Landscape Architecture serves to go beyond its discipline as it explores, research and engages in new approaches to issues such as climate change, integration of green and grey, the up rise of technology advances, and many others, in the world. The Scientific Review Committee comprises of a team of experts from various backgrounds, including government bodies, established universities, professional institutes and practices, thus ensuring well balance views and feedbacks for all submitted papers.
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.
For four decades, Dr Russell Arthur Smith has been at the forefront of landscape and urban planning. As Principal Landscape Planner at STX, his work focuses on areas encompassing strategic and physical planning, policy development, project design and evaluation, with specific focus on sustainable development and management.
Drawing from this diversity in experience has allowed Dr Smith to see projects in a unique and realistic way. In a career that spans the Pacific, Europe and the USA, Dr Smith has worked as consultant to a range of clients both in public and private sectors, and headed large multi-disciplinary teams, working to produce high-quality, sustainable and maintainable areas which are responsive to users and communities.
Dr Smith’s professional acumen, is complemented by a body of writing on landscape architectural design and urbanism. He is also author of Achieving Successful Development Planning, which focuses on addressing strategic leadership challenges in Asian tourism sector.
Dr Smith has lectured and exhibited work internationally, and serves as visiting critic and board member at design institutions and universities. His astute knowledge, both academically and professionally, has made him a celebrated speaker and moderator at many local and international conferences. Dr Smith received his B.Arch and M.Arch from the University of Queensland, and his DDes in Landscape Planning from Harvard University, Cambridge, USA. He is an Accredited Landscape Architect, a Member of the Singapore Institute of Landscape Architects, a Certified Practising Planner of the Planning Institute of Australia and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects.
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.
Hassan Ibrahim is a Deputy Director in the International Biodiversity Conservation Division of the National Parks Board (NParks). This Division oversees the analysis and administration of regional and international environmental agreements pertaining to biodiversity conservation, as well as non-biodiversity related agreements with biodiversity implications.
Hassan has been with NParks for almost 15 years and served in a number of its Divisions. Among others, his current international work focuses on forest-related issues discussed within ASEAN and under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). One of the specific activities he manages is the carbon accounting for the land-use and vegetation sector of Singapore for reporting to the UNFCCC.
Aside from international work, Hassan assists with the promotion and conservation of native plant species nationally. As a horticultural trainer and gardening enthusiast, he has given numerous guided tours, informal workshops, talks and demonstrations on gardening programmes to schools, public institutions and private organizations as part of educational outreach programmes of the Singapore Botanic Gardens and the Singapore Garden Festival.
Henry Steed is a Chartered Landscape Architect (UK) with 45 years of experience, 38 in the Asian tropics. He is Design Director of ICN Design International, an award winning firm of Landscape Architects based in Singapore.
Henry’s years of working in Asia and the Middle East has gained him a reputation as a leading landscape designer. His experience extends through tropical, arid and temperate zones, in urban, rural and natural environments.
The making of fine landscapes, to Henry, involves sensitive artistry and hard-nosed technical knowledge of construction and horticulture. These skills are used to transform urban hardness into attractive landscapes for people to enjoy, and to stay in touch with nature.
Henry has created every kind of landscape, from nature conservation and nature trails, to gardens for hotels and housing, parks, campuses, zoos, streetscape, airports, hospitals and civic design for high rise city-centres. Passing on his experience, he teaches NUS students and his staff, encouraging them to develop expertise and create their own visions 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 city. (Publisher URA and NParks).
Mohammad Motallebi is an Iranian environmental and landscape designer with 12 years of experience. He earned his Bachelor of Landscape Engineering from University of Tabriz and Master of Environmental Design from University of Tehran. While obtaining his bachelor’s degree, he started his work with some design companies. Simultaneously, he also worked with a monthly Landscape Journal in IRAN.
Environmentally-responsible design has been Mohammad’s core focus throughout his career. He has worked in different landscape projects around Iran.
In 2005, he elected as Board Member of Iranian Society of Landscape Professionals (ISLAP). In 2012, after 7 years, he elected as ISLAP’s President and ISLAP’s official delegate in IFLA. He is head of “Middle East and Membership Task Force” of IFLA-APR and one of Juries of IFLA Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe Award.
Ronnie Tan is President of Singapore Institute of Landscape Architects (SILA) and national delegate to the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA). He leads SILA’s Education and Research Strategic Thrust and the Landscape Architects Accreditation Advisory Committee. He is also member of the government’s Future Economy Council (FEC) Built Environment (BE) Cluster Sub-committee.
Currently teaching Environment Design at the School of Design, Temasek Polytechnic in Singapore, he focuses on landscape architecture, sustainable design and the applied confluence of landscape and the built environment in the programme.
