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Adrian Lahoud is Head of Architecture at the Royal College of Arts. Until September 2015 he was a reader at the Bartlett School of Architecture UCL. He is an architect and teacher working on concepts of scale and their architectural, urban, and geopolitical consequences. He joined the Centre for Research Architecture, Goldsmiths in 2011 as director of the MA programme and research fellow on the Forensic Architecture ERC project. He has written extensively on questions of spatial politics and urban conflict with a focus on the Arab world and Africa. In 2010 he guest edited a special issue of Architectural Design titled 'Post-traumatic Urbanism'. More recently, his work has been published in Forensis: The Architecture of Public Truth, The Journal of Architecture, Architecture and the Paradox of Dissidence, New Geographies, and Performing Trauma. He exhibits and lectures internationally, most recently at Columbia University GSAPP, Harvard Graduate School of Design, Tate Britain, the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science Berlin, and Storefront for Art and Architecture New York. 

Susan Parnell is a professor from the Department of Environmental and Geographical Sciences and the African Centre for Cities at the University of Cape Town. Susan Parnell’s early academic research was in the area of urban historical geography and focused on the rise of racial residential segregation and the impact of colonialism on urbanisation and town planning in Sub-Saharan Africa. Since 1994 and democracy in South Africa her work has shifted to contemporary urban policy research (local government, poverty reduction and urban environmental justice). By its nature this research is not been purely academic, but has involved liaising with local and national government and international donors. Sue is also on the boards of several local NGOs concerned with poverty alleviation, sustainability and gender equity in post-apartheid South Africa. She serves on a number of national and international advisory research panels relating to urban reconstruction.


Jane M. Jacobs is Director of the Division of the Social Sciences and Professor of Urban Studies at Yale NUS College. Professor Jacobs’ undergraduate and Masters’ training in Human Geography was at the University of Adelaide, Australia. She completed her PhD at University College London. Prior to joining Yale-NUS College, Professor Jacobs taught at University College London from 1989 to 1991, The University of Melbourne from 1992 to 2002, The University of Edinburgh from 2002 to 2010, and the National University Singapore in 2011. She was a founding member of Melbourne’s Institute of Postcolonial Studies, and served a term as its Director. Professor Jacobs has supervised more than 15 PhD students, and has been on the editorial team of various journals, including Geographical ResearchEnvironment and Planning D: Society and SpaceScottish Geographical JournalCultural Studies ReviewSocial and Cultural GeographiesTransactions IBG (NS)Gender, Place and CultureAnnals of the Association of American Geographers and Antipode.

Michael Keith is Director of COMPAS and Co-Director of the University of Oxford Future of Cities programme. His research focuses on migration related processes of urban change. His most recent work is the monograph China Constructing Capitalism: Economic Life and Urban Change (2014) and his next is a book for Cambridge University Press, Power, Identity and Representation: Race, Governance and Mobilisation in British Society. He has experience outside the academy as a politician for twenty years in the east end of London, serving in the 1990s and early 2000s for five years as leader of a London local authority, Chair of the Thames Gateway London Partnership and a commissioner on the Blair government’s response to the 2005 London bombings, the Commission on Integration and Cohesion. He is currently the co-ordinator of the ESRC portfolio of investments and research programme on Urban Transformations.

Caren Levy is an urban development planner at UCL working on planning, community-led development and governance, with a focus on housing, infrastructure and transport in urban areas in the global South. She has a special interest in the institutionalization of social justice in policy and planning, particularly related to the cross-cutting issues of gender, diversity and environment. In these fields, she has 25 years experience of teaching, research, training and consultancy in mainstreaming social justice in organizational development, and exploring innovatory approaches to planning methodology, planning education and capacity building. She works both in London and abroad with communities, governments and international organizations, including UN Habitat, ILO, EU, DFID, SDC, and SIDA. Country experience includes Egypt, Namibia, India, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Chile, Colombia and Brazil.

Alan Penn is the Dean of the Bartlett faculty of the Built Environment at UCL, a HEFCE Business Fellow and a founding director of Space Syntax Ltd, a UCL knowledge transfer spin out with a portfolio of over 100 applied projects per year, including whole city masterplans, neighbourhood development plans and individual buildings. He is a member of the Space Group, an EPSRC Platform funded research group. He was the founding Chair of the RIBA’s Research and Innovation Committee, and served in that role until 2006. He was Chair of the Architecture & the Built Environment sub-panel 30 for the UK National Research Assessment Exercise 2008, and a member of its Main Panel H. He is the Chair of the Architecture, Built Environment and Planning sub-panel 16 and a member of Main-panel C for the Research Excellence Framework 2014. He was the lead academic on the £5 million Urban Buzz: Building Sustainable Communities knowledge exchange programme which promoted more sustainable forms of urban development and intensification in London and the greater South East Region of the UK. He was Principal Investigator on the City History and Multi-scale Spatial Master-planning UK-China Research Network, 国际研究网络:城市历史与多尺度的空间整体规划, funded by the UK’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, which will develop UK-Chinese academic research collaboration. He is a trustee of the Shakespeare North Trust and of the Institute for Sustainability.

