Speakers of
World Congress

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We are proud to present some of the finest architects and experts from science, business and politics. They will contribute to making the World Congress a powerhouse of knowledge and inspiration about sustainable and equitable change in the built environment. Click names for more information about speakers and which sessions they will contribute to.

Anna Dyson
Founding Director, Yale Center for Ecosystems + Architecture, New Haven, U.S.A
Anna Dyson is the Hines Professor of Architecture at the Yale Schools of Architecture (YSoA) and…
Anna Heringer
Architect & Founder, Studio Anna Heringer
For Anna Heringer architecture is a tool to improve lives. As an architect, activist and honorary…
Billy Fleming
Wilks Family Director, Ian L. McHarg Center, Pennsylvania University
Billy Fleming is the Wilks Family Director of the Ian L. McHarg Center in the Weitzman…
Bjarke Ingels
Founder, BIG
Bjarke Ingels founded BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group in 2005 after co-founding PLOT Architects in 2001…
Carlo Ratti
Professor and Director, Senseable Lab MIT (US), Founding Partner of Carlo Ratti Associati
An architect and engineer by training, Professor Carlo Ratti teaches at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology…
Carlos Moreno
Professor, University of Sorbonne, Paris
Carlos Moreno is French of Colombian origin. He is a Senior University Professor, a driving force…
Chris Downey
Architect & Founder, Architecture for the Blind
Chris Downey is an architect, planner, and consultant. Working with design teams and clients, he draws…
Christian Benimana
Senior Principal, MASS Design Group, and Director of The African Design Centre
Christian Benimana is a Rwanda-born architect. In 2010 he joined MASS Design Group as a Global…
Connie Hedegaard
Master of Ceremonies
With two decades of experience in international and domestic executive policy making, Ms. Connie Hedegaard today…
Dorte Mandrup
Founder, Creative Director, Adjunct Professor & Architect MAA
Danish architect Dorte Mandrup founded her studio in 1999, eight years after graduating from Aarhus School…
Elizabeth Timme
Founder & Director of Design, Office of: Office
Elizabeth, co-founder of Office of Office, is a third-generation architect born in Texas and raised in…
Ernesto Ottone
UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Culture
Mr Ernesto Ottone R. is the Assistant Director-General for Culture of UNESCO. Prior to this position,…
Francis Kéré
Founder & Principal, Kéré Architecture, 2022 Pritzker Prize winner
Francis Kéré is an internationally renowned Burkinabè architect and the 2022 Laureate of the Pritzker Architecture…
H.Y. William Chan
Lord Mayoral Councillor, City of Sydney and Global Public Leadership Fellow, World Economic Forum
Councillor HY William Chan is an architect, civic champion and cities expert known for ‘designing for…
Hans Joachim Schellnhuber
Founder & Managing Director, Bauhaus Earth
Hans Joachim Schellnhuber is Director Emeritus of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), which…
Hélène Chartier
Director of Urban Planning and Design, C40 Cities
Hélène Chartier is the Director of Urban Planning and Design at C40, the network of global…
Jacob Bundsgaard
Mayor, City of Aarhus, Denmark
Jacob Bundsgaard, 46, holds an MA in Political Science from Aarhus University and worked as an…
Jan Gehl
Architect, Professor (ret.) of Urban Design, The Royal Danish Academy, Founding Partner, Gehl
More than 50 years ago in 1971 Jan Gehl published the seminal book Life Between Buildings…
Jan Vapaavuori
Senior Advisor, NREP
Jan Vapaavuori is Senior Adviser at NREP, the largest real estate investor and developer in the…
Jeanne Gang
Architect & Founding Partner, Studio Gang
Jeanne Gang, FAIA, is the founding partner of Studio Gang, an international architecture and urban design…
Jesper Nygård
Chairman, UIA2023 Honorary Committee, & CEO, Realdania
Jesper Nygård is the CEO of Realdania, a private member based philanthropic association in Denmark, with about…
Jim Hagemann Snabe
Chairman, Siemens, World Economic Forum Trustee
