Stephen Kieran and James Timberlake are partners at KieranTimberlake, an architecture firm internationally recognized for its beautifully crafted, high-performance buildings that are holistically integrated to site, program, and people. The firm has received over 160 design citations including the 2008 Architecture Firm Award from the American Institute of Architects, and the 2010 Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award for Architecture from the Smithsonian Institution. They were inaugural recipients of the prestigious Benjamin Latrobe Fellowship for architectural design research from the AIA College ofFellows in 2001, and Rome Prize Fellows in 1980 and 1982, respectively. They are co-authors of six books on architecture, including the influential book refabricating architecture, and Alluvium: Dhaka, Bangladesh in the Crossroads of Water, a new book forthcoming in 2015.
Kieran and Timberlake currently co-teach a Design-Research Laboratory at University of Pennsylvania School of Design. Their studio is an advanced, interdisciplinary format that enrolls students from Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Urban Planning departments. For the past eight years, students have undertaken a deep investigation of Dhaka, Bangladesh, studying diverse topics related to water, shelter, human health, delta ecology, agriculture, transportation, and more. They seek to define problems and articulate solutions in the form of design and planning interventions to promote positive change.
Anuradha Mathur, an architect and landscape architect, is Professor in the Landscape Architecture Department, University of Pennsylvania. Dilip da Cunha, an architect and planner, is Adjunct Professor at the School of Design, University of Pennsylvania. He is also Visiting Faculty at Srishti School of Art, Design, and Technology in Bangalore.They are authors of Mississippi Floods: Designing a Shifting Landscape (Yale University Press, 2001), Deccan Traverses: the Making of Bangalore’s Terrain (Delhi: Rupa & Co., 2006) and Soak: Mumbai in an Estuary (Delhi: NGMA and Rupa & Co., 2009), and most recently co-editors of Design in the Terrain of Water (A+RD Publishers, San Francisco, 2014). An underlying thread in Mathur and da Cunha’s work is a concern for how water is visualized and engaged in ways that lead to conditions of its excess and scarcity, but also the opportunities that its fluidity offers for new visualizations of terrain, design imagination, and design practice. This concern has also guided their teaching and design studios, more recently in Mumbai, Jerusalem, and the Western Ghats of India. In 2013/2014 they were invited to lead a PennDesign Team for a yearlong project funded by the Rockefeller Foundation, focused on the east coast of United States, titled Structures of Coastal Resilience.