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Assoc. Prof. Dr Ipek Akpınar

Ipek Akpınar is associate professor at Istanbul Technical University, and conducting architectural and urban design studios, lecturing master and PhD courses on the relations of architecture with the urban, political and cultural context as well as social actors. Following her bachelor (1990) and Master of Science (1993) studies at Istanbul Technical University - Department of Architecture, she has received her doctoral degree from University of London, University College, Bartlett School of Graduate Studies (2003) with her thesis entitled “The Rebuilding of Istanbul after the Plan of Henri Prost: from secularization to Turkish Modernization”. Her collaborated international research project based on the personal archives of Henri Prost at Paris was exhibited and published (Akpinar, I.Y., The Making of a Modern Pay-ı Taht in Istanbul: Menderes’ executions after Prost’s Plan,” from The Imperial Capital to the Republican Modern City: Henri Prost’s Planning of Istanbul (1936-1951), C. Bilsel, P.Pinon (eds.), Istanbul: İstanbul Research Institute, 2010, pp.167-199). She is the author of Moonlight Monastery (2012) focusing on the identity and transformation of a former Greek island Cunda (Moshinisi) and the restoration of a Greek Monastery. Her research project on the transformation of a private house into museum within the context of the Bosphorus (2013) has been published as 10th Year of the Sabancı Museum. She is currently conducting a research on an Ottoman Levantine architect Alexandre Vallaury’s Bosphorus mansion. Dr. Akpınar is on the editorial board of The Journal of Architecture (Taylor Francis / Routledge) and a member on the advisory board of The UCL Urban Laboratory (2005).


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Prof. Dr. Tevfik Balcioglu

Prof. Dr. Tevfik Balcioglu is Vice Rector and Professor of Design at Yasar University, Izmir. Studied at Middle East Technical University, attended the Royal College of Art, taught at Goldsmiths’ College and Kent Institute of Art & Design, UK, (1992-2002). He is the founder of the ‘Design History Society, Turkey’ (4T) and the first, (founding) Dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts & Design at Izmir University of Economics (2004-2011). He has organised international conferences and edited several books, including The Role of Product Design in Post-Industrial Society, and a special issue of Design Journal entitled: A Glance at Design Discourse in Turkey.

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Prof. Dr. Anne Beim

Prof. Dr. Anne Beim is an architect MAA located in Copenhagen, Denmark. She received her M.Arch. in 1990 and holds a Ph.D. in Architecture gained in 2000 from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts School of Architecture. Part of her PhD studies has been conducted under Professor Marco Frascari and Professor David Leatherbarrow as a visiting scholar at PennDesign, University of Pennsylvania.

Since 2004 she has been in charge of forming the research center CINARK - Centre for Industrialized Architecture, which serves as a bridge between the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts School of Architecture, the construction industry and the architectural profession. In 2008 she was appointed professor of Architectural Technology at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts School of Architecture in Copenhagen. From the fall of 2014 she is the initiator and co-chair of the Graduate Program; Settlement, Ecology and Tectonics.

She is a former Chair of the Architecture Committee of the Danish Arts Foundation from 2008 - 2010 and since 2013 the Chair of the Admission Board of the Architects Association in Denmark.

Her research is particularly focusing on how architectural ideas translate into the world of constructions defined by building culture and tectonics – the latter considered as an essential part of the architectural creation and in regard of its ecological dimension. The challenges provided by the pragmatism of the construction industry in which material properties and textural qualities, construction principles and detailing are important design parameters of the architect have her special attention. She has managed and conducted several research projects and published numerous books and scientific articles within this field.

Among others she has authored/co-authored the books: Towards an Ecology of Tectonics: The Need for Rethinking Construction in Architecture (2014), Building the Future: Visions in Industrialised Housing 1970 - 2001 (2012), Three Ways of Assembling a House (2009), Tectonic Visions in Architecture (2004), and Ecology and Architectural Quality (2002).



