STUDENTS

KEITH BERRY

Keith was born and raised in southern California. While studying Architecture at Cal poly San Luis Obispo, he developed an interest in design at multiple scales, ranging from furniture design to large urban projects. Keith is fascinated by kinetic form and the dynamic forces that give shape to our built environment. His professional work has been focused on digital fabrication in Architecture, investigating the synthesis between design and craft. 

MICHAEL DURAN

Michael Durán comes to Architecture from outside the discipline, having received his BA in Economics and Political Science from Columbia University in 2008. As he developed his various academic and professional interests, Architecture began to emerge in his mind not as a fixed disciplinary practice, but rather as an evolving, multifaceted way of thinking about and effecting the environments humans occupy. Design, it turns out, was the perfectly defined and yet wide open field through which Michael’s various interests in power, commodities (e.g. objects), and high and low culture could coalesce. Recently, Michael has drawn on his training in the Social Sciences and developed a research interest in the role data and its analysis can inform the design process. Specifically, he is interested in sensate architectures that interact with their inhabitants. Greg Lynn’s SUPRASTUDIO section is providing a fascinating opportunity to put these varied interests to work on the built environment, as the studio researches and acts on the edge of the discipline formerly known as Architecture…SuperAeroRoboSpatial, indeed!

MINGRU HE

Mingru is a graduate from Shanghai Jiaotong University where she pursued her B.Arch degree. After that, she spent her gap year working in Shanghai and traveling all around China. Then she decided to go back to architecture school to broad her horizon and challenge herself. Mingru did some experimental work about mobile pavilion design which is the area she is most interested in. She wans to learn more about the modern architecture in LA and digital design methods this year in the SUPRASTUDIO March II program.

AIDI MA

Aidi is a passionate and creative student of SUPRASTUDIO, she has got the bachelor degree of Southeast University in China. She previously worked as an intern in FCJZ Atelier, in which she took part in many designs and projects. She is interested in new media and the way to design by taking advantage of technology.  

OLEG MIKHAILIK

Oleg holds a B.Arch degree from California Polytechnic University in Pomona, and comes from many years of experience working for large and small architecture and design firms. His interests in automation, kinetic machinery and technologies of flight regularly manifest themselves in Oleg’s design work and ultimately led him to join the 2013 SUPRASTUDIO at UCLA. His design and research ambitions are rooted in application of robotics and motion into the built environment, and aimed at projects which are efficient and flexible, but most importantly, exciting to inhabit. Aside from his academic and professional endeavors, Oleg is working with a  team of Cal Poly architecture alumni to design and construct an interactive  installation for the 2014 Coachella Music Festival.

JACKIE PEREZ CASTRO

Born and raised near Mexico City, she graduated as an architect from Universidad Iberoamericana. During her undergrad studies she took a studio instructed by Enrique Martin-Moreno and Jeffrey Inaba with graduate students from SCI-Arc. For some time, she transferred to Tijuana Campus where she started her interest about the relationship between Mexico and US at the California border. Since 2009 she has been an associate at Estudio Santander, a small firm in San Diego, where she gets to participate on what she is most passionate about: international competitions. One of their projects just won a 2013 Architizer A+Award.

EBRAHIM POUSTINCHI

Born in Tehran, Iran he continued after graduation from University of Tehran in 2012 his collaborations with several architectural firms and studios as 3D modeler and designer. He has work experience in different fields such as game designing, graphic design and music where he won several prizes and had multiple national and international exhibitions and concerts. He was selected as the best under 25 years old Iranian graphic designer in 2012. Ebrahim has also published his first music book “Trough the lightness of the rain” in 2009. As a design approach, he’s really interested in multidisciplinary design dialog.

SIMA SHAVERDI

Born, raised and educated in Iran. Sima received her Bachelor of architecture at University of Art in Tehran. She ranked first in nationwide master examination among 9140 participants in 2010 and continued her master degree in University of Tehran, Fine Art College. During her education she worked for different consultant engineering firms focusing on façade and landscape design. She also worked in architecture center in Tehran as architecture sketching teacher of undergrad students and wrote the book: “About Architectural Design” in which she classified most of her hand drawings. Her area of interest includes smart responsible buildings and architectural novel solutions for the future energy shortages. Her master’s thesis was also about extreme environment and adjustable building’s respond. Further she wrote the ISI article of “Thermal and moisture analysis of vernacular temporary residences in Iran’s Shahdad desert”. Afterwards she was attracted to M.Arch II program in UCLA to improve her thought about deformable and adaptable structures which thoroughly matches her goal in architecture.

BAICHUAN SONG

Baichuan is from China and has received his BArch from Zhengzhou University. He is interested in the integration of emerging technologies, ecology and local culture. He believes that technologies themselves are not goals but useful tools helping us make possible the intellectual environment which could better cater to people’s daily life and contribute to the sustainability of ecology and culture. In addition, outside architecture, he is interested in Samuel Huntington and Ezra Vogel’s books such as “The clash of civilizations and the remaking of world order” and “Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China“.

ISMAEL SOTO

Born in San Diego, California, Ismael received his Bachelor of Architecture with honors from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 2013. While completing his undergraduate studies, he worked as an intern for Pfau Long Architecture in San Francisco, Tom Wiscombe Design in Los Angeles and Asymptote Architecture in New York. His main architectural interest is to explore the spatial implications of responsive robotic environments and emerging digital technologies.

MARK VILLANUEVA

Mark received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Woodbury University in 2010, and for two years worked at several design firms, contributing to design proposals and public art commissions of various scales. His avid interest in the synthesis of architecture, automated technological processes, and art, as well as in the future evolution and transformation of environments through experimental design, prompted a desire to return to academia in order to further research and investigate how developing technologies can be dynamically implemented into projects of different scales and environments.

KAIJI YAN

Kaiji received his Bachelor of Architecture from Southwest Jiaotong University in Chengdu, China. After an internship in Jiakun Architects, Kaiji was inspired by the local context and folk techniques; meanwhile, he tried to translate the traditional culture and context into a modern design in a proper sequence to make people aware of what they have lost or forgotten and be proud of it. Currently, he is interested in exploring advanced techniques used in architecture design and biomorphic form for the pragmatic appliance.

XIRAN ZHANG

Born in Harbin, Heilongjiang, China, she received her bachelor degree from Harbin Institute of Technology in 2013 and she also studied as an exchange student in National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan for one semester. In 2013, she worked as an intern in the Office of Kumiko Inui, Tokyo, contributing to study models. She likes travelling and the process of the accumulation of her architecture knowledge is being done during journeys. Xiran is studying in LYNN SUPRASTUDIO now and ponders over the relationship between technology and space.

About Suprastudio

“Industry often uses the language of architecture to speculate on the future of their fields. SUPRASTUDIO works with these partners in collaborative research, and opens up the future possibilities for architecture, from the outside in.”

Hitoshi Abe
Chair, UCLA Architecture & Urban Design

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