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Andrew GIPE

Andrew completed a Masters degree in Architecture at Harvard University in 2015 and is currently conducting PhD research at the National Technical University of Athens. He is an award-winning professional English writer and accomplished portfolio designer. He has worked for the Harvard University Admissions Office, as a Teaching Assistant with Pritzker-Prize winning architect Rem Koolhaas, and for five years as a private, professional English tutor for non-native speakers. Over the course of his academic career, Andrew has used his professional writing and portfolio design skills to secure over $90,000 in scholarships and financial awards.

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Luigi LAFASCIANO

Luigi completed his B.S. and Masters degrees in Archaeology at the University of Bari, during which time he participated in the Erasmus exchange program to study in Spain. He has lived in and journeyed through several Mediterranean countries (namely Algeria, Turkey, Greece, France, Spain, and Italy) cultivating a multitude of interests in history, anthropology, popular music and culture, and ancient literature. He is currently working on his PhD thesis, about the role of the sacred in the political transition of the Greek Polis to the Early Christian town, at the University of Salerno (Italy) and the École Pratique des Hautes Études de Paris (France).

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Alfonso DOMÍNGUEZ

Alfonso trained as a Classical Philologist at the University of Malága in Spain where he also received a Masters in Teaching in 2014. He specializes in textual criticism, and is particularly interested in Indo-European studies, and Linguistics and Literary Theory. His interests also include music studies and language didactics; and is trained as a teacher in classical languages. Alfonso is currently developing his PhD thesis on Byzantine Studies, making a Critical Edition of an unpublished text (the Anonymous Commentary of Ptolemy's Tetrabiblos) from Greek and Latin manuscripts, at the University of Salerno (Italy) and the University of Malgáa (Spain).

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Kangil JI

Kangil received his Masters in Architecture II from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and his Bachelors of Architecture from the Korea National University of Arts (RIBA Parts I & II). During his studies, he won several awards, scholarships, and grants, including Best Prize in the Seoul Urban Design Competition (2013), Finalist of the Norman Foster Travel Scholarship (2011), Korean Minister's full scholarship (2010), and various travel grants funded by TU Delft (2010), the Konrad Adenauer Foundation (2004), NC Soft (2003), and the Daum Foundation (2003). Kangil is currently a design partner at Terminal7 Architects in Seoul, South Korea.

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Ioanna LAZERI

Ioanna received a Bachelors of Arts in Human Resources and Marketing from the University of Hertfordshire in the U.K. She is passionate about languages and fluently speaks Greek, Italian, Albanian, English and Spanish. Her work experience in marketing research, project coordination, customer relations and business consultancy, in the cities of Athens, Bologna, London, Malta, and Madrid, have enabled her to develop strong communication skills and a deft multi-cultural comprehension of 21st Century Europeanism. She is currently attending the CELTA course (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages).

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Kai POLZHOFER

Kai attended the philosophy department of the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich between 2004 and 2008. He continued his studies in philosophy, music theory and composition at the Universities of Graz, Austria and Leipzig, Germany. In 2013, he graduated with high distinction from University Leipzig (B.A. in Philosophy) and Hochschule für Musik und Theater Leipzig (Diploma in Composition). His fellowships and prizes include Austromechana, Academy Schloss Solitude, International Summer academy Prag, Wien, Budapest, and the Francis Boott Prize. He received a national scholarship (“Deutschlandstipendium”) and is the cofounder and artistic advisor of forma Leipzig. He is currently undertaking a PhD in Composition at Harvard Univ. in the U.S.

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Wilson Rui QIAN

Wilson won the Best Thesis Prize while completing a Bachelor of Engineering at Beijing University in 2010. He went on to complete a Masters of Urban Design from TCAUP, University of Michigan, and a Masters of Landscape Architecture from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Wilson was recently nominated as the International Research Associate of China's National Research Center and serves as the VP of the UM Beijing Alumni Association. He has worked as an urban designer at Cooper Robertson & Partners and Goody Clancy & Associates. He is now collaboratively establishing China's first urban design program and serving as overseas editor of several professional Chinese magazines.

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Mahmoud RIAD

Mahmoud graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Architecture from Helwan University in Cairo, Egypt in 2006. And in 2009, he graduated with a Masters degree in Architecture and a Certificate in Urban Design from the School of Architecture, Planning, & Preservation at the University of Maryland in the United States. He won numerous awards including the Dean’s Thesis Prize & the 2009 AIA Maryland Graduate Design Award. After graduating, he moved to London to work at world-renowned Zaha Hadid Architects. In 2012, Mahmoud assumed the full-time design responsibilities of his family's architecture firm Riad Architecture.

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Melissa SANCHEZ

Melissa obtained a Bachelor’s degree in English Language, Literature, History and Translation at the University of Grenoble 3 - Stendhal. As part of this degree, she studied for a year at SUNY in the state of New York, USA. She returned to France to earn her Master’s degree in Education where she developed her interest in immersive language-learning, known as the immersive CLIL method. Specialized in preschool, elementary school and language teaching, she then passed the National Recruitment Test for Primary School teachers. Melissa is currently applying her knowledge of alternative learning methods at the British Institute in Trento, Italy.

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Lucía SALMERÓN

Lucía received a Bachelors of Science in Advertising and Public Relations at the University of Málaga in 2013. She is now studying Law, to investigate the relationship and communication paradigms between human laws and institutions shaping social interactions. Lucía also holds a Master’s degree in Teaching. Her studies in Economics, History, Psychology and Statistics were the basis for a specialization in the field of Communication and Advertising, about audio-visual technical bases, communication and advertising strategies. Her scholastic interests focus on environmental, urbanistic, and associative participation policies.

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