to construction. Being passionate for new knowledge and interdisciplinary projects, I have collaborated with Stanford University and Cloud Arch Studio, based in LA California. For the past years I have been living in Copenhagen, Denmark where I worked at We Architecture and Copenhagens Municipality city development department.
Dr. ANJA JUTRAZ
Ambassador in Ljubljana, Slovenia
My research focus on urban planning and design, public participation and immersive environments, public space, digital tools for public participation in urban design, virtual worlds and other virtual tools for public participation in urban design, long-distance collaboration, interdisciplinary architecture, integrated design, urban ambiental interventions. I finished master studies of architecture in 2009, and continued my career as a young researcher at Faculty of Architecture, University of Ljubljana. She finished PhD in June 2013 at the Faculty of Architecture, University of Ljubljana with the title Visual digital system of tools for public participation in urban design. Since 2013 I am involved as a teaching assistant and researcher at the Faculty of architecture in Ljubljana. I am also leading architectural class at Gymnasium Sentvid and working on different community building actions and urban intervention projects (e.g. Street day). Since 2009 I am mentor at AEC Global Teamwork Course at Stanford University, and since 2013 I am professional director at Institute Colab, Institute for Interdisciplinary Collaboration and Urban Design. Moreover, I work on urban design, architectural and interior design projects and leading my own practice.
Ambassador in Girona, Spain
I am architect from the University of Girona since 2014. I grew up in a hippie environment. My parents were revolutionary. Since childhood I have seen the development of a dream of the few, which initially seemed crazy, and then it has been accepted in society more and more every time. I could see how they, along with a whole generation have changed the world. I also want be part of a generation that changes the world for better. They changed it by bringing the “organic food” in the kitchen of thousands of Spanish homes, I want achieve the same through architecture. I would like that spaces were loved by people, and that people have spaces to love. Design through the perspective of the proximity of the user to respond to the real needs of communities of people. Create spaces that excite, to make people feel happy when they inhabit them. I firmly believe that there is no need to build new buildings when there are already many abandoned sites and buildings that could be reused. I want to RE-use spaces, RE-make them useful.
Our habitats deserve people who love them, and people deserve spaces to love.
Ambassador in Rotterdam, Netherlands
I have completed the first part of my bachelor degree in architecture at Cardiff University and the rest of it at the University of Strathclyde. I was founder member of MOBILELAND. Apart from my academic involvement I have taken part in workshops in Istanbul, Scotland and Tallinn, which involved designing and producing public street furniture, obtaining skills in traditional methods of construction (thatching, lime-washing, joinery), dealing with problematic urban spaces, basic theory in classical architecture and geometry and many more.
Currently I find myself living in Rotterdam working at MVRDV. As you may have noticed, architecture has taken me to many places, and I am very curious to see where I can take it.
Ambassador in Delft, Netherlands
I dream of cities where we can feel home. Not in the sense of being born there or having lived there for long, feel home in the sense of be at peace. Such cities would be full of familiar spaces, spaces so human they would be familiar to all. Perhaps this desire comes from constantly being on the go. I grew up in Budapest and completed my BSc studies at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow.
During my International Exchange at UTS, Sydney my thesis project focused on architectural agonism, the polemics of detention in Australia and the role of architect in political discourse. Following my foundation studies I was intern at Studio Akkerhuis Architects, Paris where I was fortunate to be involved in the conversion of a heritage factory district in the Netherlands into a new city quarter. Having completed my placement, I participated in Hello Wood Architecture Camp where I learnt hands-on skills primarily building with wood. From September, 2016 onwards I’ll be studying Masters in Architecture at TU Delft. The Netherlands will be my new home and there I wish to revitalise derelict urban land to create human spaces for the city, for communities, for locals and strangers seeking to feel at home.
Ambassador in Santiago, Chile
I am a Chilean architect. During my university studies, I collaborated in research and design development of the UNESCO World Heritage’s mining sites called “Salitrera Santiago Humberstone and Santa Laura”, located in the Pampa del Tamarugal, Atacama Desert. Then I decided to cooperate with rural communities living in the Andean highlands by supporting them to restore their cultural heritage and offsetting the environmental and migratory impacts made by insensitive mining industry.
My social vocation and environmental sensibility led me to work in the Municipality of Zapallar, a coastal town, where I developed co-design proposals applied in public spaces like urban furniture and community facilities, as well as the design and reconstruction of public accessibility to the beach –the main public space- for the local community.
I am passionate about architecture as a catalyst capable of creating convivial spaces full of life that enhance the interaction of children, families and community. I believe that through participatory sustainable design we can create environmental awareness and use properly our natural and local resources to achieved spaces of enjoyment.