Jim Hagemann Snabe is Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Siemens AG (D) and Member of…
Joan Clos
Former Executive Director, UN Habitat
Dr. Joan Clos is the former Executive Director of the UN-Habitat (2010- 2017). During his mandate,…
Junya Ishigami
Architect & Founder, Junya Ishigami + Associates
After completing the master’s program at the Department of Architecture, in Tokyo University of the Arts,…
Kjetil Trædal Thorsen
Architect & Founder, Snøhetta
Kjetil Trædal Thorsen completed his architecture studies in Graz, Austria in 1985 and co-founded Snøhetta in…
Kunle Adeyemi
Founder & Principal, NLÉ
Kunlé Adeyemi is an architect, professor, and development strategist whose works are internationally recognized for originality…
Lina Ghotmeh
Founder, Lina Ghotmeh - Architecture
Architect Lina Ghotmeh is the founder of the Paris-based studio Lina Ghotmeh – Architecture. Evoking her…
Margrethe Vestager
Executive Vice President, A Europe Fit for the Digital Age and Competition, EU Commission
Margrethe Vestager, age 55, is Executive Vice president for a Europe fit for the digital age.…
Maria P. Neira
WHO Director, Department of Environmental, Climate Change and Health
Dr. Maria P. Neira is the Director of the Department of Environment, Climate Change and Health…
Mark Watts
Executive Director, C40 Cities
Mark has served as Executive Director of C40 Cities since December 2013. Mark’s aim as Executive…
Martha Schwartz
Founding Partner & Principal, Martha Schwartz Partners
Martha Schwartz is a landscape architect and artist with major interests in cities, communities and the…
Mette Skjold
Ms. Skjold is CEO of the Danish nature-based design studio SLA. As the head of SLA,…
Michal Mlynár
Deputy Executive Director, UN-Habitat
Dr. Michal Mlynár (Slovakia) is a seasoned diplomat and educator with almost 30 years of experience…
Minik Rosing
Professor of Geology, University of Copenhagen
Minik Rosing is a Professor of Geology at the University of Copenhagen. His research focuses on…
Nathalie de Vries
Architect & Founding Partner, MVRDV
As the “DV” of MVRDV, founding partner Nathalie de Vries has led many successful MVRDV projects…
Nyasha Harper-Michon
‘Archtivist’, Architect, LinkedIn Top Voice Green, Business Strategist, Educator, Speaker, Writer
Nyasha Harper-Michon is a creative and strategic thinker who thrives at the intersection of design, business,…
Omar Gandhi
Architect & Principal, Omar Gandhi Architects
Omar Gandhi is the Principal of Omar Gandhi Architects, an architectural practice founded in 2010 with…
Partha Dasgupta
Emeritus Professor of Economics, University of Cambridge
Professor Sir Partha Dasgupta is Frank Ramsey Emeritus Professor of Economics at the University of Cambridge…
Reinier de Graaf
Architect & Partner, Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA)
Reinier de Graaf (1964, Schiedam) is a Dutch architect and writer. He is a partner in…
Sheela Søgaard
As Chief Executive Officer and Partner at Bjarke Ingels Group, Sheela Søgaard manages the overall health…
Sophie Hæstorp Andersen
Lord Mayor, City of Copenhagen
Sophie Hæstorp Andersen is a member of the Danish Socialdemocratic Party. She was elected Lord Mayor…
Xu Tiantian
Architect & Founding Principal, DnA_Design and Architecture
Xu Tiantian is the founding principal of DnA _Design and Architecture. She has received numerous awards…
Yasmeen Lari
Architect and CEO, Heritage Foundation of Pakistan
Yasmeen Lari is Pakistan’s first female architect and among the best-known architects of the country. She…
Yoshiharu Tsukamoto
Architect & Co-Founder, Atelier Bow-Wow
Co-founder of Tokyo based Architecture firm Atelier Bow-Wow together with Momoyo Kaijima in 1992. Professor of…
Yvonne Farrell & Shelley McNamara
Founders, Grafton Architects
Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara co-founded Grafton Architects in 1978, having graduated from University College Dublin…


Together with the keynote dialogues, the congress programme will include a wide range of sessions which will explore how architecture and the built environment can contribute to a more sustainable future. Confirmed Session Chairs are listed below. Click names to see which sessions they will chair.

