Design Research Laboratory
Theodore Spyropoulos studied at London’s Architectural Association, at Bartlett School of Architecture and at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. Since 2006, he has been conducting research at MIT in Boston. After working as an architect in the firm of Peter Eisenman and then with Zaha Hadid, he created his own company, Minimaforms, with his brother, Stephen Spyropoulos. Yusuki Obuchi studied architecture at Princeton University, Sci–Arc and the University of Toronto. After having worked in the ROTO firm in Los Angeles and in the Reiser + Umemoto one, he co-founded the Foresites Architecture and Design firm in London. Today directors of the Architectural Association Design Research Lab (AADRL) in London—a post-graduate degree program offered by the Architectural Association—Theo Spyropoulos and Yusuke Obuchi are exploring the conceptual possibilities of the tools provided by new technological tools, focusing their teaching on the concept of materiality, on training with computational tools and on production techniques.
Now internationally recognized, the AADRL has since its inception in 1997 earned its place among the most advanced research laboratories working on issues involving contemporary architecture. Its research, organized around themes such as the new geography of work (1997 – 2001), nano-urbanism (2000 – 2002), interactive environments (2001 – 2003), and more recently, parametric urbanism (2005 – 2008), enables the laboratory to bring to light the new approaches that are currently arousing such keen interest in the domain of architecture.
© Jiinyi Hwang
this video :
and Yusuke Obushi
Friday, 2nd October 2009
at Centre Pompidou
In pictures :
1. Urban Jungle, 2008 / Équipe – Team Jungle (Rob Stuart-Smith, Diego Perez-Espitia, Yiota Goutsou), Behavioral Urbanism, Design Research Lab (tuteur – tutor : Theo Spyropoulos), Architectural
2. Chimera, 2009 / Équipe – Team Chimera (Pierandrea Angius, Alkis Dikaios, Thomas Jacobsen, Carlos Parraga),
© Architectural Association, Londres, 2008