Prior to joining academia, he was practising in Stephen Caffyn Landscape Design (SCLD), an award-winning landscape architectural consultancy specializing in landscape architecture, environmental planning and urban Design.
Ryan Shubin is an Associate and Senior Landscape Architect at Ramboll Studio Dreiseitl. At RSD he has led a range of projects from waterfront parks to public show gardens to large scale hydrologic landscape master plans. Ryan has over 12 years of experience in the field of Landscape Architecture. His recent work includes leading the design of Jurong Lake Garden West, including the construction of this 62-hectare Singapore National Garden located along Jurong Lake; The Friendship Park proposal for the Tianjin Eco-City Riverfront Park Competition; and the ABC Water Projects at Kallang & Bukit Batok, two water sensitive urban landscape designs along the Kallang River and the Bukit Batok canal for Singapore’s Public Utility Board. Additional RSD projects include two works at the Singapore Botanic Gardens: the Gallop Arboretum and the National Orchid Garden. Ryan’s focus lies in the human experience of public urban landscapes designed in relation to greater ecological and hydrological systems. His approach focuses on site materiality, native vegetation, and environmental design strategies. Over the course of his career he has been involved in a variety of projects throughout North America, along with various other countries such as the UAE, Chile, China, India, Malaysia and Singapore.
Helen Smith-Yeo founded STX as Sitetectonix in 1995 and has been practising landscape architecture for over 30 years. In that time she has achieved to her credit numerous prestigious and award-winning landscapes, on small to large canvasses, within Singapore and spanning Asia.
In her role as Principal at STX, Helen provides direction in design, management and planning to both public and private sector clients. She takes a hands-on approach and is involved in diverse developments and landscapes in sectors including educational, institutional, hospitality, urban design, commercial, residential, mixed-use and recreational. Helen earned her MLA with Distinction from Harvard University, Cambridge, USA, following her Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture Studies at the National University of Singapore. She is an Accredited Landscape Architect and also a Corporate Member of the Singapore Institute of Landscape Architects (SILA).
Helen’s designs, often cited in architectural design books and magazines, are recognized for being immaculate, elegant and bold. Throughout her career, Helen’s passion and artistry in landscape design have been widely acclaimed, through an array of national and international awards, as being architecturally distinct, ecologically mindful, and aesthetically expressive. These accolades have been conferred by peers and professional bodies, as a testament to Helen’s design skills and professionalism.
Helen’s love for history, culture and art led her to expand her horizons and pursue studies in the French language, in which she has achieved a DELF B2-level International Diploma, awarded by the French Ministry of Education. The fusion of European and American perspectives with her own Asian origins has fuelled her inspiration for timeless designs that reflects her love for creative endeavours of all types. In her spare time, Helen enjoys painting landscapes in watercolours and playing with her Maine Coon cats.
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.
Degree in Architecture from ETSAB (UPC) in 2003. Higher Degree as Masters in Landscape Architecture from the same university. Marina Cervera has been awarded with several scholarships such us Mies van der Rohe Foundation (2001), Caja de Arquitectos Foundation (2002), the CRPP (Centre de Recerca de Projectes de Paisatge, UPC) and Lenôtre (Landscape Education: New Opportunities for Teaching and Research in Europe). In 2014 she got her Master in Urban Planning (UPC) and since then she pursued her doctoral thesis.
Her professional practice has been developed through Ateliers Jean Nouvel (Paris), the Centre for Research and Pro¬jectes Landscape (CRPP, UPC) and since 2003 through her own Barcelona-based professional practice involving planning, landscape architecture and architecture. She combines her studio work her tasks as Executive Director of the Landscape Architecture Office at the Architects’ Association of Catalonia (COAC) and as a Member of the Executive Committee of the International Biennial of Landscape Barcelona.
She is an adjunct professor for Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. BarcelonaTech. ETSAB, DUOT, teaching at MBLandArch. She also teaches urban design and landscape architecture in the Public Space workshop of the Master’s Program in Landscape Architecture (Fundació Politècnica de Catalunya) and has lectured around the world in conferences, seminars and International workshops.
In the field of professional activism, she is Chair of Professional Practice and Policies of the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) , has been a local contributor to European institutions -and local institutions and is a member of several editorial boards of publications related to landscape architecture, projects and professional practice strategy.
With a background in both architecture and landscape architecture, Melissa has over 13 years in engaging communities and integrating urban hydrology, sustainability and landscape architecture in urban spaces. Her project experience ranges from public realm urban-renewal projects to urban commercial and residential landscape design, many which have received public acclaim internationally.
Melissa offers broad-based critical analytic thinking in landscape design and site planning to develop successful integrated design solutions that meet the client’s aspiration and have positive impact for communities, the economy and the environment
Liao Kuei-Hsien, PhD. has been an Associate Professor at the Graduate Institute of Urban Planning, National Taipei University (NTPU) 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.
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.