A. Ray Pentecost III
Director, UIA Public Health Work Programme
Dr. Pentecost is a registered architect, Board Certified in the healthcare architecture specialty, a former nursing…
Allen Kong
Architect & Director, Allen Kong Architect, Co-Director, UIA Architecture for All Work Programme
Allen’s cultural background has influenced his conceptual framework for his holistic view of architecture. He blends…
Anders Lendager
Architect & CEO, Lendager
Anders Lendager is an architect, CEO and founder of Lendager. His company has established itself as…
Anna Rubbo
Senior Researcher, Center for Sustainable Urban Development (CSUD), The Climate School, Columbia University, US
Prior to joining CSUD in 2012, Anna Rubbo, B.Arch (U-Melbourne), D. Arch (U-Michigan) was Associate Professor…
Anne Beim
Professor, Royal Danish Academy, Head of Center for Industrialized Architecture (CINARK), PH.D.
As Head of CINARK Anne Beim has led several interdisciplinary projects involving industry and academia and…
Arif Hasan
Visiting Professor, NED University Karachi, member of UNs advisory Group on Forced Evictions
Arif Hasan is an architect and planner, activist, teacher, researcher and the author of a large…
Ashraf M. Salama
CO-Director, UIA Education Commission
Professor Ashraf M. Salama is Chair in Architecture, Professor of Architecture and Urbanism and Head of…
Bent Madsen
CEO, The Danish National Building Fund
Since 2010 Bent Madsen has filled the chair as CEO of The Danish National Building Fund.…
Billie Faircloth
Partner and Research Director, Kieran Timberlake
Billie Faircloth is a design leader and educator who has transformed practice-based research and earned a…
Camilla Ryhl
Architect, Ph.d., Research Director at Bevica Foundation and Head of Universal Design Hub
Camilla Ryhl is an educator, researcher and specialist in Universal Design and her current work focuses…
Camilla van Deurs
Chief City Architect, City of Copenhagen
Camilla van Deurs is the Chief City Architect for the City of Copenhagen since February 2019,…
Cécile Faraud
Technical Lead, C40 Clean Construction Programme
Cécile Faraud leads the Clean Construction Programme at C40, the network of the world’s megacities committed…
Chris Precht
Architect & Founder, Studio Precht
Chris Precht is the co-founder of architectural studios Precht and Penda. After training at University of…
Christian Pagh
Director & Chief Curator, Oslo Architecture Triennale
Christian Pagh is Director and Chief curator of the Oslo Architecture Triennale. Christian has headed a…
Christine Bjerke
Architect, Co-founder of Building Diversity, Teaching Assistant Professor
Christine Bjerke is a Danish-Norwegian architect based in Copenhagen. In 2022 she co-founded the non-profit association…
Cid Blanco
Co-Director, UIA SDG Commission
Cid Blanco Jr. has a Master’s degree in Architecture and Urbanism from the University of São…
Cora Valloire
Architect, Master of Inclusive Architecture
Cora Cecilia Lopez Valloire is an experienced architect working in all phases of a building process…
Daniel Fügenschuh
President, Austrian Federal Chamber of Architects and Chartered Engineering Consultants / Coordinating Partner of the ARCH-E project
Daniel Fügenschuh is the owner of an architect’s office in Innsbruck, that was founded in London…
Ditte Rejnholdt Rudolfsen
Head of The Danish association of Youth With Disabilities (SUMH)
Trough policy and practice Ditte is working with human rights for young people with disabilities aiming…
Ditte Rønde Veise
Director, Innovation Centre Denmark (Seoul)
Ditte Veise is currently director of the Danish Innovation Center in Seoul with a mission to…
Domenico Traverso
President, Editron and Incubation Division, Danfoss
Passionate leader, entrepreneur at heart, outgoing by nature. On a mission to be ahead of the…
Dominique Perrault
Founder, Dominique Perrault Architecture
Architect and urban planner, Dominique Perrault gained an international recognition with the Bibliothèque nationale de France.…
Elisapeta Heta
UIA IPWP Co-Director & Principal - Kaihautū Whaihanga - Māori Design Leader Architecture, Jasmax Aotearoa
“What drives all work I do – architectural, strategic governance, mentorship, business development – has to…
Ellen Braae
Professor, University of Copenhagen, Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management
Ellen Braae is since 2009 professor at the University of Copenhagen, heading the Research Group for…
Elsebeth Terkelsen
Director, European Green Cities
Elsebeth Terkelsen is Architect MAA and director of European Green Cities. European Green Cities is a…
Elvira Ofelia Bergman-Coates
Architecture student, Entrepreneur, Builder
