Corelia Baibarac (EcoDA researcher) is an architect by training and Marie Curie Research Fellow at Sheffield School of Architecture. She studied architecture in Bucharest and Genoa, worked as an architect in Dublin and obtained her PhD in Sustainable Development at Trinity College Dublin. Her doctoral research focused on digital methods and tools that could enhance civic participation in urban planning (a prototype digital tool was developed as part of a collaborative workshop organised by Science Gallery Dublin and MediaLab Madrid: dublin.sciencegallery.com/interactivos). Prior to commencing her research at the University of Sheffield, she gained valuable practical experience in the public planning sector in London. Her research is concerned with how the concept of ‘collaborative production’ of cities could be implemented in practice – particularly, what kinds of practical tools, operational and governance models can lead to more inclusive and equitable cities, both for their inhabitants and for the environment.
Doina Petrescu (EcoDA supervisor) is a Professor of Architecture and Design Activism, and Head or Research, at Sheffield School of Architecture. She trained as an architect at the University of Architecture and Urban Design Ion Mincu (UAIM) in Bucharest and obtained her PhD in Women Studies at University Paris 8. Prior to obtaining her appointment at the University of Sheffield, Doina held positions at UAIM Bucharest, Iowa University, EA Grenoble, ENSBA Lyon and EA Paris-Malaquais. Her cross-disciplinary research addresses outstanding questions in architecture and urban planning, focusing on issues of civic participation and gender, and the relations between coproduction and resilience. She is the co-founder of Atelier d’Architecture Autogérée in Paris (urbantactics.org) and one of the initiators of the R-Urban strategy for resilient urban regeneration (r-urban.net).
Phil Langley (EcoDA technology adviser) is an architect and computational designer based in London. Phil’s research is concerned with developing critical approaches to technology – and software in particular – that is used in in architecture specifically and spatial practice, more generally. As part of his work, Phil has developed a number of prototype software tools that address the ways in which software mediates design. His project ‘@simulationBot’ is one such example, in which a ‘twitter bot’ has been used to act as a ‘digital companion’ during of co-production and design. This work has been developed with students in the School of Architecture at the University of Sheffield in the design studios ‘openData’ and specialist workshops, including a citywide event as part of the ‘Whole School Event’. Phil is currently completing his PhD at University of Sheffield (www.openkhana.net; www.github.com/phiLangley).