Lukas Pauer is a licensed architect, urbanist, and educator. He is the Founding Director of the Vertical Geopolitics Lab, an un-disciplined non-profit think-tank and speculative design practice dedicated to the interrogation of cross-scalar agency to expose hidden systems and intangible agenda within the built environment. Currently pursuing a practice-led studio-based PhD in AD (City-Architecture) at the Architectural Association with P. V. Aureli, Lukas holds an MAUD from Harvard University and an MSc Arch from ETH Zürich. Previously working for Herzog & de Meuron Architekten, Lukas has led design studios, co-taught history/theory seminars, supervised thesis students, and conducted original research at RMIT University, BAC, AHO, Harvard University, and Columbia University. He has published in periodicals such as the UCLA Planning Journal, Landscape Architecture Australia, Horizonte Journal, and given public lectures at institutions including the University of Oxford, Victoria University of Wellington, and the University of Toronto.
Recently, he was appointed as Curator of a public program at the Biennale Architettura di Venezia 2016. Besides numerous international recognitions, he was selected as Ambassadorial Scholar by the Rotary Foundation in 2012, as Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum in 2015, and as Swarovski Scholarship recipient by the European Forum Alpbach in 2016 – leadership programs committed to change-making impact within local communities.
Jack Isles is an architect and Research Fellow at the Vertical Geopolitics Lab. Jack holds a BArch from RMIT University. Previously working for Urban-Think Tank at ETH Zürich, Jack has published in periodicals such as Kerb Journal. Interrogating the political and economic systems that define architecture at a local and territorial scale, his involvement with the Vertical Geopolitics Lab examines landscape architecture’s role in territorial expansion, amidst the contested waters of the South China Sea.
Marijke Davey is an architect and Research Assistant at the Vertical Geopolitics Lab. Marijke holds an MArch from RMIT University and a BVAD from ACU. Passionate about questions of humanity, Marijke is a practicing architect and sessional teaching staff at Melbourne University. Interrogating the human nature of global politics and their underlying moral codes of conduct, her work within the Vertical Geopolitics Lab examines the impact of differing models of human governance on space and the people occupying it.
Sophia Horomidis is a landscape architect and Research Assistant at the Vertical Geopolitics Lab. Sophia is studying landscape architecture at RMIT University and holds an AssocDeg in Environmental Horticulture from the University of Melbourne. Her most recent work was demonstrated as an editor at Kerb Journal, on the topic of digital landscapes. Interrogating the intersection of spatial practice and humanitarian work, her involvement with the Vertical Geopolitics Lab examines the role of socio-spatial boundaries in practices of temporary occupation.
Ashley Pilipiszyn is an urban innovation entrepreneur and Research Assistant at the Vertical Geopolitics Lab. Ashley holds an MA in International Relations and Political Science from the Graduate Institute Geneva and a BA in Human Biology and Psychology from IU Bloomington. Ashley is pursuing joint doctoral studies at the University of Geneva and MIT whilst completing an EM in Innovative Governance of Large Urban Systems at EPFL. Besides numerous international recognition, she was selected as Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum and Spark Clean Energy Fellow in 2015, as MIT Climate CoLab Catalyst and Hive Global Leaders Program graduate in 2016. Integrating systems thinking and policy analysis, her work within the Vertical Geopolitics Lab examines critical infrastructure in the built environment through the lens of moral hazard.
Michael Weiser is an economist and Research Assistant at the Vertical Geopolitics Lab. Michael holds a BSc in Business Administration from the University of Liechtenstein. Previously supported by the Austrian Research and Support Center for the Gifted and Talented (ÖZBF), Michael received a Liechtenstein Banking Award in 2014. His work at Lopag Trust has led to the establishment an experimental platform seeking to facilitate radical innovation through coopetition and design thinking. Interrogating behavioral economics, geoeconomics, and game theory from an analytical perspective, his involvement with the Vertical Geopolitics Lab examines how economic security is becoming a vital component to an advanced nation state’s ability to project power in the 21st century.