Elvira is a hands-on architect/student who started building full scale houses alongside her architectural studies at…
Enlai Hooi
Senior Associate & Head of Innovation, Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects
Enlai is an architect and industrial designer specialising in the integration of engineering fields within circular…
Flora Samuel
Architect and Professor of Architecture at the University of Cambridge, UK
Flora works between industry, practice and academia across the globe on developing research to advance social…
Gaetan Siew
UIA Past President, Special Envoy to UN-Habitat
World citizen. UIA Past President, Officier de l’Ordre National du Mérite and de l’Ordre des Arts…
Helena Bjarnegård
National State Architect, Sweden
Helena Bjarnegård is Sweden’s national state architect. She is leading the work within the field of…
Helle Søholt
Architect and Founding Partner and CEO of Gehl
Through Helles strategic leadership, Gehl has developed a knowledge base and experience portfolio that is respected…
Iman Gawad
Co-Director, UIA SDG Commission
Professor Gawad is an accomplished educator in the field of architecture, with academic leadership experience, and…
Indy Johar
Architect & Co-Founder, Architecture 00 and Dark Matter Labs
Indy Johar is an architect, co-founder of Architecture 00 and Dark Matter Labs. Dark Matter Labs…
Ishtiaque Zahir Titas
Director, Vitti Sthapati Brindo & Vice President, UIA Region 4
Ishtiaque Zahir Titas, a practicing architect from Bangladesh, is the 1st Vice president and the Board…
Istelianna Atanassova
Architect & Vice President, UIA Region 2
Architect Istelianna Necho Atanassova (Bulgaria, Georgia) is the Vice President of the International Union of Architects…
Jakob B. Knudsen
Dean, the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture
Jeff Risom
Chief Innovation Officer, Gehl
As Chief Innovation Officer, Jeff is passionate about the relationship between human experience and design and…
Jens Axelsson
Architect SAR/MSA, White Arkitekter
Jens Axelsson is an architect at White Arkitekter – one of Scandinavia’s leading architectural practices –…
José Luis Cortés
Architect, President, UIA
José Luis Cortés is the UIA President for the 2021-2023 term. He is a graduate of…
Josephine Michau
Co-Founder & CEO, Copenhagen Architecture Festival
Josephine Michau is the co-founder, CEO and chief curator of Copenhagen Architecture Festival since 2014. In…
Juan Du
Professor and Dean, The John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design, University of Toronto (CA)
Juan Du is Dean and Professor at the University of Toronto’s John H. Daniels Faculty of…
Julia Gamolina
Founder & Editor in Chief, Madame Architect
Dedicated to the built environment and to the empowerment, advancement, and visibility of the women who…
Kai-Uwe Bergmann
Partner, BIG
Kai-Uwe Bergmann brings his expertise to proposals around the globe, including work in North America, Europe,…
Kassim Mwamba Omar
Co-Director, UIA Heritage & Cultural Identity Work Programme
Possesses over twenty years of experience in the management of cultural heritage, including conceptualisation, design, implementation…
Kent Martinussen
CEO, Danish Architecture Center
Kent Martinussen is a Danish architect and CEO of The Danish Architecture Centre since 2001. He…
Kim Herforth Nielsen
Founder & Senior Partner, 3XN/GXN
Kim Herforth Nielsen is the Founder and a Senior Partner of 3XN. Since founding the company…
Kirsten Dunlop
CEO, EIT Climate-KIC
Dr. Kirsten Dunlop is Chief Executive Officer at EIT Climate-KIC, Europe’s largest public-private partnership focused on…
Kristian Jensen
CEO, Green Power Denmark
As a member of the UIA2023 Honorary Committee, Mr. Jensen will contribute to the opening and…
Kristine Leth Juul
Vice-Chancellor, Aarhus School of Architecture, Denmark
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Kristján Eggertsson
Architect & Partner, Krads
Kristján Eggertsson and Kristján Örn Kjartansson are both born in Reykjavik, Iceland and graduated from Aarhus…
Kristján Örn Kjartansson
Architect & Partner, Krads
Kristján Örn Kjartansson and Kristján Eggertsson are both born in Reykjavik, Iceland and graduated from Aarhus…
Lene Dammand Lund
Rector, The Royal Danish Academy
Lene Dammand Lund has been Rector at The Royal Danish Academy – Architecture, Design and Conservation…
Li Xiangning
Dean & Professor in history, theory and criticism, Tongji University College of Architecture and Urban Planning, China
Dr. Xiangning Li is dean and full professor in history, theory and criticism at Tongji University…
Lilia Cannarella
