Anna Ulrikke Andersen  

Anna is a filmmaker and architectural historian, currently a Fellow at Harvard University Film Study Center. Funded by Viken Filmsenter, her research explores how filmmaking could be used to engage with patients living with chronic illness experience place and architecture. Her PhD at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, focused on the window in the life and work of the Norwegian architectural theorist Christian Norberg-Schulz. Resulting in a series of films, her thesis investigates how both the architectural window and the camera can separate and unite sound and image, and use this technique of filmmaking as a tool to question the position of the architectural historian. Anna’s research has been presented at institutions such as the 2014 Venice Biennale, Oslo School of Architecture and Design, Oxford University, University of Puerto Rico and Universidad Piloto de Colombia, and she has been published in Architectural Research Quarterly. Her films have been shown at the Royal Academy of Arts London, the 2017 Essay film Festival, the Arctic Moving Image and Film Festival and Trondheim Academy of Fine Arts/NTNU.  In 2017 she was awarded an artist residency from the Utzon Foundation and the Danish Cultural Fund to work and live in Jørn Utzon’s villa Can Lis, Majorca, resulting in the film Cleaning at Utzon’s (2019). In collaboration Ruth Bernatek, she co-directed the film X / Earwitness (2018), where filmmaking is used to trace a set of journeys by the Greek composer and architect Iannis Xenakis.

Vasilis Aronidis

Vasilis is a qualified architect and current PhD candidate in Architectural History & Theory at the Bartlett School of Architecture.  His doctoral thesis aims to define a conceptual basis for the interpretation of the built environment in its historical dimension, as a receptor and co-formulator of the musical object.  Before moving to London, he studied Architecture Engineering at NTU, Athens, and completed his MSc in Architecture there in 2014.  Alongside he academic and professional work, Vasilis is a musican and composer. Many of his compositions have been published by Universal Music Ltd., The Sound of Everything Ltd. and TimeSpace Ltd.  He is currently working as an architect at Studio MR in London.

Ruth Bernatek

Ruth is a teaching fellow in Architectural History and Theory at the Bartlett School of Architecture, where she is also completing her PhD, funded by the London Arts and Humanities Partnership and the Bartlett-CCA Research Collection Grant.  Her doctoral research addresses the complex relationships between music and architecture in the ‘Polytope Projects’ (1967-1978), a series of large scale multimedia installations conceived by the composer and architect Iannis Xenakis.  Taking an interdisciplinary approach to research, she draws upon her academic background in Art History, and musical training.  Ruth’s research has been presented at the Canadian Centre for Architecture, Oxford University, Whitechapel Gallery, University of Copenhagen, Cardiff University, and she has been published in Architecture and Culture, Sound Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, and Arhitext. Ruth is co-founder of Sound Making Space.

Isac Leung

Isac is an architectural designer, sound artist and maker. He recently completed his MArch at the Bartlett School of Architecture in June 2019.  Isac’s fascination with sound and space stems from the collision of his worlds as a classical percussionist and pianist, and his architectural training. His MArch design project, Recalibrating the Acousmastic Veil, sought new ways to construct architectural spaces from a sonic perspective.  In October 2019, Isac founded the experimental radio station, ALBATROSS! producing  inquisitive dialogues between practicing, theorising and fuzz-making spatial broadcasting.  He currently works as a design/ fabricator at Weber Industries in South-East London.

Emma-Kate Matthews

Emma-Kate is an architect, artist, musician and composer. In 2012 she founded EKM Works; a creative practice which promotes cross-disciplinary design with a focus on exploring the boundaries of innovative technologies. Emma-Kate teaches on the MArch at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, where she is also undertaking a design and performance-led PhD.  Her doctoral research concerns the spatio-temporal interdependence between architecture and performed music, supported by the Bartlett staff award bursary.

Emma-Kate released two solo albums of experimental music in 2015. From June to September 2017 she completed a residency with the London Graduate Orchestra.  Her work has been performed at St Leonard’s church in Shoreditch; Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, as part of a research project funded by the Australian Research Council, and Barbican concert hall.  Emma-Kate has exhibited at the Royal Academy of Arts and the RIBA and her research has been published in multiple peer-reviewed journals including Architectural Design and Design Ecologies.  She is a current London Symphony Orchestra Soundhub Associate. 

Matei Mitrache

Matei is a fifth year architecture student at the Bartlett School of Architecture. His primary research interests are in the sensorial experience of architecture, history and literature. For his current diploma project, Matei is designing an architectural opera experience in a historical part of Tartu, Estonia. Drawing inspiration from Dante’s Divine Comedy, the flexible network of performance spaces aim to revitalize the pre-existing site by providing design frameworks for contemporary directors and composers to work with.

Previous research projects include the technically complex design for a new School of Music for UCL, which investigated links between sound and acoustics, and their implications in the social fabric of the city. In December 2017, as part of Urban Encounters at Tate Britain, he presented the Butterfly Eye, a project in collaboration with artist Diego Ferrari. Alongside his studies Matei teaches digital modelling at the Bartlett, and leads model-making workshops at high schools in London.

Merijn Royaards

Merijn holds degrees in fine art, music and urban design and in 2019 he was awarded a PhD in Architectural Design at the Bartlett School of Architecture, London.  He has performed and exhibited in Europe, China and the US. Recent publications and speaking engagements include the Sonic Arts Research Centre in Belfast, AHRA’s Transgression Conference, Architecture and Culture (Bloomsbury 2014) and The Acoustic City (Jovis 2014).  Merijn is founder of Hybridity, a collective of artists, architects and musicians who think architecture through time-based media and performance.  Merijn is co-founder of Sound Making Space.

Christabel Stirling

Chrissy recently completed her PhD in Music at Oxford University, supervised by Georgina Born. Her ethnographic research focuses on musical and sonic publics in London, with a particular interest in affect, urban politics, and social transformation. She has taught on topics such as the Psychology of Music, the Socio-Cultural Study of Music, and Global Hip-hop at Oxford University, and is currently guest lecturer in Music Performance & Production and Music Technology at the University of East London. Her publications include articles in the Journal of Sonic Studies and Contemporary Music Review, and chapters in two edited books. She is also affiliated with the collaborative research group Recomposing the City at Queen’s University Belfast. Aside from her academic pursuits, she DJs and co-runs club nights in London, including parties with the Lucky Cloud Sound System.

Amy (Xiaoduo Xu)

Amy is a first-year PhD student at the Bartlett, UCL, supervised by Ava Fatah gen. Schieck.  Her research explores the concept of sound-based interactive digital installations, with an objective to better understand how we interact with sound; specifically how it is visualized, sensed or touched in diverse expressions.  Amy’s personal interest lies in developing interactive systems and installations that enhance our spatial experience, limit social embarrassment and encourage spectators to become more active players in public space.