Jenny Robinson is Co-Director of the UCL Urban Laboratory and Professor of Human Geography at the UCL Department of Geography. Previously Professor of Urban Geography at the Open University, she is author of Ordinary Cities (Routledge, 2006), which offers a critique of urban studies from the point of view of cities in poorer countries. Her work challenges the conventional divide between western and 'Third world' cities, and argues for a truly cosmopolitan approach to understanding cities. Her empirical research has been focussed on South Africa, including studies of segregation and state power, and the politics of urban development. She is currently working on methodologies for comparative international urban research, and planning a comparative research project on city strategies and the circulation of urban policy.

Kasama Yamtree (Community Architects Network) is a Bangkok based architect, working mainly in the field of community and public space improvement, bringing local people into fixing and building their environment or public awareness that is missing by using physical change as means to inspire people to make continuous change to create better living conditions.

Session one

Cristina Cerulli is a Lecturer at the University of Sheffield School of Architecture. Her work is underpinned by a strong commitment to rebalancing the normative culture of the architectural profession and education through challenging and questioning established norms. Critical Management and social innovation as a model for diversifying practice is a central feature of Cristina’s current activities, through knowledge transfer, professional practice, teaching & research. Her approach is intrinsically collaborative, trans-disciplinary and co-operative.

Beatrice De Carli is a Lecturer at the University of Sheffield School of Architecture, where she leads the MA in Urban Design. Her research and teaching explore questions concerning globalisation and differentiated development through architectural thinking and practice, with a focus on issues of equality, diversity, and participation in urban areas. Beatrice explores some of these questions through her engagement with Architecture Sans Frontières UK (ASF-UK), a non-profit organisation that works between architecture and community and international development practice.

Florian Kossak is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Sheffield School of Architecture, where he serves as the Director of Postgraduate Programmes. His research focuses on the critical investigation of the social production of architecture, cities and the urban realm. This includes research into: the experimental production of architecture through exhibitions and installations; the readings and mediation of cities; and the just development of cities and urban environments. Florian is a founding member of the Research Centre AGENCY, which is concerned with Transformative Research into Architectural Practice and Education.

Leandro Minuchin lectures in architecture and global urbanism at the University of Manchester. His research is focused on the politics of construction in Latin America, the production of architectural imaginations and new materialisms. He is interested in exploring the way constructive practices and techno-popular knowledges are entangled in the emergence of new forms of urban activism. He set-up a collaborative architectural research practice, Material Politics, that intervenes in popular settlements in Latin America.

Alex Schafran, Ph.D is Lecturer in Geography at the University of Leeds. A planner by training, he holds an MA in Urban Planning from Hunter College (CUNY) and a Ph.D in City & Regional Planning from the University of California, Berkeley. His award-winning writing about planning, cities and regions has appeared in numerous professional and scholarly journals, and he serves on the editorial boards of City and Justice Spatiale/Spatial Justice. Prior to pursuing an academic career, he worked for a decade as an organiser, advocate, policy analyst and planner for a variety of social justice organisations in New York and California. He is also currently Visiting Faculty in the Paris School of International Affairs, Sciences Po, Paris and Adjoint Assistant Professor of Planning at the University of Colorado-Denver.

Gretchen Wilkins is Director of the Master of Urban Design program, and leader of the D-Lab Cities research unit in the School of Architecture & Design at RMIT University. She received a PhD in Architecture from RMIT University in 2012 entitled ‘Manufacturing Urbanism: architectural practice for unfinished cities’, and a Master of Architecture from the University of Michigan. She is the editor of the book Distributed Urbanism: Cities after Google Earth (Routledge 2010) and Entropia: Incremental Gestures Towards a Possible Urbanism (Champ Libre, 2009). Her design work has been published and exhibited internationally, including Architectural Design (AD), Ottagono, Metropolis Magazine, L’Architecture d’Aujourd’Hui and the Storefront for Art & Architecture in New York. She has received research grants from the Japan Foundation, the James L. Knight Foundation, the Australia China Council and the Holcim Foundation. Her research explores architectural and economic relationships between manufacturing and cities, through design.