Head of the department EU Policies, Urban Agenda and Programming, National Council of Italian Architects, Planners, Landscapers and Conservators (CNAPPC)
Since 1997, graduated with honors she has been involved in architectural design and restoration of historical…
Line Barfod
Mayor, Technical and Environmental Affairs, City of Copenhagen
Line Barfod is Mayor of Technical and Environmental Affairs at the City of Copenhagen and is…
Liselott Stenfeldt
Director, Head of R&D, Gehl
As Team Director for Cities and Head of R&D, Liselott Stenfeldt is responsible for developing strategic…
Lotte Marianne Bjerregaard Jensen
Professor MSO Sustainable Architecture, Aarhus School of Architecture
Lotte has chaired a design engineering program at a high ranked department of civil engineering for…
Louis Becker
Partner, Design Principal, Henning Larsen
As Design Principal and partner, Louis Becker comprises half of the executive management at Henning Larsen,…
Magda Mostafa
Associate Professor of Design, Department of Architecture, The American University in Cairo
Magda Mostafa, PhD is an Associate Professor of Architecture at the American University in Cairo and…
Maibritt Pedersen Zari
Associate Professor, School of Future Environments, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand
Maibritt Pedersen Zari’s research sits at the interface between ecology and designed human experiences across spatial…
Margit Friedrich
Arch-E Project Manager, Austrian Federal Chamber of Architects and Chartered Engineering Consultants
Margit Friedrich is a trained architect based in Innsbruck, Austria. After gaining international working experience in…
Maria José Gomes Feitosa
Architect & Director, UIA Public Spaces Work Programme
Maria José Gomes Feitosa is Director of the UIA Public Spaces Work Programme. She is a…
Marie Louise M. Pollmann-Larsen
Design Engineer, Chief Consultant – DTU Skylab, Denmark
Chief Consultant and Project Manager at DTU Skylab – the interdisciplinary hub for technology-based innovation &…
Marie-Louise Høstbo
Creative Design Director, Fritz Hansen
Marie-Louise Høstbo is an architect, author, photographer, and design expert who has worked at the intersection…
Martha Lewis
Head of Materials, Henning Larsen Architects
Martha Lewis is Head of Materials at Henning Larsen, where she established a material database detailing…
Martha Thorne
Senior Advisor, The OBEL Award
Martha Thorne has been entrusted with setting up OBEL AWARD teaching fellowships programme and advising the…
Mashary A. Al Naim
Secretary-General of Abdullatif Alfozan Award for Mosque Architecture
Architect, Ph.D in architectural critique, secretary-General of Abdullatif Alfozan Award for Mosque Architecture, and professor of…
Merve Bedir
PhD, BAK Utrecht
Merve Bedir is an architect based in Rotterdam and Istanbul. Her work examines infrastructures of hospitality…
Mette Ramsgaard Thomsen
Professor and Founder, Centre for IT and Architecture (CITA), Royal Danish Academy
In CITA Mette Ramsgaard Thomsen has piloted a special research focus on the new digital-material relations…
Mikkel Thomassen
PHD, Postdoc at the Royal Danish Academy and CEO of Smith Innovation
Mikkel Thomassen is a Danish based economist specialized in systemic sustainable transformations of the built environment.…
Mogens Lykketoft
Economist, former minister and President of the UN General Assembly
Mogens Lykketoft, born 1946, Economist. Social Democratic Member of the Danish Parliament 1981-2019. Mr. Lykketoft served…
Mohammad Habib Reza
Co-Director, UIA Heritage & Cultural Identity Work Programme
Mohammad Habib Reza is an architect, architectural historian and heritage management expert. He is a founding…
Monica von Schmalensee
Architect SAR/MSA, Senior Advisor, White Arkitekter
Monica von Schmalensee is a senior architect at White Arkitekter. In her role as CEO of…
Nadia Tromp
Co-Director, UIA Community Architecture & Human Rights Work Programme
Nadia Tromp is an internationally acclaimed architect, based in South Africa. She is an advocate for…
Natalie Mossin
President of Congress, Head of Institute, Royal Danish Academy
Natalie Mossin is a Danish architect. She is the President of Congress for the UIA World…
Nina Kovsted Helk
Director of Philanthropy, Realdania
Nina Kovsted Helk is the philanthropic director (CPO) of Realdania, a private member based philanthropic association…
Nina Nedelykov
Partner, Nedelykov Moreira Architekten
Architect, lives and works in Berlin, partner in Nedelykov Moreira Architekten. The office has projects in…
Ofri Earon
Founder, Neighborhood Lab
How should we live today and in the future? Understanding how the built environment affects human…
