Dr Alessandro Ayuso

Senior Lecturer

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My hybrid practice combines art and architecture, academia and practical knowledge, and traditional and contemporary influences.  My work explores the intersection of human bodies and architecture by envisioning non-ideal, deviant, playful, and personal images of embodied conditions. These imaginations take into account the leakiness of the contemporary body’s boundaries as well the unstable relationships enabled by interconnected individuals and technologies.  My drawings and constructions have been exhibited in the UK, Italy and the US, and were recently included in Drawing Futures, published by UCL Press. My writing on Body Agents in Baroque architecture has also been included as part of the new anthology The Material Imagination: Reveries on Architecture and Matter published by Routledge.

I received my PhD in Architectural Design from the Bartlett, UCL, my M. Arch II from Syracuse University where I studied urban design as a Fellow in Florence, Italy, and my Bachelor of Architecture from Virginia Tech.  I have nearly a decade of experience in architectural design practice in New York City, including at Daniel Rowen Architects, B Five Studio, and as a partner at my own firm.

Currently, I teach 2nd and 3rd year design studio for the BA Interior Architecture Course; I joined the course in 2010 as a 2nd year design tutor and am proud to have been a part of its success over the years.  I also teach Digital Representation for the Master of Architecture Course.   Prior to joining University of Westminster in 2010 to teach in the new Interior Architecture Degree, I was part of the founding faculty team at the new School of Architecture at Marywood University in Pennsylvania.  I have taught design students in a range of concentrations and academic levels, including studio courses at several universities in the US, including Virginia Tech and the New York Institute of Technology.  

External  & Additional Activities

2015-present: Research Group Co-coordinator, ‘Representation, Fabrication & Computing Research’ Group, University of Westminster

2010-2016: Co-coordinator for BA (Hons) Interior Architecture, OPEN Summer Exhibition of Student Work, University of Westminster

2016: Design Tutor & Co-coordinator, Parallel Cities I Workshop, Univeristy of Westminster and Parsons The New School for Design, New York

2016: Coordinator for BA (Hons) Interior Architecture, ‘Peckham Catalysts’, Exhibition of Student Work    Peckham, London

2016: Design Tutor & Co-coordinator, ‘Body Building’ workshop (as part of PLAY week), University of Westminster,                                        

2016: Co-Leader, Team 34 (as part of FabFest), University of Westminster

2016: Faculty search committee member, University of Westminster Faculty of Media Arts and Design

2010-present:    Website Coordinator for online resource iasources.blogspot.com

2015-16: Learning Futures Committee Member, BA (Hons) Interior Architecture Course, University of Westminster                     

2015: Committee Member, RAD (Representation and Digital Technology) Review Team, University of Westminster                                                                  

2015: Design Tutor & Co-coordinator for University of Westminster team, Construction Festival Workshop, Tongji University Shanghai, China      

2013: Visiting Design Tutor, ADSL 2013 Design workshop, Artesis, University of Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium           

2013: Juror, American Institute of Architects, AIA Winston-Salem Design Awards

2012: Co-coordinator & Curator, ‘Tell-the-Tale Details’, exhibition of student work, Old Cinema Gallery 309 Regent Street, London, United Kingdom

2012: Design Tutor & Co-coordinator ‘Interior Urbanism Design Workshop’ for the Agency for Interior Urbanism in conjunction with Sam Fox School of Design, Washington University and Fondazione Giovanni Michelucci, Florence, Italy

2007: Guest Juror Third Year Design Competition and Virginia Society Prize Competition, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia

INVITED LECTURES:

2016: “Body Agents: Subjective Figures in Design”, Parsons The New School for Design, New York, New York

2015: “Body Agents: Empathic Figures in Design”,  Keynote Lecture, DR_SOM Symposium, University of Antwerp, Belgium

2015: “Body Agents as Design Catalysts: The Case of P_1435", ISI Florence Lecture Series, International Studies Institute, Florence, Italy

2015: “Body Agents: Deploying a New Figure for Design”, HALelujah Symposium, Presentation of Design Research, University of Innsbruck, Austria

2013: “Provocations for a Digital Age: Walter Pichler’s House for the Torso”   ‘Ornament, Algorithm and Analogy’ Conference, University of Montreal, Canada

2012: “Body Agents: Design Research”, EAAE Research-by-Design Conference, Winterthur, Switzerland

2012: “Imagining Bodies: University of Bremen Academic Interchange”, Spatial Cognition Symposium, Presentation of Winning Competition Entry, New York, New York

EXHIBITIONS:

2016: “Bartlett Research Projects, 175th Anniversary Celebration”, The Bartlett, University College London, London, United Kingdom (recent models and drawings)

2012: “Imagining Bodies: University of Bremen Academic Interchange”, Spatial Cognition Symposium, New York, New York (winning competition entry exhibited)                                                    

2012: “Bartlett Research Projects”, The Bartlett, University College London, London, United Kingdom (recent model and drawings)

2009: "Speculations: Drawing Out Possibilities in Architecture”     , Marywood University, Scranton, Pennsylvania (Exhibition of drawings, models, and collaborative urban design competition proposals)

2009: “little creatures”, McCaig-Welles Gallery, Brooklyn, New York (Recent drawings, group show curated by Megan Hays)

2009: Benefit Art Auction, Lumenhouse, Brooklyn, New York (recent drawings, group show curated by Aurora Robson)                              

2007: “Wide Open”, McCaig-Welles Gallery, Brooklyn, New York (recent drawings, group show curated by R. Nicholas Kusyzk)

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