Session two: parallel one

Clare Melhuish is Research Associate in the UCL Urban Laboratory, conducting comparative research on university-led urban regeneration. She is an anthropologist specialising in architecture and urbanism, with a focus on the use of ethnographic research methods, and has worked extensively outside academia as an architecture critic, author and curator. Her key areas of interest are Modernist and contemporary architecture and urban development in the UK, France, the Gulf and Caribbean.

Natalia Khisamutdinova is a professor of the Western-European Language Department of Vladivostok University of Economics and Services. She completed her doctorate in history at the University of St Petersburg. Prior to this appointment she was a news director for 21 years. She has published eight books and 45 articles on the history of the Far East Higher School, vocational training in the Pacific Rim countries, Russian engineers in the USA, and cross-cultural communication between Russia, China and Japan.

Sean Gallagher is the Chief Strategy Officer for Northeastern University in Boston, USA, a top-tier private research university. As a senior administrator, researcher, and lecturer, Sean’s work focuses on the intersection of higher education and the job market; economic development; and market-oriented approaches to education. His work in this area over the last 15 years has been cited extensively in numerous media outlets, academic papers, and books. Sean joined Northeastern in 2009 and has played a leadership role in the development and execution of its global, professional education-focused growth strategy. Prior to Northeastern, Sean worked for 10 years at consulting firm Eduventures, where he launched and led many of its research practices and worked with hundreds of colleges and universities worldwide. Sean holds a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree from Northeastern University; an M.B.A. from the New York Institute of Technology; and a B.S. in Marketing from Northeastern.

Jean-Paul Addie is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Post-doctoral Research Fellow at University College London. His research spans the fields of urban geography, comparative political economy, and critical theory with a focus on issues of mobility, governance, and social justice in an era of globalised urbanisation. He is currently examining the relationship between universities and city-regional development in London and New York as principal investigator for the European Commission-funded project ‘Situating the New Urban University’.

Hooman Foroughmand Araabi is a research candidate at Bartlett School of Planning, UCL. His research is on the ways in which the theory and practice of urban design interact.

Killian Doherty is a qualified Architect from Northern Ireland. His research interests lie within the exploration of fragmented sites, settlements and cities at specific thresholds of racial, ethnic or religious conflict. For the past 5 years he has worked in sub-Saharan Africa on a number of projects contributing to the post-conflict reconstruction of Rwanda, namely a Community Centre for a local football team in Rwanda, who educate youth with a focus on conflict resolution. His PhD thesis questions the role of development within the post-genocidal reconstruction of Rwanda, exploring architectural & participatory design possibilities for community reintegration. Killian has published papers, exhibits, and lectures on the subject of geo-political territories within South Africa, Sierra Leone, Rwanda, Northern Ireland and the USA running a small collaborative practice called ‘Architectural Field Office’ (www.architecturalfieldoffice.org). This design and research studio focuses on critical community driven issues relating to housing and the city and is currently working on a number of education projects in Sierra Leone.

Session two: parallel two

Paola Alfaro d’Alençon is an architect and urban planner. She is a senior researcher and lecturer for Urban Design and Theory at the Chair of International Urbanism and Design – Habitat Unit, Technische Universität Berlin. At this University she has also co-founded the Urban Research and Design Laboratory. She studied Architecture and Urban Design in Germany, Austria, Netherland and Chile and finished her education with a Doctorate Degree in Architecture from Technische Universität Berlin in 2011 and a PhD from P. Universidad Catolica de Chile, in 2013. Her work includes international practice in architecture and urban design as well as consultancy for diverse national and international organisations for several revitalisation projects of former industrial, railway and harbour areas. Her research is about issues related to international urbanism and urban development as well as urban governance. As guest lecturer and researcher she was invited to different universities in New York City, Santiago de Chile, beside Europe, and has co-initiated the Urban Lab+.

Giovanna Astolfo holds a PhD in architecture and urbanism; her research focused on the nexus between density, proximity, re-use of vacant land and sustainable development of medium sized cities in Italy. She further developed the investigation on the role and implications of social housing in the peripheries of Italian middle cities and the opportunity of redevelopment of abandoned urban areas. More recently her research is focused on the meanings and practices of community architecture. Giovanna combined academic research and professional practice, working in architectural offices in Venice and São Paulo, on international projects and competitions for the recovery and reuse of existing buildings and urban regeneration, infrastructural projects and environmental plans. She is a DPU alumna; she currently works as Teaching Fellow at the Bartlett DPU at UCL.

