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About AR+D
AR+D_P (Applied Research and Design Publishing) is a new editorial platform that opens up a space for research-based publications within the fields of Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Urbanism and Design at large. 


AR+D_P, or Applied Research and Design Publishing is a new editorial platform that creates a space for research-based publications within the fields of Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Urbanism and Design. 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 approved 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

David Grahame Shane

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

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

He has taught at the Architectural Association and the School of Architecture of the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, and has participated as a visiting professor at the Central University of Venezuela, Arizona, Pennsylvania, Bath and Degli Studi, Rome, between others. He has taught workshops in the Master of Architecture program, and undergraduate workshops including PUC Workout Workshop conducted in partnership with Harvard (2001). He has lectured at the Center for Latin American Studies at the Rockefeller Foundation, New York (2002). He has been Head of the Master’s of Architecture Program until 2000. He has published essays in various national and international journals. He is co-author of The School of Valparaiso and the Open City, Tanais Ediciones, Madrid and is the author of Open Work Guillermo Jullian, Ediciones ARQ, 2000. Currently preparing co-authored publication Chilean Architecture 1950-2000 to be published by Texas A & M Press. His career highlights include Remodeling Santiago Plaza de Armas (1998-2000), a project selected by 18 works in the call to II Mies Van der Rohe award-winning Latin American Architecture in the Eleventh Biennial of Architecture in Santiago. Won second prize in the Master Plan Lira Alameda, Santiago (2001) and First Prize in the Preliminary Competition for the crypt in the Cathedral of Santiago (2001). He currently serves as Professor of undergraduate and graduate P. Catholic University of Chile.


Kenneth Schwartz

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. 


Erwin Viray

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 in 2009.


Monica Ponce de Leon

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.


Ken Yeang

Ken Yeang is a Malaysian architect, ecologist and author best known for his signature deep green ecoarchitecture and eco-master plans, differentiated from other green architects by an authentic and environmentally comprehensive ecological approach. Yeang is an early pioneer of ecological design and planning, carrying out design and research in this field since 1971. He is described as the "world's leading green skyscraper architect".[1] His key built works include the Roof-Roof Hpuse (Malaysia), Menara Mesiniaga (an IBM franchise) (Malaysia), National Library Singapore (Singapore), Solaris (Singapore), Spire Edge Tower (India), DiGi Data Centre (Malaysia), Ganendra Art House (Malaysia), Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital Extension (under Llewelyn Davies Yeang, UK), Genome Research Building (Hong Kong). His awards include PAM (Malaysia Institute of Architects) Gold Medal, Prinz Claus Award (Netherlands), Auguste Perret Award (UIA), Aga Khan Award for Architecture (Geneva), Merdeka Award (Malaysia), Yeang works between his Kuala Lumpur office T. R. Hamzah and Yeang (since 1975) and his UK firm, Ken Yeang Design International/Llewelyn Davies Ken Yeang Ltd. T. R. Hamzah & Yeang was formed in 1975 with Tengku Datuk Robert Hamzah, his contemporary at the AA School, and a Prince in the Malay Royal family.