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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.