Matthew Edwards is a young Contract Instructor, Musician, and Architectural Designer from Ottawa who is interested in the crossing(s) of music and architecture. His Master's thesis, titled S.o.A.L SEARCHING: An Explorative Composition of Architecture, Audition, & Acology in I I I Movements was an inquiry into the role that sound plays within our experience of space, mainly from phenomenological and poetic perspectives. He believes that how spaces sound is one of the most important and most neglected areas of architectural design today, outside of specializations such as the concert hall, but hopes that can change. Currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Architecture at McGill University in Montréal, Edwards hopes to further the research he began in his Master's studies through a more thorough and empirical examination of how the sonic dimension of architectural space affects the psyche.
Dipna Horra is a multidisciplinary artist, architect, and educator living in Ottawa, Canada. She is a PhD student at the Azrieli School of Architecture & Urbanism at Carleton University and has received a Master of Fine Arts from Ottawa University. Horra has been an educator in the field of architecture and new media in New York and Canada. She has exhibited her art in numerous solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally in Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, New York City, Brooklyn, Berlin, London, and Dubai. Recent audio installations, such as Avaaz and Dhunia have addressed hybrid identity and transcultural synthesis with technology. These sound studies, questioning displacement and migration, are intersections in architecture, sculpture and cultural geography. Horra's recent ephemeral spaces were created with autobiographical narrative, field recording, micro broadcasting, as well as hand made microphones and speakers.
Paul Jasen is an Ottawa-based cultural theorist and DJ. He holds a PhD in Cultural Mediations from Carleton University, where he also teaches courses in popular music and sound studies. Paul's research combines interests in music, sonic-sensory experience, and philosophy. He is currently completing a book on bass and the body. DJing under the names Autonomic and Mr. Bump, Paul has also been featured on radio and podcasts in Canada, the United States and Britain.
Greg J. Smith is a Toronto-based designer and researcher with interests in media theory and digital culture. Extending from a background in architecture, his research considers how contemporary information paradigms affect representational and spatial systems. Greg is a designer at Mission Specialist and a contributing editor at Creative Applications Network [CAN]. His writing has appeared in Rhizome, Vectors, ICON, 3:AM Magazine, Current Intelligence and other publications. Greg has presented work internationally at institutions including Resonate (Belgrade), Eyeo Festival (Minneapolis), Medialab-Prado (Madrid) and the Western Front (Vancouver). He is an adjunct instructor in the CCIT program (U of T Mississauga/Sheridan College) and a member of the LA Game Space external advisory board. Greg received a Master of Architecture from John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto in 2007. He also studied design at LAIAD and received a B.A. (Philosophy) from the University of Toronto in 1999.