Dr. Elif Erdine

Programme Head


Architect, designer, and researcher. Currently, she is acting as the Programme Head at the Architectural Association (AA) School of Architecture, Emergent Technologies and Design Graduate Programme. During 2010-2015, she conducted her PhD at the Architectural Association PhD in Design Programme, titled ‘Generative Processes in Tower Design: Algorithms for the Integration of Tower Subsystems’. Since 2010 she has been directing various AA Visiting School programmes (AA Istanbul VS, AA Summer DLAB), exploring generative design techniques, integration of algorithmic design methods with large-scale digital fabrication tools. She has worked for Zaha Hadid Architects during 2006 – 2010. She received her B.Arch. degree from Istanbul Technical University in 2003 (High Honors), and M.Arch. degree from the AA Design Research Lab (AA DRL) in 2006 (Project Distinction). She has presented her research in Design Studies, eCAADe, CAAD Futures, SimAUD, and ACADIA, among others.


Dr. Milad Showkatbakhsh

Programme Head

Dr. Milad Showkatbakhsh holds a PhD from the Architectural Association. After obtaining his BSc. in Architectural Engineering from Shahid Beheshti University, he completed his M.Arch. from Pratt Institute where he graduated with Sidney Katz award for design excellence in 2015. Milad has worked for several architecture and design firms in Asia, U.S.A and Europe as design technology specialist such as Contemporary Architecture Practice (CAP) amongst others. His research has been published in peer-reviewed journals and conferences. Milad is the co-director of the AA Istanbul visiting school with the research focus on integration of algorithmic design methods with large-scale digital fabrication tools. He is the co-founder of ‘Wallacei’, an evolutionary and analytic engine with embedded machine learning algorithms that gives users full control over their evolutionary simulations in Grasshopper 3D.


Angel Fernando Lara Moreira



Architect and researcher currently working at the Architectural Associations Digital Prototyping Laboratory. He studied architecture at UNAM(Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México) and received his Masters in Advanced Architecture, Digital Tectonics degree from IAAC(Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalunya). Interested in researching the way in which machines and rapid prototyping techniques influence the way in which architecture is conceived and built. He is a registered architect in Mexico where he is a founding member of mexican firm BALA Architects.