Renato D’Alençon Castrillón is an Architect, graduated from the School of Architecture of the P. Universidad Católica de Chile, and M. Arch. graduated from Cornell University. He was awarded a Fulbright Grant from 2002 to 2004 to pursue his Master’s, and a Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst Grant to pursue a PhD Degree in the Technische Universität Berlin, starting in 2009. His field of scholarly work includes environmental design and performance of buildings; the recovery and development of heritage building systems; and the habitability in social housing and informal settlements. He has taught design studios, building technology courses and research seminars at the Universidad Católica de Chile; has been Guest Professor at the Politecnico di Milano, at the University of Chile and at the Technische Universität Berlin, where he currently teaches design and research seminars.

Claire Colomb is a Reader in Planning and Urban Sociology at the Bartlett School of Planning, UCL, where she has worked since 2005. She has a dual background as a sociologist and urban planner, with a first degree in Social Sciences (Politics and Sociology) from Sciences-Po Paris and a PhD in Town Planning from University College London. Prior to becoming a full-time academic staff member at UCL in 2005, she worked for three years as Project Developer for the European Union Programme INTERREG IIIB North-West Europe, which funds transnational co-operation projects in spatial planning across 8 European countries. Over the past fifteen years she has lived and worked in France, the UK, Germany and Spain (Catalonia). Her research interests cover the changing politics of planning and urban development in European cities, with a particular focus on new forms of urban entrepreneurialism, urban marketing and urban policies; urban social movements and the contested politics of urban regeneration; European spatial planning, territorial cooperation and the impact of the EU on planning and urban policies; comparative planning systems and cultures in Europe; territorial politics and planning in decentralised states.

Miriam de Magdala Pinto is an innovation management researcher and teacher in Vitória, Brazil. Her work focuses on social innovation and she uses human centred design and systematic innovation as basic work tools. She uses the co-creation principle with low-income communities and other public and private stakeholders to impact diverse aspects of wellbeing such as housing, local development, environmental education and communities’ empowerment. She has coordinated Habitat Living Lab since 2010, and is a member of the European Network of Living Labs – EnoLL and also of the Latin-American Network of Living Labs – LAC. Habitat is a multi-disciplinary and multi-organizational initiative dedicated to the promotion of urban poor locations development. She currently teaches at the Production Department of Federal University of Espirito Santo where she coordinates the Laboratory of Technologies to Support Collaborative Network – LabTAR (labtar.net.br). 

Somaiyeh Falahat has a background in theory of architecture and city, and is currently a senior researcher/lecturer based at Technische Universität Berlin. She is recipient of a number of research and visiting grants and has led an international exchange project on people based city (re-)making with partners from Berlin, Cairo, Istanbul and Tehran. She is the author of Re-imaging the City (Springer, 2014), and published in refereed journals including Planning Perspectives, International Journal of Architectural Research, International Journal of Urban Sustainable Development and Urban History on the topics: urban form, ‘Islamic city’ theory, spatial configurations and practices, urban history, and verbal representations of cities.

Sara Favargiotti is a Research Fellow and Lecturer in Urban Design at the Department of Sciences for Architecture (DSA), Polytechnic School, University of Genoa, Italy.

Maddalena Ferretti is a Researcher and Lecturer at the Department of Urban Design and Planning, Faculty of Architecture and Landscape, Leibniz Universität Hannover.

Rupali Gupte is an architect and urbanist practicing and teaching in Mumbai. Her work often crosses disciplinary boundaries and takes different forms – writings, drawings, mixed-media works, storytelling, teaching, conversations, walks and spatial interventions. Her works include research on housing, mobility, sanitation, post-industrial landscapes, fishing villages, informal settlements and housing typologies in Mumbai. A large body of her work is about investigations on new methodological frameworks to understand contemporary urbanism. She works extensively on community housing, design and planning projects for various communities. She has a wide range of publications and has worked, taught, delivered lectures and exhibited across the world. In 2003, she co-founded an urban research network, CRIT (crit.in) and in 2013, an experimental academic space, SEA (sea.edu.in). She currently teaches at the Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute for Architecture, where she is also involved with its Urban Lab.

Robin J. H. Kim is an architect and urbanist. He studied for a PhD at the University of Bath, and received a PhD from the Department of Sociology, London School of Economics and Political Science. He was Postdoctoral Fellow at the UCL Urban Laboratory, and is Research Fellow at the Department of Geography, University College London and Professor on Special Assignment at Graduate School of Urban Studies, Hanyang University, Seoul. He is Director of the JHK Urban Research Lab founded in 2011, and advises several local governments including Seoul, Incheon and Juju on a strategic way of establishing urban identity and achieving sustainable urban regeneration.

Barbara Lipietz is a Lecturer at the Development Planning Unit at UCL where she co-directs DPU’s MSc in Urban Development Planning and convenes the DPU Research Cluster on Urban Transformations. Barbara’s research work focuses on the politics of urban development planning policies and practices and is particularly interested in the spaces for community-led strategic action planning. She is Secretary of the Urban Planning Advisory Group to the UNISDR’s Secretary General.

