Studio III Prague
Mission Statement As if we were at the end or the beginning… The progress of tabloid journalism, atmospheric overwhelming, the stress of society and the inequality of aspects of global existence are forcing various forums to formulate increasingly harder elementary questions. The need for change collides with repeatedly posed permanent doubts and insecurities as well as with the discipline of architecture and its academic environment. The utter goal of the atelier is a permanent testing of new methods of designing and of architectural strategies, an investigation of the duality of the notions “architecture” versus “ambience” and review of architectural thinking in new beginnings. This means a completely new mind thread that provides the ability to define architecture as a 3D expression of the cultural image. In this concept, studio uses experiment as an instrument of architectural research. By the series of strategic attempts it redefines marginal and not clearly defined topics of current architecture and an acknowledged society. Studio offers new impulses of perception of the architecture as open and living discipline to the academic and everyday scene │http://www.vsup.cz/en/architektura/atelier-architektury-iii
Imrich Vaško (*1958) Graduated in Architecture at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design under Prof. Dušan Kuzma (1983) and worked as a freelance architect and designer until 1990. In 1990 and 1991 he attended the Yale University School of Architecture on a Fulbright Scholarship. After returning from the USA, he established an experimental academic platform – Laboratorium of Architecture – at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava. In 1993 he completed Greg Lynn’s workshop, Architecture, Geometry and the Body in Amsterdam. He co-organised international academic forums in Bratislava with Daniel Libeskind (Berlin – Bratislava: Disturbed Cities 1994), ArchFest with Greg Lynn, Sylvia Lavin, Mark Rakatansky, Catherine Ingraham, Jennifer Bloomer, Monika Mitášová and Marian Zervan (1995), and the WI:BRA Vienna-Bratislava project with Wolf Prix and Jan Tabor (2003). Together with Jiří Ševčík and Marian Zervan, he was curator of a joint exposition of the Czech and Slovak Republics – WALL PAPER DISPOSITIVE – at the 7th Biennial of Architecture in Venice. KRAJINY/LANDSCAPES, his travelling exhibition project was presented in the Jaroslav Fragner Gallery (2001). He is engaged in conceptual architecture, exhibition projects, research of central European parallel modernism, as well as writing on culture and architecture. He was a visiting Professor at the Rhode Island School of Design (1998), lectured and worked as visiting critic at the Schools of Architecture of Yale University, Columbia University, Pratt Institute, RICE, Cornell University, CCNY, Universität für angewandte Kunst and Akademie der bildenden Kunst in Vienna. Between 2000 and 2010, he directed and transformed the Faculty of Architecture at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava. Since 2011, he has been employed as Head of Atelier III at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague and has been collaborating with Martin Gsandtner since 2009.
Martin Gsandtner (*1982) Is an architect and teaching assistant professor at Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague. He taught at the Academy of fine Arts and Design in Bratislava (2008 – 2011) as assistant professor in the Laboratory of Architecture. He focuses on the research of interactive design processes at the intersection of morphomimetic and genetic design computation; algorithmic based reflections; performative soundscape nexus and computer aided manufacturing. He graduated from the Academy of fine Arts and Design in Bratislava (2007), studied one year Conducting & Composition of 20th/21st Century at the KONS Conservatory in Vienna (2011) and Postgraduate Programm from dieAngewandte in Vienna (2010), where he continues in the Doctoral Programm. He collaborated with various offices, co-operated as a tutor at international workshops (Theatre Architecture: Visons and Possibilities, Ljubljana; Urbanity: Twenty years later, Prague; Biennale “Austria Under Construction”, Venice), received awards as a co-author (Camera Obscura, Bratislava; Římske náměstí, Brno), exhibited as a co-author at KéK 100 rooms x 100 models (Budapest) and had a solo exhibition (2012) at the Austrian Cultural Forum in Prague.