Originally from the US, Pamela Morton has lived in France (Aix-en-Provence and Marseille) for 25 years. Pamela teaches studio art and art history for American university programs in Aix. She trained in art restoration in Italy and has a background in museum work as a curatorial assistant and program director. She is also an artist working in mixed media -- drawing and painting. She attended Bennington College and California College of the Arts. She's worked as the on-site director for a study abroad program and for educational programs including the Smithsonian, Alumni International and Cultural Experiences Abroad. She's taught for Northwestern University, Oberlin College, and the Marchutz School of Art (Aix). As an art historian, Pamela is endlessly fascinated by the local culture, the archaeology, history, and architecture of the region as well as its monuments and museums. As a painter, she is intrigued by the light and colors of this southern realm, the Midi, where so many artists lived and worked. Her two favorite artists from Provence are Cézanne and van Gogh.
Billy Guidoni was born in Aix-en-Provence in 1982. He studied at the School of Architecture in Marseille, where he got his master's degree in 2007. Since then, Billy has worked in internationally acclaimed offices in the Netherlands, Austria, and Switzerland on various projects, gaining a good overview on international architecture. In 2015, he returned to Marseille to co-found his own office, CALMA, which bases its approach on context and historical precedents as well as local materials, craftsmanship, and archetypes. He taught at ENSA Marseille in 2011 and 2016, and has pursued an executive master's degree in real estate development. His passion for architecture and the city has led Billy to travel the world to witness its marvels first hand, and he is excited to share his culture and understanding of the south of France region with foreign enthusiasts.
Mohammad Hassouna is an interdisciplinary scientist, holds a PhD in Environmental Chemistry and a master degree in Populations’ Biology and Ecosystems Management. Over the past ten years, he worked as a senior consultant for the Geneva-based NGO Zoï Environment Network (2011-2013), as a post-doctoral researcher and lecturer at the Université de Lausanne in Switzerland (2007-2010), and a post-doctoral researcher at the Université de Provence in France (2006-2007). Since 2014, Mr. Hassouna is a lecturer at the Institute for American Universities (IAU) in Aix-en-Provence where he teaches Ecology of France and the Mediterranean. Mr. Hassouna is fluent in English, French and Hebrew, besides Arabic his native language.