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Aaron Sprecher

Aaron Sprecher - Carrie Henzie

Associate professor
BArch (Bezalel), MArch (UCLA)

Macdonald-Harrington Building
Room 303
Tel.: 514-398-6709
aaron [dot] sprecher [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)

LIPHE (Laboratory for Integrated Prototyping and Hybrid Environments)

Courses given

ARCH 342 Digital Representation

ARCH 405 Design and Construction 3

ARCH 406 Design and Construction 4

Aaron Sprecher is Associate Professor at the School of Architecture in the McGill University Faculty of Engineering. In parallel, he is co-founder and partner of Open Source Architecture, a collaborative research group that brings together international researchers in the fields of design, engineering, media research, history, and theory.

He studied at Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Israel and at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). His research and design work focuses on the synergy between information technologies, computational languages, and digital fabrication systems, examining the way in which technology informs and generates innovative approaches to design processes. Beside his publications and exhibitions, he has lectured at many institutions, including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Harvard University, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), and Rice University.

Aaron Sprecher is co-curator and co-editor of the exhibition and catalogue The Gen(H)ome Project (MAK Center, Los Angeles, 2006), exhibition designer of Performalism (Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel, 2008), and Evolutive Means (Pratt Institute, New York, 2010). As Conference Co-chair of ACADIA 2010, he is co-editor of LIFE in:formation: On Responsive Information and Variations in Architecture: Proceedings of the 30th Annual Conference of Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture, ACADIA (2010, New York: ACADIA) and the book Architecture in Formation—On the Nature of Information in Digital Architecture (2013, London: Routledge/Taylor and Francis). Aaron Sprecher co-chaired the 15th International Conference on Geometry and Graphics (2012, McGill University Faculty of Engineering).

Aaron Sprecher was awarded a Canada Foundation for Innovation grant in 2010, a SSHRC Insight Development grant in 2011, and a SSHRC Partnership Development grant in 2012 to support his research activity at the Laboratory for Integrated Prototyping and Hybrid Environments (LIPHE, McGill University School of Architecture). His research and development activity at the LIPHE gathers a multidisciplinary team of researchers in mechanical and electrical engineering, architectural design, and computer science that seek innovative manufacturing processes.

Regularly invited to participate in and lead workshops at international academic institutions, Aaron Sprecher has been an active participant to the Global School Program of the Architectural Association, London. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Architectural Education (JAE), and  a member of the Board of Directors of the Society for Arts and Technology (SAT, Montreal).

Fully multilingual in French, English, and Hebrew, Professor Sprecher was trained as an architect in Brussels, Jerusalem, Amsterdam, Paris, and Los Angeles. He is a licensed architect in Israel, and a member of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada.

Selected Publications

Lorenzo-Eiroa, Pablo, and Aaron Sprecher, editors. 2013. Architecture in Formation: On the Nature of Information in Digital Architecture. New York: Routledge/Taylor and Francis. 352 pages.

Noever, Peter, and Open Source Architecture (Chandler Ahrens, Eran Neuman, and Aaron Sprecher), editors. 2006. The Gen(H)ome Project. Los Angeles: MAK Center. 125 pages.

Sprecher, Aaron, Shai Yeshayahu, and Pablo Lorenzo-Eiroa, editors. 2010. LIFE in:formation: On Responsive Information and Variations in Architecture: Proceedings of the 30th Annual Conference of Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture, ACADIA. New York: ACADIA. 411 pages.

Open Source Architecture (Chandler Ahrens, Eran Neuman, and Aaron Sprecher). 2012. “Evolutive Means.” In On Show—Temporary Design for Fairs, Special Events, and Art Exhibitions, edited by Sandu Publishing, 220–23. Berkeley, CA: Gingko Press.

Sprecher, Aaron. 2011. “Homeorrhetism: Few Observations on the Nature of Experimentation in Computational Architecture.” Invited contribution to Integration Through Computation: Proceedings of the 31st Annual Conference of the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA) 2011, edited by Joshua M. Taron, Vera Parlac, Branko Kolarevic, and Jason S. Johnson, 360–61. ACADIA.

Sprecher, Aaron. 2012. “Informationism: information as architectural performance.” Chapter 5 in Performalism: Form and Performance in Digital Architecture, edited by Yasha Grobman and Eran Neuman, 27–31. Abingdon, UK, and New York: Routledge.

Sprecher, Aaron. 2009. “Informational Desire and Delirium.” Architecture and Ideas 9 (“Architecture, Technology, Sense”): 68–78.                                          

Sprecher, Aaron. 2008. “Alive and Kicking: Energetic Formations.” In Performalism: form and performance in digital architecture, edited by Yasha Grobman and Eran Neuman, 74–81. Tel Aviv: Tel Aviv Museum of Art.

