Siënna Veelders

Siënna is a consultant and urban heritage professional at STIPO, focussing on creating awareness for the soul of the place in urban challenges. Due to a lack of the right tools, the Time Machine has been developed to retrieve the intrinsic values of an area together with local stakeholders. She shares STIPO’s knowledge through workshops, training courses and connects city makers to regional networks such as the City at Eye Level Asia network. 

Inge Goudsmit

Inge Goudsmit is Assistant Professor at the School of Architecture of the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). She is teaching and conducting research in architecture and urban design with a focus on urban politics. Inge is an architect and urban designer with 17 years of experience in practice. Before joining CUHK, she was an Associate at the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), where she designed and expedited prestigious urban projects across multiple scales in all development phases in Asia and Europe. Among them is the Taipei Performing Arts Centre, a project she worked on since 2009 in close collaboration with Rem Koolhaas and which is due for completion in 2021.

Inge’s research interests are situated at the boundary between Architecture and Social Sciences, and focus on the influence of transnational and local forces on the production and appropriation of architecture. She concentrates her research on cultural flagship developments and analyses their socio-spatial impact before, during and after the construction. At CUHK, Inge promotes to bridge the gap between academia and practice to create an interdisciplinary understanding of the power relations in contemporary architecture and urbanism.

Nuno Soares

Nuno Soares is an architect and urban planner based in Macau since 2003, spreading his practice through architectural design, teaching, and research. He is the coordinator of the Architecture Programmes at the University of Saint Joseph, in Macau, a frequent speaker, lecturer and juror internationally.

Nuno is a member of the Steering Committee of the Education Commission of the International Union of Architects (UIA) and the UNESCO-UIA Validation Council for Architectural Education, the Immediate Past Vice President of ARCASIA Zone C and currently the Coordinator of the Cities and Territories Working Group of the Congress of Portuguese Speaking Architects (CIALP). He’s a Director of the Architects Association of Macau (AAM) and a Member of the Council of Architecture, Engineering and Urbanism of Macau SAR (CAEU).

He founded and directs the Macau-based CURB – Center for Architecture and Urbanism, a non-profit that promotes research, education, production and dissemination of knowledge in architecture and urbanism, taking local issues to a global audience.

As principal of his own office URBAN PRACTICE, he develops projects ranging from the urban scale, to architecture and design, both in Macau and abroad. His work has been exhibited at the UABB Bi-city Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture (Shenzhen), Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism, and Venice Biennale of Architecture.

Francesco Rossini

Francesco Rossini is an architect and urban designer and since 2013 he is an Assistant Professor at the School of Architecture at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). Francesco graduated with honors from the faculty of Architecture of University of Napoli Federico II obtaining a master’s degree in architecture. In 2014, he completed (cum laude) his Ph.D. in Urbanism from Polytechnic University of Catalonia (Barcelona Tech UPC).

His work has given rise to a series of publications, journal articles, book chapters, conference presentations, installations, and international exhibitions including the Venice Architecture Biennale (2006), the Tianjin Design Week in China (2015, 2017, 2019), the Placemaking Week in Amsterdam (2017), the Singapore Urban design festival (2018), the World Urban Forum 9 in Kuala Lumpur (2019), and the Business of Design Week in Hong Kong (2018, 2019).

Before joining CUHK, Francesco Rossini has participated in different research and teaching programs collaborating with the University of Napoli Federico II, Politecnico di Milano, Barcelona Tech UPC, and Tongji University in Shanghai. In 2020 he was appointed as Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia University in the GSAPP’s Urban Planning program.

In addition to his research and teaching activities, over the last 20 years, he gained considerable professional experience working for numerous International practices in Italy, Spain, and China realizing projects related to architecture and urban design. Since 2017, he is an active member of the Placemaking Europe network and since 2019 he became regional leader in Hong Kong of the global platform PlacemakingX.

Doreen Liu

Doreen is a Chinese architect born in Guangzhou. She received her MArch from UC Berkeley in 1994 and Doctor of Design at Harvard Graduate School of Design in 2008.  In 2004, Doreen established her own design practice NODE in Nansha and Hong Kong, and relocated in Shenzhen since 2009. Her acclaimed built works include Liuxiandong Vanke Green Corridor North Plot A3 and B4 (2018), the Renovation of Dameisha Village, Yantian, Shenzhen (2017), Futian Wedding Hall, Shenzhen (2017), the Renovation of Shekou Dachan Flour Mill – UABB (2015), the Entrance Building & Warehouse of Shekou Fufa Glass Factory renovation (2013), Shenzhen; Guangzhou Times Museum (2010), Nansha Science Museum, & etc. Her design works have been awarded and published in many international & domestic professional magazines including Architectural Record, Domus, Volume, The Plan and Abitare, etc.; and exhibited in various architectural and art exhibitions internationally including Venice, Berlin, Rotterdam, Vienna & etc.

Since September 2008, Doreen has been teaching at School of Architecture, the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). In 2015-2016 academic year, Doreen was appointed as Guest Professor at D-ARCH, ETH. Now as Adjunct Associate Professor at CUHK, her research focuses on contemporary urbanism and architecture in the Pearl River Delta (Greater Bay Area) & China, and their specific impacts in the making of architecture today. With her design focuses on urban regeneration, infrastructure & public space, Doreen’s leading studio tries to re-investigate & re-examine the given conditions based on specific sites and issues; Through a series of critical & research based design exercises, the studio is to explore and ultimately to deliver different but better alternatives in architecture today.

