Dr Agnieszka Olszewska-Guizzo is a Research Fellow at the National University of Singapore. She obtained her PhD in Landscape Architecture and Urban Ecology from the Faculty of Sciences at the University of Porto, Portugal. She is interested in the relationship between people and their living environment, more specifically, in exploring which attributes of built urban landscapes have the most powerful impact on people’s health and well-being. In her research, she has been using technical methods such as neuroscience to assess the design of urban landscapes. The interdisciplinary approach brings her closer to the concepts of evidence-based design of our living environment and design for mental health and well-being
Dr Cheong Koon Hean is the CEO of the Housing and Development Board (HDB) overseeing the development and management of some 1 million public housing flats in 26 towns/estates.
Since joining the HDB in 2010, she has introduced a new generation of public housing and large scale sustainability initiatives for the development of HDB towns, as well as initiated the Smart HDB Town framework.
Dr Cheong was also formerly the Deputy Secretary (Ministry of National Development) and the CEO of the Urban Redevelopment Authority, in charge of strategic land use planning, conservation of built heritage and the real estate market. She played a key role in the planning and development of major growth areas, such as Marina Bay as well as the Sino Singapore Tianjin Eco City. She is also a nominating committee member of the Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize.
Dr Cheong is currently on the Boards of the HDB, the National University of Singapore and is the Deputy President of the International Federation for Housing and Planning. She was formerly on the boards of the URA, JTC, Jurong Port, National Heritage Board, a global board trustee of the Urban Land Institute and is a Fellow(Life) of the Singapore Institute of Architects and an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Planners. Dr Cheong is active internationally, serving on various expert panels including the World Economic Forum’s Real Estate and Urbanisation Global Agenda Council. She is also the Tan Swan Beng Endowed Professor in Nanyang Technological University. Amongst others, she was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal for outstanding public service, the University of Newcastle’s 2010 Convocation Medal for professional excellence and the IWF’s(Washington) 2011 Woman Who Make A Difference Award. In 2016, she became the first Asian to be conferred the JC Nichols Prize for Urban Visionaries by the Urban Land Institute (Washington) and the Lynn S Beedle Lifetime Achievement Award by the Council for Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (Chicago). She was also appointed the 5th SR Nathan Fellow for 2018 by the Institute of Policy Studies, NUS.
Dr. Ervine Lin is currently a researcher at the Centre for Urban Greenery and Ecology at the National Parks Board. He completed his doctoral studies at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich after obtaining his Master of Landscape Architecture with the National University of Singapore. His research interests revolve around the use of new technologies to collect 3D geospatial data which enable designers and planners to work across disciplines to visualise and more importantly predict the impacts of large-scale interventions to the landscape. Prior to his return to academia, Ervine was a full-time photographer with a passion for travel and landscape photography.
Dr Phillip Roӧs is a Senior Lecturer in Architecture at Deakin University, Australia. He teaches in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Urban Planning, Ecological Urbanism and Environmental Design. Phillip holds positions in both academic and professional practice, and he has been working as an environmental design professional and architect for nearly 30 years on an extensive range of urban infrastructure projects. His work is influenced by whole systems thinking and his application of environmental design is closely related to the ordering of the large-scale aspects of the environment by means of architecture, engineering, landscape architecture, urban design and ecological planning.
His research interests are centred on the human-nature relationship and the identification of optimised design processes based on a regenerative pattern language theory that re-establishes our wholeness with nature, and considers the vulnerabilities of a changing landscape.
Dr Roös initiated and led a team that wrote the first Green Star Rating Tool for railway stations in Victoria several years ago and has recently worked with the Green Building Council of Australia and the Melbourne Metro Rail Authority on the development of an Australian-first national green star rating tool for above-and below-ground railway stations. He was Principal Technical Advisor for Sustainability and Climate Change to the Melbourne Metro Rail Authority when its Metro Tunnel Project was put out to tender, and championed the innovative approach of biophilic design to be considered for the railway stations’ design.
Dr. Tan Puay Yok is an Associate Professor in the Department of Architecture in the School of Design and Environment at the National University of Singapore. He obtained his PhD from Cornell University, USA and his academic training was in horticulture science and plant physiology. His research, teaching, and professional activities focus on the science, policies, and practices of urban greening and ecology of the built environment. He combines his background in the sciences, experience in urban governance from the public sector, and interactions with practitioners to apply knowledge for urban greening to improve environmental quality and societal well-being. He is active in international collaborations and grant reviews, and serves as an editorial board member for a number of international journals. He also advises on landscape design and planning projects in the region as a means of transferring knowledge from the academia to practice.
