The Team

International Editor: Diana Biggs

Diana Biggs

Diana Biggs has served as Design Exchange magazine’s Editor since September 2010. With a lifelong passion for design and communications, Diana involvements in these fields both professionally and personally have taken her to Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas. She brings this passion to design exchange magazine, pushing the exploration of design to the next level and expanding the magazine’s global footprint. Prior to joining Design Exchange magazine, she worked in international communications for IIED and Cohn & Wolfe. Having studied in Canada, France, Germany, Austria and Mexico, Diana holds a Masters in Business from ESCP Europe and a B.Sc. in Architecture from McGill University. 

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Senior Editor: Martin Guttridge-Hewitt

Twitter:@martinghewitt Martin Guttridge-Hewitt

Martin Guttridge-Hewitt is a freelance writer and editor based in Manchester, UK. A graduate of art and visual culture, with both MA and NCTJ qualifications in journalism, for almost a decade he has made a living contributing features on travel, design, art, music, film and social issues, working across a range of titles both regionally and nationally. A keen interest in politics, sociology, economic development, human and civil rights guides much of his work. 

 https://about.me/martinghewitt

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Feature Editor: Constance Desenfant

Twitter: @Constance_5690DE mag Constance Desenfant

Constance Desenfant holds a Master degree in architecture and has a strong interest in urban planning. Originally from France, she previously worked on international projects and competitions across Europe before moving to London to challenge and widen her architectural expertise. Constance likes to travel, discover new cultures and capture places through writing and photography. She’s fond of cross-disciplinary projects where you get the chance to learn from various individuals – from artists to scientists, designers to urban planners.

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Feature Editor: Lina Viluma

Twitter: @29ths47h DE-Mag-Lina-Viluma

Lina Viluma is originally from Riga, Latvia and moved to London to train as an architect. Her architectural interest focuses on the exploration of conceptual relations between design and culture. In between working in architectural practice and capturing world through camera lens, Lina likes to collaborate with socially engaged collectives that are dealing with public space and social experimentation. Her experience formed a strong personal background knowledge for her thesis on temporary architecture and its’ role in urban planning. Now she continues to pursue her interests through writing on art, architecture, design and everything related.

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Feature Editor:  Phil Roberts

Twitter:@67architectRd Phil Roberts

Phil is an architecture and design writer based in Montreal, Canada.  He has an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Design from the University of Toronto. He provides written content for design, real estate and travel clients. He also writes about Canadian architecture firms, their projects at home & abroad, and the broader built environment at sixty7 Architecture Road

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Arts & Travel Feature Editor Joanne Shurvell

Twitter: @jshurvell  Joanne Shurvell

Canadian-born Joanne Shurvell has lived in London since 1996 where she has been Marketing Director at various publishers, including Oxford University Press and Hachette, a dotcom, and the Institute of Contemporary Arts. 

With business partner James Payne, Joanne opened PayneShurvell, a contemporary art gallery in Shoreditch in June 2010. PayneShurvell is a commercial gallery, showcasing emerging UK and international artists and featuring work from all media.

In addition to running PayneShurvell, Joanne writes on the arts, culture and travel. In 2013 she won a French press award for a feature on the Languedoc-Roussillon region of France. She is also the co-author of the Citysketch series of books which includes London, Paris and New York, published by Race Point.

www.payneshurvell.com

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Feature Editor : Mark Gregory 

Twitter : @blue_marg

Mark Gregory

Mark Gregory is a freelance writer, educator and architect. Originally from the UK but currently living in Australia, he has taught Architectural Design at several prestigious universities and been involved in numerous award-winning architectural projects.

Mark is passionate about the power of design to influence the world around us, and is particularly interested in low-tech, affordable and sustainable construction practices with particular reference to residential architecture. He is a keen traveler and recently began researching informal and illegal human settlements in Hong Kong, with a view to understanding what lessons might be learnt for future high density housing.

 

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Feature EditorLucas Gray

Twitter: @Talkitect

Throughout his career Lucas Gray has focused on international architecture while living and practicing in various cities around the world. This includes spending a year in Bangkok, Thailand and two in Shanghai, China where he collaborated on competition entries for Brearely Architects and Urbanists. After his time in Asia Lucas returned to school, earning a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Oregon, while designing various retail environments as a freelance designer. He then moved to Berlin where he won an architectural design competition for extending and renovating an historic gymnasium. Along with developing the competition project, Lucas collaborated with various firms on the design and renovation of residential properties around Berlin, submitted international competition entries, and curated an art and architecture exhibition. Lucas currently lives in Portland, Oregon where he continues to pursue his passion for architectural design, and writes for various design magazines and websites. He has also the creator and editor of the architecture blog,

Architecture

Lucas’ architectural interest delves into the study of materiality, tectonics and how to introduce natural light into a building in innovative ways while being sensitive to the surrounding environment. This interest leads to a phenomenological approach to design, focusing on the experience of each user being a unique act in an ever-changing temporal existence. By using design to reveal seasonal and climactic change he strives to create an experience where people are aware of the unique aspects of each moment in the existence of a building. Like the artist Ned Kahn, Lucas uses the natural phenomena of wind, water and light to make dynamic architecture, where a static building becomes alive with movement. Incorporating plant life further visualizes temporal change as well as merges the building with the surrounding landscape, leading to sustainable architecture.