Prof. Mark Burry

Prof. Mark Burry is Professor of Innovation (Spatial Information Architecture) and Director of Spatial Information Architecture Laboratory (SIAL) at RMIT University. The laboratory focuses on collocated design research and undergraduate and postgraduate teaching with associated advanced computer applications and the rapid prototyping of ideas. SIAL has a design-practice emphasis and acts as a creative think-tank accessible to both local and international practices.Mark is also Founding Director of RMIT’s Design Research Institute which brings together researchers from a range of design disciplines and harnesses their collective expertise to address major social and environmental dilemmas. He is Executive Architect and Researcher to the Temple Sagrada Familia in Barcelona and was awarded the title Il.lustrisim Senyor by the Reial Acadèmia Catalana de Belles Arts de Sant Jordi in recognition of his contribution. Mark holds various senior positions at academic institutions in Australia, New Zealand and Europe, including Velux Visiting Professor at CITA, Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen, Denmark, is a member of the Advisory Board of Gehry Technologies in Los Angeles and was a member of the Australian Research Council College of Experts 2003 – 2007. In 2006 Mark was awarded the Australian Research Council’s most prestigious funding award, a ‘Federation Fellowship’ for five years.

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Prof. Emeritus Dr. Derek J. Clements-Croome

Derek J. Clements-Croome is Professor Emeritus in architectural engineering at Reading University. He is a BEE member for the Design Council CABE. He is a Fellow of BRE. He is a Commissioner on Air Quality for Hammersmith and Fulham Borough Council.

He was founder of the Government sponsored MSc Intelligent Buildings Course at the University of Reading and has carried out many research projects in this field funded by Government. He works closely with industry and has developed the SuBET master planning tool with Dr Husam Al-Waer at Dundee University and Hilson Moran based on an EPSRC research award. He is experienced in sustainable healthy buildings research and education nationally and internationally and has sat on UK research panels for EPSRC and ESRC. His current research funded by EPSRC and industry is on Environmental Sensory Design.

He chairs the CIBSE Intelligent Buildings Group and also sits on the CIBSE Schools and Natural Ventilation Groups. He was Vice- President of CIBSE 2007—2009 and also holds bronze and silver medal awards . He is Co-ordinator for CIB W098 Commission on Intelligent and Responsive Buildings.

He is Editor for the Intelligent Buildings International Journal published by Taylor and Francis. He has written many papers and written and edited several books including Creating the Productive Workplace 2nd edition 2006 (3rd Edition in 2016) and Intelligent Buildings 2004 (also in Chinese), which had a second edition published in 2013 ( ICE Publishing) with a Foreword by Vice Minister B.Qiu. In addition he edited An Introduction to Intelligent Buildings which was published in 2013 by Taylor and Francis

He serves on the BCO Committees for Research, Environmental and Sustainability and Technical Affairs besides having been on the Board for 6 years. He has been awarded in 2015 a BCO grant to work with Arup on the implications of wearable technology on office working. He is a member of the UK Green Building Council and was a member of the Health and Well-Being team for the World Green Building Council team, which launched a report on health, well-being and productivity in 2014. He is at present a member of the Housing Quality project team for UKGBC.

He was a team member for the BCO Future for Offices project which was led by Volterra and issued at the BCO Conference in Geneva in May 2011: he wrote with Arup Putting People First Briefing Paper for BCO 2015. Currently working with Arup on Wearables Technology Review and the impact on Office Design for BCO.

His international work is mainly in China where he has worked in cooperation with the Ministry of Construction in Beijing as a Commissioner and has also been an adviser on intelligent buildings for two years (2005—06) sitting on the Strategy Review Board on Science and Technology for the Government in Taiwan, PRC ; Finland at Aalto University with Professor X. Lu; Debrecen University with Professor Kalmar ; Chongqing with Professor Li Baizhan and Xian Universities. . In June 2013 he presented the Dreosti Memorial Lecture in four cities in South Africa and then in several cities in China 2015.

In 2014 he wrote an EU Report for an EU project led by Debrecen University about Health Well-Being and Energy Saving.

