Assistant Professor APP / Co-Class Teacher 3rd Year / Architect
B.Arch.Sci, M.Arch, MNAL
Cristian Stefanescu (Bergen, NO) received his Bachelor of Architectural Science from Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada. Following several years of architectural practice, he went on to receive his master's degree in architecture from the Bergen School of Architecture, with an exchange at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden.
He teaches and coordinates the 3rd year urban studies studio, which engages the city through architectural and artistic practice. He has previously taught in the master program and been an assistant teacher in the complex building 3rd year studio.
His architectural practice a-works engages with architecture and art projects of a mainly civic nature, exploring themes of space, memory, precision, making, clarity, beauty and the everyday.
– A Responsive Weather-Protective Envelope for Bergen City Hall
This project is developed within the framework of Responsive Architecture. An evolving field of archi- tectural practice and research dealing with the design of buildings or elements that react to specific environ- mental conditions or user’s needs. There are two criti- cal components in responsive designs; the sensors and actuators. The sensors measure actual conditions such as sound, light, temperature, humidity, movement, position or speed. According to the data measured by the sensors, the responsive element reacts by chang- ing its shape, colour, position or any other property thanks to the actuator. The result is an adaptable architecture that responds to different environmental and programmatic conditions. The project has two phases, an initial research phase, exploring different modes of responsive technologies and media, such as responsive drawing and mapping. Followed by a case study, which aims to develop a spatial prototype.