Isabella Ieraci

Isabella is currently working towards her bachelor’s degree at the University of Waterloo School of Architecture. She often designs through making, gravitating towards physical materiality, light, and volume studies in her own projects. At the studio, Isabella’s role focuses on conceptual design and production, encompassing a variety of tasks ranging from small-scale component design and fabrication to large-scale organization of installations. Projects during her term include a 3-stage testbed installation at TU Delft in the Netherlands, and the 2022 Shadows and Whispers workshop at the Domaine de Boisbuchet. Prior to the LASG, Isabella worked in both architecture and website design at Toronto and Vancouver-based firms.

Simon Gorbet

Simon Gorbet works as an engineer/industrial design co-op student primarily on the design of actuated devices in PBSI sculptures. Simon developed the Blade of Grass vibration actuator from conception through prototyping to its very first production run, completing the industrial, mechanical, and electrical design for the actuator. Additionally, Simon worked on the August 2022 Shadows and Whispers workshop, which was delivered to 15 design professionals at the Domaine de Boisbuchet in southern France. He focused on kit design, electrical planning, and workshop content. On site, he led sessions, helped troubleshoot, and solved mechanical and electrical problems. Simon is currently studying to receive his BASc in mechatronics engineering at the University of Waterloo.

Nicolas Désilles

Nicolas Désilles works at the studio as a MITACS Globalink Intern, conducting multidisciplinary design and digital fabriction tasks and research for ongoing studio projects. His work exists at the intersection of multiple fields such as architecture, industrial design, material science, mechanical engineering, laser cutting processes, FDM and SLA 3D printing processes, and electronics design. Nicolas is a Civil Engineering and Architecture double-degree student at the National Institute of Applied Science of Lyon (France) and the National Graduate School of Architeture in Lyon (ENSA Lyon). He is graduating in engineering next year and will continue his studies with a Master of Architecture, specializing in computational architecture and interactive installations.

Rekha Ramachandran

Rekha Ramachandran manages development, research and administration at the LASG. She oversees grant applications, project leads and proposals, LASG partner relations, and administrative affairs. Rekha holds a Master of Arts in Communication and Culture from the joint program at York and Toronto Metropolitan Universities, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Toronto Metropolitan University. Her previous roles include office manager at the interdisciplinary design firm Johnson Chou, and communications assistant at the Manitoba Arts Council. Rekha is a visual artist and co-owns the vintage shop Softhouse, in Toronto.

Alison Thompson

Alison Thompson oversees the general operations at the LASG. She handles financial matters, partner and studentship relations, and administrative affairs. Prior to joining the LASG team, Alison worked as a legal assistant at a boutique law firm in Guelph. Alison holds a BA (Hons) with a Major in English and Minor in Creative Writing from the University of Guelph. She is currently pursuing a certificate in Publishing from Toronto Metropolitan University and is passionate about keeping the arts thriving.

Lisa Jiang

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

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 Grove at the 17th Venice Biennale of Architecture. Bianca is currently an M.Arch student and holds a Bachelor of Architectural Studies from the University of Waterloo. Her thesis work focuses on contemporary forms of architectural emplacement, representation and publishing, centered on her father’s ancestral house in the Philippines. She brings various previous experiences from curatorial work at the Art Gallery of Ontario, education with Shad Canada and the Goethe-Institut Toronto, and architectural internships in New York City, Melbourne, and Mexico City. Bianca enjoys exploring different methods of communication in the studio including writing, user interfaces, and quick sketches.