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Art Direction & Design: Veer Design

Twitter: @Veer_Design

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Veer design are a independent graphic design agency, based in Matosinhos, (near Oporto) Portugal.  Their experience ranges between graphic identities, editorial design, communication design, packaging etc.

Veer  praise strategy, defend concepts and processes and are always looking for the continuity in work that creates identity and visual integrity. Each project starts with a blank page setting, which is then built up following and meeting Veer’s and the Client vision.

“Our approach to communication design and graphic design is as a discipline, we support methodologies that goes ahead – but also support – aesthetics matters.”

www.veer-design.com

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Web developer and Assistant Online Editor: Kingsley Man

A graduate of the BA New Media program at the University of Leeds, Kingsley is currently working as a Digital Development Associate at Time Out Hong Kong and as a freelance web developer.

www.kingsleyman.co.uk

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Editorial Board

Our 2016 Editorial Board is made of artists, architects, designers, writers and Academics

Board members are:

John McRae,  (Head of the editorial board)

Twitter: @johnmcrae_ormsJohn McRae

John McRae joined Orms in 1997 and is an owner of the practice. John is a member of the British Council for Offices and has contributed to a number of conferences including: Ecobuild, RIBA’s good design it all adds up, Super Brands and BEST. Collaborating and listening are fundamental to his design approach and instigated the practices THiNK research initiative. 

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Nissrin Zaptia ( Our guest editor for Volume 1 2015)
Nissrin Zaptia

Nissrin Zaptia is originally from Tripoli, Libya. After studying fashion design at the London College of Fashion, Nissrin worked and lived in the Middle East and South Africa where she developed a keen interest in South African contemporary art and contemporary Arab visual culture in the diaspora. 

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Di Mainstone (to be our guest editor for Volume 1 2016 )

Twitter: @DiMainstone & @HumanHarp

Di Mainstone

Di Mainstone is an artist and researcher. She creates wearable sonic sculptures that are played  by a ‘movician’. Di’s body-centric devices have been performed internationally, most notably at, The V&A,The Barbican,  The NationalPortrait Gallery,  the Swedish National  Touring Theatre, Eyebeam  and on the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City.

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Jo-Anne Bichard

Twitter: @gardezleauJo-Anne Bichard

Jo-Anne Bichard’s first degree in social anthropology developed an interest in creative practice, and she now collaborates with designers as a senior Research Fellow at the Royal College of Art Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design. Her PhD from UCL in architectural studies continues her work in the field of design anthropology in which her research focuses on multi and inter-disciplinary collaboration.

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Charles Rattray

Charles Rattray

Charles Rattray read architecture at the University of Edinburgh and worked in practice for over twenty years including a period in the studio of Sir Leslie Martin. He was an Editor of Architectural Research Quarterly (Cambridge University Press) from 2000–2014 and has been a Senior Lecturer at the University of Dundee since 2007. He writes regularly for the architectural press in the UK and abroad. Recent publications include Rationalist Traces (Wiley, 2007) with Andrew Peckham and Torsten Schmiedeknecht and a monograph on the Dutch architects, Geurst & Schulze Architecten (Quart Verlag, 2013).

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Ivi Vasilopoulou ( Our guest editor for #UrbanScape Edition)

Twitter: @Ivy_poisonOne

Ivi Vasilopoulou

Ivi Vasilopoulou is originally from Greece, Ivi trained as an architect in London and holds a Master’s degree in Theory and Criticism of Architecture from the University of East London.

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Ray Bradley & Denise Basso 

Twitter: @dmtbasso BradleyBasso

Ray Bradley studied at Wimbledon School of Art and the Royal College of Art, London, awarded ARCA 1962. Established his studio in West London (1964 –2004) encompassing multiple glass techniques related to architecture and the built environment, with commissioned works in UK and overseas. Art College lecturer/visiting tutor/assessor, most recently for Design and Public Art, Chelsea College of Art and Design, London, 1993 – 2003 and Established Bradley+Basso Studio with Denise mt Basso in 2004.

Denise mt Basso studied at the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica, Venice (under the Venetian artist Silvestro Lodi and German artist Andreas Kramer). She later graduated with 1st Class Hons. from Chelsea College of Art & Design, where glass was one of the specialist facilities. Became a creative partner of the newly formed Bradley+Basso studio in 2004, working from both Italy and England. In 2006 she gained an AHRC award to study and achieve an MA in Fine Art (with Architecture) in 2008 whilst continuing in professional practice.

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David Morris  

Twitter: @demagazineDavid Morris_ Design Exchange

David Morris is the Co-founder and Travel editor of Design Exchange, a multidisciplinary platform focused on the exchanging of ideas. David studied design in Leeds and has been involved in publishing since moving to London for over 16 years ago. Design Exchange was created 6 years ago. We print twice a year, and offers digital daily design news.  With an ever growing network of creatives, Design Exchange are excited about diversifying into film, talks, events and social media allowing creatives to connect and interact with each other. 

Working along side the other editorial board members since its introduction in 2015 has been inspiring for me, as an individual and for the future of Design Exchange. Looking forward to the future.