Sprecher, Aaron. 2008. “Forms of Prediction.” In Performalism: form and performance in digital architecture, edited by Yasha Grobman and Eran Neuman, 34–35. Tel Aviv: Tel Aviv Museum of Art.  

Clark, Grant, *Mercedes Garcia-Holguera, Susan Gaskin, and Aaron Sprecher. “Ecosystem Biomimetics: Energy System Diagrams for Characterization of Environmental Performance of Buildings.” The International Journal of the Constructed Environment.

Friedman, Avi, Aaron Sprecher, and *Basem Eid Mohamed. March 2013. “A Computer-based System for Mass Customization of Prefabricated Housing.” Open House International—Built Environments for Special Populations 38 (no.1): 20–30.

Sprecher, Aaron, and *François Leblanc. 2013. “Dissipative Architecture: The Informed Nature of Atopia.” Journal of Architectural Education 67 (1): 27–30.

Friedman, Avi, Aaron Sprecher, and *Basem Eid Mohamed. 2013. “A Framework for Developing Design Systems Towards Mass Customization of Housing.” The  International Journal of Architectonic, Spatial, and Environmental Design 6 (1): 57–69.

Sprecher, Aaron. 2008. “N-dimensional Architecture: Notes on Abstract Systems.” In Dimension, 306090 issue 12, edited by Emily Abruzzo and Jonathan D. Solomon, 68–75. New York: Princeton Architectural Press.

Sprecher, Aaron, and Paul Kalnitz. 2009. “From Formal to Behavioral Architecture Few Notes on the Abstraction of Function.” In Computation: The New Realm of Architectural Design: Proceedings of the 27th Conference on Education and Research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe, edited by Gulen Cagdas and Birgul Colakoglu, 161–66. Istanbul: Istanbul Technical University and Yildiz Technical University.

Sprecher, Aaron. 2009. “From Formal to Behavioral Realities: Intensity, Extensity and Potentiality: A Few Notes on Information and the Architectural Organism.” In Second International Conference on Critical Digital: Who Cares(?), 109–18. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

Sprecher, Aaron, and Paul Kalnitz. 2008. “Degrees and Switches.” In Silicon + Skin: Biological Processes and Computation, Proceedings of the 28th Annual Conference of the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA), edited by Andrew Kudless, Neri Oxman, and Marc Swackhamer, 142–49. ACADIA.

Sprecher, Aaron, and Paul Kalnitz. 2008. “A Few Notes on Differentiated Architecture.” In Silicon + Skin: Biological Processes and Computation, Proceedings of the 28th Annual Conference of the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture - Peer Reviewed Exhibition (ACADIA), edited by Andrew Kudless, Neri Oxman, and Marc Swackhamer, 2 pages. ACADIA.

Sprecher, Aaron. 2007. “Af-fluence In-fluence Con-fluence. o-s-a.” esempi di Architettura 1 (no. 3, “Info-Architecture. L’architettura performativa dell’età dell’informazione”): 101–11.

Ahrens, Chandler, Eran Neuman, and Aaron Sprecher. November 2006.  “Protocol for a Fused Technology.” Architectural Design Magazine 180 (“Collective Intelligence in Design”): 30–35.

Selected Paper Presentations

Sprecher, Aaron, and Chandler Ahrens. 13 January 2013. “Processing Transdisciplinary Knowledge: Intensity, Extensity and Potentiality in Digital Architecture.” Presented at the Ninth International Conference on Technology, Knowledge, and Society, session “Technologies for Common Knowledge,” University of British Columbia at Robson Square, Vancouver.

Sprecher, Aaron, and *Basem Eid Mohamed. 25–26 October 2012. “Design through Computation: Explorations in Space Layout Planning.” Presented at the Third International Conference on the Constructed Environment, University of British Columbia at Robson Square, Vancouver.

Sprecher, Aaron, and Chandler Ahrens. 18 January 2012. “Processing Knowledge: On the Transdisciplinary Nature of Digital Architecture.” Presented at the Eighth International Conference on Technology, Knowledge, and Society, session “Knowledge and Society: Epistemological Perspectives (II),” University of California, Los Angeles.

Sprecher, Aaron, and Paul Kalnitz. 16 September 2009. “From Formal to Behavioral Architecture: Few Notes on the Abstraction of Function.” Presented at Computation: The New Realm of Architectural Design: Proceedings of the 27th Conference on Education and Research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe, session “Generative Design 1,” Istanbul Technical University.