Patrick Stewart
UIA IPWP Co-Director & Principal, Patrick Stewart Architecture, Canada
Peder Baltzer Nielsen
Architect, Consultant
Today, Peder Baltzer Nielsen is an independent architect with his own consulting business. Peder has 42…
Pernille Berg
Dr. Pernille Berg, Science Director, Bloxhub
Pernille Berg is passionate and experienced when it comes to leadership, research, innovation, sustainability, and entrepreneurship.…
Peter Vangsbo
Associate Director for Climate and Sustainable Service, Arup
Peter is part of the Arup Denmark leadership team providing deep expertise in the areas of…
Phil Ayres
Professor, Chair for Biohybrid Architecture, Centre for Information Technology and Architecture (CITA), Royal Danish Academy
Professor Phil Ayres holds the Chair for Biohybrid Architecture, which is located within the Centre for…
Philippe Capelier
Architect & Co-Director, UIA Social Habitat Work Programme
I created my architectural agency, in Montpellier in 1987. The work of the agency in Montpellier…
Qazi M. Arif
Co-Director, UIA Community Architecture & Human Rights Work Programme
Qazi M. Arif, a fellow at the Institute of Architects Bangladesh, is in practice and pedagogy…
Rainer Mahlamäki
Co-founder, Lahdelma & Mahlamäki architects & Professor, Oulu School of Architecture, Finland
Rainer Mahlamäki’s representative designs are a product of his belief in the importance of understanding each…
Regina Gonthier
Co-Director, UIA International Competitions Commission & President, Swiss Conference of Architects (CSA)
Regina Gonthier is a practicing architect and co-owner with her husband of their office in Bern.…
René Kural
Director, UIA Sports & Leisure Work Programme
René Kural is director of the UIA Work Program Sport and Leisure, PhD, architect MAA. Alongside…
Rob Adams
City Architect, City of Melbourne
Since joining the City of Melbourne in 1985, Rob Adams has through his role at the…
Ruth Baumeister
Professor, Aarhus School of Architecture, Denmark
Ruth Baumeister is an architect, historian, researcher and writer, specializing in the post-war European avant-gardes in…
Ruth Schagemann
President, Architects’ Council of Europe (ACE)
Ruth is an architect who studied architecture at the University of Braunschweig and at the University…
Sam Oboh
Principal, Ensight+ Creative Design Intelligence & Vice President, UIA Region 3
Sam Oboh is an accomplished architect with over 25 years of experience, specializing in public architecture…
Sandi Hilal
Co-Director of DAAR (Decolonizing Architecture Art Research), and Lise Meitner Visiting Professor at Lund University, Sweden
Sandi Hilal is an architect, artist, and educator. She has developed a research and project-based artistic…
Simon Allford
President, RIBA
Simon Allford is President of the Royal Institute of British Architects. As a founding Director of…
Siv Helene Stangeland
Partner & Creative Director, Helen & Hard
Siv Helene Stangeland is a Norwegian architect and researcher based in Stavanger, Norway. Together with Reinhard…
Susan Jayne Carruth
Architect & Partner, Head of Operations, GXN
Susan Carruth is a Partner at GXN innovation, and an architect and researcher, with almost 20…
Suzanne de Laval
Architect & Co-Director, UIA Architecture for Children Work Programme
Tillman Prinz
Secretary General, The Federal Chamber of German Architects (BAK)
Born on 4th June 1964 in Kiel. 1985-1990 University Education: Universities Kiel, Freiburg i. Br. and…
Tine Hegli
Professor, The Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO)
Tine Hegli is a professor of architecture teaching sustainable building practice at The Oslo School of…
Tokunbu Omisore
Vice President, UIA Region 5
A graduate of Thames College of Architecture in London, Tokunbo Omisore is a Chartered Architect with…
Vibeke Grupe Larsen
Architect and PhD Researcher, The Danish Association of the Architectural Firms / University of Southern Denmark
Vibeke has profound insight and experience in the process- and project leadership on development, design and…
Yolanda David Reyes
Fuap, Asean Ar, Apec Ar, AIA Fellow, Likha Awardee
The professional life of Yolanda David Reyes is described as meaningful, wonderful and purpose driven journey…
Zhang Li
Dean & Professor of Architecture in the School of Architecture, Tsinghua University, China
Zhang Li is the Dean / Professor of Architecture in the School of Architecture, Vice Principal…


There is always more than one side to the story. Most sessions during the congress will be packed with smart people from all walks of the built environment. Find your favourites below and click names to see which sessions they will contribute to.

