keynote speakers

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Principal Research Associate, Massachussets Institute of Technology - Architecture, USA


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Reinhard Goethert is internationally recognized in physical planning and upgrading of low-income settlements, in physical design and in participatory technique in urban development. He is Principal Research Associate in the School of Architecture and Planning at the MIT. He teaches courses on urbanization, design, and housing in developing countries and is director of SIGUS (Special Interest Group in Urban Settlement). As sole designer or in partnership, Goethert has designed ‘site and services’ housing developments in Central and South America, Africa, and Asia. He has served as a consultant to numerous international development agencies and to housing ministries. He is founder and coordinating secretariat for the newly formed “Global University Consortium Exploring Incremental Housing.” His current focus is in three interlinked areas: incremental housing strategies and spatial land development of rapidly growing cities, rebuilding after disasters, and exploratory research using drones in planning and disaster monitoring, innovative solar energy capture in an ‘electric city’ frame, and innovative building design for mountain-constrained city growth.



Associate - Architect, MVRDV, Netherlands.


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María López Calleja studied architecture at the Technical University of Valencia and has worked for MVRDV since 2008. She has been involved in national and international projects of various scales and scopes. She oversaw the design process of the urban hybrid masterplan in Switzerland and has led the design teams of the Tianjin Binhai Library in Tianjin, China, and The Imprint in Seoul, South Korea. López is also responsible for the development and implementation of BIM as a design tool. “MVRDV gave me the opportunity to mature professionally surrounded by talented people, facing challenges in a worldwide level, in many different types and scales of projects,” she says.




Stuckeman Chair in design Innovation, Director of the Stuckeman Center for Design Computing, Penn State College of Arts and Architecture, Stuckeman School, USA


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José Pinto Duarte is the Stuckeman Chair in Design Innovation and director of the Stuckeman Center for Design Computing (SCDC). He obtained his PhD in Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.). After returning to Portugal Duarte helped launching groundbreaking, technology-oriented architecture degrees and programs at two different universities, as well as a digital prototyping and fabrication lab. Most recently, he served as dean of the Technical University of Lisbon School of Architecture. Duarte has an impressive record of uniting academic research and industry, as well as fostering multi-national partnerships. He has served as president of eCAADe, helped establish the M.I.T.–Portugal program, and created the Design and Computation research group in Lisbon.



Senior Fellow, Leader and co-founder - Machine Learning Urbanism Research Cluster, Bartlett, UCL


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Dr. Tasos Varoudis is a qualified architect and computing engineer. He is a Senior Fellow at UCL and since 2011 he drives the spatial and architectural computation research for the Space Syntax Laboratory at the Bartlett School of Architecture (UCL) where he is developing new methodological and computational innovations combining spatial data-driven models with machine learning and agent-based models. He leads the development of 'depthmapX' spatial network analysis software that has attracted more than 100000 downloads since its open source release in 2012. He co-founded and leads the Machine Learning Urbanism Research Cluster (RC14) for the MArch Urban Design at UCL and teaches Spatial Dynamics and Computation at the MSc in Space Syntax: Architecture and Cities. His personal research interests are driven by the concept of ‘spatial dynamics’, the interaction between architectural space and machine intelligence.


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Associate Professor, NMUB – Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Norway


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Ramzi Hassan is the founder and leader of the Virtual Reality Lab at NMUB. The VR-lab is an arena for experimentation in 3D advanced computer visualization technology for the communication of design project scenarios, cultural heritage preservation, environmental studies and construction. His research, teaching and publications focus on digital applications for landscape and urban design. His current research involves interactive environments, exploring the potential for virtual technologies as a storytelling medium when used in the context of cultural heritage and historically important landscapes.