Martin Self is an engineer and designer who has taught design and theory at the AA since 2004. He was a founder member of Arup’s Advanced Geometry Group, studied architectural theory at the AA, and has provided structural engineering and form-finding consultancy within practices such as Zaha Hadid Architects and Antony Gormley Studio. He was design team member and resident engineer for the award-winning self-sufficient Druk White Lotus School in Himalayan Ladakh. With Charles Walker, he has led the design and production of the four AA Summer Pavilions (2006-2009) through tutorship of AA Intermediate Unit 2. Martin is the Director of programmes at Hooke Park, and is setting up Design & Make.
Luke Olsen is an architect and educator. He has worked on projects including an award winning timber church for the Navaho Indians of S. Dakota with BVH Architects, the Gate Theatre refurbishment in Dublin with STW architects, Kings Cross Gas-Holders, Crystal Palace sculpture park, Alpine house and Kew Gardens Masterplan with Wilkinson Eyre Architects, Dublin Underground Stations with Arup. He has built many installations including brain sensor controlled movies in collaboration with Jason Bruges Studio. He runs his own Architecture company, Gen.ltd, designing a number of residential projects and recently completing the fit-out and re-roofing of Christchurch in Bala, North Wales. He is director of Architecture Technology for final year Undergraduates at the Bartlett School of Architecture; Animation tutor to second year Undergraduates at the Bartlett and is coordinator of Design Unit 1 for final year undergraduates at the University of Nottingham.
Jesse Randzio graduated from the AA in 2009. He was the recipient of the 2007 AV Custerson Award to promote the use of timber at Hooke Park and has been involved with the design and construction of the first three AA additions to the Hooke Park architecture collection (Summer Pavilion 06, Crossings Bridge, A Separate Place). Prior to the AA he studied at Colby College, built theatre stage sets in Maine, and worked for Bumpzoid, designing small projects in New York City.
Barak Pelman studied architecture in Tel-Aviv University, completed the Wood Program at Helsinki University of Technology, the MSc in Sustainable Environmental Design at the AA, and has trained in traditional and contemporary crafting techniques, working with various building materials including iron, wood, concrete and earth. He won several design awards and has exhibited works at the Helsinki Museum of Architecture and at the International Biennale of Architecture in Bat-Yam.
Geraldine Dening is a practising UK architect, who studied at Cambridge University and the Bartlett in London, and has worked both in the UK and internationally. In Australia she was involved with the design of an aboriginal healthcare centre in Kununurra, Western Australia; In Cairo with Metaphor on the Grand Museum of Egypt ; In Kuwait with Freestate for Wataniya; In London with award winning Adam Richards Architects on domestic and retail projects and competitions, and with Meadowcroft Griffin Architects on a new build Primary school in Hackney. She currently teaches a design studio at DMU in Leicester, ran a first year design studio for 2 years at London Metropolitan University and has been a critic at the Bartlett, the AA, and Nottingham Universities.
Charlie Corry Wright is Hooke Park’s workshop tutor. He has worked in forestry, furniture making and traditional timber framing. He studied Forest Manufacturing at Hooke Park in 1990, and has lived in the forest with his family since 1994, when he moved on site to help build Westminster Lodge. Since 2002 he has overseen all of the AA’s workshop activity at Hooke.