Dr Vincent Chua is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at the National University of Singapore. He received his PhD in Sociology from the University of Toronto in November 2010. His main research interests are in social networks, education, and social stratification. He has published widely in reputable journals including Social Networks, Social Science Research, Current Sociology, Comparative Sociology, Sociological Perspectives, International Studies in the Sociology of Education, American Behavioral Scientist and Environment and Planning C. He received the Faculty Teaching Excellence Award in 2013 and 2017.
Kenneth began his career in parks management in the 1990s and has been involved in the planning, implementation and management of parks and streetscapes in the city, including the Marina South area. Some of his key projects included the development of the Marina South Promenade and the Millennium mass tree planting in Marina South.
In 2003, Kenneth was seconded to the Ministry of National Development as Assistant Director, and later assumed the position of Deputy Director in 2004 overseeing policies and review of legislation pertaining to parks and greenery infrastructure, agri-veterinary, and building and construction.
Upon his return to the National Parks Board, he took on the role of Deputy Director, and later General Manager at Gardens by the Bay, where he played a pivotal role in developing the Gardens and overseeing the progress of the project from concept to form. Kenneth was also concurrently Assistant Chief Executive Officer (Corporate Development & Services) at the National Parks Board. He was appointed Chief Operating Officer of the Gardens by the Bay in 2012.
Kenneth is presently the Chief Executive Officer of National Parks Board (NParks). NParks is the lead agency overseeing the greenery of our City in a Garden and biodiversity conservation in land-scarce Singapore. NParks manages over 350 parks, 4 nature reserves, extensive streetscape/roadside greenery and our island-wide Park Connector Network. NParks also plays a critical role in enhancing the competencies of the landscape and horticulture industry through training, certification and applied research.
Mr Veera Sekaran is the founder and Managing Director of Greenology, which was established nine years ago to realize his vision of transforming urban spaces into living, thriving habitats and sustainable ecosystems. This was followed by the birth of other affiliate companies, namely, Greenologix, VertiVegies and Evology, to provide solutions in climate-controlled urban farming, Green Intelligence and Eco-development consultancies, respectively.
Veera’s trajectory is deeply rooted in his training as a botanist in NUS back in 1987, followed by years of leadership in materializing cornerstone urban landscaping projects. Some of these roles include the Assistant Curator of Horticulture at the Zoo and Night Safari, the Curator of Horticulture at Changi Airport, as well as an Assistant Director at the National Parks Board (NParks), on top of overseas appointments in countries such as Seychelles, Pakistan, Morocco and most parts of Asia.
Mr Aaron Tham Chee Chong is currently the Director of New Estates Division of JTC Corporation. He is responsible for one-north, a 200-ha research hub and business park for 400 companies, 800 start-ups and 50,000 knowledge workers. one-north is a natural home for biomedical sciences, infocomms, media, physical sciences and engineering R&D and business activities. Government research institutes, business schools, MNCs, SMEs and startups are co-existing as a community in one-north. Integrated with residences and recreational amenities, one-north is an ideal work-live-play-learn environment conducive for creative minds to excel and innovation to flourish.
Aaron is concurrently leading another team to masterplan, design and develop the Punggol Digital District, which is Singapore’s future smart business and educational district. It is Singapore’s first business district that is integrated with a university, the Singapore Institute of Technology. A key fundamental of PDD’s design is empathy which is also the foundation of design thinking. Empathy for the workers, residents and students who will be going there to work, live, play and learn.
Aaron started his working career with the Singapore Economic Development Board in 1996 where he played an instrumental role in the development and transformation of important sectors in Singapore’s economy such as petrochemicals, specialty chemicals, oil refining, aerospace and international schools. He was actively involved in the development of Jurong Island, Seletar Aerospace Park and the Singapore Airshow. Between 2009 to 2013, he assisted many international schools to grow in Singapore. Schools such as the United World College (Tampines), Tanglin Trust School, Stamford American International School, Dulwich College Singapore, Overseas Family School, German European School Singapore, Lycee Francais de Singapour and Sir Manasseh Meyer International School. He was with the EDB for 17 years, during which he was posted to the US on two occasions. The first was to EDB’s Washington D.C. office. The second time was to EDB’s New York office as Regional Director (Eastern Americas). He sought foreign direct investments from US multi-national companies during these two periods. Between EDB and JTC, he has also worked in Mapletree and Ascendas Singbridge.
Mr Tham holds a Masters Degree (Distinction) in Advanced Chemical Engineering from Imperial College and a Bachelors Degree (First Class Honours) in Chemical Engineering from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology.