This year I established my design studio called Geiger + Liberona Arquitectos in Santiago. It is focused on the sustainable design of prefabricated houses by using reused materials, low-technologies and low-cost building solutions and offering consultancy to public sector. In parallel, I am taking a two-year master programme in building management to connect BIM methods with the principles of recyclability and affordability.
I joined STUDIO POP to assist them in delivering ecological solutions to improve large disused places in many cities in Chile and Latin America through a human-oriented urban design that improves the relationship of public spaces and dwellers of the city.
Ambassador in Barcelona, Spain
I am an architect -Master in Architecture- and PhD candidate at the Barcelona School of Architecture (ETSAB). My main motivation in architecture is to make experimental spaces by working collaboratively, empowering synergies with people from other countries and applying different languages and archi-types in the built environment.
My curiosity towards creative habitats and humanitarian architecture has driven me to develop agile design projects in Spain and abroad in countries like Portugal, Lebanon, Ghana, China, among others. I also work closely with art-led and humanitarian institutions like Chillida Trust and We Are Water Foundation, in an interconnected and open approach, which allow me to learn from each different fields of knowledge: from macro to micro architecture; from museography to housing refurbishment and cultural facilities, all with great intellectual dedication and professional recognitions.
In 2017 I am launching my new architectural studio called 15515 ARQUITECTURA -a social responsive version of my atelier Cubus Taller d'Arquitectura- that combines my recent academic outputs from ETSAB and UIC School of Architecture and ongoing social innovation practice where I’ve been involved in the leadership of many community-led projects, design charrettes and consultation workshops.
Abu Taib Mohammed Shahjahan
Ambassador in Asia and Middle East
I am an Architect and Urban designer. I received my Bachelor of Architecture degree from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), Dhaka, Bangladesh and MA in Urban Design form Cardiff University, Wales, UK. I also did a Graduate course on “Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development" in the international Summer School, University of Oslo. In my Present Doctoral research at Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), I am researching on Urban wetlands in Hot and Humid zone like Dhaka to transform them into “Urban Cooling Island (UCI)” as a mitigation strategy against “Urban Heat Island (UHI)” effect of the cities. I am a candidate member of Institute of Architects Bangladesh and a licentiate of Royal Town Planning institute (RTPI), UK.
I taught architecture at undergraduate level at Chittagong University of Engineering and Technology (CUET) and American International University-Bangladesh (AIUB). I am also a guest lecturer of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at Jahangirnagar University, Bangladesh.
Professionally I have 12 years of Experience in Urban Design and Architecture in United Arab Emirates and Bangladesh. I worked for Dorsch Gruppe DC Abu Dhabi, UAE as a Design Architect and Urban Designer. I also worked for Ministry of Public works, Dubai, UAE as an Urban Planner to prepare master planning and detail housing design for the National housing program of UAE which are in now construction phase. In Bangladesh, I also worked as an Urban Designer at the Local Government Engineering Department (LGED) of the Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh in a project called City Region Development Project (CRDP), which is funded by Asian Development Bank (ADB). There I designed 35 urban centres in Dhaka and Khulna division of Bangladesh where local community of each urban centres were engaged in the design process.
I have profound knowledge in Building Energy Modelling (BEM) and Urban Microclimatic Simulation. I always integrate simulation method in my design to test the new design ideas. In my design process, I follow the principles of Ecological Urban Design to create Urban areas in the fast growing regions of the world, which will be able to adapt with the changing climate besides ensuring clean and healthy environment.
Ambassador in Vilnius, Lithuania
I am a student in Master of Cultural Management and Cultural Policy in Vilnius Academy of Arts. My master’s thesis studies the correlation between socially engaged urban art practices and social capital in a neighbourhood as explained by R. Putnam. Personally, I am interested in collaborative, neighbourhood art-making processes. Socially engaged art projects can help in forming healthy communities and foster mutual understanding which is the first step in learning how to live together in today's’ global cities that are constantly challenged by a number of social issues: stereotypes, stigmas, stratification, inequality and other. Community art projects open a space for creative dialogue and invite participants to play and create new ways of being together.
Ambassador in Glasgow, UK
Silvia from Sunny Sicily is a creative community worker. She lives in Glasgow since 2009, except for 2016 when she was volunteering in Guatemala. After a degree in graphic design she decided to pursue her passion for helping people in a creative manner, therefore, she attended a PgDip in Community Learning and Development. However, interested in learning the full process of personal development too, she decided to study further and she is now attending an open university course studying Art Therapy. Since the age of 14 she always had a volunteer job and since 2012 she started to work in at risks area in Glasgow.