Mathilde Marengo is Coordinator of Communication & Publications, Researcher and Lecturer at the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia, Barcelona, Spain.

Susan Moore is a Lecturer in Urban Development and Planning at the Bartlett School of Planning, UCL. She held previous academic posts within the School of City and Regional Planning, Cardiff University and the Department of Geography and Environment, LSE. Susan has an interdisciplinary background in human geography, community planning and environmental studies. She worked as a professional planning and policy analyst in Canada prior to returning to academia in 2001. Susan’s research interests include the relational geographies of (sub)urban development and built form, with an emphasis placed on the social construction of best practice, sustainability and the implications for urban governance. Much of her published work is focused on the production of New Urbanist residential communities, which critically investigates the context-specific conditions and developer practices constituting the normalisation of this form of urban development in Toronto. More recently, she has undertaken collaborative projects on sustainable construction, the circulation of planning ideas and practices, the London 2012 Learning Legacy Agenda, and the 'mediation' of urban housing markets.

Caroline Newton is an architect, urban planner and political scientist at UCL. Her work and research focuses on the socio spatial dimensions of design and critical spatial practices in Europe and the Global South. Her research interests are centred on the interrelation between societal processes and the built environment and she has written on informal dwelling and participatory upgrading, the challenge of design and planning in post colonial environments and also on the methodological and pedagogical challenges of a 'designerly way of knowledge production'. She teaches in the MSc Building and Urban Design in Development at the Bartlett’s Development Planning Unit and is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Housing and the Built Environment.

Catalina Ortiz is a lecturer at the Bartlett Development Planning Unit at UCL. An architect and an urbanist, she completed her PhD in Urban Planning and Policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago with a specialization in Physical Planning as a Fulbright scholar. Her research interest focuses on critical spatial practices intersecting large-scale projects, strategic spatial planning and urban policy mobility in Latin American cities. She leads collaborative initiatives of transnational design studios on spatial strategies for informality.

Mosè Ricci is the leader of the Re-NETwork forum. He has been a full professor in Urban Design in the Department DSA, Polytechnic School, University of Genoa, Italy since 2006. He has also had stints as Visiting Professor at Universidad Moderna de Lisboa (2006 - 2007), TU Munich (2010 - 2011), and IAAC Barcelona (2014). He was the invited architect with RICCISPAINI Architetti Associati at Biennale of Architecture, Italian Pavillon, Venice (1997 and 2012).

Chiara Rizzi is the Coordinator, Chair of Excellence, Adalberto Libera, Researcher and Lecturer at Department of Civil, Environmental and Mechanical Engineering, University of Trento, Italy.

Alison Rooke is a senior lecturer in the Sociology Department at Goldsmiths and Director of the Centre for Urban and Community Research. Alison has a ongoing interest in the dynamics of participation in the city brought about through arts based urban interventions, urban policy and regeneration.

M. Reza Shirazi is currently senior researcher at Oxford Institute for Sustainable Development, Oxford Brookes University, and a research associate at Technische Universität Berlin. He has been awarded several postdoctoral fellowships and is director and programme coordinator of some international research and exchange projects. His fields of interest are: neighbourhood development, citizen participation, phenomenology of the built environment, socio-cultural sustainability, and architectural and urban transformation in MENA cities. Shirazi has published several books, book chapters, and articles in peer-reviewed journals such as Planning Perspectives, International Journal of Urban Sustainable Development, and Urban History (Cambridge).

Emanuele Sommariva is a Researcher and Lecturer in the Department of Urban Design and Planning, Faculty of Architecture and Landscape, Leibniz Universität Hannover.

Christian von Wissel is an architect and visual sociologist. He is teaching assistant at the Chair for History and Theory of Architecture and the City at Technische Universität Braunschweig, Germany. His research spans from urban life and imaginaries to art as research and the politics of curating.

Session three

Beatrice De Carli is a Lecturer at the University of Sheffield School of Architecture, where she leads the MA in Urban Design. Her research and teaching explore questions concerning globalisation and differentiated development through architectural thinking and practice, with a focus on issues of equality, diversity, and participation in urban areas. Beatrice explores some of these questions through her engagement with Architecture Sans Frontières UK (ASF-UK), a non-profit organisation that works between architecture and community and international development practice.

