Carla Leitão & Ed Keller

AUM Studio / Spec.Æ

Carla Leitão & Ed Keller
Founders of AUM Studio and Spec.Æ. Architectural design, curation, theory, scenarios, & interactive media; residential, installations, competitions in Europe and the US.

Spec.Æ [spec.futures] joined the Space and Planetary Design group, Venice Architecture Biennale Italian Virtual Pavilion 2021, and the Data and Matter group show, Venice Architecture 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, Leitão’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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Ed Keller: Designer, professor, writer, musician and multimedia artist. Creative Director, SingularityNET. Mentor: LAB#03 Synthetic Minds 2023 MADRID MEDIALAB MATADERO. Creative Director, Venice Virtual Pavilion, 18th Venice Architecture Biennale 2023.

Ed has taught architecture + film/media + technology since 1996; his research and practice explores the structures of feeling which link cultural, infrastructural, ecological, and technosocial systems, revealing emergent terrestrial and cosmopolitical potential.

He has spoken on artificial intelligence, architecture, film, technology and ecology internationally; current research explores the relationship between philosophy, cosmopolitics, sound design and music in lectures and solo performances.

From 2021-23, Keller co-directed the Post Planetary Universal Design program [with Leitão] at The New Centre. In 2022, he was a visiting design Faculty at Rensselaer School of Architecture [RPI]. He served as a Creative Director, Italian Pavilion, 17th Venice Architecture Biennale 2021. From 2012-2020, he was Director of the Center for Transformative Media [CTM] at The New School; from 2009-2020, Associate Professor at Parsons School of Design and Associate Dean [2010-12]. In a prior arc, he taught advanced architectural design studios, theory, and digital techniques at Columbia University GSAPP, SCIArc, UPenn, Pratt, FIU, and RPI, from 1998-2010. At Columbia’s GSAPP he was the acting director of the Advanced Architectural Design [AAD] program in 2001; at SCIArc he was founder and coordinator of the MediaSCAPES program 2007-09.

Ed has been an avid rockclimber for over 40 years.

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