The unit takes a multi-disciplinary approach to the topics explored, and has formed collaborations with researchers and practitioners across other fields who have contributed to Diploma 13 through seminars and lectures.
Lina leads the Diploma 13 Discussion Group - a biweekly seminar centered around key texts exploring power relations and material subjectivities using a queer, feminist and indigenous lens. Lina is a postgraduate researcher whose academic background includes political science, international relations, journalism, mass communication, and gender and sexuality studies. She is a community organiser, a writer and a poet.
Anamika Singh is an artist and graphic designer based in New York, USA. She graduated with a BFA from the Cooper Union School of Art. Her practice merges inquiry into infrastructures of violence with critical design frameworks and modes of intimacy. Her work has been shown at the Cooper Union in New York, at Ashkal Alwan in Beirut, at Fracto Film Festival in Berlin, and at Angkor Photo Festival in Siem Reap. Singh was a recipient of the Benjamin Menschel Fellowship Grant in 2016 and a fellow at Ashkal Alwan Home Workspace Program 2017-18 in Beirut, Lebanon. Singh has also worked with Heritage of Pride, City of New York, the City of Baltimore and the City of Provincetown.
Dr. Danah Abdulla is a designer, educator, and researcher – not in any order but always all three. She is Programme Director of Graphic Design at Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon Colleges of Art, University of the Arts London. Having previously held positions at Brunel University London and the London College of Communication, University of the Arts London, Danah is also founding member of the
Decolonising Design platform, and founded Kalimat Magazine in 2010, an independent, non-profit publication about Arab thought and culture. Danah’s research is focused on decolonising design, possibilities of design education, design culture(s) with a focus on the Arab region, the politics of design, publishing, and social design. She holds a Ph.D. in Design from Goldsmiths, University of London (2018).
Evelina Gambino is an Associate Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at Goldsmiths College, University of London. Her work focuses on large infrastructural projects in the Republic of Georgia. Through an ethnographic approach, she explores the movements of financial capital, the labour relations, narratives, expectations and conflicts emerging around two key sites of Georgia’s logistical future. Evelina’s work has appeared in journals and online publications within and beyond the academia including Political Geography; Geopolitics; Work, Organisation, Labour, Globalisation (WOLG); Scienza&Politica; Caucasus Analytical Digest; Il Giornale dell’Archiettura; Euronomade; Lo Squaderno; 1Tv: Georgian Public Broadcast; Into the Black Box and edited collections published by Duke University Press, Bologna University Press and Werkleitz Festival.
Feminist architecture collaborative (f-architecture) is a New York-based research practice and shared alias of Rosana Elkhatib, Virginia Black, and Gabrielle Printz. Their projects traverse theoretical and material registers to locate new forms of architectural work through critical relationships with collaborators across continents and an expanding definition of Designer. In addition to their promiscuous design efforts, they have written widely on matters of architecture and also about blood, protest, and Princess Nokia.
Golchehr is a trainer and facilitator currently building and administering an educational empowerment program for women refugees who have survived the gruelling journey to Europe. Drawing on her MA in Gender & Sexuality, an intersectional range of training in trauma-informed care methodologies and techniques, her experience in advocacy projects as the ex-chair of Tower Hamlet LGBTQ forum, youth work with mental health service providers such as East London Out Project, involvement in ground-work education through grassroots initiatives such as Pride of Arabia and Good Night Out Campaign, and currently her curriculum building for OMID, Golchehr is exploring an innovative approach to trauma-informed care that is gender sensitive, youth focused, queer-aware, and challenging current models and institutional approaches to care.
Juliet Haysom has trained in Fine Art at The Ruskin School, University of Oxford and the RCA, later completing RIBA Part 1 at the AA. She teaches within the CMS and Electives programme at the AA. As an artist, she has produced several site-specific projects with a geological focus, working with locally-quarried limestone within a restored Victorian cliff-side park in Torquay, Devon, and with chalk excavated from within a new public garden in Amesbury, Wiltshire. Juliet’s family run a quarry and masonry works in Purbeck, Dorset, and she is keen to develop teaching opportunities to introduce students to stone, its associated workshop processes, and its potential as a contemporary architectural material. Her drawings are held in the collections of the British Museum and the V&A.
Lodovica Guarnieri is a researcher and designer working at the convergence of art, activism and science. Their work grapples with technoscience as it relates to environmental and social justice, coloniality and climate change with a specific focus on coastal cities and environments.
Hovering between social fabulation and scientific facts, poetry and activism, their practice uses performance and installation as a participative pedagogical format to interrogate the technical and political production of nature and history as contested sites of power, as well as sites of resistance to dominant narratives. By studying them through a situated, feminist ethnographic and materialist approach, their work attempts to find new material imaginaries for social and ecological justice.
Mhamad Safa is a sound artist, architect, and researcher, based between London and Beirut. His work focuses on multi-scalar spatial conditions and their sonic make-ups. He explores their intersections with aural legacies of traditional and subcultural practices as well as environments of conflict and violence. He was a fellow at Ashkal Alwan HWP in 2018. He graduated from the Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths and is currently a Phd candidate in International Law at the University of Westminster. He is a tutor in Media Studies at the Royal College of Art. Safa has shown individual and collaborative artwork and performances at Goethe Institute in Beirut, Arab Center for Architecture, the Institute for Contemporary Art in London, the Centre for Research Architecture in London, and the Sharjah Architecture Triennial, among others.
Momtaza Mehri is a poet, essayist and independent researcher. Her work has been widely anthologised and has appeared in Granta, Artforum, The Guardian, BOMB Magazine, and Real Life Mag. She is the former Young People’s Laureate for London and columnist-in-residence at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s Open Space. Her latest pamphlet, Doing the Most with the Least, was published in 2019.
Sophie Chamas received her PhD in Modern Middle East Studies from the University of Oxford, where she was also an Ertegun Scholar. Grounded disciplinary in anthropology, her work focuses on the study of social movements, counter-culture, and political theory and discourse rooted in, focused on or related to the Middle East. Broadly speaking, she is interested in thinking through the life, death and afterlife of the radical political imaginary in the Middle East and beyond by drawing on queer and feminist theory. Sophie is also an essayist and writer of creative non-fiction. Her writing has appeared in Kohl: a journal for body and gender research, The State, Raseef 22, Mashallah News, Jadaliyya and The Towner, amongst other publications.