Speakers

Speakers

Lesley Lokko
University of Johannesburg
South Africa

Lesley Lokko

Director of School
University of Johannesburg

South Africa

Lesley Lokko is an architect, academic and the author of ten best-selling novels. She is currently Director of School at the Graduate School of Architecture, University of Johannesburg, South Africa. She trained as an architect at the Bartlett School of Architecture from 1989–1995, and gained her PhD in Architecture from the University of London in 2007. She has taught at schools in the US, the UK, Europe, Australia and Africa. She is the editor of White Papers, Black Marks: Race, Culture, Architecture (University of Minnesota Press, 2000); editor-in-chief of FOLIO: Journal of Contemporary African Architecture and is on the editorial board of ARQ (Cambridge University press). She has been an on-going contributor to discourses around identity, race, African urbanism and the speculative nature of African architectural space and practice for nearly thirty years. She is a regular juror at international competitions and symposia, and is a long-term contributor to BBC World. In 2004, she made the successful transition from academic to novelist with the publication of her first novel, Sundowners (Orion 2004), a UK-Guardian top forty best-seller, and has since then followed with eleven further best-sellers, which have been translated into fifteen languages.

Marina Otero Verzier
Het Nieuwe Instituut
Netherlands

Marina Otero Verzier

Director of Research
Het Nieuwe Instituut

Netherlands

Dr. Marina Otero Verzier is a Spanish architect and the director of research at Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam. She leads research initiatives such as “Automated Landscapes,” focusing on the emerging architectures of automated labor, “Architecture of Appropriation,” on squatting as spatial practice, and recently curated the exhibition Steve Bannon: A Propaganda Retrospective by Jonas Staal (2018). Otero is part of the Artistic Team for Manifesta 13 in Marseille. Previously, she was the curator of “Work, Body, Leisure,” the Dutch Pavilion at the 16th Venice International Architecture Biennale in 2018, Chief Curator of the 2016 Oslo Architecture Triennale together with the After Belonging Agency, and director of Global Network Programming at Studio-X- Columbia University GSAPP (New York). Otero is a co-editor of Unmanned: Architecture and Security Series (2016), After Belonging: The Objects, Spaces, and Territories of the Ways We Stay In Transit (2016), and editor of Work, Body, Leisure (2018). She teaches architecture at RCA in London.

Marcos Rosello
aLL Design
United Kingdom

Marcos Rosello

Director
aLL Design

United Kingdom

Marcos founded aLL Design in 2011 with the late Prof Will Alsop. The practice works globally ranging from a tea spoon (for Alessi) to a City. aLL’s mission is to “Make Life Better”, Marcos and the team are creatives who adopt a playful, colourful, often sculptural approach and in the process, reveal the surprisingly functional. As aLL’s CEO, he leads the global offices in Qatar, China and the UK and steers the projects internationally. Marcos is an architect with a design background, specialising in Regeneration, Mixed use, Residential, Meanwhile Spaces, Transport and Sustainability. Marcos is often invited as a judge for architectural competitions – most recently The World Architecture Festival (WAF) 2018 and is often invited to speak and lecture on a variety of subjects. aLL Design has close links with the Universities of Greenwich, East London, The London School of Architecture and the YACademy in Bologna, Marcos ran Greenwich University’s Unit 1, Architecture course for two years and mentored students from the University of East London (UEL).

Emanuel Admassu
AD-WO
USA

Emanuel Admassu and Jen Wood

Founding Partners
AD-WO

USA

AD—WO is an architectural practice based in Providence, Rhode Island, and by extension, between Melbourne and Addis Ababa. The practice aims to establish an operational terrain between the architecture’s content and container. AD–WO has undertaken projects in Ethiopia, Israel, South Korea, Sweden, and the United States, engaging with programs as varied as multi-family residential, agricultural township revitalization, civic infrastructure in immigrant communities, collaborative art installations, and exhibition design. As a roving practice, AD–WO is committed to research and design across geopolitical borders.

Emanuel Admassu is a founding partner of AD-WO and an Assistant Professor at the Rhode Island School of Design. Admassu has taught at Columbia University (GSAPP) and worked with design practices in Atlanta and New York City. Admassu’s research focuses on examining the constructed identities of urban markets in East Africa. Admassu completed his Bachelor of Architecture at Southern Polytechnic State University, followed by a Master of Advanced Architectural Design and Advanced Architectural Research certificate at Columbia University.

