AUM Studio / Spec.AE

Carla Leitão & Ed Keller
Founders of AUM Studio and Spec.AE. Architectural design, curation, theory, scenarios, & interactive media; residential, installations, competitions in Europe and the US. Spec.AE [speculative futures] joined the Data and Matter group show, Venice Biennale, 2018.

Keller & Leitão have convened over 20 international conferences and lecture series. Their work and writing has appeared in Volume, Punctum, &&&, EVOLO, A+U, AD, Metamorphosi, Wired, Metropolis, Assemblage, and Ottagono.

Leitão is an architect, professor, & writer. At Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute School of Architecture since 2010: Leitao’s studios and seminars explore the intersection of architecture, urban systems, technology, ubiquitous cultures and immersive VR at RPI’s CRAIVE Lab. She curated and organized the event “Portugal Now” / Cornell AAP Folio, an exhibition of 20+ Portuguese offices with conferences in Ithaca and NYC [2007]. Lives/works in New York, USA and Lisbon, Portugal.
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Keller is a designer, professor, writer, musician, multimedia artist, and independent scholar. From 2012-2020 he was the Director of the Center for Transformative Media [CTM] at The New School and from 2009-2020 was Associate Professor at Parsons. Previous academic appointments include Columbia Univ. GSAPP [1998-2010] teaching advanced architectural design graduate studios and seminars, and serving as the acting director of the AAD MS program in 2001; SCIArc 2004-09, where he founded and coordinated the MediaSCAPES program and was fulltime faculty 2007-09; and RPI, UPenn, Pratt, Parsons, FIU and Bennington, variously, between 1996-2010. He has spoken on architecture, film, artificial intelligence, technology and ecology internationally. Recent seminars at Parsons include Post-Planetary Design, Soundscape, and Designing AI.
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