Designer }{ Researcher

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//I am Ava Aghakouchak, an architectural designer finding her place in-between architecture, art and technology. My work focuses on the interaction between the user and built environment through the use of human-machine interfaces. I use performative arts as a tool to exhibit the effects of wearable technologies on the body-mind system. My recent work examines ideas of enhancement and amplification of human senses in order to gain control and eventually design the sensorial experience of the user.

//I believe studying the loop between the built environment, human senses and external behavior can help with more adaptive, responsive and respective designs for the man of future.

Education

//PHD CANDIDATE in ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN (JAN 2017 - PRESENT)

Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, London, UK

Supervisors: Professor Stephen Gage, Dr. Christopher Leung

//MASTER OF ARCHITECTURE in ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN (SEP 2015 - SEP 2016)
Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, London, UK
BPro Architectural Design, Discrete Design Lab

//BACHELOR OF ARCHITECTURE in ARCHITECTURAL ENGINEERING (SEP 2010 - JULY 2015)

School of Architecture, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran
Center of Excellence in Architectural Technology

//HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA in MATHEMATICS (SEP 2006 - JULY 2010)

Kherad Educational Complex, Tehran, Iran

Experience

//PART-TIME LECTURER (OCT 2020 - PRESENT)

CONTEXTUAL THEORY, DESIGN FOR PERFORMANCE AND INTERACTION (MARCH)

Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, London, UK

//SUPERVISOR (SEP 2019 - PRESENT)

CONTEXTUAL THEORY, DESIGN FOR PERFORMANCE AND INTERACTION (MARCH)

Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, London, UK

//MARCH THESIS SUPERVISOR (APR 2018 - PRESENT)

DESIGN FOR PERFORMANCE AND INTERACTION (MARCH)

Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, London, UK

//ASSOSIATE LECTURER (SEP 2018 - PRESENT)

ARCHITECTURE + INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN (BA Hons)

Canterbury School of Architecture, University for the Creative Arts, Canterbury, UK

Workshops

//LEAD INSTRUCTOR AND ORGANIZER (SEP 2019)

RESENSING THE CONSTANT

Platform 28

Ab-Anbar Gallery, Tehran, Iran

//CO-ORGANIZER AND CONTRIBUTOR (JUN 2018)

A DAY WITHOUT SCREENS

Bartlett School of Architecture, Sainsbury-Wellcome Center, Sadler's Wells

Here East, London, UK

//LEAD INSTRUCTOR (MAY 2018)

Heterotopian Bodies

Design for Performance and Interaction (MArch)

Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, London, UK

//INSTRUCTOR (SEP 2017)

PRESS PLAY: VI ARDUINO WORKSHOP
Interactive Architecture Lab (MArch)

Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, London, UK

//TEACHING ASSISTANT (SEP 2016)

PRESS PLAY: V ARDUINO WORKSHOP
Interactive Architecture Lab (MArch)

Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, London, UK

//ASSISTANT (APR 2016)

PROTO ECOLOGIAS, MULTI-DISCIPLINARY WORKSHOP

Museu Do Amanha, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
 

//TEACHING ASSISTANT (APR 2016)

INTERACTIVIDADE1 ARDUINO WORKSHOP
FABLABLIVRE SP, Sao Paulo, Brazil


 

Talks

//Possible Futures Lecture Series. Design for Performance and Interaction. 2020.

//Lesser Senses. Walmer Yard. 2019.

//PhD Research Conference 2019. Bartlet School of Architecture. 2019.

//Back to where it all started. Here East. 2018.

//(Neuro)Science of Architecture. Contemporary Architects Association of Iran. 2018.

//Sarotis and Making of. Resonate Media Arts Festival. 2017.

//Neuroscience and Architecture. Bartlett School of Architecture. 2017.

//Sentimental Soft Robotics. Royal College of Arts. 2016.

Crits

//MArch, Architectural Design. Bartlett School of Architecture.

//MArch, Design for Performance and Interaction. Bartlett School of Architecture.

//BArch, Architectural Design. Westminster University.

//Proyector Video-Art Festival. Madrid, Spain. 2020.

//REDCAT, CalArt's Downtown Center for Contemporary Arts. Los Angeles, USA. 2020.

//Mr. Majidi and the Electricity Box. VO Curations, London, UK. 2019.

//Lesser Senses. Walmer Yard, London, UK. 2019.

//The Impakt Festival. Utrecht, Netherlands. 2019.

//Wolf Kino Cinema. Berlin, Germany. 2019.

//Doclisboa International Film Festival. Lisbon, Portugal. 2019.

//Dutch Design Week 2019. Manifestations, Eindhoven, Netherlands. 2019.

//ARS Electronica. Postcity Linz, Linz, Austria. 2019.

//PhD Research Projects Exhibition 2019. Bartlett School of Architecture, London. 2019.

//Harper's Bazaar 150th anniversary Exhibition. Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai, China. 2017.

//Innovation in Haptics. Royal Academy of Engineering, London, UK. 2017.
//Tomorrows. Onassis Cultural Centre, Athens, Greece. 2017.
//BodyHack Con. Austin TX, USA. 2017.
//Memememe. Crypt Galley (St Pancras), London, UK. 2017.

Address; Bartlett School of Architecture,

         22 Gordon Street,

         Bloomsbury, London.

         WC1H 0QB.

Email;   ava.aghakouchak.15@ucl.ac.uk

         ava.agak@gmail.com

Tel;     +44 7492 70 2320