taipei Visiting School in Taipei











Immanuel Koh (Programme Director | Tutor)

Immanuel Koh is an independent computational designer/architect based in London. His code-based works investigate the real-time visualization /manipulation of data (physical & virtual) and their implications on generative designs/geometries in urbanism, architecture & art.  He graduated from the AA Design Research Lab (AA_DRL) with the AA Graduate Bursary and has since been the Unit Master at various AA Global Visiting Schools. He has taught at Masterclass Studio Hadid in Die Angewandte (Vienna), Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture & Design (Moscow), Royal College of Art (London), Ecole Spéciale d´Architecture (Paris), ITU (Istanbul), Hong Kong University (HK/Shanghai), Tsinghua University (Beijing), Harbin Institute of Technology (Heilongjiang), National University of Singapore and many others worldwide. He was a Visiting Researcher for the Ambient Intelligence Lab at the Interactive & Digital Media Institute (Singapore) with funding from the National Research Foundation of Singapore (NRF). His work has been exhibited and published internationally (e.g. Milan, Thessalonki, Orleans, HongKong, Shanghai, Berlin, London…etc). He has also presented research papers and led workshops at international CAAD conferences (e.g. CAADRIA…etc), as well as, invited as an artist/designer to showcase his experimental design prototypes at international art museums (e.g. Victoria & Albert Museum…etc.). Immanuel is the author of a forthcoming series of computational design textbooks to be published by Tsinghua University Press (Beijing). Currently, he is also developing libraries/add-ons for open-source softwares in the areas of Industrial Robotic Arm Control and Urban Morphologies.

Previously, Immanuel practised architecture in Berlin and taught as Unit Master and Scripting Course Master at Dessau Institute of Architecture (Bauhaus) Graduate School. Immanuel currently is the Course Tutor at the AA’s Media Studies (AAMS) and Interprofessional Studio (AAIS), teaching creative-coding and computer-vision based courses. In addition to his role as the Visiting Lecturer (Computation in Urban Design) at the Bartlett (UCL), he also practise/research architecture and interactive systems at Zaha Hadid Architects (London) and provide code development consultancy for Relational Urbanism on an ARUP funded research project. Immanuel is the founder and director of “Generative Glass” research initiatives at Taipei’s Tittot Glass Art Museum.










Thibault Schwartz (Robotics Expert | Tutor)

Thibault Schwartz is a young architect based in Paris and London. He explores the evolution of architectural design practices in relation to generative algorithms and automated fabrication processes. Working in close collaboration with EZCT Architecture & Design Research, he is currently developing several hardware and software tools for robot-assisted construction and design. The “HAL |Robot Programming & Control” plugin for multi-robot programming via Grasshopper is part of these tools. Paying particular attention to the development of industrial manufacturing strategies applied to architectural projects, he is attached to a systematic prototyping exercise aiming to complete and evaluate digital experiments.

As a teacher, he has been sharing the knowledge gained from these experiments in international events such as Advances in Architectural Geometry and Rob|Arch, and in several European schools of architecture and design such as TU Wien (Wien), the Berlage Institute (Rotterdam), the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture Paris-Malaquais (Paris), the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Création Industrielle (Paris), the Institut für Experimentelle Architektur (Innsbruck), die Angewandte (Wien), and the UCL Bartlett School of Architecture (London) where he currently is co-tutor with Philippe Morel of the Research Cluster 5, and the Robot & Production Coordinator of the Graduate Architectural Design program.

Since November 2013, he is a PhD candidate at the Geometry Structure Architecture laboratory of the ENSA Paris-Malaquais (Paris), under the direction of Robert Le Roy (Ecole des Ponts-ParisTech, ENSAPM) and Olivier Baverel (Ecole des Ponts-ParisTech, ENSAG). This undergoing research is focusing on the “architectural potential of Ultra-High Strength Fiber-Reinforced Concrete lightweight structures”, with a specific interest on the environmental impact and the industrial fabrication processes related to these structures.








