Aaron Sprecher

Sprecher_Aaron_NBAaron Sprecher has been Assistant Professor at the School of Architecture in the McGill University Faculty of Engineering since 2008. In parallel, he is co-founder and partner of Open Source Architecture, a collaborative research group that brings together international researchers in the fields of design, engineering, media research, history, and theory.

He studied at Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Israel and at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). His research and design work focuses on the synergy between information technologies, computational languages, and digital fabrication systems, examining the way in which technology informs and generates innovative approaches to design processes. Beside his publications and exhibitions, he has lectured at many institutions, including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Harvard University, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), and Rice University.

Aaron Sprecher is co-curator and co-editor of the exhibition and catalogue The Gen(H)ome Project (MAK Center, Los Angeles, 2006), exhibition designer of Performalism (Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel, 2008), and Evolutive Means (Pratt Institute, New York, 2010). As Conference Co-chair of ACADIA 2010, he is co-editor of LIFE in:formation: On Responsive Information and Variations in Architecture: Proceedings of the 30th Annual Conference of Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture, ACADIA (2010, New York: ACADIA) and the forthcoming book Architecture in Formation—On the Nature of Information in Digital Architecture (15 September 2013, London: Routledge/Taylor and Francis). Aaron Sprecher recently co-chaired the 15th International Conference on Geometry and Graphics (2012, McGill University Faculty of Engineering).

Aaron Sprecher was awarded a Canada Foundation for Innovation grant in 2010, a SSHRC Insight Development grant in 2011, and a SSHRC Partnership Development grant in 2012 to support his research activity at the Laboratory for Integrated Prototyping and Hybrid Environments (LIPHE, McGill University School of Architecture). His research and development activity at the LIPHE gathers a multidisciplinary team of researchers in mechanical and electrical engineering, architectural design, and computer science that seek innovative manufacturing processes.

Regularly invited to participate in and lead workshops at international academic institutions, Aaron Sprecher has been an active participant to the Global School Program of the Architectural Association, London. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Architectural Education (JAE), and a member of the Board of Directors of the Society for Arts and Technology (SAT, Montreal).

Fully multilingual in French, English, and Hebrew, Professor Sprecher was trained as an architect in Brussels, Jerusalem, Amsterdam, Paris, and Los Angeles. He is a licensed architect in Israel, and a member of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada.

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