Adam is a Chartered Landscape Architect and Fellow of the Landscape Institute. After gaining an ONC in Landscape Studies at Reaseheath Horticultural College in Cheshire he went on to study Landscape Architecture at under graduate and post graduate level at Manchester Metropolitan University. He graduated in 1998 and has worked in the private sector in Manchester, in Local Authority in South Yorkshire and in the voluntary sector in Lincolnshire and London.
In 2008 he established Davies White Ltd with fellow landscape architect Andrée Davies. Their projects specifically focus on reconnecting children with nature through play. Together they have won two RHS Gold Medals, two RHS People's Choice Awards and an RHS Best in Show award. They are now working with the (RHS) Royal Horticultural Society to create a flagship nature play garden at RHS Wisley with the mission to tackle nature deficit disorder and plant blindness.
They have designed and managed the delivery of over 50 public nature play projects from the shores of Loch Lomond to the coast of Southampton. These include high profile projects such as the Commonwealth Games Legacy Play Park in Glasgow and the highly acclaimed St George's Playscape in Hanwell, Ealing.
They have won over 20 Landscape Institute and BALI design awards for their work.
Adam was made a fellow of the Landscape Institute in 2012 for his influential role in promoting nature play within the landscape profession. He sits on the UK government's Play Policy Forum representing the Landscape Institute and is co-author of Nature Play: Managing and Maintaining Playful Landscapes published by Play England. He is also a regular contributor to the publication Pro Landscaper.
Social media: @davies_white
Conrad is a Senior Researcher and Project Coordinator of the SEC project ‘Cooling Singapore (CS)’. CS is the first inter-CREATE project and will bring together several researcher from different Universities, such as TUM Create, SMART, FCL and NUS.
Conrad Philipp graduated with a diploma in Geography and urban planning from the Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany in 2009 and has worked afterwards for the Jena-Geos Engineering Company as a deputy team leader in the United Arabic Emirates. In 2013, Conrad received his PhD at the Institute of Urban Planning and Urban Design of the University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE, Germany) within the team ARUS (Advanced Research in Urban Systems, supported by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research). During his PhD, he held a scholarship from the Free State Thuringia and from the UDE through the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).
As a postdoctoral researcher at the University of South Australia, Conrad coordinated the CRC (Low Carbon Living, based at the University of New South Wales, Sydney) research project ‘Urban Micro Climates: Comparative study of major contributors to the Urban Heat Island effect in three Australian cities (Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide)’. Since 2014 Conrad is a lecturer at the Bauhaus University Weimar (Germany) during their summer school for the course ‘Cultural landscapes & urban resilience’.
Dutch artist and innovator Daan Roosegaarde (1979) is a creative thinker and maker of social designs which explore the relation between people, technology and space.
Roosegaarde has been driven by nature's gifts such as light emitting fireflies and jellyfishes since an early age. His fascination for nature and technology is reflected in his iconic designs such as Smart Highway (roads which charge from sunlight and glow at night), Waterlicht (a virtual flood) and Smog Free Project (the largest outdoor air purifier in the world which makes jewellery from smog).
Roosegaarde graduated from The Berlage Institute with a master in architecture. He founded Studio Roosegaarde in 2007, where he works with his team of designers and engineers towards a better future. Together they develop ‘Landscapes of the Future’ building smart sustainable prototypes for the cities of tomorrow.
Roosegaarde is a Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum and named Artist of the Year 2016 in The Netherlands. Roosegaarde has won the London Design Innovation Medal, the INDEX Design Award, the World Technology Award, two Dutch Design Awards, the Charlotte Köhler Award, and China's Most Successful Design Award. He exhibited at the Design Museum in London, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, Tate Modern, Tokyo National Museum, Le Musée des Arts Décoratifs Paris, Victoria & Albert Museum and various public spaces in Europe and Asia. Selected by Forbes and Good 100 as a creative change maker, Daan Roosegaarde shares his visionary ideas frequently at conferences across the world such as TED and Design Indaba.
David Maddox is committed to the health of the natural environment and its importance for the creation of sustainable, resilient, livable, and just cities. After a PhD in ecology and statistics at Cornell he spent 10 years with the Nature Conservancy working on climate change and stewardship. In 2012, David founded and is Executive Director of The Nature of Cities, a transdisciplinary essay and discussion site—with 600+ writers from around the world, from scientists to civil society, designers to artists—on cities as ecosystems of people, nature, and infrastructure. He recently founded The Nature of Cities—Europe. David is also a composer, playwright, and theatre artist. He lives in New York City.
