Naiara Vegara has an AA Diploma and is a registered architect ARB/RIBA Part III. She is currently Director of Metropoli Cities Lab London, working in projects around the world at the scales of urban design, landscape and architecture; and Director of the AA Visiting School Semester Programme since Spring 2012. Naiara also teaches on the AA Master's in Housing and Urbanism programme, has been running the AA Streetware Visiting School in Southeast Asia since 2012 and is currently a PhD candidate under the research topic of Streetware. She has been a visiting critic at many architectural schools and has presented her research on virtual environments and the design process in architecture as workshops at the Universities of Columbia, Princeton, Pennsylvania and Taylors in Kuala Lumpur.
Marie-Isabel de Monseignat-Lavrov
Marie-Isabel de Monseignat-Lavrov has an AA Diploma and is a registered architect ARB/RIBA Part III. She is currently Director of MDEM Architects and Course Master of the AA Visiting School Semester Programme since Autumn 2014. Previously she taught a bachelor course at the UAL Chelsea College of Art and Design, taught the AA Summer School Programme in 2008 and 2009 and led a workshop and lecture at SIVA (Shanghai Institute of Visual Arts) in 2014. Marie-Isabel is a regular visiting critic at many architectural schools including the University of Westminster in London. She has worked in the fields of urban masterplanning, landscaping, architecture, interior design and art installation in various offices: in Amsterdam for MVSA, in Paris for Alberto Pinto, in Buenos Aires for Sanchez Elia, in New York for Dekar Design and in London for Acme Ltd.
Katya Larina received her Master’s degree in Landscape Urbanism from the Architectural Association, London. Katya is currently a senior architect and urban designer at Gustafson Porter, London, and Course Tutor of the AA Visiting School Semester Programme since Spring 2017. Katya has been co-directing a series of independent workshops. She has also been invited as an expert and guest lecturer at Institute Strelka in Moscow, the UCL’s Bartlett School of Architecture and Architectural Association School in London. Katya is co-founder of the research and education project U:Lab.spb, which develops tools that are used in the fields of design and analytics of critical urban environments of Russian cities. U:Lab.spb focuses on social economic strategies that combine knowledge from the fields of sociology, economics, urban planning and ecology to foster the redevelopment of Russian industrial cities and knowledge centres.