Sarah Ernst is a practicing architect at Architype, a progressive practice that operates primarily in the public sector with expertise in environmental and social sustainability. Alongside working in practice, Sarah is an Associate of Architecture Sans Frontières-UK (ASF-UK), an Enabler with The GlassHouse, and has taught Masters/Post-graduate students at the University of Sheffield. With ASF-UK, Sarah has co-facilitated a series of international workshops; most recently a community action planning workshop in Colombia with an Afro-Colombian community who are in the process of trying to get a community land title. At the University of Sheffield, Sarah co-ran a Masters/Post-graduate Design Studio questioning the process of market-led urbanisation by getting to grips with the global urban housing crisis, and exploring some of the responses by citizens through different forms of collaboration and exchange.

Alex Apsan Frediani is a lecturer in community-led development in the global south and co-director of master programme in Social Development Practice at the Bartlett Development Planning Unit, University College London. His research interests include the application of Amartya Sen’s Capability Approach in development practice; participatory planning and design; and squatter settlement upgrading. Alex has collaborated with grassroots collectives in Kenya, Ghana, South Africa, Brazil, Ecuador and undertaken consultancies for international development donors and agencies such as Oxfam, Comic Relief, Practical Action and UNDP. Furthermore, Alex is a trustee for Homeless International as well as an expert affiliate for Architecture Sans Frontières–UK.

Diana Mitlin is an economist and social development specialist and works both at the Institute for Development Policy and Management (University of Manchester) and International Institute for Environment and Development. She is currently directing the Global Urban Research Centre at the University of Manchester. Her work focuses on urban poverty and inequality including urban poverty reduction programmes and the contribution of collective action by low-income and otherwise disadvantaged groups. For the last 20 years, Diana has worked closely with Shack/Slum Dwellers International, a trans-national network of homeless and landless people’s federations and support NGOs; and with the Asian Coalition for Housing Rights, a network of civil society groups focusing on urban poverty and exclusion. She has recently co-authored (with David Satterthwaite): Urban Poverty in the Global South: Scale and Nature and Reducing Urban Poverty in the Global South.

Urban Lab+ presentations

Manisha Agarwal spent her formative years in CEPT, Ahmedabad where she received her Diploma in Architecture. In 1994, she received a fellowship for the student exchange program at the Bezalel Academy of Arts, Jerusalem. After a brief professional training period at Reinhold Pingel in Auroville, she worked with Kiran Kapadia Associates, Bombay. She further pursued her Masters in Architecture (Urban Design) during 1998-2000 at Cornell University, New York. Here she was awarded the Helen Fagan Tyler Award, James M. Kittleman Award, Mary Lyons Fellowship, R. D. Sethna, Ratan Tata Travel grant. In 2000-1 she worked as a project architect at Rafael Vinoly Architects, New York, on projects such as the National Neuroscience Research Center (Bethesda), Maheler 4 (Amsterdam), and the Barcelona Convention Center (Barcelona). She has been a research and teaching assistant at Cornell University and is currently visiting faculty at Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute of Architecture, Mumbai.

Ben Campkin is Director of the UCL Urban Laboratory and Senior Lecturer in Architectural History and Theory at the Bartlett School of Architecture. As an urbanist and architectural historian, Ben's cross-disciplinary research focuses on urban decline and 'regeneration' in London; housing, including early twentieth century slum clearances, and the representation and redevelopment of modernist mass housing; and the uses of images in urban change.  He is the author of Remaking London: Decline and Regeneration in Urban Culture (IB Tauris, 2013) and co-editor of Dirt: New Geographies of Cleanliness and Contamination (IB Tauris, 2007, paperback 2012), and his work has recently appeared in journals such as Architectural Theory Review (2013), The Journal of Architecture (2007), Architectural Design (2010) and the Centre for Education of the Built Environment: Transactions (2009), and anthologies including Urban Constellations (2011), Camera Constructs: Photography, Architecture and the Modern City (2012), The Art of Dissent: Adventures in London's Olympic State (2012) and Ladies and Gents: Public Toilets and Gender (2007). Ben teaches on the Bartlett School of Architecture's BSc Architecture, as coordinator of year 3 architectural history and theory, and on the MA Architectural History, PhD Architecture by Design and PhD Architecture History and Theory programmes. He is co-convenor of the inter-faculty MSc Urban Studies, and chairs the UCL Grand Challenge of Sustainable Cities Executive Group.

Paola Cannavò is Associate Professor for urban design at the University of Calabria in Italy where her research focuses on urbanism and its relation to landscape. This thematic were explored particularly during her tenure as Visiting Professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Design in 2010, where she run the Studio: Roman Gate, A New Entrance for the Metropolitan area of Roma. Prof.Cannavò received the Honor Award in General Design of the American Society of Landscape. Between 2003 and 2006 she organized Ortus Artis, the first international exhibition held in Italy on the topic of landscape architecture. As a result of this and other initiatives, in 2004 she was awarded the Bronze Medal for „Benemerita“ of Italian Culture and Art. She has authored several essays in books and articles in international magazines. Prof.Cannavò has taught at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, the Université de Montréal and several other universities.