He was awarded a DSc Honoris Causa by the University of Debrecen in 2013. He has been a visiting professor at several universities and at present holds this position at Hong Kong Polytechnic University and London South Bank University.


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Prof. Dr. Murray Fraser

Murray Fraser is Professor of Architecture and Global Culture at the Bartlett School of Architecture at University College London in the UK, as well as the Vice-Dean of Research for the Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment. He has published extensively on design, architectural history & theory, urbanism, post-colonialism and cultural studies. His book on Architecture and the 'Special Relationship' (Routledge) won the RIBA President’s Award for Outstanding University-Located Research in 2008, and also the 2008 Bruno Zevi Prize from the International Committee of Architectural Critics. Edited books include Architecture and Globalisation in the Persian Gulf Region and Design Research in Architecture (both Ashgate, 2013).

Previously he co-created the online Archigram Archival Project, which was shortlisted for the 2010 RIBA President’s Research Awards, and for many years was Chair of the RIBA’s Research and Innovation Group. As a qualified architect, he jointly set up the Palestinian Regeneration Team (PART) to carry out projects in the West Bank and Gaza Strip; the project that PART acted as consultants for in Birzeit, near Ramallah, won a 2013 Aga Khan Award for Architecture. He is currently Editor-in-Chief of the ARENA Journal of Architectural Research (AJAR) and also General Editor of the new and totally revised 21st edition of Sir Banister Fletcher’s Global History of Architecture (Bloomsbury, forthcoming in 2017).

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Prof. Emeritus Dr. George Jeronimidis

Prof. Emeritus Dr. George Jeronimidis received his PhD in Physical Chemistry from the University of Rome in 1970 and was Director of the Center for Biomimetics in the School of Construction Management and Engineering. The Center has an international reputation in the field of biomimetics, having pioneered this discipline in the UK and abroad since the 90’s.His current research interests cover biomimetics, plant and animal biomechanics, smart materials and structures and mechanics of composites. Recent and current projects include: bio-inspired smart variable stiffness devices for vibration control (EPSRC ROPA and EPSRC Smart Materials and Structures Programme), development of smart textiles (MOD/DCTA), impact-resistant composites based on wood structure (DEFRA), variable stiffness composites (DEFRA), smart multifunctional skins based on insect cuticle (ONR/USA), BIONIS Network for Industrial Sustainability (EPSRC/STI), biomimetics of insect air-flow sensors for MEMS applications (EU Future and Emerging Technologies Programme/Life Perception Systems) and, very recently, a feasibility study with the European Space Agency on biomimetics and electro-active polymer gels.

Dr. Jeronimidis is an active member of the Smart Materials and Structures Committee of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IoM3).In 1986 he received the “Leslie Holliday Prize” of the Materials Science Committee of the Institute of Materials for his work in composites and in 1996 the “Donald Julius Groen Prize” of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. He has published extensively in these fields with articles in scientific journals, book and conference contributions, including Keynote lectures.For the past eight years the Center of Biomimetics has organized a successful one-day dissemination workshop on Biomimetics.For the past three years Professor Jeronimidis has been invited to give a lecture course on Biomimetics at the Architectural Association Graduate School in Emerging Technologies and Design and has contributed to the Architectural Design publication Emergence: Morphogenetic Design Strategies (AD Vol. 74(3), Michael Hensel, Achim Menges and Michael Weinstock Editors, 2004). He has recently been invited to join the Scientific Advisory Board of the Max Planck Institute for Colloid and Interface Research in Golm, Germany and the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Virtual and Physical Prototyping.


Prof. Dr. David Jolly Monge 

Prof. Dr. David Jolly Monge is an architect. He graduated at the Escuela de Arquitectura de la Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, Chile, where he is Director of the magister program and a tenured professor. He is a co-founder and builder of Ciudad Abierta de Amereida where he lives since 1978. David obtained his PhD at ETSAB - Universidad Politécnica de Cataluña. Research works in building techniques on flexible formworks with the architect Mark West, and on theory and projects done in relation to poetry and architecture through Travesias on the South American continent.

