Prof. Dr. Friedrich von Borries
Prof. Dr. Friedrich von Borries, born in 1974 in Berlin, is an architect and professor of design theory at the University of Fine Arts (HfBK) in Hamburg, and also serves as a guest curator at the city’s Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, where he specializes in contemporary design. Von Borries is the director of “Projektbüro Friedrich von Borries”, an interdisciplinary practice based in Berlin. Von Borries studied architecture at Berlin University of the Arts, the ISA Saint-Luc Bruxelles in Brussels and at the University of Karlsruhe, where he received his PhD in 2004. From 2001 to 2003 he taught at the Technische Universität Berlin, and from 2002 to 2005 he was a research assistant at the Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau, where he worked on the project “Shrinking Cities”, among others. From 2007 to 2008 he was a visiting scholar at ETH Zurich and MIT Cambridge, Mass., and during this time he was also responsible for the “Art and Public Space” course as a visiting professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Nuremberg. Von Borries was a Research Fellow at Goldsmiths College in London and is a member of both the Young Academy at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, and the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina. In 2008 he was the general commissioner for the German contribution to the International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennale. Numerous books by von Borries on architecture, design, art and everyday culture have been published by Suhrkamp, Merve, Birkhäuser and Hatje Cantz, among others.
Madhura Prematilleke, principal of tA -teaM Architrave, Colombo- is a Sri Lankan Architect and Urban Designer. Madhura studied architecture at Moratuwa and Helsinki, and has worked in Sri Lanka, Finland, India, China, Oman and the Maldives. He has lectured and taught extensively at international conferences and universities. tA have won 15 design awards and their work has been published internationally, including in the Phaidon Atlas of Contemporary Architecture, Beyond Bawa, Architectural Review, Architectural Design, A+U, and Asian Design Destinations. Competitions wins include the Jaffna Cultural Centre (2010) and the new wing of the Colombo Town Hall (1999). The practice has an ethos of crafted modernity, with a strong engagement in creating verdant tropical environments in restricted urban contexts, and a questioning approach to the paradoxes of consumption and sustainability.