Nancy Couling is currently carrying out doctoral research at laba after gaining much architectural experience and teaching as assistant to Prof. K. Zillich at the TU Berlin (2000-5 & 2008-9). She gained her B. Arch with honours at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, and became a registered architect there. After winning a scholarship for study at the I.U.A.V. (Venice) she worked in renowned architectural practices in Italy & Germany before establishing her own inter-disciplinary partnership cet-0 & cet-01 in Berlin (1995-2010). Her current research is focused on the urbanization of the sea. At laba she coordinated the Barents Sea project (2011/12) and co-edited Barents Lessons- Teaching & Research in Architecture (Zürich: Park Books 2012), which has won awards in both Switzerland and Germany.

Harry Gugger studied architecture at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETHZ) and at Columbia University, New York. In 1990 he began his collaboration with Herzog & de Meuron (HdeM) where he was, among many other projects, in charge of Tate Modern in London; the Headquaters for Prada USA in New York and the Schaulager Basel for the Laurenz Foundation. His last projects at HdeM included CaixaForum, Madrid, Tate Modern Extension, London, and KMOMA, The Kolkata Museum of Modern Art, Kolkata. The Laban Dance Centre in London was awarded the RIBA Stirling Prize 2003. In 2004 Harry Gugger received the Swiss Art Award Prix Meret Oppenheim. His academic career started as visiting professor at the Hochschule für Architektur und Bauwesen in Weimar in 1994. From 2000-2006 he was an External Examiner at the AA School of Architecture in London. In 2001 he was a visiting professor at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL). In 2005 Harry Gugger became full professor for architectural design at the EPFL, where he founded the Laboratory for Architectural Production (lapa).

Andrew Harris is Co-Director of the UCL Urban Laboratory and convenor of the Urban Studies MSc at the UCL Department of Geography. Dr Harris has worked extensively on the role of culture and the visual arts in urban regeneration strategies, with expertise in London and Mumbai. He ran an AHRC funded international research network on ‘Creative city limits: urban cultural economy in a new era of austerity’ between 2011-2012. He is a member of the ESRC Peer Review College and Events Coordinator for the Royal Geographical Society-Institute of British Geographers Urban Geography Research Group.

Neil Klug works 50% as an academic and 50% as a planning practitioner with his own planning consultancy. This enables him to bring practice experience into the teaching environment and gain theoretical knowledge at the same time for practice. Research Interests are Spatial Planning Frameworks, Land Use Management systems, Land Management on the periphery of cities and Informal Settlement Upgrading.

Daniela Konrad holds a degree in Architecture and Urban Design from the Technische Universität Karlsruhe and a Masters degree in Architecture from the University of Illinois at Chicago. At the Technische Universität Berlin she received a doctorate degree with her dissertation on site-specific architecture. Since 2004, she has been working as Assistant Professor of Architectural and Urban Design at Technische Universität Berlin as well as at international Schools of Architecture. In 2010 she has founded the Urban Research and Design Laboratory together with Paola Alfaro d’Alençon. Her expertise comprises the spectrum of urban and architectural design with focus on the incorporation of field research techniques in design strategies. Since 2000 she has worked for various international architecture practices, and co-founded her own practice, Büro KL, in 2008.

Felipe Link is a sociologist and urban planner, with a doctorate in Architecture and Urban Studies (Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, 2010) and Masters in Social Research and Development (University of Concepción, 2007). He is presently assistant professor at the Institute of Urban and Territorial Studies. He is an expert in sociology of urban and regional development, urban sociology and social research, with significant experience in academic research on urban studies related to social capital, social networks and vulnerability.

Solam Mkhabela has been educated at the Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, The Cooper Union, New York and the University of Cape Town. He holds a BAS degree in Architecture (UCT) and a Masters Degree of City Planning and Urban Design (UCT). In 2002 he co-founded blacklinesonwhitepaper, a design collaborative recognised through invitation to international events like the Rotterdam Biennale of Architecture, Cologne Plan5, the Ordos project in China, African Perspectives in Casablanca and winning competition entries. He is an urban design consultant for the Inner City Transport Study in Johannesburg and the SHIFT professional task team’s Guidelines for neighbourhood development and informal settlements upgrade. He is currently a lecturer at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.

Roberto Moris is an architect and urban planner, a professor at the Institute of Urban and Territorial Studies, and Director of the Laboratory of Applied Urban Research - Xlab. He is expert in planning, urban management, urban projects and housing projects. He has wide experience as an academic researcher on urban studies related to regeneration, risk management and strategic planning, and on the public sector as advisor and director of national urban projects, consultant for strategic planning and financing mechanisms.  