Jen Wood
AD-WO
USA

Emanuel Admassu and Jen Wood

Founding Partners
AD-WO

USA

AD—WO is an architectural practice based in Providence, Rhode Island, and by extension, between Melbourne and Addis Ababa. The practice aims to establish an operational terrain between the architecture’s content and container. AD–WO has undertaken projects in Ethiopia, Israel, South Korea, Sweden, and the United States, engaging with programs as varied as multi-family residential, agricultural township revitalization, civic infrastructure in immigrant communities, collaborative art installations, and exhibition design. As a roving practice, AD–WO is committed to research and design across geopolitical borders.

Jen Wood is a founding partner of AD–WO. Until 2018, Wood was at BIG as Project Leader of The Spiral tower in New York City. Wood has also worked with Toshihiro Oki Architect in New York, LAB Architecture Studio, and Minifie van Schaik in Melbourne. Her project experience ranges from residential through to large-scale urban development. Wood received her Bachelor and Master of Architecture at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, and a Master in Advanced Architectural Design at Columbia University. Wood is a licensed Architect in the state of New York.

Sarah Lynn Rees
JCB
Australia

Sarah Lynn Rees

Graduate ArchitectJCB

Australia

Sarah Lynn Rees is a Palawa woman descending from the Plangermaireener and Trawlwoolway people of north-east Tasmania.
Awarded the Charlie Perkins scholarship, Sarah attended the University of Cambridge where she produced a thesis on Indigenous housing in remote Australian communities and graduated with an MPhil in Architecture and Urban Design. Having worked in London and now back in Birrarung Ga (Melbourne), Sarah practices at Jackson Clements Burrows Architects; delivers program consultation and curation for the BLAKitecture series at MPavilion; along with various teaching roles across the Melbourne metropolitan Universities. Sarah is passionate about Indigenising the built environment and advocating for protocols and processes which respect and celebrate our Indigenous Cultural Authority. Sarah also sits on the Australian Institute of Architects’ Victorian EmAGN committee; the Institute’s Architect Victoria Editorial Committee; the National Trust Landscape Reference Group; the National Trust Aboriginal Advisory Group and various other committees.

Jeremy McLeod
Breathe Architecture
Australia

Jeremy McLeod

DirectorBreathe Architecture

Australia

Jeremy is the founding Director of Breathe Architecture, a team of dedicated Architects that have built a reputation for delivering high quality design and sustainable Architecture for all scale projects. Breathe Architecture has been focusing on sustainable urbanisation and in particular have been investigating how to deliver more affordable urban housing to Melbournians. Breathe were the instigators of The Commons housing project in Brunswick and now are collaborating with other Melbourne Architects to deliver the Nightingale Model. Nightingale is intended to be an open source housing model led by Architects. Jeremy believes that architects, through collaboration, can drive real positive change in this city we call home.

Olivia Hyde
Acting NSW Government Architect
Australia

Olivia Hyde

Acting NSW Government ArchitectNSW Government Architect

Australia

Olivia Hyde is currently acting NSW Government Architect. She is a registered architect, with wide ranging private sector experience on projects locally and internationally. In her role with the Government Architect, Olivia has overseen the development of a range of measures to support and promote greater design quality in the built environment across the state, including the development and launch of the pilot NSW State Design Review Panel. Olivia has studied, worked, taught and lectured in Australia, the USA, Asia and Europe. Prior to joining GANSW she was a Senior Practice Director at BVN Architects in Sydney, and worked for Foster and Partners in Hong Kong and London. In addition to practise, Olivia has taught locally and internationally at the University of Michigan, where she won a teaching and research fellowship, and is a regular contributing writer for Architecture Australia.

Farzin Lotfi-Jam
Farzin Farzin
USA

Farzin Lotfi-Jam

Director Farzin Farzin

USA

Farzin Lotfi-Jam is director of Farzin Farzin, a multidisciplinary studio that designs spaces, software, and media. He is faculty in The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture at the Cooper Union and holds advanced degrees from Columbia University and RMIT University. Currently, he is an inaugural Open Call artist at The Shed in New York City. Farzin’s research investigates how architecture and cities are transformed by digital technologies and their attendant power relations, looking at scales from the corporeal to the planetary. His research has been supported by the Veski organization, the Graham Foundation, and Akademie Schloss Solitude, and has been collected by the Centre Pompidou. He has been exhibited at Storefront for Art and Architecture, MAXXI, the Oslo Architecture Triennale, the Istanbul Design Biennial, the Venice Architecture Biennale, and elsewhere. His co-authored book Modern Management Methods will be published by Columbia Books on Architecture and the City this year.