Gyoung Tak Park is a principal with Dongsimwon Landscape Design Corp. For the past 15 years, he has worked on a broad range of landscape design projects in the United States, China, India and South Korea including major park, civic, residential, hotel, resort, corporate, commercial complexes, infrastructure and universities. He began his professional career at O3SCOPE in Seoul and continued his career at SWA San Francisco office until 2015. Since joining Dongsimwon in 2016, Gyoung Tak Park has led Dongsimwon’s strategy and planning team with his mission statement of “Thinking and Making are Inseparable”. His interests reside in achieving full integration of the natural and built environment through the most innovative design forms, materials, and construction technologies.
Gyoung Tak Park is a laureate of the Korea Presidential Medal that is awarded to the Young Leaders of the 21st Century in Korea. He is a registered landscape architect in California, United States as well as South Korea. He received his Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from University of Seoul and his Master of Landscape Architecture from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design.
Henry Steed is a Chartered Landscape Architect (UK) with 45 years post-grad experience, 36 in Singapore. He is Design Director of ICN Design International, an award winning firm of Landscape Architects based in Singapore. His experience extends through tropical, arid and temperate zones, in urban, rural and natural environments in Asia, Middle East, Australia and Europe.
The making of fine landscapes, to Henry, involves sensitive artistry and hard-nosed technical knowledge of construction and horticulture, to transform urban hardness into attractive landscapes for people to enjoy.
Henry has created every kind of landscape, from nature trails, to hotels and housing gardens, parks, campuses, zoos, streetscape, airports, hospitals and high-rise city-centres. Passing on his experience, he teaches NUS students and his staff, encouraging them to develop the expertise to create their own visions and masterpieces for the future.
Henry has written and illustrated a book on “Greening the Vertical Garden City”, which deals with the techniques to design and install landscapes at every level in the high rise tropical city.
Himlal Baral is a Senior Scientist in the Climate Change, Energy and Low Carbon Development Team at the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) based in Bogor, Indonesia. Himlal got his PhD on Land and Environment from the University of Melbourne in Australia. His research interests include management of forests for multiple ecosystem goods and services, forest landscape restoration, and community forestry. Himlal currently leads CIFOR’s work on planted forests and bioenergy which encompasses exploring degraded and underutilized lands for biomass and bioenergy production. Prior to joining CIFOR, Himlal worked as a Forester, Spatial Analyst, Resource Planner and Forestry Consultant in both public and private sectors in Asia and the Pacific. He has published about 50 articles on biodiversity and ecosystem services, planted forests, forest landscape restoration and community forestry in scientific journals, several info/policy briefs, occasional and working papers and communications to the public.
Zhongwen is an Urban Planner and leads the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) Digital Planning Lab (DPLab). In this role, he spearheads efforts, to incubate digital competencies for URA and key partners, to accelerate transformation of planning processes, and to foster innovations and partnerships. He oversees DPLab’s efforts to build analytic methods to provide actionable insights for planning studies, to develop digital tools in-house to enable more data-informed and integrated way of planning, and to conduct vocational analytics training for planners.
Since joining URA in 2012, he was previously involved in the formulation of long-term plans and policies for transport, utilities and underground space. He also led efforts to build-up capabilities in Futures and Planning Analytics. Prior to that, he served as a naval combat officer.
Zhongwen is also a geographer by training from the London Schools of Economics, and has a passion for Cities and Technology.
Jonathan Rigg is Director of the Asia Research Institute and Professor of Geography at the National University of Singapore. He works on issues of resilience and vulnerability with regard to disasters, risk, poverty and rural livelihoods, and has undertaken fieldwork in Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Nepal and Sri Lanka. His book Challenging Southeast Asian development: the shadows of success was published by Routledge in 2015 and explores the underside of rapid economic growth and structural change. His latest book, More than rural: textures of Thailand’s agrarian transformation, will be published by Hawaii University Press and draws on three decades of field-based research in Thailand.
Leonard Cai is currently the Head of the Landscape Design Office in the Housing & Development Board (HDB). He leads an in-house Landscape Architecture consultancy team that spearheads innovation and sets new benchmarks in public housing landscape design. Since joining HDB, he has formulated the HDB Biophilic Town Framework, which aims to create greater sense of place, well-being and quality of life for residents, through the optimization of ecosystem services in urban landscapes. Complementary to the framework, Leonard has also developed the Biodiversity Index for Residential Towns, an assessment and decision-making tool that allows the ecological integrity and biodiversity levels of any residential town to be measured and enhanced. As a Landscape Architect, Leonard planned and designed multiple award winning residential landscapes and parks. Adopting a biophilic landscape design approach, he developed the Punggol Northshore District Landscape Masterplan, which garnered the Outstanding Award under the NParks Landscape Excellence Assessment Framework (LEAF).
