About Us

Based in San Francisco, we specifically focus on emerging dialogues between diverse modes of applied research that currently dominate a range of architectural practices, and their role in defining new modalities of spatial synthesis best afforded by design. The imprint promotes the study of emergent spatial dynamics taking place across multiple scales and geographies in order to construct a new ground for both established and emerging voices to disseminate their ideas in physical print.

All of our publications are reviewed by a diverse and talented editorial board consisting of the brightest practitioners, educators, and thinkers in the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, urbanism and design.

The Editorial Board

John Parman is an editor and writer, based in San Francisco and Berkeley. At Gensler, a global design consultancy, he serves as editorial director of the publications group and the editor of its client magazine, Dialogue, which he co-founded in 1999. He also co-founded and published the award-winning quarterly, Design Book Review, from 1983 through 1999. He is an editorial adviser to Architect’s Newspaper, California edition, and Room One Thousand, a publication of UC Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design. He writes for Arcade, the Seattle design journal, and is a founding editor of, a blog journal focused on design, culture, and urbanism. He has written for other design publications in Europe, Japan, and the US. Since 1989, he has co-directed the Urban Construction Laboratory, a Berkeley-based think tank founded by UC Berkeley Professor Richard Bender. In this role, he is an adviser to the Mori Memorial Foundation on its Mori Power City Index. He, Bender, and UC Berkeley Campus Architect Emily Marthinsen wrote on “Berkeley: Campus and City,” for Univer-Cities (World Science, 2013 and 2014), and spoke at a conference on this theme in Singapore in 2013. Parman is a member of SPUR’s project review committee and president of the 2430 Arts Alliance in Berkeley. Until 1997, he was the regional marketing director at SOM. He has a BA in Architecture and History from Washington University and an M.Arch in Building Technology from UC Berkeley, where he lectured from 1984 through 1988, and also edited the CED News.

David Grahame Shane trained at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London in the 1960’s during the Archigram years. He completed an M.Arch in Urban Design and a Phd in Architectural and Urban History at Cornell with Colin Rowe. He taught at the A.A. School under Alvin Boyarsky before joining Columbia University in 1985 (and the Urban Design Program in 1991). He now also lectures at Cooper Union and City College in New York. Over the past 20 years he has taught Urban Design master-classes and lectured internationally, as well as being published widely.

Florencia Rodriguez is an architect and critic as well as founder and editorial director of Piedra, Papel y Tijera publishers in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Her editorial work is complemented by other development and dissemination activities aimed at triggering cultural “agitation” to provoke and inspire a collective evolution of the discipline. In 2010 Rodriguez created the publication PLOT, a platform committed to the dissemination of practices and critical thinking about contemporary architecture. One of its main aims is to integrate Latin-American architecture within global debates and production, and to promote the active role of criticism and theory in the transformation of our built environment.

Rodrigo Perez de Arce born 1948, lives and works as an architect and lecturer in Santiago.

Kenneth Schwartz, FAIA, is the Dean of the School of Architecture at Tulane University. He came there from the University of Virginia where he was a professor of architecture, former department chair and associate dean, and chair of the Faculty Senate. He has over twenty-seven years of teaching and practice experience in architecture, preservation, urban design and community planning. As a founding principal of CP+D (Community Planning + Design) and Schwartz-Kinnard, Architects, he has won four national design competitions exploring the constructive force that progressive urbanism and architecture can play in rebuilding cities. In addition to his design work, Mr. Schwartz has served as a planning commissioner and member of the Board of Architectural Review for the City of Charlottesville, focusing on design and preservation issues in the community. Mr. Schwartz served on the University of Virginia Master Planning Committee and the Art and Architecture Review Board for the Commonwealth of Virginia. He is a Past President of the National Architecture Accrediting Board and recent board member of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture. Schwartz was awarded UVA’s Alumni Association Distinguished Professor Award, the university’s highest teaching honor given to one faculty member each year.

Monica Ponce de Leon, AIA, is a Dean and Eliel Saarinen Collegiate Professor of Architecture and Urban Planning of University of Michigan's Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. In 1991, she co-founded Office dA and in 2011 launched her own design practice; Monica Ponce de Leon Studio. Dean Ponce de Leon received a Bachelor of Architecture degree in 1989 from the University of Miami and a Master of Architecture in Urban Design degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Design in 1991. She joined the Harvard Graduate School of Design faculty in 1996, where she was a Professor of Architecture and the Director of the Digital Lab. She has also held teaching appointments at Northeastern University, the Southern California Institute of Architecture, Rhode Island School of Design and Georgia Institute of Technology among others. She has received honors from the Architectural League of New York (Young Architects Award, 1997, and Emerging Voices, 2003) the American Academy of Arts and Letters (Award in Architecture, 2002), the Smithsonian Institution's Cooper- Hewitt National Design Museum (National Design Award in Architecture, 2007), and the United States Artists (Target Fellows in Architecture and Design, 2007). Her practice has received over 60 design awards.

Erwin Viray is Professor of Architecture and Design at the Kyoto Institute of Technology, Japan. He has been Editorial Associate of a+u (Architecture and Urbanism), Tokyo since 1996. He obtained a BS Arch (cum laude) from the University of the Philippines in 1982, a Master of Engineering in Architecture at Kyoto Institute of Technology in 1986, and a Doctor of Engineering in Architecture at the University of Tokyo in 1991. Erwin Viray was formerly Assistant Professor in the Department of Architecture at the School of Design and Environment of the National University of Singapore (NUS) before taking up the position of Professor of Architecture and Design at the Kyoto Institute of Technology in July 2011. He was appointed Head of the Graduate School of Architecture Design in March 2012. He is also Design Critic of Architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD) in Cambridge, MA, USA. He has received awards from the Council of Europe Swedish Institute Scholarship (1986), Japan Foundation Fellowship (1990), and the Kyoto City Appreciation Award (2001). Erwin Viray was a member of the jury of the Zumtobel Award for Humanity and Sustainability and of the Asia Architecture Olympiad.