Simon Moore (Art Glass-Blowing Expert | Tutor)

Simon Moore was born in Hull, England in 1959. Having graduated from West Surry College of Art Design in 1980 with a first class honors degree, Moore met the glassmaker Ronnie Wilkinson, who was to become influential in Moore’s career as a glassmaker. Trained with an English style of glassmaking Moore has a national and international following, for both his own works of art and for his work and knowledge of the antique restoration world. He has worked on many works of restoration for many of the Royal Palaces across Europe, and all the leading auction houses. His own expressive works are on show in many National Collections across the world.

His career has also seen him in the role of factory manager and Creative Director for the Italian company Salviati, and as Design Director for Dartington Crystal. He has also designed for many of the leading department stores through out the world, including Tiffany, Harrods, and Bloomingdales. He has worked closely with several large glass factories including Venini, Arc International, and Owens of Illinois, consulting on creative issues and production solutions, and similarly with several premium drink brands.

His own work is a celebration of the hand made, and explores ideas of function combined with the decorative.









Jochen Holz (Scientific Glass-Blowing Expert | Tutor)

Jochen trained as a technical glass blower in Germany and completed a BA Hons in Applied Arts and an MA in Design at The Royal College of Art. Since graduating, he has worked as a freelance glassmaker and designer, more recently diversifying into carpentry. He has won a number of design prizes, including the RSA Award and Centre Prize, and was shortlisted for the Bombay Sapphire Glass Prize.











Chen-Cheng Chen ( Architecture Professor | Tutor)

Chen-Cheng Chen is an associate professor and coordinator for computer studies in Department of Architecture at Tamkang University, Taiwan.  He teaches undergraduate and graduate digital design studios, and courses for computer applications in architecture.  His current research interests are focused on information technologies and the integrations of computer-aided design and manufacturing in architecture.  He received his B.A. from Tamkang University, M.S. from Carnegie-Mellon University, and Doctor of Technical Science from Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (Eidgenossische Technische Hochschule, Zurich, ETH-Z).










Wen-Yuan Peng ( Architect | Tutor)

Having worked as project designer at Teague Design (LA) and as Lead Designer at Zaha Hadid Architecture (LDN), Wenyuan Peng is currently the founder of Yuan Architecture and the design director of HKR Engineering.

Apart from work, Wenyuan also teach design in National Chiao Tung University as assisting professor and also as lecturer in Tamkang University. In his teaching, he focuses on digital design and integration. He often participates in design juries, exhibitions and lectures at universities. He gained his B. Arch Degree at Feng Chia University, Taiwan and received his Post-Professional M. Arch (Hons) degree in University of Texas at Austin, US.














Sheng Tsang Chen (Glass Artist | Tutor)

Sheng Tsang Chen is born in Taiwan. His glass works are inspired by the fluid nature of melting glass and the ways in which air bubbles can be entrapped between layers of glass. He is also intrigued by the relationship between objects’ functionalities and their aesthetics. These unique qualities are notably expressed in his recent glass series entitled ‘Identity’. His works have been exhibited and published internationally (e.g. Czech Republic, Germany, Taiwan, and London).

Sheng Tsang Chen has a Masters in Ceramic and Glass at the Royal College of Art, London. He used to teach in the History of Glass Museum (Taiwan) and Tittot Art Glass Museum. Since 2010 he has been working for Peter Layton (London Glass Blowing) and Simon Moore. Sheng Tsang is now working between London and Taiwan










Jie Shen ( Engineer | Tutor)

Jie Shen (Alfred) is a young designer and engineer based in Shanghai, Hangzhou and Ningbo. He graduated from the AA Design Research Lab (AA_DRL) in 2013. Alfred is currently a teaching assistant at Tongji University (Shanghai) and works on several architectural exhibitions, some of which have recently been published in Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen. He also directs a DLP 3d printing company with his team in Ningbo. His other research interests include data visualization, physical simulation, kinect application and arduino development.


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