Speakers - INTI - International New Town Institute

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Ivan Nio, senior researcher, The Netherlands
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, Moderniteit en suburbaniteit in de nieuwe stad: Almere, Cergy-Pontoise, 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, TDC Managing Director, Ghana
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, KTH School of Architecture, Sweden
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).

Katy Bennett, Associate Professor in Human Geography, University of Leicester, UK
Dr. Katy Bennett is Associate Professor in Human Geography at the University of Leicester and her research interests concern geographies of multiculture, community, identity, home and emotion. She has been Principle and Co-Investigator of multiple RCUK funded research projects including Living Multiculture: the new geographies of ethnicity and the changing formations of multiculture in England. Her publications include the forthcoming Routledge book Lived Experiences of Multiculture: The New Social and Spatial Relations of Diversity (with Sarah Neal, Allan Cochrane and Giles Mohan). Katy is a member of an international scientific research network exploring ’Solidarity in diversity: community, place making and citizenship’ and is the current editor of Cultural Geography on Geography Compass and on the Editorial Board for Emotion, Space and Society.

Tat Lam CEO at Shanzhai CIty, China
Dr. Ta Lam is CEO of SZC Holdings Limited, a social development incubator, co-creating and implementing impact strategies with international organizations and enterprises for long term value generation programs. Before that, Tat dedicated to serve communities in urban and rural development projects, and identified urgency of having a social development agency, particularly in the rapid development context of China. As an urban and developmental expert, Tat directed urban think tanks to consult public and private organizations, including governments, development enterprises and rural communities. Dr. Tat Lam started China Lab with his colleagues in 2007 and currently appointed as Columbia University GSAPP Studio X Beijing director. He is also a professor of urban innovations at CUHK in Hong Kong.

Kieran Long, ArkDes Director, Sweden (Moderator)
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, urban journalist, United Kingdom (Moderator)
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, Director of COMPAS, United Kingdom
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, TCPA, UK
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.

Rebecca Kearney, Arcadis Associate Technical Director – Development Planning, UK
Rebecca is leading the development of the Otterpool Park Garden Town masterplan and planning application on behalf of public and private sector landowners. A member of Arcadis’ UK Housing Board, Rebecca is passionate about improving quality of life through delivery of high quality homes in places where people are proud to live. Rebecca is a Chartered Planning and Development Surveyor (MRICS) with a Masters in Real Estate Development from the University of Westminster. She joined Arcadis in 2014 from the City of London Corporation where she set up and managed the Corporate Programme Management Office, responsible for overseeing the organisation’s capital projects. Rebecca’s first degree was in modern languages – French and Spanish at the University of Leeds.

Kevin McGeough, Head of Place-Making, Ebbsfleet Garden City
Project Director, Ebbsfleet Garden City, Healthy New Town Programme

Kevin is Head of Place-making at Ebbsfleet Development Corporation where he has the overall responsibility for developing and delivering the Vision for Ebbsfleet as a 21st Century Garden City including the delivery of 15,000 new homes and up to 30,000 new jobs ‘where London meets the Garden of England’.Kevin is also the Project Director for the pilot ‘Healthy New Town Programme’ at Ebbsfleet Garden City, an innovative initiative led by NHS to explore how the design of new places and new services can work together to improve long-term health outcomes. Kevin is an Architect and urban designer and in previous roles with the Homes and Communities Agency and English Partnerships has led the production of a number of national best practice initiatives and publications including: HAPPI; housing our ageing population: panel for innovation; Urban Design Compendium 2; delivering quality places; Car Parking; what works where; and the £60k house competition.

Lee Shostak, OBE, Director, Sapiency, United Kingdom
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.

Neil Sainsbury, Head of Urban Design at MK Council, UK
Neil Sainsbury is Head of Urban Design and Landscape Architecture at Milton Keynes Council. With the extensive growth and regeneration planned for Milton Keynes, Neil has a key role in ensuring high quality placemaking occurs that involves balancing retaining those aspects of the city that provide the unique identity to Milton Keynes while also dealing with some of current challenges that its urban form and design presents. Neil and his team have prepared a variety of urban design guidance documents to assist in this regard.
Neil is a qualified town planner and urban designer.

