“Parachute pavillon” – 2005
kokkugia is an experimental architecture practice exploring generative design methodologies developed from the complex self-organising behavior of political, social and biological systems.
kokkugia was founded in 2004, emerging from a long-standing collaboration between jonathan podborsek, roland snooks and rob stuart-smith. it is a networked practice working out of new york and london, operating through design, research, experimentation and teaching.
“Wetfoam” – 2007
jono divides his time between architectural practice and experimental design research. jono is a graduate or rmit architecture, where he developed extensive experience in code-based production, parametric modelling, 3d scanning, rapid prototyping, and other numerically controlled manufacturing techniques, under the guidance of mark burry in the spatial information architecture laboratory. his interest in form making through emergent process, in particular those which act directly through surface, is focussed towards that which is not achievable through the traditions of drawing and explicit modelling. currently working for ashton raggatt mcdougall architects in melbourne, jono has also worked for kovac architecture, david lancashire design and minifie nixon architects.
roland is a graduate of rmit university and holds a masters in advanced architectural design from columbia university where he studied on a fulbright scholarship. currently teaching at columbia university gsapp and the pratt institute, roland has previously directed design studios and seminars at the school of architecture and design, rmit, and at the centre for ideas, victorian college of the arts. roland’s current teaching and research interests focus on emergent design processes involving genetic and agent based techniques. his ongoing design research into emergent design processes have developed behavioural animation techniques for the generation of architectural form. roland has design experience working in the offices of: reiser umemoto, kovac architecture, minifie nixon, and ashton raggatt mcdougall.
rob has practiced with sir nicholas grimshaw & partners and lab architecture studio, working in australia, the united states and the uk. he has worked on many high profile international projects such as southern cross station in melbourne and museo de acero in monterrey, mexico. rob is currently undertaking a post-professional masters in architecture & urbanism at the architectural association in london, studying with a rotary ambassadorial scholarship and an architectural association graduate bursary. his research aims to develop a co-evolutionary model of urbanism as an ecosystem within a parametric design methodology.
“Cornish” – 2007