Leonard joined Ramboll Studio Dreiseitl (formerly known as Atelier Dreiseitl) in 2008, where he co-spearheaded the establishment of the Singapore office and was subsequently appointed Partner in 2016. His academic background and design interest lay at the juncture between man and his environment with the aim of finding a long term sustainable balance between them. His approach involves extensive collaboration with diverse professions to foment holistic landscape based solutions that engage and educate users while respecting the environment. His recent works features design that integrates the water found on-site with the surrounding urban development in a sensitive manner. He has led several ABC Waters project throughout the years, and was part of the programme’s flagship project: Bishan – Ang Mo Kio Park, where a 2.7 km long straight concrete drainage channel was restored into a sinuous, natural 3.2 km long river. More recently, he was involved in the completion of the Waterway Ridges (Punggol East C39), the first housing project that integrates large-scale ABC Waters design features within a public housing precinct. He has also made contributions to the official ABC Waters Design Guidelines - a reference to help developers and industry professionals to work on a common vision of sustainable water management, and to help shaped a model strategic framework for transforming Singapore into a resource rich and water productive city through the ABC Central Watershed Master Plan. Currently, Leonard is an adjunct professor at the Master of Landscape Architecture Programme at the National University of Singapore.
Po-Hung, Liu is a founder of Classic Landscape Design and Environmental Planning Ltd. He used to be the chairman of Taiwan Institute of Landscape Architects (TILA) from 2013 to 2016. He has been focusing on various types of landscape projects on environmental building planning issues. In 1991, he started studying a Master’s degree. While working simultaneously, he finished his degree at National Taiwan University Graduate Institute of Building & Planning in 1997. He tried and implemented all kinds of cases with the concept of “participatory planning and design”, including related projects such as campuses, parks, urban public open spaces projects. He thinks that environmental issues can only be implemented through meticulous “community building” and “participation of the people.” He looks forward to creating a more sustainable environment with a better quality of the environment in Taiwan.
Ming-Jen Hsueh serves a dual role as both a landscape architect and urban designer at Sasaki. With his multidisciplinary training and experience, he has focused his professional career on ecological systems and environmental planning within the context of large urban projects. His collaborative approach integrates landscape, urban design, and architecture with emphasis on urban resilience in socio-economically and environmentally vulnerable contexts across wide ranges of scales. His work has won a number of awards, including Fast Company World Changing Idea Award, APA Pierre L’Enfant International Planning Excellence Award, ASLA Honor Award, BSLA Honor Award, The PLAN Award, and MIPIM Asia Award.
Currently, Ming-Jen leads many of Sasaki’s major projects in China, Taiwan, and Southeast Asia. He brings the unique perspectives by creating the strategic visions and performance values. Ming-Jen is a licensed landscape architect in New York State. Beyond the professional work, he has taught design at Rhode Island School of Design and Boston Architectural College, is a frequent guest critic at local schools, including Harvard Graduate School of Design, Northeastern University, and Massachusetts College of Arts.
Ming-Jen holds a master of landscape architecture with distinction, a master in urban design from Harvard Graduate School of Design, and a bachelor of architecture from Chuang Yuan Christian University.
Saurabh Gaidhani is an Associate Director with 100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by Rockefeller Foundation program based in Singapore. As part of 100 Resilient Cities, he manages program & partnerships in India, Malaysia & Japan. He has crafted a multi-disciplinary set of work experiences to examine and solve today’s complex urban problems from various perspectives with an emphasis on long-term sustainability, resilience and Inclusive growth for communities.
Saurabh has a background in Urban Planning & Architecture. He has been trained as an Urban Planner from National University of Singapore (NUS) & Architecture from Pune University and is also a registered planner at the Singapore Institute of Planners.
Prior to joining 100RC he was part of AECOM, Singapore where he developed a master plan and prescriptive design guidelines for an industrial park, visualized environmental waterfront regulations, drafted language to develop mix-use development, developed expertise in transit-oriented projects, and designed frameworks for urban regeneration projects. Saurabh has experience working in various cities in South East Asia & the Indian Subcontinent.
Wolfgang Kessling is physicist and climate engineer based in Munich, Germany. He is one of the principals of Transsolar and frequently lecturing on sustainable design. Wolfgang’s research and development work focuses on high comfort - low energy buildings and design for outdoor comfort in urban settings.
With several projects in the tropics his team is leaving paths of conventional air conditioning and implementing adaptive comfort concepts supporting a smooth transition between outdoor and indoor areas, well suitable for tropical climates and lifestyle.