Mark Clapson, University of Westminster, United Kingdom
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, Alderman of Spatial Planning Prato, Italy
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.

Davind Rudlin, Director of URBED and Chair of the AoU, UK
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 Faruqi, CallisonRTKL planning and urban design Director, United Kingdom
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, Director of Growth, Economy and Culture of Milton Keynes & President of the Planning Officers Society, United Kingdom
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 Lewis, Executive Director at Peabody housing association London, United Kingdom
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 Frølund, program manager at the Municipality of Aarhus, Denmark
Per Frølund’s workfield is the development of Gellerup, one of the most deprived areas in Aarhus, the second city of Denmark. He has been working with developing and implementing a Masterplan for the area since 2008. The plan combines ambitious social efforts with physical transformations with the aim of creating a socially strong and exciting area closely linked to the rest of Aarhus. Before Mr. Frølund 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 Laine, director of city planning, Vantaa, Finland
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 Hopkins, Councillor and Mayor of Milton Keynes for 2017-18
David Hopkins was elected to Milton Keynes Borough Council in 1991 when Milton Keynes was still a second tier, District Council in Buckinghamshire. He has been a councillor ever since representing the Danesborough ward in its various guises, now being one of three members of the Danesborough & Walton ward.
Over that time he has served as Deputy Leader of the Council, a multi portfolio holder on the Council’s Cabinet committee and the chair of various committees including the council’s Environment Committee and Overview and Scrutiny Management Committee. He was elected Deputy Mayor for the 2016/17 Council Year.

Bart van den Bergh, Project coordinator at Startblock Riekerhaven, The Netherlands
Bart worked as an actor and performer for the last seven years. As he started to gain more knowledge about the world we are living in, he realized that the medium of theatre was not enough. Most of the time the audience consists of colleagues and highly educated people while the segment of society which Bart cares about doesn’t visit the theatre. That made him realize that he wanted to play an active role and contribute in a positive way to our society. Than the Startblok job came in and Bart was appointed Project Coordinator. Now he is doing what he wants: building a community with people from really different cultures. The question is how to live together, inspire each other, learn from each other and being proud of your own culture. This is a great way to play a part.

Rienk Postuma, Project Manager Woonstichting de Key, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
The housing association De Key owns 33.000 apartments rented out in Amsterdam. Since 2016, De Key (founded in 1868) focuses its efforts on the accommodation of youngsters. In his work as project manager at De Key, Rienk Postuma contributes to this new mission through the development of a number of special projects. One of them is Startblok Riekerhaven, where young refugees and young Dutch people live together. Rienk is educated as urban planner. He worked as researcher at the University of Amsterdam, as consultant and developer.

David Janner-Klausner, The Bike Project Founding Chair, London, UK
David is a career urbanist. In a voluntary capacity, he is the Founding Chair of The Bike Project, which is based in London. In his day job David is also Co-founder and Business Development Director of Commonplace Digital Ltd., a digital start-up 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).

Nick Woodford, Investigator at Peckham Coal Line Project, London, UK
Nick Woodford is a spatial practitioner who uses architecture as a tool to facilitate, enable and empower others. He see’s design as a part of a wider on-going and holistic process where the engagement of all those potentially connected to a space is celebrated through early inclusion. Here the emphasis is on helping to develop existing programmes rather than simply seeing engagement as a formality, as it is often treated in the traditional top-down pre-determined planning process. In a world of emerging economies, urbanisation, dwindling resources and a growing sharing culture, online platforms are evolving the role of architects in an exciting direction, moving beyond form into spatial entrepreneurs who capitalise on the social and physical fabric that already exists, enabling hidden value to surface.
After launching the Peckham Coal Line in 2015 Nick Woodford co-founded award winning practice ‘Mesh’ with Louise Armstrong. Today they are part of Mayor of London’s Special Assistance Team engaging in a wide range of small and medium scale transformation projects around the capital.

Michelle Provoost, INTI Director, The Netherlands
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.

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