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Dr. Harold G. Nelson

Dr. Harold Nelson is a visiting scholar in the School of Computer Science at the University of Montana. He was the 2009-2010 Nierenberg Distinguished Professor of Design in the School of Design at Carnegie Mellon University. He is a Senior Lecturer in the Graduate School of Business and Public Policy at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. For over twelve years Dr. Nelson was the head of the Graduate Programs in Whole Systems Design (WSD) at Antioch University.

As a consultant, Dr. Nelson has worked with a variety of organizations, including: non-profits and corporations, state and federal agencies, international governments, and the United Nations, and continues to work as an educator, consultant, and researcher in the field of organizational systems design where he brings both design thinking and systems science to the study and design of organizations.

He is a past-president and a trustee of the International Society for Systems Science; a position previously held by such notables as Margaret Mead, C. West Churchman, Ilya Prigogine (Nobel Prize recipient), Sir Geoffrey Vickers, and Russell Ackoff. He is the co-founding Director and President of the Advanced Design Institute, a not-for-profit.

Dr. Nelson received his Ph.D., graduating with distinction, from the University of California at Berkeley. He also received his Master of Architecture degree from U.C. Berkeley, and a Bachelor of Architecture from Montana State University.  He is a licensed architect in the State of California. Dr. Nelson studied architecture at the Technical University in Helsinki, Finland where in addition he studied ceramic design at the Athenaeum Fine Arts Academy.

In 2004, “The Design Way: Intentional Change in an Unpredictable World”, a book co-authored with Dr. Erik Stolterman, received the Outstanding Book of the Year award from the Division of Instructional Development of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology.


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Dr. Julian Vincent

Dr. Julian Vincent is a biologist, primarily interested in insects, but otherwise a naturalist. Whilst reading for his first degree at Cambridge he chose courses which would support his aim of a career in ecology, but realized that an ecology PhD was likely to be failed if he got the same results two years running. Turning down an offer to work on the Mynah bird in the foothills of the Himalayas, he chose to go to Sheffield where he studied hormonal physiology of locusts. With his PhD he took up a lectureship in Zoology in the University of Reading. Over the course of the next 32 years he learned fracture mechanics from JE Gordon, newly arrived Professor of Materials in the engineering department, and taught physiology, field courses, some agriculture, and biomechanics. The biomechanics led to the concept of biomimetics – why can’t we make materials using the morphologies we see in nature? They could perform much better. For 10 years, together with George Jeronimidis (q.v.) he ran the highly successful Centre for Biomimetics, the first such Centre in the world and the only group on the Reading campus that made a profit, with 60% funding from industry. It was made possible by the addition of a research manager from ICI, Roger Turner, and a PA, Sally Pellow.

But in May 2000 he had a phone call from the University of Bath offering him a Professorship in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. An offer not to be refused. For the next 8 years he taught advanced fracture mechanics to aerospace students and biomimetics and problem-solving to the 4th year MSc engineering students. The problem-solving system he taught was based on the Russian system of TRIZ, and to help him he had two Russian biologists – Olga and Nikolay Bogatyrev – who had learned TRIZ in their home of Novosibirsk. TRIZ was developed into a tool for technology transfer from biology to engineering and metamorphosed into BioTRIZ. At about this time he was encouraged to apply for Fellowship of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers, and remains the only biologist Fellow of that Institute.

In 2008 Professor Vincent retired from the University of Bath. The Centre for Biomimetic and Natural Technologies that he had built up to have a world-wide reputation was disbanded. However, his retirement has been only slightly less active. The number of research talks and conferences reduced from their high point of 40 a year to a more manageable 10 or so, and he concentrated on developing a more analytical version of BioTRIZ, in the process learning about ontologies and their usefulness as organizers of biological information. He continues to be President of the International Society of Bionic Engineering, which he had helped to establish in the University of Jilin, China. He is an Honorary Professor of the THS Rhine-Waal in Kleve, the first foreigner to have the accolade, and a Senior Research Associate in the Department of Zoology of Oxford, finding himself once again amongst friends.