In Asia he was involved in the design of the first Zero Energy Office in Malaysia, in the climate and energy concepts for the cooled conservatories at the Gardens by the Bay, Singapore as well as the net zero energy design of the School of Design at the National University of Singapore. Since 2013 his team is working with WOHA, Singapore on the sustainable concept for the Floating University of BRAC, Dhaka, Bangladesh which was awarded the LafargeHolcim Award 2017 for Asia Pacific in Bronze.
In 2012 he was invited to give a TED talk on outdoor comfort at the opening ceremony of the first TEDx Summit in Doha, Qatar.
Gena Wirth is the Design Principal at SCAPE. Trained in landscape architecture, urban planning and horticulture, Gena draws from her interdisciplinary training to create ecologically rich and culturally relevant landscapes from the infrastructural scale to the site level. Gena leads the design on several significant projects in the office.
Gena was on the original Oyster-tecture team and was the Project Manager for SCAPE’s involvement in SIRR, studying large-scale harbor-wide strategies for coastal protection measures that will be utilized in preparation for the next Superstorm. She was also the Project Manager for SCAPE’s winning Rebuild By Design proposal, Living Breakwaters, a climate change resiliency strategy for the South Shore of Staten Island.
Gena holds a Master of Landscape Architecture and Master of Urban Planning with Distinction from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and a Bachelor of Science in Horticulture from the University of Delaware.
Hwang Yun Hye is an Assistant Professor in the Master of Landscape Architecture programme at the Department of Architecture, National University Singapore. She obtained a post-professional MLA degree from the Graduate School of Design in Harvard University, USA and MLA degree from Seoul National University. Yun Hye previously worked as a design director for public housing landscape projects in Korea for many years where she received several landscape awards from government authorities and has been selected as The 6th Design Leader of Next Generation awarded by the Korean Ministry of Commerce and KIDP, 2007. Her research speculates on emerging demands of landscapes in the Asian equatorial urban context, by exploring 1) sustainable landscape management promoting spontaneous growth of tropical greenery against highly-manicured landscape, 2) landscape of necessity developing actionable design strategies to counteract impending human-caused challenges in high-dense tropical urban environment.
Lubaina is the Manager – Urban Climate Resilience at the WRI India Ross Centre for Sustainable Cities. Her research interests focus on enhancing resilience to climate change in urban poor and vulnerable communities of Asian cities. Her current work focuses on community based resilience planning, adopting participatory planning methods to leverage community knowledge to influence resilience planning and decision making.
Prior to this role, Lubaina managed urban development projects at WRI India, focused on land use and transport integration within station areas. She provided key recommendations on off-street parking reforms to the Mumbai Development Planning process in 2014. She also co-authored EMBAQ India’s Safe Access Manual that is a compilation showcasing the emerging work around safe and secure access to mass transit nodes, in India. Prior to WRI, she has worked as a researcher and a teacher at institutions in India and the United States.
Lubaina, is an urban researcher, with close to 10 years of experience on urban poverty, mobility, housing, and community and economic development in Indian cities. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from KRVIA, Mumbai, India and a Dual Master’s degree in Architecture and City and Regional Planning from the University of California, Berkeley.
Patricia M. O’Donnell, FASLA, AICP, landscape architect and planner, founded Heritage Landscapes LLC, Preservation Planners and Landscape Architects, USA in 1987. This professional firm is dedicated to a vibrant future for communities and cultural landscapes, with a diverse group of over 500 projects that address sustainable stewardship of heritage assets. Works have addressed 38 U.S. National Historic Landmarks and 8 World Heritage Sites, to support authenticity, preservation, management and contemporary best practices. The firm has contributed to historic urban park and civic spaces in Washington DC, Chicago IL, Pittsburgh PA, Louisville KY, Rochester NY, Buffalo NY, Baltimore MD, Atlanta GA, Fort Wayne IN, and Hartford CT in collaboration with civic leaders and non-profits.
Holding masters degrees in landscape architecture and urban planning, she contributes to ASLA, IFLA, ICOMOS and UNESCO Culture through expert meetings, heritage missions and congresses, and international workshops addressing significant cultures and heritage. From 2005 to present, O’Donnell contributed to the development and mainstreaming of the UNESCO Recommendation on the Historic Urban Landscape, (HUL), collaborating with global colleagues. As a senior urban conservation expert, she developed guidance incorporating HUL concepts for World Bank projects addressing Indian heritage cities inclusive revitalization, stewardship of Bhutanese traditional villages, and Intramuros Identity and Urban Design Guidelines, Manila, Philippines. Contributing to the UNESCO Culture work toward UN Habitat III, she recently prepared the UNESCO Global Report on Culture for Sustainable Urban Development: Inclusive Public Spaces paper. In this urban century she is deeply committed to bringing professional skills to fostering equitable quality of life with heritage as a shared commonwealth.
