Carla Leitão & Ed Keller

AUM Studio / Spec.Æ (Working)

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 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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