Speakers

Speakers

Eva Castro
Plasma Studio
China

Eva Castro

Plasma Studio

China

Eva Castro has been the director of the Landscape Urbanism Unit at Tsinghua University in Beijing and a visiting professor at the SUDT in Singapore and at the Architectural Association in London, where she has been teaching – as a diploma unit master and co-directing the Landscape Urbanism Master program – since 2003. Castro is co-founder of Plasma Studio and Groundlab. She has been recognised with several awards including the Next Generation Architects Award, the Young Architect of the Year Award and the Contract World Award. Her work is published and exhibited worldwide, including Archilabs ‘Naturalising Architecture’ and various solo exhibitions and art installations at the DAZ (Deutsches Architectural Museum) in Germany and the Architectural Association in London. Plasma Studio and Groundlab were the lead designers for the International Horticultural Fair in Xian, China a 37ha landscape with a wide range of buildings opened in 2011.

Rahul Mehrotra
RMA Architects
India

Rahul Mehrotra

RMA Architects

India

Rahul Mehrotra is a practising architect, urban designer, and educator. His firm, RMA Architects, was founded in 1990 in Mumbai and has designed and executed projects for clients that include government and non-government agencies, corporate, as well as private individuals and institutions. The firm has also initiated several unsolicited projects driven by the firm’s commitment to advocacy in the city of Mumbai. Mehrotra is a professor of urban design and planning at the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) and has written and lectured extensively on architecture, conservation, and urban planning in Mumbai and India. His writings include co-authoring Bombay—The Cities Within, Banganga—Sacred Tank, Public Places Bombay and Bombay to Mumbai—Changing Perspectives. He has also co-authored Conserving an Image Center—The Fort Precinct in Bombay. Based on this study and its recommendations, the historic Fort area in Mumbai was declared a conservation precinct in 1995—the first such designation in India. His recent books are Architecture in India, since 1990 and The Kumbh Mela – mapping the ephemeral mega city. In 2016 he co-curated an exhibition – The State of Architecture – Practises and Processes in India which showed at the National Gallery of Modern Art in Mumbai.

Winy Maas
MVRDV
Netherlands

Winy Maas

MVRDV

Netherlands

Winy Maas is an architect, urban designer and landscape architect and one of the co-founding directors of the globally operating architecture and urban planning firm MVRDV, based in Rotterdam, Netherlands. The firm is known for projects such as the Expo 2000, the vision for greater Paris, Grand Paris Plus Petit, and more recently the Market Hall in Rotterdam. He is furthermore professor at and director of The Why Factory, a research institute for the future city, he founded in 2008 at TU Delft. He is currently Visiting Professor at GSAPP Columbia, New York and IIT Chicago and has been at the University of Hong Kong, Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium, ETH Zurich, Berlage Institute, MIT, Ohio State and Yale University. In addition he designs stage sets, objects and was curator of Indesem 2007. He curates exhibitions, lectures throughout the world and takes part in international juries.

In 2013 Winy Maas joined the Economic Development Board of Rotterdam (EDBR). In 2012 he was appointed urban supervisor for the city of Almere and since 2003 he has been supervising the Bjørvika urban development in Oslo, Norway.

With both MVRDV and The Why Factory he has published a series of research projects.

Sheila O’Donnell & John Tuomey
O’Donnell + Tuomey
Ireland

Sheila O’Donnell & John Tuomey

O’Donnell + Tuomey

Ireland

Sheila O’Donnell and John Tuomey met while they were studying architecture at University College Dublin and have worked together as O’Donnell + Tuomey for almost 30 years. They have been involved with urban design, cultural, social, and educational buildings, and housing projects in Ireland, the Netherlands, the UK and Hungary. The Dublin-based practice has developed an international reputation for its engagement with complex urban situations and sensitive landscapes. They have exhibited three times at the Venice Biennale, been shortlisted six times for the Mies van der Rohe Award and five times for the RIBA Stirling Prize. In 2015 they received the RIBA Royal Gold Medal.

