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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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