TODD SAUNDERS was born in 1969 in Gander, Newfoundland (Canada). He obtained his M.Arch from McGill University (Montreal, Canada, 1993–95) and a Bachelor of Environmental Planning from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (1988–92). HE
has worked in Austria, Germany, Russia, and Norway (since 1996). Saunders is a guest professor at Cornell University of Architecture NY since 2013, and has been a part time teacher at the Bergen Architecture School, since 2001. He has lectured at various architecture and design schools in Scandinavia, Canada, and England.
Bringing together dynamic building and material experimentation with traditional methods of craft, Saunders Architecture has worked on cultural and residential projects across Norway, as well as England, Denmark, Italy, Sweden and Canada. Led by a strong contemporary design sensibility, the studio believes that architecture must play an important role in creating place, using form, materials and texture to help evoke and shape memory and human interaction. His work includes the Aurland Lookout (with
Tommie Wilhelmsen, Aurland, 2006); Villa Storingavika (Bergen, 2004–07); Villa G (Hjellestad, Bergen, 2007–09); Sogn og Fjordane Summer Cabin (Rysjedalsvika, 2007– 10); and Solberg Tower and Park (Sarpsborg, Østfold, 2010), all in Norway. He currently realized the Fogo Island Studios, four of which have been completed out of a program of Six (Fogo Island, Newfoundland, Canada, 2010–11), and has also completed the Fogo Island Inn (2014) in the same location.
Jenny Wu is a partner at the Los Angeles based architecture and design office, Oyler Wu Collaborative, which she started in 2004 with Dwayne Oyler. The office has been published globally and is recognized for its experimentation in design and fabrication. Their work straddles between two scales, small scale, experimental installations and large scale iconic building projects in Asia and US. This past year, Wu started her own 3D printed jewelry line, LACE, upon which she places particular focus on innovative fabrication methods such as 3D printing. LACE is most recently written up in Forbes.com and Architect Magazine regarding her innovative wearable design.
The office has won numerous design awards, including the 2013 Design Vanguard Award from Architectural Record, 2013 Emerging Talent Award from AIA California Council, 2012 Presidential Honor Award for Emerging Practice from AIA LA, Taiwan’s ADA Award for Emerging Architect, and 2011 Emerging Voices Award from the Architectural League in New York. They published, Pendulum Plane, in 2009, and most recently, Trilogy: SCI Arc Pavilions, in 2014. Jenny received her Bachelor of Arts from Columbia University and Masters of Architecture from Harvard Graduate School of Design.
Their recent projects include the Cube, the winning entry pavilion for the Beijing Biennale, a new 3D printing Culinary Lab in Los Angeles for 3D Systems, a residence in Catalonia, Spain, as well as a 16 story residential tower in Taipei, Taiwan. She is currently a design faculty at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (Sci-Arc), and a visiting faculty at Columbia University. She has lectured extensively in the US, Europe and Asia.