Ada Y. S. Fung
Professor, Past President, Hong Kong Institute of Architects
Ahsen Özsoy
Prof. Dr., Işık University, Faculty of Art Design and Architecture, Türkiye
Alberto Moletto
Architect UFT Chile, MSc Sustainable Environmental Design, Director at Oficina Arquitectura Alberto Moletto
Alfredo Henry Hidalgo Rasmussen
Associate Dean of Graduate Studies, Research and Continuing Education, School of Architecture, Art and Design, Tecnológico de Monterrey
Amr Attia
Professor, Ain Shams University, Cairo & Managing Partner, PUD Consultants
Ana Paez
Urban and Transport Planner - One Works, Milan, Italy
Andrea Catarci
Deputy Mayor for Decentralization, Participation and Territorial Services, Rome
Andrew L. Dannenberg
Affiliate Professor, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Anker Bak
Furniture Designer and Cabinetmaker
Anna Kyrii
Architect, Deputy Chairwoman of Architectural Chamber of the National Union of Architects of Ukraine
Anne Tietjen
Associate Professor, University of Copenhagen, Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management
Anssi Lassila
Founder & Director, Oppeaa, Office for Peripheral Architecure
Arild Gustavsen
Professor and Head of Department of Architecture and Technology, Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Arina Hayati
Senior lecturer, Dept. of Architecture, Institut Teknologi
Asko Takala
President, Finnish Association of Architects
Billy Law
Architect, Architectural Services Department of HKSAR Government
Brian Lee
Independent Architectural Designer
Bruno Demers
Executive Director, Architecture Sans Frontières Québec (ASFQ)
Carlo Volf
Architect, Senior Researcher and head of unit at Capital Region´s Built Environment, New Interventions in Depression
Catherine Gall
Executive Director, ETI Labs, Paris Sorbonne Business School
Chiara Farné Fratini
Innovation Specialist on Governance and Planning of Green Innovations and Sustainability Transitions, DTU
Chika Tokoro
Architect/President, ATELIER CK Architect Office
Claire McManus
Architect, JFOC Architects, Housing Spokesperson for the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland
Claus Frier
Head of Programme, Ocean Institute, Think Tank Hav
Corrin Chan Chui-yi
Registered Architect, Council Member of The Hong Kong Institute of Architects (HKIA)
Cristóbal Tirado
Architect PUC Chile, March UPC Spain, Founder of TIRADO architects, ICC Member Chile
Dalila Mujagic
Legal Lead at WITNESS and Faculty at the Global Campus for Human Rights
Daniel Oh
Associate Professor, Korea University, Department of Smart City
Deniz Incedayi
Professor, PhD., Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, Department of Architecture, Turkey
Detty Saluling
Senior Manager for the Rainforest Journalism Fund and Leader of the Asia-Pacific Forest Communicators Network
Didier Vancutsem
Professor, ULB Free University of Brussels – Faculty of Architecture
Divina Abou Jaoude
Architect, President of the Architects Order of Engineers and Architects – Beirut
Don Brenninkmeijer
Chair Investment Committee at Laudes Foundation, Chair at Built by Nature
Duván Ocampo
Minister Plenipotentiary, Chargé d’Affaires - Embassy of Colombia in Denmark
Eduardo Rojas-Briales
Chair of the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC), former Assistant Director-General and Head of Forestry at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Ejvind Spence
Student of Landscape Architecture & Climate Activist
Elise Sydendal
Climate activist in the Green Youth Movement and member of the Danish Youth Climate Council
Elizabeth Endres
Professor, Technische Universität, Institut für Bauklimatik und Energie der Architektur (IBEA)
Eui Young Chun
Professor of Kyonggi University / Curator of Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism / President of Korean Institute of Architects
