Anna Dobrova

has an architectural background, which she gained in the National Academy of Fine Arts in Kyiv, Technical University of Vienna, and in multiple architectural and urban planning bureaus like ФОРМА, Feld72, bogner-cc. While living in Vienna, Anna became more interested in socially oriented architecture, which she is practicing through curatorial practice, educational workshops, art and urban interventions, and participatory action research. Anna has co-funded NGO MistoDiya for urban interventions, research, and curatorial practices. And in 2018 co-founded and curated Metalab.if – an urban laboratory in Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine. From 2022 Anna has been living in Basel and is an active member of „Swiss Network with Ukraine“ in ETH and NGO „Re-Win“.

Elena Orap

born in Kyiv, Ukraine. Studied architecture at the Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture and physics at Taras Shevchenko National University of Ukraine. Olena is practicing architecture and design in various forms: designing spaces and objects, creating installations and curating art exhibitions. Co-founder of the SERIA__ project, dedicated to Ukrainian panel mass housing. After the full-scale invasion of Ukraine in 2022, she fled to Switzerland and later joined EPFL with the research project “Ukraine. Architecture of Emergency” developed at ALICE lab, which investigates the agency of architecture in the current state of emergency in Ukraine through the reading of buildings and structures which appear during the war.

Anna Pashynska

co-founder and curator of an Urban Laboratory "MetaLab", Biennale "City Scanning Session" and a makerspace in Ivano-Frankivsk (Ukraine). Anna leads on a wide range of projects, specializing in spatial research and design, product design, community-led public space projects, and institutional planning. Today, Anna and the team work on a city development laboratory Metalab supporting a socially equal, spatially comfortable, culturally rich, environmentally responsible, economically balanced build environment. In order to reach these goals, Metalab aims to create a supportive environment, a field for experiments, where the social and spatial potential of the city can be developed and tested in practice.

Tanya Pashynska

co-founder and architect of the "Co-Haty" project in Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine. She is an architect, stage designer, and 3D artist with over 10 years of working experience in Austria, Germany, and Ukraine. Most of her architectural practice has been focused on repurposing and planning residential buildings. She studied at the technical universities of Lviv, Ukraine, and Vienna, Austria. Her designs are created through hands-on experiments and collaborations with local manufacturers and the community. With a background in dance, she is keen on designing spaces for performances and movement.

Dasha Podoltseva

is a visual artist and graphic designer based in Kyiv. She graduated from the Kyiv-Mohyla Academy. She studied academic drawing and painting in Oleksandr Titov's workshop. Studied at Central Saint Martins/University of Arts London summer school and Petr Bankov poster school. Graduate of the Canactions Studio 1 school of urban planning. Co-founder of the SERIA__ project, dedicated to Ukrainian brutalists mass housing. Works with such subjects as public spaces, material world, and "temporary inconveniences". Dasha creates installations, graphics, curates exhibitions. Awarded Golden Medal of International poster Biennale in Warsaw for the work (Unwanted) Harvest.

Oleksandra Sakharuk

is a public figure and journalist. Since the beginning of the full-scale war in Ukraine, she has been filming the de-occupied and frontline territories while also creating an independent Ukrainian video magazine called Ikla. Through extrusive conversations with local residents of the frontline territories, Oleksandra came to realize the necessity of constructing comprehensive system to aid people in evacuating and adapting to new environments. This realization led to the birth of the NGO NE SAMI. This organisation dedicated to facilitating the comprehensive evacuation of civilians and developing projects that support their successful adaptation.

Yuliia Holiuk

majored in publishing and editing at Borys Grinchenko Kyiv University. Since then, she has been immersed in working with various text formats as an author and editor. Her passion lies in educational projects, as she views them as vital for a thriving civil society. She's partnered with LAURUS publishing house, was an editor of a professional magazine for educators. Yuliia crafts scenarios for SAMI educational productions, addressing significant Ukrainian themes like human rights, history, public service growth, and digitalization. She's also involved with content for the Metalab urban laboratory. She delves into Ukrainian traditional culture, composes poetry, and crafts zines that showcase art & culture, authentic traditions in the urban context, and the war in Ukraine.