Adrian Chîu is currently a Masters Candidate in Architecture at the University of Waterloo and holds a Bachelor of Architectural Sciences at Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly known as Ryerson) with an optional zone specialization in their Digital Fabrication Zone. His interests lie at the intersection of architecture and using digital fabrication tools to create experiential interactive environments. He has a demonstrated history of working on the design and fabrication of interactive installations, with his work being displayed as part of Winter Stations, DesignTO, the Design Exchange’s EDIT expo, the Gladstone’s Come Up to My Room and the Bergen International Wood Festival. He is heavily involved in student co-curricular experiential learning, having served as the principal of arc.soc (Ryerson Architecture Student Society) and is currently a co-director of F_RMlab, an open peer-to-peer student design collective focusing on the intersection of architecture and technology at the University of Waterloo. Adrian’s current work at the LASG is looking at ways to expand the current Smart Cell System through kits as part of his thesis on developing an approachable kit-of-parts for an interactive architecture with a distributed and compliant tectonic.
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 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 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 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 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 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.