Dr. Ivan Nio is a senior researcher at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences as well as an independent researcher and consultant. His particular interest lies in the tension and mutual interaction between the planned city and the lived city. In 2016 he obtained his PhD in social sciences from the University of Amsterdam with a thesis on modernity and sub urbanity in Almere, Cergy-Pontoise and Milton Keynes. In his research and publications he has explored diverse themes on the interface of planning/urban design and urban sociology. He is (co-)author of several books on the everyday life in Dutch suburbs and post-war neighbourhoods.
Joseph A. Abbey, Managing Director of Tema Development Corporation (TDC), has over 27 years experience in the real estate industry. He previously served as Operations Manager of Kmark Corporation, Illinois, USA, having served as a Research Analyst with Wheeler Realtors Incorporated, Wisconsin, USA. He holds a Masters Degree in Project Management from Keller Graduate School of Management, Chicago, USA, a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin, USA, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Land Economy from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi. He also took a Comonwealth Executive Programme in Public Management at the Schulich School of Business, York University, Canada. He is an Associate Member of the Ghana Institute of Surveyors and a Member of the Chartered Management Institute, UK.
Helena Mattsson is an architect, researcher and Associate Professor in History and Theory of Architecture at KTH School of Architecture.
She has extensively written on architecture, art and culture, and is editor for the culture periodical SITE and the editor for Swedish Modernism – Architecture, Consumption and the Welfare State (2010) and 1%(2006). She is a prolific writer and she conducted numerous research projects among which Architecture and consumption in Sweden 1930 – 1970, The Architecture of Deregulations: Postmodernism and politics in Swedish architecture and the current research project Architecture, Space, and Ideology (Södertörn University College). She is a member of the Steering Committee for the Strong Research Environment (FORMAS) Architecture in Effect (KTH).
Dr. Tat Lam has been working in urban, informal, and village developments throughout China for more than a decade and is the founder of Shanzhai City, a social enterprise developing data literacy to empower grassroots community. As an insightful expert in China’s developmental issues, Tat directed an urban development think tank in China (URB), consulting private and government entities on large-scale developmental projects, with clients such as China government entities, urban planning commission in many cities. He received his PhD from the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL and is a lead research scholar and founder at China Megacities Lab at Columbia University since 2007 and faculty member of the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Kieran Long is director of ArkDes, the Swedish national museum of architecture and design in Stockholm. From 2013 until 2017, Kieran Long was the head of design, architecture and digital at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum. His journalism roles include deputy editor of Icon magazine and editor in chief of the Architects’ Journal and the Architectural Review. Furthermore Kieran Long is a Dezeen columnist; he has presented television programmes including ’The House That £100k Built’ and ’Restoration Home’ for the BBC and was the assistant director to David Chipperfield at the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale.
Oliver Wainwright is the architecture and design critic of the Guardian. Trained as an architect at the University of Cambridge and the Royal College of Art, he worked for the Architecture and Urbanism Unit of the Greater London Authority and a number of practices including OMA in Rotterdam, muf in London. He has written extensively on architecture and urbanism for a wide range of international publications, from Building Design and the Architects’ Journal, to Icon, Domus and Frieze. He has served as curatorial advisor to the Architecture Foundation and is a regular visiting critic and lecturer at a number of architecture schools, including Harvard, Yale and the Architectural Association.
Michael Keith is the Director of the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society of the University of Oxford, the Coordinator of Urban Transformations & Co-Director of the University of Oxford Future of Cities programme as well as a professor at the department of Anthropology at the University of Oxford.
His research focuses on migration related processes of urban change and the interface between culture, urbanism and migration. He has experience outside the academy as a politician for twenty years in the east end of London, serving in the 1990s and early 2000s for five years as leader of a London local authority, Chair of the Thames Gateway London Partnership and a commissioner on the Blair government’s response to the 2005 London bombings, the Commission on Integration and Cohesion.
Katy Lock is a Chartered Town Planner (MRTPI) with a background in planning, urban design and sustainability. She works for the Town and Country Planning Associations (TCPA) on campaigns and promotion of garden city principles in policy, education and the arts. In this context Katy Lock manages the organisation’s policy strand, Creating garden cities and suburbs today, including facilitating and reporting on cross-sector workshops and seminars, project managing and creating guidance and campaign documents, and promoting the garden city model through seminars, events and lectures and in the media. Currently, she is working on a practical guide to meeting the high standards of garden cities, and a research project looking at transferable lessons from the New Towns.
Lee Shostak is an economic development planner who specializes in garden cities and major regeneration projects. As former Chair of the Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA) and now Treasurer, Lee has led efforts to promote the application of garden city principles across the UK. He specializes in vision building, scenario development, and leading teams preparing master plans, regeneration strategies, and delivery programmes. Lee was member of the Milton Keynes Futures 2050 Commission. The Commission recently published “Making a Great City Greater” and this was unanimously approved by Milton Keynes Council. He is a Director of Garden City Developments, a community interest company working with local authorities in Essex. He jointly authored one of the shortlisted entries for the Wolfson Prize on how to deliver a new garden city with private finance. Lee established Shared Intelligence in 2001 and was a founder Director of Conran Roche and then EDAW in the UK (now AECOM). He was the Director of Planning at Milton Keynes Development Corporation.
Mark Clapson is Professor of Social and Urban History at the University of Westminster. His research interests include the social experience of urban development, conflict, decentralisation and reconstruction, and the history of garden cities and new towns. He written a number of books including A Social History of Milton Keynes: Middle England/Edge City (2004) and he co-edited The Best Laid Plans: Milton Keynes since 1967 (1998) which brought together some of the original planners of the new city with academics and members of Milton Keynes Council, He lives in MK.
