AA Rio de Janeiro Visiting School

2011 – 2014


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Theo Sarantoglou Lalis and Dora Sweijd are the founding directors of LASSA (lassa-architects.com), an international architecture and urban design studio with offices in London and Brussels. Lassa is currently focusing on commissions in Europe, Asia and the North Africa.  Since 2009, Theo and Dora are involved in academic research at the Architecture Association through the work of diploma 17. Dora Sweijd received her masters  from the Bartlett School of Architecture in London. She previously worked at a number of practices in Brussels, London and NY including REX and Foster + Partners.  Theo Sarantoglou Lalis received his masters from the Bartlett school of Architecture in London. He has taught postgraduate studios at Columbia University and Harvard University. Prior to founding LASSA, he held project director positions at Future Systems and Asymptote. In 2010, LASSA was awarded a European research grant in the field of advanced lighting, in partnership with world leading specialists as well as research institutions throughout Europe and was recently shortlisted for the Chernikov award. LASSA is a chartered architecture company with the Architects registration board (ARB) in London, UK.


Franklin Lee and Anne Save de Beaurecueil are directors of SUBdV (www.SUBdV.com), using a mixture of high and low design technologies to generate socially and environmentally responsive geometries for architecture and urban design projects. They were AA Diploma Unit 2 Masters from 2005 to 2010 and taught at the Pratt Institute and Columbia University in New York, from where they both also received Master’s degrees. They have published, exhibited and lectured about their work worldwide, including the Beijing Biennale, the Rotterdam Biennale, the Athens Synthasoris Exhibition, the London Festival of Architecture, and the Festival of Electronic Language (FILE) in São Paulo. The work of AA Diploma Unit 2 has been featured in AD, ArchiCree, and the AA Agendas 7 Articulated Grounds: Mediating Environment and Culture publication. They are also currently coordinating the AA Brazil Visiting Schools and are working on architecture projects for various grassroots micro-agencies, ranging from self-organized favela residents’ associations, to carnival samba schools in Rio de Janeiro, to a former boxer champion’s informal sports academy under the viaducts in São Paulo. These projects are realised through a negotiation between formal and informal entities, as well as between public and private agencies, to produce socially empowering interventions, combining computation and digital fabrication with local techniques, materials and economies.


Victor Sardenberg works at SUBdV (www.SUBdV.com), holds a diploma of Architect and Urbanist from Instituto Presbiteriano Mackenzie, is co-writer of “Arquiteturas Avançadas” blog at Revista aU, member of the research group Teo.Pro (Theory and Project in Digital Era) and of the artistic ensemble EPICAC Tropical. His activities are between architecture, arts, sound installations and computation.


Orion Campos is an architect who graduated from UNESP-Bauru in 2010 and participated in the the AA Visiting School Rio de Janeiro in April 2012 as well as the ‘Responsive Architecture Studio’ at UNICAMP in the second semester of 2012. He has worked in offices specialized in different areas, where he was able to participate in all phases and at the different scales of the architectural project. Actually he works at SUBdV (www.SUBdV.com).