Asterios Agkathidis (MA Programme Director, ARCH711/ARCH713 /ARCH729/ARCH730/ARCH721-23 coordinator)
Asterios studied architecture in Thessaloniki and the RWTH Aachen, holding a 6-year Diploma in Architecture and Engineering from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He completed his 2-year postgraduate studies in Advanced Architectural Design at the Städelschule Architecture Class in Frankfurt (2001) tutored by Peter Cook, Enric Miralles, Ben van Berkel, CJ Lim and Johan Bettum. He became a partner in the architectural practice b&k+ in Cologne until 2004, then worked for VMX Architects, Amsterdam until 2005. After being part of OMA- Rem Koolhaas in Rotterdam that same year, Asterios returns to Frankfurt where he founds the architecture and research laboratory a3lab Frankfurt-Thessaloniki. His built work has been published, awarded and exhibited internationally. His 7th book, Biomorphic Structures will be released by LK publishers, London in January 2017. Teaching and lecturing experiences include the AdBK Nuremberg, the TU Darmstadt (for 5 years, as a research associate), the University of Thessaloniki, the Islamic University Malaysia, the Columbia University, and the Städelschule Architecture Class. He was Visiting Assistant Professor at the Lebanese American University in Beirut and Senior Lecturer at the Raffles Design Institute Shanghai. Today, being a registered architect in Greece and Germany, he holds a lectureship for digital architecture at the University of Liverpool, where he is currently leading the MA in Architecture and tutoring in design studios and thesis.
Emma Curtin (ARCH705 coordinator)
Emma is a registered architect and university teacher. She leads a BA3 design studio and teaches in 1st year, on the MA and MArch programs. Working at architectural practices in Manchester, Sheffield, and London she has built up a wide range of experience across sectors including education, social housing, transport and heritage re-use. With Sheppard Robson, she was involved in the redevelopment of the Former Royal Eye Hospital in Manchester and a number of award-winning schools. Later at 3D Reid, she worked on 1 Angel Square during the construction phase and most recently she was project architect for a number of new social housing schemes in Greater Manchester with Triangle Architects. Whilst her background is in architectural practice, her current efforts to influence the shape of the built environment are taught public campaigns and community-led projects, rather than more conventional building-focussed-design. She has an interest in participation and architecture and is chair of The Friends of London Road Fire Station, a community trust working towards the re-use of this listed building in Manchester. This striking listed building in central Manchester has a rich social history but has been undeveloped and left to decay by its owner’s since 1986. After two years of campaigning by the Friends, it seems the situation is starting to change. Library Walk, identified by the 20th Century Society as a unique piece of urban design, was recently closed and built on. Opposition to this development led to a Public Inquiry where Emma acted as an Interested Party; opposing the loss of the Right of Way through this space. More recently Emma has joined the advisory board of Social investor Steinbeck Studio in relation to their Ducie Street Project. Other projects have included a year-long illustration project drawing birds and a new project exploring visual perception of the landscape along the M62 as experienced by coach.
Mike Knight ( / MA studio tutor / Thesis tutor, ARCH708 / ARCH709 / ARCH712 / ARCH727 tutor)
Mike is an architect, educator, and researcher. He is a senior fellow at the Higher Education Academy, visiting lecturer at the Graz University of Technology and departmental leader for Postgraduate Taught Studies, director of studies in the MSc Architecture (London Campus) and MA in Architecture tutor. He was awarded the Walsh-Weston Prize (Journal of Lighting Research Technology) in 2002 and the Faculty Learning and Teaching Award (School of the Arts) in 2013.