Dima Ghazal is a Production Assistant at the LASG where she is engaged in the fabrication and assembly of sculptural installation components. She has contributed to the production of Meander at Tapestry Hall, Cambridge, Threshold at San Jose Airport, and Ocean at Nuit Blanche Toronto. Dima holds a Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Design and Urban Studies from the University of Toronto. She has participated in multiple design-build projects across Canada and is interested in exploring digital craftsmanship and fabrication of temporary structures.
Filipe Costa leads and orients the production and assembly of sculptural components for installations at the LASG Studio. He has made contributions to Meander at Tapestry Hall, Cambridge and Threshold at San Jose Airport as well as being a core designer and fabricator for the Geometry Kit: Archimedean Polyhedra folio. Filipe is currently pursuing a M.Arch at Carleton University and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Studies with a Minor in Visual Studies from the University of Toronto. As a designer, Filipe is interested in researching structures built by animals (animal architecture) for the design of unconventional spaces and building forms.
Nathan Shakura designs systems components and manages production at the LASG studio. Nathan is currently completing a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Design at OCAD University. As a designer, he is interested in small scale woodworking and wood construction, and design as a tool for social change.
Nikola Miloradovic has worked on a variety of permanent and temporary test-beds around the world including Meander, Chun Long Tiao ‘Spring Dragon Tail’, Sentient Chamber, Transforming Space: Aegis and Noosphere, Anthozoan Veil, Aletheia, Futurium Noosphere, Threshold, and Nebula Prototype: Liminal Architecture. Nikola is involved in many steps of the design process including modeling, prototyping, fabrication, visualization, and installation. He is a graduate of the University of Waterloo School of Architecture and is completing his Master of Architecture at the Architectural Association in London, where his research focuses on the leftover spaces of London and potential counter-values to the highly commercial inner-city built landscape.
Muhammad Tahir Pervaiz served an extended studentship with the LASG during which he produced a thesis that focused on the underlying geometric form-language currently used within studio scaffolds. His thesis Mediation: Resonating Between the Organic and Inorganic at the University of Waterloo School of Architecture includes historical references that expand the context of LASG research-creation. His academic research focused on evolved geometries and form languages, and the relations ‘in-between’ inherent polarities in nature; the organic and the inorganic, conceiving of deep relationships between individual parts and wholes. His work included a focus on the visionary mid-twentieth-century designer Jekabs Zvilna, contributing to LASG coursework and a folio publication, New Geometric Systems: Jekabs Zvilna and Integrative Form-Languages.
Expanding his studies, Tahir became a designer at the LASG. He has contributed to LASG projects Meander, Threshold, and Le Frout. He graduated with distinction from the National College of Art and is a licensed architect in Pakistan under the Pakistan Council of Architects and Town Planners (PCATP).
Lisa Jiang is an Experimental Design Manager at the LASG, having previously worked as Creative Projects Assistant at Iris van Herpen Studio. Lisa holds a Bachelor of Arts in Fashion Design Womenswear from Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London. In addition to a design role in sculptures such as Meander and Threshold, Lisa also leads material experiments and facilitates collaborations with Iris van Herpen Studio. These collaborations include periodic exchanges based on the LASG’s specialized knowledge of parametric design software and 3D printing, which have resulted in the creation of flexible meshes that expand, drape and twist around the body. Lisa has been involved in the IvH shows Sensory Seas, Shift Souls, Hypnosis, and Aeriform.
Bianca Weeko Martin manages publications for Riverside Architectural Press and leads web development, graphic and video editing special projects in addition to designing components for lightweight meshwork installations such as Meander at Tapestry Hall, Cambridge and Threshold at San Jose Airport. She was also involved in the CAST-LASG Workshop at the University of Manitoba and the STEAM Curriculum report for Meander. Bianca is currently an M.Arch student and holds a Bachelor of Architectural Studies from the University of Waterloo. Her thesis work is focused on next-generation forms of architectural representation and publishing, centered on an ancestral house as a case study for a space of human participation. As a designer, she enjoys exploring different methods of communication in the studio including writing, user interfaces, and quick sketches.