Fernan Federici is a visiting investigator at PUC-Chile (PAI Conicyt-funded). He started his career studying two years of engineering at the Universidad Nacional de Cuyo (Argentina) and then moved to Chile to obtain a bachelor’s degree in molecular biology (PUC, Chile). He worked for a year at Alvarez Buylla’s lab at UNAM, México and moved to the United Kingdom to obtain a Ph.D. in biological sciences at the University of Cambridge. Fernan was a postdoctoral researcher in Jim Haseloff’s lab at the University of Cambridge working in the area of plant synthetic biology in a project entitled “The Programmable Rhizosphere.”
David Benjamin is principal at architecture firm The Living and director of the Living Architecture Lab at Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation.The practice and the lab explore new technologies and create prototypes of the architecture of the future. Recent projects include Living City (a platform for buildings to talk to one another), Amphibious Architecture (a cloud of light above the East River that changes color according to conditions underwater), Living Light (a pavilion in Seoul that displays air quality and collective interest in the environment), and Proof (a series of design studios at Columbia that use evolutionary computation to discover novel, high-performing designs). Before receiving a master of architecture degree from Columbia, Benjamin graduated from Harvard with a B.A. in social studies. He is currently working, in collaboration with Fernan Federici and Tim Rudge (Cambridge University) on the establishment of new educational platforms that combine architecture and synthetic biology.