Valerio Barberis is the current alderman of Spatial Planning of the municipality of Prato. He graduated from the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Florence in 1995 and holds a PhD degree in Architectural and Urban Design from the same faculty. During his professional activity Valerio Barbersi has always addressed the issues of architectural design in an experimental key, combining and supplementing the research at the Faculty of Architecture, with the profession activity carried out at the MDU architects studio, taking part in several architecture competitions, public and private assignments and independent research projects. Since 2003 he is member of the editorial board of the magazine of the Department of Architecture of the University of Florence called “Firenze Progetti”, and in 2005 he became Adjunct Professor in Architecture Design at the same Department.
David Rudlin is a director of URBED, Honorary Professor at Manchester University and Chair of the Academy of Urbanism. In 2014 he was also the winner of the Wolfson Economics Prize. He spent his early career with Manchester City Council and was a founder member of the Homes for Change Housing Cooperative, responsible for one of the flagship schemes in the area. He leads URBED masterplanning work and has been responsible for a series of high profile masterplans across the UK. He has written a number of books including ’Sustainable Urban Neighbourhood’ Architectural Press 1999 and Routledge 2009, ’Urbanism’ Routledge 2015 and a forthcoming book ’Climax City’ written with Shruti Hemani to be published in 2018 by RIBA Publishing.
Mahmood leads the planning and urban design studio in CRTKL’s London office and is known for his ability to bridge the gap between buildings and the urban realm to create holistic environments. He has over 20 years of experience working on a variety of project types in the UK, Europe, Asia, and the United States. Mahmood is a recognized industry expert and is often called upon for his deep knowledge of placemaking, regeneration and urban planning and growth. A LEED Accredited Professional, Mahmood is also a committed member of the CallisonRTKL Sustainability Leadership Council, working to integrate environmentally friendly principles into the core of CRTKL’s design process.
Anna Rose is the Director of Growth, Economy and Culture in Milton Keynes. Alongside an ambitious programme of service improvement, she is currently leading the authority in producing the next 50 year spatial vision for the area. Anna holds a first degree and masters in Town and Country Planning and has been an RTPI member since 2003. Furthermore, is she involved as the President of the Planning Officers Society; an active peer reviewer for PAS and a regular speaker on strategic planning issues, growth focused planning and improving performance.
John is an Executive Director at Peabody leading one of London’s largest regeneration programmes which will position Thamesmead as London’s New Town creating 20,000 new homes of all tenure types to help meet the Capital’s housing needs. Previously he spent 6 years as CEO of Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation, a self-funded charitable organisation providing support services to maintain and enhance the world’s first garden city. John joined the Heritage Foundation from Milton Keynes Partnership, a subsidiary of the Homes and Communities Agency, where he was CEO responsible for the economic and housing growth of the new city.
John is a professional member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and has a Master of Arts in Urban Regeneration.
Per Frolund is program manager, at the Mayors Department in the Municipality of Aarhus in Denmark. His workfield is the development of one of the most deprived areas in Denmark, Gellerup. He has been working with developing and implementing a Masterplan for the area since 2008. The plan combines ambitious social efforts with radical physical changes with the aim of creating a socially strong and exciting area closely linked to the rest of Aarhus. Before Mr. Frolund came to Aarhus he was head of development in the Municipality of Hørsholm outside Copenhagen working with project management, communication and development strategies. He has master degrees in both public administration and international politics.
Tarja received her degree in architecture in 1977, at the Helsinki University of Technology, Finland. Since then she has worked in the field of the architectural design, landscape design, conservation, town planning and city administration. Her professional experience also includes seven years in Ethiopia, Egypt and Tunisia where she was involved in projects dealing with town planning, environment, cultural heritage and conservation. She is currently the Head of the City Planning in Vantaa. 4th biggest city and fastest growing city in Finland, most of the growth of Vantaa is related to immigration. In her daily work, there is a strong emphasis on sustainable development, collective transport and people’s participation. Vantaa is famous for its airport (Helsinki Airport) and the airport city called Aviapolis.
David is a career urbanist. In a voluntary capacity, he is the Founding Chair of The Bike Project, which is based in London. Started in 2012, The Bike Project collects unwanted bicycles, refurbishes them and gives them to refugees and asylum-seekers. The project welcomes refugees and asylum seekers as volunteers and runs specific cycle training for women refugees. In his day job David is also Co-founder and Business Development Director of Commonplace Digital Ltd. Commonplace is a digital startup committed to widening participation in local planning and policy decision-making. Providing easy-to-access web-based platforms, it encourages engagement and makes it easier to reach wide and diverse populations. Commonplace’s work includes new urban developments such as the proposed Garden Town in Didcot.
David has worked on local strategies, local leadership development and sustainability in the UK and in Israel. He holds degrees in Urban Studies, Geography/Economics and in Sustainable Architecture (BA).
Dr. Michelle Provoost is an architectural historian specialised in urban planning history, postwar architecture and contemporary urban development.
She co-founded the office of Crimson Architectural Historians in 1994, and has been the Director of the International New Town Institute (INTI) in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, since 2008. Under her direction, INTI has grown into an internationally known center for education and research relating to New Towns.
Dr. Provoost is the head editor of the INTI publications. She teaches at various universities in the Netherlands and abroad and continues to be in great demand as a public speaker. She lectures regularly throughout Europe, Asia, Africa and the United States, and has been involved in many municipal, national and private committees and juries.