Elke Presser was born in 1976. She grew up in Germany close to Heidelberg.
She received a Postgraduate Master’s degree in Advanced Architectural Design from SAC-Städelschule Architecture Class at the Städelschule Staatliche Hochschule für Bildene Künste, Frankfurt am Main, Germany, under the tutorship of Prof.Ben Van Berkel, Prof. Johan Bettum and Prof. Mark Wigley. She completed her Diploma in Architecture in Heidelberg, Germany in 2001.
In 2006 she moved to London, United Kingdom. Since, she has been working at Zaha Hadid Architects in London. Her completed projects include the Riverside Museum Project, Museum of Transport in Glasgow, the Serpentine Sackler Gallery in Hyde Park, London and the Neil Barrett stores in Tokyo, Seoul, Daegu, Osaka, Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin, Hong Kong and London. She is the project architect for all Neil Barrett stores and for Private Residences in San Diego and in Brussels.
Elke Presser has been teaching at Greenwich University in London since 2013 as a Design Unit lecturer. She was invited for guest critics at various architectural schools including the AA Architectural Association, UCL Bartlett, Metropolitan University, London, Städelschule, Frankfurt and the University of Applied Science, Heidelberg.
Elke co founded in 2011 “k e l e l o k o” an independent art and research platform, based in London, United Kingdom.
A transdisciplinary seeking method is important to consider all aspects of the human mind. But even more essential is a non-disciplinary seeking method because each person is able to interpret himself to himself alone.
Nicolas Sterling was born in 1976. He grew up in France close to Fontainebleau.
He is a qualified and chartered Structural Engineer and Architect. He is graduated from the Conservatoire National des Arts et Metiers in Paris and the School of Architecture Paris La Villette.
In 2005 he moved to London, United Kingdom. He is currently Associate Director at AKTII Adams Kara Taylor. He joined ARUP Advanced Geometry Unit in 2005, a specialist team within ARUP led by Cecil Balmond, and has been part of ARUP Building Engineering Group, in London up to 2011. His design-led’ approach and interest in innovative form, and complex structures have allowed him to work on cutting edge projects with leading architectural practices and renowned designers as Zaha Hadid, Shigeru Ban, Ron Arad or Anish Kapoor, and involved in a wide range of programmes such as sculptures, canopies, buildings and footbridges as an integrated design. Nicolas is passionate about emerging technologies and creativity in design process, believing in the crossover between architecture, design and engineering, driven by experimentation and cross fertilisation between disciplines. Prior to 2005, Nicolas worked with Hugh Dutton at HDA in Paris on lightweight structures, long span footbridges and facades, developing technical and detailing concepts as a key point in the architectural process.
Nicolas’s career extends beyond the structural engineering and architecture disciplines and co founded in 2011 “k e l e l o k o” an independent art and research platform, based in London, United Kingdom.