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Zhao Pei, founder of Urban Propensity Studio, an interdisciplinary design studio in China focuses on architectural design, urban design, heritage protection, and the history and theory of modern Chinese architecture, along with comparative studying between Latin American and Chinese modern architecture. 

He has lectured at numerous design institutions with his writings appearing in Time Architecture, Domus, The Architect, Urbanism Architecture, Architecture Culture, Gallery, Azure, Architectural Journal, New Architecture, Urban Design Journal, among others. He is a guest editor of The Architect, and a columnist and a guest editor of Architecture & Culture. In 2015, he cooperated with Prof. Jorge Francisco Lienue to curate Latin American modern architecture issue of The Architect, which is the first time to comprehensively introduce Latin American architecture to Chinese readers. His research works have been exhibited in many international biennials: Wuzhen (2017), Chengdu (2011), Venice (2010), Amsterdam (2003). In 2006, he co-worked with Adrian Blackwell to curate Detour: Tactical approaches to China’s changing landscape, the first international exhibition of contemporary Chinese architects. The works he designed and participated received many awards in different countries and regions. He is the committee member of Chinese Industrial Heritage Society and academic member of DOCOMOMO China.

Before teaching, he has practiced as an urban designer and architect in many international office, such as EDAW, ATKINS, PARSONS Brinkerhoff, with extensive experience in US, Canada and China. He has received many awards for his works in different countries and regions in past years.  

James Brazil is an architecturally-trained, Australian designer, master builder, researcher, and ​city ​curator of urban and public architecture, with extensive construction and design experience across a variety of high-profile projects for international clients, competitions and university institutions throughout Australia, Europe, the Middle East and Russia. At U-SoA he leads the design/curation of public space initiatives at the Master of Real Estate Development + Urbanism program while directing a portfolio of art and architecture projects across Europe, Africa and Latin America.

James has a Masters of Architecture with Distinction from the University of Western Australia (2007) and in 2009 was invited as a full-time Researcher at the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia. He delivered the award-winning FabLab House completed for the Solar Decathlon Europe 2010, as a project team leader, Master Builder. James is also the founding principal of the international collaborative studio uAbureau and the inaugural winner of the emerging practitioner teaching fellowship at the University of Miami School of Architecture (U-SoA) 2016/17.

Based between Barcelona, Spain and Miami, Brazil leads uAbureau research into unsolicited urban practices and its development of digital fabrication, assembly and construction. Consulting with industry, academic and cultural partners, he works to develop innovative and holistic strategies on how digital tools and fabrication can become accessible to artists, designers and local citizens alike. James co-founded Barcelona's first community ‘makerspace’, MADE, and consults on similar ‘productive’ space concepts in relationship to city development in Miami and Latin America.

Currently, James is the creative director of London-Barcelona-Miami based art production house Fluorescent Smogg and co-directs the international INSITU research program and FabLab Flotante (Floating FabLab) Amazonas in partnership with the Latin American Association of FabLabs.

Yizhou Zhao - PhD Candidate from the School of Architecture, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, has joined U-SoA as a Visiting Scholar for one year. Yizhou trained as a scholar and a practitioner and continues to devote herself to both academics and architectural design. She received her Master of Architecture from Tsinghua University, and was awarded a prize for Excellent Master Dissertation and Excellent Master Graduate Student.

Her specialization is regional-green architecture in China, including buildings, settlements, landscapes and their relationship, along with a concentration in modeling and transformation of vernacular architecture in typical regions. Her current research focuses on the integration of vernacular architecture with the local environment and appropriate green technology. As one of the researchers, her studies contribute to two Chinese National research projects: First, the Chinese National Natural Science Research Project studies architectural design models and strategies based on environmental adaptability and regionality (2014-2017); Second, the National key Research and Development Program explores the design model and technical system of regional-green architecture in the western region in China (2017-2020). Articles of her research have appeared in Community Design, Urban Planning, and she has given presentations of additional papers at international conferences such as UIA, ISOCARP, ISAIA, IGC, etc.

She participates in teaching at Tsinghua University in various core classes for both undergraduate and graduate, including Junior and Master Design Studios, Professional Accomplishments of Chinese Architects, Architecture Design and Theory, and Theory and Practice of Regional Architecture.

Her practice aims to genetically recreate the unique relationship between architecture/settlements and the environment in local conditions, with the ultimate goal of creating spaces and places of identity and sustainability. The projects range from small vernacular buildings to large public cultural projects, including village centers, vernacular housing, preservation and transformation of traditional settlements, schools, city museums and libraries. Most of them have been exhibited locally and internationally. Notably, she has been awarded the 2016 Architectural Society of China- Architectural Design Silver Prize as one of the architects who designed the National Exhibition and Convention Center (GAF: 1470,000 sq. m., Completed in 2015) in Shanghai, China.

Patrick Reuter - Patrick Reuter is U-SoA’s 2017-2018 Emerging Practitioner Teaching Fellow. Patrick holds a Master in Architecture from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH). During his studies he participated in an exchange semester at the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism in Buenos Aires (UBA). He has worked as an intern for the Ateliers Jean Nouvel in Paris, and as an architect for the architects Richter-Dahl Rocha in Buenos Aires and Christ and Gantenbein Architects in Basel. In 2012 he entered into his own partnership with Lukas Raeber. In 2017, he launched the architectural practice Patrick Reuter Architecture in Basel. His work has received the Best Architects 2017 Gold Award and the Swiss Architecture Award, Arc-Award, 2016 First Prize and was nominated finalist for the AR Emerging Architecture Award, 2016. Alongside the practice, Patrick has taught as part of Marc Angelil’s studio at the ETH and has conducted research on Latin American modernity, funded by the Erich Degen Foundation.

While at U-SoA, Patrick will teach both core and upper level design studios and will research on Brutalist Architecture in Florida and the revolutionary modern architecture of the Caribbean.

Mauro Turin - Mauro Turin is a University of Buenos Aires architect and leads a Swiss-based practice with a solid research background. He is laureate of the Europe 40 under 40 Awards, the reference prize that honors the forty most promising, emerging European architects.

Mauro Turin has been Asst. Professor and External Expert of M.Arch. final project at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Visiting Professor and Guest Critic at the HES-SO School of Architecture of Geneva, and Guest Critic at the Superior Technical School of Architecture of Madrid.

He has been Lecturer at the École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Grenoble, in the design unit at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, as well as in the PechaKucha night at the Jan Michalski Foundation and at Centro Colon Madrid.

His work has been granted by the European Center for Architecture, Art Design & Urban Studies, by the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture & Design, by the Argentina Fine Arts National Museum and has been exposed in collective exhibitions in Argentina, Ecuador, Spain, and Greece.

His projects have been published as well by architecture magazines and books in Germany, Holland, Italy, Switzerland, Turkey, Thailand, Taiwan, Argentina and Ecuador.

Mauro Turin has written articles for Summa+ and has been invited as jury member for international architecture competitions in Switzerland and Portugal.