keynote speakers

Peter Sheppard Skærved

PeterPeter Sheppard Skærved is the dedicatee of over 200 works for solo violin, by composers such as George Rochberg, Judith Weir, Michael Finnissy, and Hans Werner Henze. He regularly appears as soloists in over 30 countries. His discography is extensive, ranging from cycles of sonatas by Beethoven and Telemann, the complete quartets of David Matthews, Michael Tippett, and cycles of concerti from Haydn to Henze.

He has won awards from the BBC Music Magazine, been nominated for a Gramophone Award, as well as a GRAMMY for a concerto recording in 2007. He records for NMC, Chandos, Naxos, Metier and Toccata. Director of an acclaimed series of concerts at Wiltons Music Hall in London, Peter Sheppard Skærved is the founder and leader of the Kreutzer Quartet and the Munich-based Ensemble Triolog. He regularly appears as director and soloist with ensembles such as the Zagreb Soloists and Athelas Sinfonietta Copenhagen.

Peter Sheppard Skærved is the only British violinist to have been invited to play on Paganini’s violin il Cannone more than once (five times in particular) and he regularly gives recitals on the prestigious collection of historic instruments at the Library of Congress, Washington. He is also acclaimed for his collaborative work with museums, working regularly with the British Museum, National Portrait Gallery, Tate Galleries, Victoria and Albert Museum and   worldwide. He plays on a 1698 Stradivari owned by Joseph Joachim from the collections of the Royal Academy of Music, where he is the Fellow of Performance Studies.

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Marcos Novak

NovakMarcos Novak  is a pioneer in the field of virtual architecture. In the mid 90s, his contribution to Inteational architectural discourse was further expanded by the coining and definition of the term “Transarchitectures” His approach: “we conceive algorithmically (morphogenesis); we model numerically (rapid prototyping); we build robotically (new tectonics); we inhabit interactively (intelligent space); we telecommunicate instantly (pantopicon); we are informed immersively (liquid architectures); we socialise nonlocally (nonlocal public domain); we evert virtuality (transarchitectures)”.

He has also posited a new “Soft Babylon,” a theoretical stance which posits that our digitized architectural palette is causing us to create a wired Situationist city, while we struggle with some of the massive paradigm shifts that our era will and must face. Whilst articulating highly fluent theory, he has practiced, producing beautiful ethereal architectures that flux and shimmer as his algorithms run their designed logics.

He received the Masters of Architecture at Ohio State university in 1983. Since that time he has taught at Ohio State, University of Texas Austin, the Architecture program at UCLA, the Digital Media program at UCLA, and the Art Center College of Design, in Pasadena.  He is now a Professor of Media Arts and Technology at University of California, Santa Barbara. He has published, lectured and exhibited his work internationally.

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Athanasios Economou
Dr. Thanos Economou is Professor at the School of Architecture at Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. Economou teaching and research are in the areas of design computation, shape grammars, and formal studies of style and type in architecture and the arts, with over forty published papers in these areas. His overall work explores how the visual nature of shape – and its ability to seamlessly shift and recombine to produce new opportunities for creative designers and reflective critics alike – can be formally implemented with new software technologies to assist seeing and doing in design in profoundly new ways.
Recent research projects pursued in his Shape Computation Lab at the School of Architecture at Georgia Tech include the applications Courtsweb: a web-based database for the US Courthouses; nDM: a visual editor for recursive, non-indexical parametric modeler for visual composition; Sieve: an interactive catalogue of all nested symmetries within finite shapes; Isovox: a synesthetic environment for the performance of musical ratios in Palladio’s work; and others. Design projects from his graduate studios at Georgia Tech have received prestigious awards and honorable mentions in international and national architectural competitions. He has been invited to give talks, seminars, and workshops at several universities including MIT, Harvard, TU Vienna, U. Michigan, UCLA, NTUA, U.Thessaly, U.Aegean, among others.

Dr. Economou holds a Diploma in Architecture (1990) from the National Technical University (NTUA), Athens, Greece, a Masters of Architecture (1992) from the University of Southern California (USC), and a PhD in Architecture (1998) from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).