Margaret Crawford

Margaret Crawford is Professor of Architecture and Chair of the Urban Design Program at UC Berkeley, teaching courses in history and theory of architecture, urbanism and urban history and studios focusing on small scale urbanity.

Her research focuses on the evolution, uses and meanings of urban space. Her book, Building the Workingman’s Paradise: The Design of American Company Towns, examines the rise and fall of professionally designed industrial environments. She edited The Car and the City and Everyday Urbanism, and has published numerous articles on shopping malls, public space, and other issues in the American built environment. Her recent work has investigated the rapid physical and social changes in China’s Pearl River Delta. Prior to coming to Berkeley, Crawford was Professor of Urban Design and Planning Theory at the Harvard GSD and, before that, Chair of the History, Theory and Humanities program at the Southern California Institute for Architecture. She has also taught at the University of Southern California, the University of California at San Diego, the University of California at Santa Barbara, and the University of Florence, Italy. She has received numerous awards including the Guggenheim Fellowship, 2 Fulbright Fellowships to Hong Kong and S.China,  Quadrant Fellowship, James Marsden Fitch Foundation grant, and Graham Foundation grants.

Alain Chiaradia

Alain is an Associate Professor at the University of Hong Kong, Faculty of Architecture, Department of Urban Planning and Design (DUPAD). He is the Programme Director of the Master of Urban Design. He is a Council Member of the Hong Kong Institute of Urban Design (HKIUD). Alain has taught design studio at the AA, MIT, Columbia GSAPP, and the Berlage Institute.

His research interests are in “how to measure urban design” i.e., spatial configurations of urban qualities. He is the lead author of the 3D spatial design network analysis software (3D sDNA) used by urban designer and researcher worldwide. sDNA provided more than 400 built environment variables for the biobankUK leading to award-winning health research.  sDNA is a 3D network science-based analytics software of urban morphology. 3D sDNA enables human centred volumetric urban design configuration analytics providing unique cognitive morphometrics to understand urban form impacts on communities economic, social, health, wellbeing and environmental performance.

He has directed large-scale spatial policy analysis, urban design policy formulation and evidence-based spatial and innovative urban design in major cities including London, Paris, Boston, Shanghai. He advises on urban design innovation leading international urban design practices and developers. 

Jia Ping-Lee

Jia-Ping is the founder of Tempatico, a place consultancy that develops strategy for urban and corporate places. She is also the Chairperson of Placemaking Malaysia (launched in 2021 under the auspices of Malaysian Institute of Planners), and is leading a team of placemakers to advocate and create better places to live, work and play. In 2020, she was elected to the board of Placemakingx, a global placemaking advocacy network based in New York. 

She is great at building partnerships and new businesses, facilitation and the creation of cultural and community programmes by joining dots within multiple networks and stakeholders. When she is not working, you can find her fighting for causes as Honorary Council Member of Badan Warisan Malaysia (Malaysian Heritage Trust) and as a member of the Rotary Club of Gombak.

Peter Ferretto

Peter W. Ferretto is an Associate Professor and Director of the Masters of Architecture Programme at the School of Architecture at CUHK. He was Associate Professor of Architecture at Seoul National University (2009-2014) and prior to that was a Unit Master at The Architectural Association in London (2007-2009).  He graduated from both Liverpool and Cambridge University, and since 1999 has practised as a registered architect (ARB).

His research focuses on understanding urban/rural territories through design prototypes.  His research subjects include Architectural Urban Typologies of Seoul, Residual Urban Spaces of Hong Kong, Everyday Urban Conditions, Contemporary Background City, Reactivating the Social Spaces of Chinese Ethnic Minority Villages and Prototype Solutions for a Self-build Timber House in Rural China.  Over the last decade, the research has given rise to a series of publications, journal articles, book chapters, conference presentations, symposia, installations and international exhibitions.

In tandem with his academic research, over the last 20 years, he gained considerable professional experience working for several International practices, including Herzog & de Meuron Architects (Basel) before establishing 2009 his own firm, PWFERRETTO (Seoul).  Praxis, being his vehicle to develop a systematic inquiry into architectural experimentation, through responding to current issues facing our built environment.

Jose Luis Vallejo

Jose Luis Vallejo and Belinda tato are founders and directors of the firm ecosistema urbano established in 2000 and currently with offices in Madrid, Boston and Miami. They have led workshops, lectured and taught at the most prestigious institutions worldwide. Since 2010 they have been faculty at Harvard University Graduate School of Design in Cambridge and Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation in New York.
Ecosistema Urbano is a team of architects, designers and professionals specialized in urban innovation projects, operating within the principles of design thinking at the intersection between different disciplines: architecture, landscape design, engineering, and sociology. Their approach can be defined as urban social design by which they understand the design of environments, spaces, dynamics and tools in order to improve the self-organization of citizens, social interaction within communities and their relationship with the environment. Ecosistema Urbano has used this philosophy to design and implement projects in urban contexts from three different continents.