Buildings include Glucksman Gallery, Cork; Sean O’Casey Community Centre, Dublin; Timberyard Social Housing, Dublin; Lyric Theatre, Belfast; London School of Economics Student Centre; St. Angela’s College, Cork; and Central European University, Budapest. They are working on a new cultural and education quarter in Stratford, East London, which includes new buildings for the Victoria and Albert Museum and Sadler’s Well Theatre, and on an Academic Hub and Library for the Dublin Institute of Technology. Both are Professors at UCD and have lectured in Europe, the UK, Japan and the USA. They were elected honorary fellows of the American Institute of Architects in 2010. They are both members of Aosdána.

Vo Trong Nghia
Vo Trong Nghia Architects
Vietnam

Vo Trong Nghia

Vo Trong Nghia Architects

Vietnam

Born in 1976 in Quang Binh province, Central Vietnam, Vo Trong Nghia moved to Japan in 1996 as a Japanese government’s scholarship student and started studying architecture. After graduating from Nagoya Institute of Technology in 2002, he joined the University of Tokyo’s Landscape and Civic Design Laboratory under the Department of Civil Engineering. There he studied under Prof Hiroshi Naito and received his master’s degree in 2004. His research thesis discussed the utilisation of wind in Hoi An, Vietnam and received the Tokyo University’s President Award. After 10 years of studying and living in Japan he then decided to return to Vietnam.

In 2006, he started his firm, Vo Trong Nghia Architects in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The early projects were characterised by bamboo structures. This design approach combined with bamboo treatment and construction brought him global awards and recognition.

Several years later, he also started green projects utilising not only landscape plants, but also designing green facades and roofs which work as a bio-skin for buildings. His aim is to rehabilitate Vietnamese urban condition with greenery in order to reconnect humans back to nature. ‘House for Trees’ is a project that is now a series of projects working to bring more and more greenery to Vietnamese cities and aiming to solve the problem of urban pollution.

Nghia has received international prizes and honours including but not limited to; AR House award, ARCASIA gold medal and Building of the Year, FuturArc Green leadership Award. He also was selected as one of the 2014 Young Global Leaders by the World Economic Forum.

Besides running his architectural practice, Nghia has continued to be involved in architecture at a grassroots level by teaching at the Singapore University of Technology & Design in 2015. Currently, he is a visiting professor of Hiroshima Institute of Technology.

Anupama Kundoo
Anupama Kundoo Architects
Spain

Anupama Kundoo

Anupama Kundoo Architects

Spain

Anupama Kundoo‘s architectural practice, started in 1990, demonstrates a strong focus on material research to achieve architecture of low environmental impact that is also socio-economically beneficial.

Kundoo has built extensively in India and has had the experience of working, researching, and teaching architecture in a variety of cultural contexts across the world: TU in Berlin, AA in London, TU in Darmstadt, Parsons New School of Design in New York City, University of Queensland in Brisbane, Cornell University, and is currently Professor at UCJC Madrid.

Kundoo’s work extends to urban design and planning projects, with her background in rapid urbanisation related development issues, about which she has written extensively. She taught urban management at the TU Berlin and recently proposed her strategies for a future city for Africa, as part of the Milan Triennale 2014.

Kundoo graduated from Sir JJ College of Architecture, University of Bombay and obtained her Ph.D. from the Technische Universitaet Berlin.

Her research-oriented practice was exhibited at the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2012 and 2016.

Glenn Murcutt AO LFRAIA
Australia

Glenn Murcutt AO LFRAIA

 

Australia

Glenn Murcutt is Australia’s only Pritzker Laureate (2002) and the recipient of numerous significant awards including the Gold Medal of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects (1992), the Alvar Aalto Medal (1992), and the American Institute of Architects Gold Medal (2009). He was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 1996.

Highly awarded, his work is best known for its distinctive Australian character and environmental sensitivity. He worked in the office of Ancher, Mortlock, Murray and Woolley for five years before establishing his own practice in 1970.