Sprecher, Aaron. 17–19 April 2009. “From Formal to Behavioral Realities.” Presented at the Second International Conference on Critical Digital: Who Cares(?), session “Digital Condition,” Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Cambridge, MA.

Sprecher, Aaron. 31 May–4 June 2009. “Energetic Formations.” Presented at Expertise: Media Specificity and Interdisciplinarity, Yolanda and David Katz Faculty of the Arts, Tel Aviv University.

Sprecher, Aaron, and Paul Kalnitz. 16–19 October 2008. “Degrees and Switches.” Presented at ACADIA 2008: Silicon + Skin, University of Minnesota College of Design, Minneapolis.                        

Recent Lectures      

“Median Space.” 13 March 2013. Presented at the Department of Design and Computation Arts, Concordia University, Montreal.

“Transmutation.” 14 February 2013. Presented at the 2013 Inter-university Charrette, Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal.

“Feeling Orange.” 17 January 2013. Presented at ABC : MTL (exhibition), Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal.

“Infrastructures Territoriales.” 31 March 2012. Respondent at Phyllis Lambert International Seminar, École d’architecture of Université de Montréal.

“Open Source Architecture—Recent Projects.” 11–16 October 2011. Presented at ACADIA 2011: Integration through Computation, Banff, AL.

“Open Source Architecture.” 20 January 2011. Presented at the 50th anniversary of the École d’architecture, Université Laval, Quebec City.

“Evolutive Means.” 22 October 2010. Presented, and participated in roundtable discussion, at the School of Architecture at Pratt Institute, New York.

“Usage du Numérique en tant qu’Outil de Représentation, de Conception et de Fabrication en Architecture.” 21 March 2010. Presented at the École d’architecture of Université de Montréal.

“Generative Modes in Architecture.” 14 February 2010. Presented at University of Toronto, John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design.

“Structures Dissipatives.” 2010. Presented at the École d’architecture of Université de Montréal.

“What happened to the Homo Faber?” 10 June 2010. Presented at Israel Tel Aviv University, David Azrieli School of Architecture.

“Forme, Formation, Information.” 10 February 2010. Presented, and participated in workshop session, at the École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Strasbourg.

“n-degrees of Proxemics.” 14 April 2009. Presented, and participated in roundtable discussion, at the Phyllis Lambert International Seminar, École d’architecture of Université de Montréal.

“Research and Deploy.” 12 March 2009. Presented for the MAK Center for Art and Architecture, L.A. Forum, West Hollywood, CA.

“n-Natures.” 23 February 2009. Presented at the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence.

“n-Degrees of Architecture.” 15 September 2008. Presented at the Society for Arts and Technology, Montreal.

“n-degrees of Proxemics.” 18 April 2008. Presented at the Department of Architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge.

“Softspace.” 9 February 2008. Presented, and participated in roundtable discussion, at The Architectural League of New York.

Curatorial Projects

Evolutive Means. 21 October–30 November 2010. School of Architecture at Pratt Institute, New York. Exhibition co-curator and co-designer.

ParaSolar. 2009. Opera Square, Tel Aviv. Exhibition co-curator and co-designer.

Performalism. 27 June–13 September 2008. Helena Rubinstein Pavilion for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv Museum of Art. Exhibition co-designer.

The Gen(H)ome Project. 29 October 2006–25 February 2007. MAK Center for Art and Architecture, Los Angeles. Exhibition co-curator and participant.

Solo Exhibitions

Informed Consent: Open Source Architecture Recent Projects. 8–28 September 2012. Woodbury University Hollywood Gallery (WUHO), Los Angeles.

n-Natures. 2009. Rhode Island School of Design, Providence.

Group Exhibition

ABC : MTL. 13 November 2012–31 March 2013. Curated by Fabrizio Gallanti. Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal.

Diagramme(s). 30 March–27 April 2012. Curated by Odile Decq. École Spéciale d’Architecture, Paris.

Rumble 2011. 6–11 June 2011. University of California, Los Angeles, Department of Architecture and Urban Design.

Rumble 2010. 7–12 June 2010. University of California, Los Angeles, Department of Architecture and Urban Design.

C-Chair. 17–26 October 2008. Coordinated by Dieter Van Den Storm. Biennale Interieur, Kortrijk, Belgium.

Silicone and Skin. 16–30 October 2008. ACADIA 2008, University of Minnesota College of Design, Minneapolis.

Youniverse. 2 October 2008–9 January 2009. Curated by Peter Weibel, Wonil Rhee, and Marie-Ange Brayer. Bienal Internacional de Arte Contemporáneo de Sevilla, Spain.