Rachel De Lambert has over 30 years’ experience in traditional landscape design projects, urban design, heritage planning and management, environmental planning and landscape assessment. She has co-ordinated urban revitalisation and design projects through to implementation and has been involved with open space structure and allocation planning.
Rachel’s involvement with urban design critique and review includes the Auckland City and Manukau City Urban Design Panels, the Auckland City Mayoral Urban Design Task Force and the Panuku Development Auckland (formerly Sea+City and then Waterfront Auckland) Technical Advisory Group.
Rachel has a special interest in cultural and historic landscapes. She is a member of ICOMOS and has contributed to conservation plans, heritage guidelines and interpretation for heritage sites and landscapes.
As the leader of the ‘Spaces and Places’ component of the Christchurch Central Recovery Plan Blueprint, Rachel led the provision for the key public realm amenity projects, and strongly influenced the wider open space and public realm aspects of the Blueprint. Boffa Miskell has had key roles in the delivery of a number of these subsequent projects.
She is a landscape architect and director at Boffa Miskell Ltd, an employee owned, New Zealand-based multi-disciplinary consultancy in planning, landscape architecture, urban design, ecology, biosecurity and cultural advisory.
Peter Edwards is principal investigator of the ‘Ecosystem Services in Urban Landscapes’ project at the Future Cities Laboratory and ‘Cooling Singapore’ project at the Singapore-ETH Centre. He is also adjunct professor in the Asian School of the Environment at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. Between 2013 and 2017, he served as the director of the Singapore-ETH Centre.
Since 1993, he has been professor of Plant Ecology at ETH Zurich, where he also served as chairman of the Department of Environmental Systems Science. He was founder and first executive secretary of the Institute for Ecology and Environmental Management, a professional organisation for environmental practitioners. In Singapore, he leads his research teams to find means to maximise ecosystem benefits in urban environments and ways to mitigate the urban heat island effect in the tropics, in order to make cities more resilient and liveable.
Peter Edwards has always had a strong interest in the application of science and technology for better policy. At ETH Zurich, he was faculty coordinator and member of the executive board of the Alliance for Global Sustainability, a research partnership between leading universities. In 2016, while in Singapore, he initiated the Science, Technology and Policy workshop, in partnership with the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology and the National University of Singapore.
Professor Jim obtained his BA with First Class Honours in geography and geology from the University of Hong Kong, and PhD in soil science from the University of Reading (UK) under a Commonwealth Scholarship. He then studied at US Geological Survey in Colorado (USA) for a Certificate in Hydrology. He is Chair Professor in Geography since 2000 and Master of Robert Black College at the University of Hong Kong; he served in the past as Head of Department of Geography and Dean of Faculty of Arts. His research covers nature-in-city and nature-based solutions for sustainable-liveable cities, including urban ecology, urban forestry, urban green infrastructure, urban green space, urban soil science, green roof, green wall (vertical greening), natural and artificial turfs, urban biodiversity, and urban nature conservation. His research findings have promoted and improved urban greening especially under high-density urbanization. His contributions to tree science have been recognized by the L.C. Chadwick Award for Distinction in Arboricultural Research by the International Society of Arboriculture. He serves on the editorial boards of six reputable international journals related to natural elements in cities: Landscape and Urban Planning, Urban Forestry and Urban Greening, Urban Ecosystems, Cities, Pedosphere, and Arboriculture and Urban Forestry.
Liao Kuei-Hsien, PhD. has been Associate Professor at the Graduate Institute of Urban Planning, National Taipei University in Taiwan since August 2017. She received her PhD. in Built Environment from the University of Washington in 2012, MLA from the University of Pennsylvania in 2003, BA in Economics from National Taiwan University in 1996. Her research mainly focuses on how cities can adapt to—instead of resisting—flooding through retrofitting the built environment. She bases her research on the theoretical framework of resilience theory, urban ecology, and ecological wisdom. She also teaches and researches on and sustainable cities, green infrastructure, and urban waters. She has both academic and practical experiences in the design and planning discipline. Besides academic writing, she has published extensively in public media to promote the knowledge associated with ecological design and planning, urban sustainability, and flood resilience.