Patricia Nari is a political scientist form the Faculty of Political Science of the National University of Rosario. She specialises in issues related to urban policy, social cohesion and territorial dynamics in metropolitan clusters. She is currently finishing her doctoral research on a comparative study of policies of urban cohesion in Medellín, Rio and Rosario. She has acted as a senior technical consultant for municipalities across Latin America and International organisations, like FAO and UNPD. Presently, she convenes courses on Urban Provocations and Political Theory and is head of research and development in the Faculty of Political Science in Rosario.

Johannes Novy holds a Ph.D. in Urban Planning from Columbia University, New York, and currently works as a senior lecturer and researcher at the Technische Universität Berlin. He researches and writes on a broad array of topics that include contemporary urban development in an international perspective, urban tourism, as well as urban social movements and urban contestations. Some of his most recent publications include the co-edited volume Searching for the Just City (Routledge 2009/2011), as well as "Struggling for the right to the (creative) city in Berlin and Hamburg - New urban social movements, new ’spaces of hope’?", a journal article written with Dr. Claire Colomb (International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 2012). Since March 2013 he has also served as a visiting Professor at Department of Architecture and Urban Studies (DAStU) of the Politecnico di Milano.

Manoj Parmar has worked extensively in the fields of Architecture and Urban Design. He has a postgraduate degree in Urban Design. He currently heads the Department of Urban Design at the Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute for Architecture and Environmental Studies. He has been involved in Architectural Urban Design Practice since 1991 and has worked on several large housing projects. He teaches Urban design studio and seminar courses at the Post Graduate level.

Francesco Rossi is full Professor of Urban Design and Chair on the Department of Territorial Planning University of Calabria as well as Board Member of Europe-China Clean Energy Centre (EC2), a EU-funded cooperation project. He is the local coordinator of the international phd "Quod - Quality of design" concerning quality in architecture and urban design and Professor and Deputy Director at the Master “Programmazione di Ambienti Urbani Sostenibili”, MAPAUS. Besides UNICAL, he has been teaching at the University of Rome, Faculties of Engineering and Architecture, the University of Applied Science of Bari, the University of California, Berkeley and at the University Moderna, Lisbon.

Hendrik Tieben is an architect and Associate Professor at the School of Architecture of The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). After studies in Germany, Italy and Switzerland, he completed his architectural education with a Doctor of Science degree from ETH Zurich. At CUHK, he is the director of the new MSc in Urban Design Program and teaches urban design studios and theory courses. In addition, he is teaching in the new Bachelor of Urban Studies program jointly created by the Department of Geography and Resource Management and the School of Architecture. His research focuses on issues related to high density Asian cities, urban identity and public space. Hendrik Tieben is a Founding Member and Academic Advisor of the Hong Kong Institute of Urban Design and a registered architect in Germany (AKNW). His latest papers were published in a range of academic and professional journals and mainly focused on the urban transformation of Hong Kong and Macau after their change of sovereignty to the People’s Republic of China.

Charlotte Truwant is presently a Research Assistant at École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne. She has previously worked with Miller&Maranta in Basel, Switzerland, Pascal Flammer in Zuerich, and Bogdan&VanBroeck Architects in Brussels. Recent projects include the House in Leest, Belgium, Witte De With Installation, Forde Gallerie Installation and the School Bas-Vully Competition. Charlotte completed her Masters Thesis at EPFL in 2006 under P. Berger and H. Guger.

Edward Yiu is an Associate Professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong in the Department of Geography and Resource Management. He is also Associate Director of the Institute of Future Cities. His research interests include real estate economics and finance, housing studies and regional science. He teaches about development controls and land matters, housing issues and policy, and development controls. He has published extensively in journals including Landscape and Urban Planning, Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics, and Journal of Place Management and Development.


Sergio Torres Escobar (École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne)

Marcella Imbroinise (University of Calabria)

Konstantinos Katsas (École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne)

Nkosilenhle Mavuso (WITS University, Johannesburg)

Alexandra Middea (University of Calabria)

Nishant Modi (Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute)

Maryam Monakali (Wits University, Johannesburg)

Aiman Mukhtiar (Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute)

Preeti Nayak (Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute)

Annalisa Oliverio (University of Calabria)

Silvia Paldino (University of Calabria)

Mika Savela (Chinese University of Hong Kong)

Stephan Schmidt (Technische Universität Berlin)

Felipe Valenzuela (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile)

Edward Yiu (Chinese University of Hong Kong)

Chen Yongming (Chinese University of Hong Kong)

Francisca Zegers (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile)

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