Stewart Dodd – Architect and Head of AAVS Chengdu

Stewart was a founding director of Satellite Architects. Having studied at the Bartlett School of Architecture he has combined practice and teaching for over 20 years; having taught at the Bartlett School, University College London and at the Architectural Association, London. He is member of ARB, the RIBA and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. A member of the RIBA Education Board and an external examiner at the Bartlett School of Architecture, the University of Salford, Manchester and the University of Ulster.

Stewart has written, lectured and published widely on various architecture themes from Public Realm in volume housing to Environmentally Sustainable Design. His work has been published in over 50 publications world wide from 1000x Architects, Casas+Houses+Hauser, New Architects 2, Bartlett Works to global magazines and national newspapers having been featured in the Independent, Wallpaper Magazine, the Architects Journal, Dwell Magazine and the FT Weekend Magazine.

He is presently a Unit Master at the Architectural Association and Head of the Architectural Associations’ Visiting School in Chengdu, China.

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Joao Lemos  – Architect and founder of NTYPE

Joao Lemos started with his pursue to Art and Architecture by initially studying arts. He accomplished a course of Applied Arts before defining his path in architecture. It provided him with a base platform of creativity, critical thinking to society and different approaches in seeking solutions, which turned essential for his Architectural formation. He holds an Architecture Master degree from ULHT in Lisbon, and is a Netherlands Registered Architect. During the past years he has collected a rich variety of cultural and professional experiences through his work in Switzerland for Burckhardt & Partner, Dfab Studio in Malta and China where he worked for Massimiliano Fuksas. The understanding of different cultures as well as accumulation of diverse education and profound professional experiences allowed a new perspective. At the end of 2011 he founded NTYPE, an office performing design work in different areas, including urban planning, architecture, installation, furniture and graphic design, as well as research and writing. He keeps connected with the academic world giving lectures in universities in different countries about computational design, parametric and design methods. He was also invited as a guest critic for final reviews of Architecture and Urban Planning at several universities.

Yang Yang – Architect and founder NYTPE

Before becoming a principal of NTYPE, Yang Yang worked in MVRDV Rotterdam and was a senior architect at OMA. She joined OMA Rotterdam headquarter in 2006 then worked in OMA for nearly eight years in various countries and cities, including Rotterdam, Beijing, Hong Kong and Shenzhen. During this period with OMA, she worked on a wide range of international projects with locations in Russia, France, China etc., from urban scale master planning, to architecture and interiors. Among which, she was fully involved in the whole design and construction process of Shenzhen Stock Exchange, from schematic design to the completion of the project. Besides architecture Yang Yang also has experiences in curating exhibitions. For example, she worked at Netherlands Architecture Institute for the exhibition of China Contemporary in 2006 in Rotterdam. With a wide knowledge in international contemporary practices in art, design, architecture and urbanism, she has been invited to give lectures in universities and TED, to have talks in galleries and international forums, and to be a guest critic for final reviews of Architecture and Urban Planning in universities. She was interviewed by newspaper, magazines and websites, also writes articles for magazines and books. She holds a Master of Science degree in Architecture, Urbanism and Building Sciences from Delft University of Technology. She is a registered architect in the Netherlands.


Ray Lu – TED*speaker, Landscape and Planning Director in SADI

Ray is an architect, public keynote speaker and real estate developer. He gained his Masters Degree from Architectural Association in 2011 and worked in MSP London before returning to Chengdu. In his hometown he and his team completed mnay architectural and landscape projects, such as the National Research & Protection Centre for giant Panda, the Iron Statue Temple, Water Street and various parks in the city of Chengdu. Ray has also participated in many cultural events as curator and key note speaker. He was the host for the opening ceremony for 2015 UK-CHINA YEAR OF CULTURAL EXCHANGE in Fangsuo and acted as a compare. In 2016, he was invited to be one of the first 10 TED* speakers in Chengdu. Ray has a deep insight about the city of Chengdu and developed his unique thinking system about chaos and urban self-organization. Now he is working on the BRIDGE project which will be one of the finest modern restaurants in Chengdu.




Xiao Fei – Artist

XiaoFei’s work has investigated the connection between Kinetic Art and the influence historical inventions have had on its development. Whilst being a strong 3D maker, my skills lie predominantly with inventive and innovative approaches to media and materials when producing work of varying types. Using technology in unusual and inventive ways, my work also is about developing technology in formats that aren’t just about the practical but more about how to figuring out how a piece works. Exploring kinetic sculptures XiaoFei hope his work provokes responses, which attracts children of any age to my playful contraptions. The interaction with the audience is an integral and essential element of my work. The pleasure I experiences in exhibiting comes from the satisfaction of been able to make people smile, encourage children to ask questions and adults to think of childhood memories and a time to be curious. XiaoFei would describe my sculptures as curiously stimulating.







Anya Martsenko – Architect and teaching assistant AAVS Chengdu

Anya Martsenko is in the final year of her architecture education at the Architectural Association School of Architecture, London. After completing her RIBA Part 1 Anya worked as an architect at Storey Studio and Universal Design Studio in London. Anya has a multidisciplinary background, having studied Womenswear at Central Saint Martins in London prior to undertaking an architecture career. During her time in fashion she worked for a number of high profile fashion houses, including Tom Ford and Calvin Klein.






Nini Zhou – Designer and teaching assistant AAVS Chengdu

Nini studied MA interior design at Royal College of Art, London, right after she finished interdisciplinary design course at Goldsmiths, University of London, which drove her to discover more about design in a spatial context. Observing, understanding, rethinking, discovering, experimenting, and redesigning the banality is the main concern of her design.


















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