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Technology, Changing Audiences, and Evolving Paradigms of Buildings
Jason Bruges (Jason Bruges Studio, GBR)
Bogdan Zaha (Zaha Hadid Architects, GBR)
Dorin Stefan Adam (Manadelucru, ROU)
Nelson Fernandez (NFA International Arts and Culture, GBR)
As our communities and societies evolve, so should our buildings. What is happening in the world outside of theatres that we can learn from about spaces that people love to gather in? We live in a time when technology is rapidly changing the way we interact with the world, with our communities and with each other. What can we learn about changing paradigms? At the same time, flexibility can often lead to a lack of context – does flexibility come at a cost of a creative tension between theatrical experience and space? In a world of information flow that largely transcends traditional geographical boundaries, how can we insure that facilities are designed to be locally relevant, culturally sustainable and competitive?

Jason Bruges (Jason Bruges Studio, GBR) Jason Bruges is a multidisciplinary artist and designer based in London. He is internationally renowned as a pioneer of the hybrid space between art, architecture and technology. His artworks are site-specific, ‘sculptural barometers’ that tap into the emotional tapestry of a community or place by translating live feedback into living, breathing, spatial interventions. Jason trained as an architect and worked with Foster + Partners and Imagination before setting up his own practice in 2002. He now works with a diverse, talented team to deliver interactive projects worldwide.

Bogdan Zaha (Zaha Hadid Architects, GBR) After graduating from the Studio Zaha Hadid at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, Bogdan joined Zaha Hadid Architects in 2014. He is part of the office’s design team and has worked on a significant number of projects, on many project stages with a focus on advanced geometrical design methodologies. Bogdan is a PhD Fellow at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, tought at the University of Innsbruck & Architectural Association in London, a great number of workshops focused on Parametric Architecture in Europe. Graduated from the University of Applied Arts’ Studio Zaha Hadid in Vienna.

Ștefan Dorin Adam (Mânădelucru, ROU) Assoc. prof. dr architect at Universitatea de Arhitectură și Urbanism Ion Mincu, Bucharest, teaching at “Ion Mincu” University of Architecture and Urbanism, Bucharest, in the Basics of Architectural Design Department and Founder and CEO of „Manadelucru” architecture office, Bucharest, România. Preoccupied by the importance of contemporary art in promoting cultural heritage, interference of architecture with installation art, conjuntion of vast domains that relate to haptic spaces. Interested in the relevance of archetypal elements and working with materials, in design compliance with different spaces and cultural areas, in creating architecture with spaces generated by structure and materiality connected to the context.

Nelson Fernandez (NFA International Arts and Culture, GBR) A senior arts consultant with extensive working experience as an artist, producer, management trainer, and facilitator with many organisations in the fields of drama, dance, opera, museums, visual arts, and the creative industries in the UK and around the world. Has worked as a dance artist with companies in the UK, Europe, and North America, and as an independent arts producer. In 1997 he joined the British Council and was seconded to Visiting Arts, a UK government agency which supports artistic exchange between the UK and the rest of the world. As one of Visiting Arts’ three directors, with responsibility for Cultural Operations, Nelson was charged with the development of a broad spectrum of arts support programmes as well as for arts management and cultural leadership programmes dealing with the visual and performing arts. He left Visiting Arts in 2008 to set up NFA International Arts and Culture. The company provides specialist services to artists and arts organisations, as well foundations, government agencies, and academic institutions involved in international arts projects.

Nelson is a regular speaker at seminars, conferences, training programmes, and symposia on issues relating to the arts, arts management, and cultural policy and diplomacy and is regularly invited to sit on a variety of selection panels and to chair events for organisations around the world, most recently by the Iran Heritage Foundation in London; the Prakriti Foundation in Chennai, India; Sibiu Festival in Romania; and the Romanian Institute in London. Until recently a Trustee of Brighton Festival & Dome Ltd., and of the Contemporary Arts Committee of the Iran Heritage Foundation in London, he is presently Deputy Chairperson of ATC Theatre Company, a Trustee of Adopt A Playwright (London), and Chair of the Governance Board of Millennium Performing Arts (London). He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Chevalier of France’s Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE).