Los Angeles / Mexico City / Vaduz
Curime Batliner is a digital designer and technologist based in Los Angeles. He is stimulated by the technological innovations of our time and works on projects merging virtual and reality. He has worked on a wide range of architectural projects and commercials, which engage robotics, digital animation and code. Curime is currently Faculty-Researcher at the SCI-Arc Robot Lab and is teaching seminars and workshops in the ESTm Master’s program at SCI-Arc.
Morphosis / Los Angeles
Satoru Sugihara is a computational designer at Morphosis Architects. He earned a Master of Science in Computer Science from Tokyo Institute of Technology and a Master of Architecture from the University of California, Los Angeles. Prior to have a shift toward architecture he practiced as a media artist and an interaction designer and was also a researcher at International Media Research Foundation. He worked at Greg Lynn FORM and Dagmar Richter’s DR_D and since 2007, he joined Morphosis Architects as a computational designer.
TESTA & WEISER / Los Angeles
Devyn Weiser is principal in charge at Testa/Weiser (TWinc) and co-founder of the MIT Emergent Design Group (EDG). At Testa/Weiser she leads a wide range of projects from industrial design to architecture and infrastructure. Current work includes collaboration with NASA/Ames Research Center to design the largest ocean-based alternative energy infrastructure; Automorphic Strand Tower, a robotically pultruded fiber structure; King’s Road Apparel Shop, an innovative composite structure in West Hollywood; and FML01, a fiber reinforced aluminum house in Santa Monica. With a consortium of industry partners she directs ESCape: open source platform for decentralized waste-to-energy (WtE) solutions. Weiser’s work is exhibited at leading museums and galleries worldwide. Recent shows include the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York; Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, New York; National Building Museum, Washington; Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Los Angeles; National Art Center, Tokyo; and Beijing Architecture Biennale.
Weiser has been a Visiting Critic at the Rhode Island School of Design, University of Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 2006, she joined the SCI-Arc Design Faculty teaching graduate studios and seminars, and currently serves as Undergraduate Thesis Coordinator. In 2010, she initiated the SCI-Arc Robotics & Simulation Lab with Staubli Robotics. Devyn Weiser holds a B.F.A. and B.Arch. (with honors) from the Rhode Island School of Design, and a MSAAD from Columbia University.