Iker Gil is an architect, urban designer, and director of MAS Studio, a collaborative architecture and urban design firm with a multidisciplinary approach to a wide range of projects. The studio develops its work with an emphasis in research, built work, publications and exhibitions. Iker is also the editor in chief of the quarterly design journal MAS Context, the director of the architecture series at the Instituto Cervantes of Chicago, and the editor of the book “Shanghai Transforming” (ACTAR, 2008). In addition, he currently teaches Masters Project Preparation at the College of Architecture at IIT. Since July of 2011, he is a board member of the Chicago Architectural Club. Iker has received several grants and awards for his work, most recently the 2010 Emerging Visions Award from the Chicago Architectural Club, The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation grant and Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts in support of MAS Context.
Joshua G. Stein is the founder of Radical Craft, a Los Angeles-based studio that develops methods for the translation of craft operations into broader scales and domains. It recuperates the role that tradition and technique play in design and in a larger cultural context without forfeiting the advantages to both production and speculation that have been afforded by recent advances in digital technology. Exploring the production of urban spaces and artifacts through traditional or archaic phenomena (from archaeology to craft), the studio seeks to evolve newly grounded approaches to the challenges posed by contemporary virtuality, velocity, and globalization. Through public art projects, installations, and speculative proposals, Radical Craft seeks to reconfigure urban and material patterns through a focus on the intersection of traditional craft and contemporary technology, unearthing outmoded concepts and strategies to reinflect the current applications of novel technology. He has taught design studios and fabrication seminars at California College of the Arts, Cornell University, SCI-Arc, and the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design. He was a 2010-11 Rome Prize Fellow in Architecture, and is currently an Associate Professor of Architecture at Woodbury University.