Glenn is a Visiting Professor at the University of New South Wales and is highly regarded as a teacher, critic and lecturer around the world.

Emma Williamson
CODA Studio
Australia

Emma Williamson

CODA Studio

Australia

Emma Williamson is a co-founder and Director at CODA, a multi-disciplinary practice based in Fremantle, Western Australia. Since its inception in 1997, CODA has delivered a portfolio of award-winning work that encompasses commercial, education, residential, urban design and small project architecture. With qualifications in both architecture and interiors, Emma brings a nuanced approach to the work of the practice, focusing particularly on the expression of materiality and colour.

Whilst overseeing the growth of CODA over the past twenty years, Emma has developed a keen interest in the culture of practice. She has established a reputation as a leading voice on equity in architecture, particularly the improvement of pathways for women in practice. As founding Chair of the AIA’s National Gender Equity Committee, Emma has been pivotal in generating a movement of change in practice across Australia.

Rodney Eggleston
March Studio
Australia

Rodney Eggleston

March Studio

Australia

Rodney Eggleston is a founder and director of March Studio, a Melbourne-based architectural practice launched in 2007.
Architectural studies at RMIT led Rodney to a part-time lecturing role there, and then on to a two-year internship working for Rem Koolhaas at the Office for Metropolitan Architecture in Rotterdam.

Returning to Melbourne in 2007, and after establishing March Studio, Rodney was commissioned to design and deliver projects for residential and commercial projects both in Australia and overseas. The scope of March Studio’s portfolio includes retail store design for Aesop, Sneakerboy, Damir Doma and Baker D Chirico, architectural and interior design for numerous residential projects and the award-winning Hotel Hotel, and hospitality design for restaurants including Lucy Lui, The Press Club, Gazi and The Smith amongst others. March Studio has also completed a significant body of self-initiated projects that explore the ideas of location, personality, social status and how the architecture and design of today will impact the future.

March Studio represents a new generation of architects in Australia who have been educated in a digital environment but embrace the fundamental elements of making and innovation to realise their projects. The outcomes of this particular mix are highly crafted projects born and refined through the utilisation of a digital and computational process, but also embedded in a thorough knowledge of materials and construction.

Megan Baynes
room11
Australia

Megan Baynes

room11

Australia

Room11 has a reputation for creating exquisite and specific architecture in Tasmania and Victoria. A sensitivity to, and preoccupation with, the superlative Tasmanian landscape typifies Megan’s work which includes D’Entrecasteaux House, Lighthouse, GASP! and her own Little Big House. The architecture of room11 has been widely awarded, prolifically published and can be found in books by Taschen, Gestalten and Thames & Hudson. Megan is currently working on a small concrete summer house for her family in Southern Tasmania. Megan lives and works in Hobart.
 
 
 
 
 

Penny Collins and Huw Turner
Collins and Turner
Australia

Penny Collins and Huw Turner

Collins and Turner

Australia

Collins and Turner is a Sydney based studio established by Penny Collins and Huw Turner in 2002.

Born in Sydney, Penny studied at the University of Sydney and worked for the department of public works, before a 10 year period in Europe working for Grimshaw, Richard Rogers, and Foster and Partners.

Born in Wales, Huw studied architecture at London’s South Bank University, and worked in the studios of Eva Jiricna, Richard Rogers, and Norman Foster over a 12 year period prior to emigrating to Australia in 2000, and working for Hassell in Sydney.

Collins and Turner is currently working across Australia on a broad spectrum of project types. Current projects include private houses, hospitality spaces, education and multi-residential works, including a 35 story mixed use tower on the former News Ltd site in Parramatta.

Recognition for Collins and Turner projects includes the Aaron Bolot Award for Multiple Housing in 2008 for the Boomerang Beach houses, and the 2013 Sulman Medal, National Architecture Award, and Sustainability Award for the Waterloo Youth Centre.

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