Oscar Carracedo is an Architect, Urbanist and Educator, currently Assistant Professor at the Department of Architecture of the National University of Singapore. He is the director of the DRIA-Designing Resilience in Asia Programme, director of the Master of Urban Design and director of the InnerHoods Lab, where he develops his research on resilience, sustainability, informal urbanism and low-income housing policies, practices and processes, and integrated planning. His expertise also includes urban development and urban regeneration, with a special focus on developing countries.
Oscar is the author of numerous books and articles, and drawn on his research he has recently published 'Ibid. In the same place', about on-site resilient revitalisation strategies for low-income neighborhoods, 'Indushoods. From industries to Neighbourhoods' a study on how to renew and reposition industrial areas, and 'Naturban' about the relationship and integration between urban and natural milieu in cities.
Oscar is also co-founder director of CSArchitects, an urban planning, urban design and architecture firm based in Barcelona, Spain. In his more than 17 years of international professional experience he has been responsible of more than thirty masterplans, and a extense number of projects and consultancies in urban design; site, physical and spatial planning; architecture and public spaces, as well as many projects with underserved communities. Oscar has won two national urban planning and design prizes, more that forty national and international competitions, and his work and research has been awarded and published nationally and internationally.
POON King Wang is the Director of the Lee Kuan Yew Centre for Innovative Cities (LKYCIC) at the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), where he also heads the Smart Cities Lab and the Future Digital Economies and Digital Societies initiative.
His current focus is on the human dimensions of smart cities and digital economies, and the impact of digital transformation on the future of work, education, and healthcare, and on society at large. He draws extensively from his public and private sector experiences. He has served in the Economic Development Board; Ministry of Law; Agency for Science, Technology and Research (including its commercialization arm Exploit Technologies); and the Competition Commission of Singapore. In the private sector, he was head of business analytics at one of Singapore's largest banks, and was a strategy advisor to a mobile local search startup.
He also draws on his other concurrent portfolios as Director of Strategic Planning at SUTD, and Co-Director of the SUTD-JTC Industrial Infrastructure Innovation Centre. He is also on the Board of Directors of the BCA Centre for Sustainable Buildings Ltd (a collaboration between the United Nations Environment Programme and Singapore’s Building and Construction Authority), and on the International Advisory Panel of IoT Asia.
King Wang holds a MSc (Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management) from Stanford University, a BSc (Electrical Engineering) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a Rocket Engineering Certificate from Moscow State Technical University.
Thomas Schroepfer is Professor and Founding Associate Head of Pillar of Architecture and Sustainable Design at Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), Co-Director of the SUTD-JTC I3 Centre and Director of the University's Advanced Architecture Laboratory (AAL). His research and design work investigates the increasingly complex relationship between design and technology in architecture and relates to advances in environmental strategies, structure and form, performance and energy, computer simulation and modelling, digital fabrication and building processes. He has been recognized as a creative leader in the industry and has been sought-out as a keynote speaker at international symposiums and workshops. His work has been exhibited at important international venues, including at the World Architecture Festival, Venice Architecture Bbook iennale and World Congress of Architecture. His publications have been translated into several languages and include Dense + Green: Innovative Building Types for Sustainable Urban Architecture (2016), Ecological Urban Architecture: Qualitative Approaches to Sustainability (2012) and Material Design: Informing Architecture by Materiality (2011). Dr Schroepfer is the recipient of prestigious awards and recognitions including the German Design Award, World Architecture Festival Award, A’ Design Platinum Award, Singapore Design Gold Award, International Union of Architects Award and Asia Education Leadership Award.
Timothy Beatley is the Teresa Heinz Professor of Sustainable Communities, in the Department of Urban and Environmental Planning, School of Architecture at the University of Virginia, where he has taught for the last twenty-five years. Much of Beatley’s work focuses on the subject of sustainable communities, and creative strategies by which cities and towns can fundamentally reduce their ecological footprints, while at the same time becoming more livable and equitable places. Beatley believes that sustainable and resilient cities represent our best hope for addressing today’s environmental challenges. Beatley is the author or co-author of more than fifteen books on these subjects, including Green Urbanism: Learning from European Cities (recently translated into Chinese), Habitat Conservation Planning, Native to Nowhere: Sustaining Home and Community in a Global Age, and Planning for Coastal Resilience.
WANG Xiang-rong, who was born in 1963, is a professor and the Dean of the School of Landscape Architecture, Beijing Forestry University. He is the Chief Editor of Landscape Architecture Journal (China), Vice Chief Editor of Chinese Landscape Magazine and is also the Vice President of Chinese Society of Landscape Architecture (CHSLA). He is also a visiting professor of Beijing University of Technology and Beijing University of Civil Engineering and Architecture, an honorary professor of Southwest University, Chongqing and the University of Hong Kong.