Dhakshayini Sooriyakumaran
Decolonised Design
Australia

Dhakshayini Sooriyakumaran

DirectorDecolonised Design

Australia

Dhakshayini is an activist, entrepreneur, strategy consultant, and yoga teacher. She began her career as a civil engineer in the water industry at Sinclair Knight Merz (now Jacobs). After realising that she wanted to apply her technical and problem-solving skills to big societal challenges, she worked for organisations such as the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) in Fiji, Net Balance (now part of EY), Small Giants, and Foundation for Young Australians. She has had the opportunity to work on projects related to engaging women in STEM, climate change adaptation in the Pacific, and building young peoples’ skills for the future of work. Dhakshayini perceived a gap in the market around government and industry needing to design with rather than for young people, to ensure that policies and products are more relevant and meaningful. This led to the creation of YLab (a social business start-up) within the Foundation for Young Australians. YLab now employs 70 young people (aged 18-30), trains them in systems thinking and design, and deploys them on codesign projects related to the most pressing challenges of our time. Dhakshayini is now freelance speaker, facilitator, Senior Service Designer working on equity and inclusion at RMIT and co-founder of a new start-up called Decolonised Design.

Laura Harding
Hill Thalis
Australia

Laura Harding

Designer/ WriterHill Thalis Architecture + Urban Projects

Australia

Laura Harding is a Sydney based designer and writer who has worked with the studio of Hill Thalis Architecture + Urban Projects since 1996. Her work encompasses a wide range of urban, multiple housing and architectural projects, many of which have received industry awards. Laura’s architectural writing and criticism has been widely published in a range of architectural journals, news media and monographs, and she was awarded the Adrian Ashton Prize for architectural criticism in 2013. She regularly participates in design studios and reviews in the Architectural faculties of Sydney’s major universities.

Mauro Baracco + Louise Wright
Baracco+Wright Architects
Australia

Mauro Baracco and Louise Wright

DirectorsBaracco+Wright Architects

Australia

Baracco+Wright Architects, founded in 2004, seek opportunities to position architecture in a catalytic role that places the architect in the role of strategic thinker across disciplinary boundaries. Louise Wright is a practicing architect and director of Baracco+Wright Architects. She has a PhD in Architecture from RMIT University. Mauro Baracco is a practicing architect and a director of Baracco+Wright Architects. He has a PhD in Architecture from and is also an Associate Professor at RMIT University in the School of Architecture and Design, Melbourne, Australia where he was the Deputy Dean of Landscape Architecture (2013-15). In collaboration with the artist Linda Tegg, Baracco+Wright were the Creative Directors of the Institute’s Australian Pavilion 2018 exhibition at the Biennale di Architettura di Venezia with the theme Repair. They will exhibit an installation at the 2019 Milan Triennale “Broken Nature”.

Genevieve Murray
Future Method
Australia

Genevieve Murray

PractionerFuture Method

Australia

Future Method is a research and design studio — led by Indigenous Practitioner Joel Sherwood-Spring and Non-Indigenous (Settler) practitioner Genevieve Murray — that works at the intersection of place, politics, materiality and people whether that be a building, event, art installation or discourse. We work collaboratively with other emerging practitioners, established firms, community groups, institutions, private clients and academics — seeking to extend and enrich the field of interdisciplinarity and collective culture and push them into the public domain.

Joel Sherwood-Spring
Future Method
Australia

Joel Sherwood-Spring

PractionerFuture Method

Australia

Future Method is a research and design studio — led by Indigenous Practitioner Joel Sherwood-Spring and Non-Indigenous (Settler) practitioner Genevieve Murray — that works at the intersection of place, politics, materiality and people whether that be a building, event, art installation or discourse. We work collaboratively with other emerging practitioners, established firms, community groups, institutions, private clients and academics — seeking to extend and enrich the field of interdisciplinarity and collective culture and push them into the public domain.

Libby Porter
RMIT University
Australia

Libby Porter

ProfessorCentre for Urban Research, RMIT University

Australia

Professor Libby Porter is a scholar in planning and urban geography, based at the Centre for Urban Research, RMIT University. Her work is about displacement and dispossession in cities. She has contributed to debates about the relationship between Indigenous rights in planning and urban development, as well as the displacement effects of urban regeneration, urban governance, and the politics of urban informality. Libby has worked in planning and urban policy practice, and taught in planning and geography schools at the Universities of Birmingham, Sheffield, Glasgow and Monash. As an activist, Libby has coordinated anti-eviction campaigns in Glasgow against the Commonwealth Games, and is currently engaged in community-based actions to defend public housing in Melbourne. Libby co-founded Planners Network UK, a progressive voice for radical planning in the UK and is an active member of the International Network of Urban Research and Action.