hughes meyer studio

Francesca Hughes

photo: Gus Palmer

An architect by training, Francesca Hughes is an internationally renowned architectural theorist and educator. Having taught across both studio and history & theory at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, and then the Architectural Association in London for more than 25 years, she was Professor of Architecture and Head of School at UTS, Sydney, from 2018 to 2020. Given her extensive knowledge of different architectural education cultures and models, Francesca has served as visiting professor and external examiner at numerous schools in the UK, US, Asia and Europe.

The Architect: Reconstructing her Practice (MIT Press 1996), an early focus on feminist criticism and architecture, sits at the foundation of her larger body of published work which examines architecture’s thorny relations to technology. To this end, her written and design research spans a critique of reductive superficiality in architecture’s use of computation inDrawings that Count (AA Publications, 2013), an examination of architecture’s relations to precision and material error inThe Architecture of Error: Matter, Measure and the Misadventures of Precision (MIT Press, 2014), and an exploration of architecture’s relations to systems of measure and prediction inArchitectures of Prediction (ARQ docs, 2019). Her current project,The Architect’s Computer: An Indiscrete History of the Universal Discrete Machine, is an histoire longue durée of the discipline’s relations to the constituents of modern and ancient computation: the algorithm as calculator of new ‘truths’; the cognitive interface and its universal languages; memory storage and retrieval; deletion and forgetting; and the window. Having collaborated with historians of science, archaeologists, filmmakers, robotic landscapers and performance artists, Francesca remains intent on expanding architecture’s perimeter and an ardent advocate of all things rigorously multi-disciplinary.

Francesca has lectured internationally and acted as keynote to numerous conferences. Her written and built work have been published byAA Files, AD, ANY, AR, A/R/P/A (Columbia GSAP), Art Forum, Columbia University Books on Architecture, e-flux Architecture,Harvard Design Magazine, e-flux, Merrell, Park Books, Random House (Monacelli), Routledge, University of Minnesota Press and Wiley and exhibited in the UK and abroad.
Jonathan Meyer

photo: Gus Palmer

Jonathan Meyer was born in Santa Cruz, California. After training in both architecture and engineering he moved to London in 1990 to work as an architect and subsequently co-ran a design studio at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, with Francesca Hughes from 1995-1998. He then changed tack, and has focused on making art within the practice ever since.

Jonathan’s art works have been exhibited in the UK, France, Belgium, USA, Korea and Australia, including 3 solo shows at Beardsmore Gallery in London. He is represented in France by Galerie Pascal Lainé, where he has had two solo shows, and in London by Frameless Gallery, where he last held a solo show in June 2017,Suffer no Fools: a Primer for the End Times.

Galerie Pascal Laine bio
Frameless Gallery bio
Gregory Kovacs

Gregory Kovacs is an architect, he studied at the AA Diploma School and also holds an MSc in Architecture and Engineering from Budapest University of Technology. While at the AA he was awarded the RIBA Goldfinger Scholarship, the Nicholas Pozner Prize and the William Glover Bequest Prize.

Gregory is currently a design director at Benoy, Hong Kong. Previously at Heatherwick Studio he led projects such as the Fosun Foundation Centre with its kinetic façade in Shanghai. Here he also founded the computational design group of the practice. His projects have been recognised by design awards such as the WAF Best Future Project prize in 2020, MIPIM Best Retail Development in 2021. He was recently selected for the Perspective '40 Under 40' award for architectural design.

His art practice is mainly concerned with questions of computation and materiality, chance and precisions and has been exhibited at the Royal Academy in London.

Gregory has taught at the AA and the Bartlett in London. Since relocating to Hong Kong in 2017 he has been extensively lecturing and running workshops across universities in Southeast Asia.