Jason S. Johnson

Bachelor of Architecture – Ball State University, Muncie USA
Masters of Architecture and Urbanism – Architectural Association, London UK

Jason Johnson has practiced and taught architecture in North and South America and Europe. He is a founding partner of the Laboratory for Integrative Design at the University of Calgary and has exhibited design work related to research in the areas of responsive architecture, generative design, digital fabrication and integrated techniques. Mr. Johnson maintains a design research practice called Minus Architecture Studio in Calgary where he lives with his wife and three sons.



Branko Kolarevic

DDEs, MDedS – Harvard University USA
Dipl. Ing. Arch – University of Belgrade

Branko Kolarevic holds the Chair in Integrated Design and co-directs the Laboratory for Integrative Design (LID). Prior to his appointment at the University of Calgary, he was the Irving Distinguished Visiting Professor at Ball State University in Indiana. He has taught architecture at several universities in North America, most recently at the University of Pennsylvania, and in Asia, in Hong Kong. He has lectured worldwide on the use of digital technologies in design and production and has authored, edited or co-edited several books, including the recently published “Manufacturing Material Effects: Rethinking Design and Making in Architecture” (with Kevin Klinger), “Performative Architecture: Beyond Instrumentality” (with Ali Malkawi) and “Architecture in the Digital Age: Design and Manufacturing.” He is the past president of the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA) and is the recipient of the ACADIA 2007 Award for Innovative Research and the 2015 ACADIA Society Award of Excellence. He holds doctoral and master’s degrees in design from Harvard University and a diploma engineer in architecture degree from the University of Belgrade in the former Yugoslavia.


Vera Parlac

Diploma Engineer in Architecture, University of Belgrade
Master of Architecture, University of Southern California Los Angeles, UCLA

Vera Parlac is a registered architect in Pennsylvania, U.S. and an assistant professor at the Faculty of Environmental Design at the University of Calgary. Vera’s current design and research is focused on responsive material systems and informed by contemporary models in biology, material science research, and mechatronic systems. Prior to her appointment in Calgary, she taught design and other subjects at several universities in North America, most recently at Temple University, and in Asia, in Hong Kong. Vera has worked in architectural firms in Philadelphia, Toronto, Boston, Miami, and Los Angeles including Carlos Zapata Design Studio and Kieran Timberlake Associates.



Joshua M. Taron

Bachelor of Architecture – University of California, Berkeley
Master of Architecture – Southern California Institute of Architecture

Joshua M. Taron is an Associate Professor of architecture at the University of Calgary Faculty of Environmental Design where he is co-director of the Laboratory for Integrative Design (LID). His current research focuses on new efficiencies and aesthetic effects made possible through digitally prefabricated architecture. This work is done in partnership with a variety of disciplines such as computer science, structural engineering and city planning. The work has been published internationally and orients itself toward finding new ways of revitalizing and sustaining the already-built environment.

Taron is also Principal of Synthetiques, an award-winning research+design+build outfit focusing on the hybrid ecologies afforded through the interface of computational and physical economies across multiple scales.