Farida Abu-Bakare
Director of Global Practice at WXY, New York + Former Project Director, Adjaye Associates (Moderator)
Fionnuala Rogerson
Architect & former Co-Director, UIA Architecture for All Work Programme
Franca Trubiano
Graduate Group Chair of the PhD Program in Architecture and Associate Professor, The Weitzman School of Design of the University of Pennsylvania
Fruzsina Barta
Golden Cubes Awards Winner, Written media, GYIK Mühely Foundation, Hungary
George Kunihiro
Past President of the Architects Regional Council Asia (ARCASIA)
Gerd Grüneisl
Golden Cubes Awards Winner, Institution, Kultur & Spielraum e.V., Germany
Gibson G. Rhie
Executive Director of Samoo Architects & Engineers / Chair of International Relations Committee of KIRA
Giuditta Parodi
Member, UIA Community Architecture & Human Rights Work Programme
Giuseppe Cappochin
Head of Department, National Council of Italian Architects, Urban planning, Reform and Future of The Cities
Gustav Brade
Director for Strategic Urban Development, Henning Larsen
Hadeer Saeed Dahab
Golden Cubes Awards Winner, Audio-visual Media, Megawra | BEC - Athar Lina, Egypt
Hua Li
Professor and Deputy Director, Institute of Architectural History and Theory, School of Architecture, Southeast University, Nanjing, China
Ib Bygbjerg
Professor Emeritus, University of Copenhagen
Ida Heimann Larsen
Head of Department for Growth and Climate, Nordic Council of Ministers
Inger Therese Hoff
President, Sonja Victorias Stiftelse / Architect MNAL, NUNO arkitektur
Ingwald Gschwandtl
Forest Policy Expert and Chair of the Global Coordination Group of the Regional Forest Communicators Network
Jan Hugo
Architect & Lecturer, University of Pretoria
Janet Cohen Muntz
Master of Inclusive Architecture and Universal Design Specialist, Christensen & Co
Jay Bhagwan
Executive Manager, Water Research Commission South Africa
Jennifer Hayes
National Sustainable Operations Coordinator for the United States Forest Service and Deputy Team Leader of the Forest Communicators Network
Jos Boys
Co-Founder & Co-Director, The DisOrdinary Architecture Project
Joscha Thiele
Golden Cubes Awards Winner, Institution, Kultur & Spielraum e.V., Germany
Joseph Kwan
Dip. Arch. (QIT), M.Sc. (Surrey), D.Univ (QUT)
Juan Pablo López Cortés
Regional and Sectoral Secretary (SERES) for Sustainable and Regenerative Territorial Development of the Government of Antioquia
Jun Kanna
Architect / Representative Director, ISSHO Architects
Kai Lintunen
Head of International Communications at the Finnish Forest Association and Leader of the UNECE/FAO Forest Communicators’ Network (FCN)
Katja Viltoft
Architect, Partner and Creative Director, JJW Arkitekter. Chairman of the Board the Danish Association of Architectural Firms
Kim Me-Kyung
District Mayor, Eunpyeong-gu, Seoul, The Republic of Korea
Klaus Kellerman
Head of Sustainable Buildings, Municipality of Roskilde, Denmark
Li Xui Xui
PhD Candidate, Southeast University, China
Lily-Frances Cosgrove
Student at Columbia University, School of General Studies New York, Arts in History & Theory of Architecture
Loïc Daubas
Architect, Co-Founder of the Belenfant & Daubas studio
Louise Meincke
Plan International - International Organization / Co-Chair of the children and youth group of (WUC), UN Habitat
Mads Kann-Rasmussen
Chief Executive Officer, VKR Holding & Chairperson of the Board, WWF Denmark
Magdalena Rajeva
Architect, Founder of Children’s Architectural Workshop, Bulgaria
Marco Siu
Architect, Deputy Chairperson of the HKIA Planning & Urban Design Committee
Maria De Cristofaro
Communications Officer, Forestry Division at Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and Global Coordinator of the Regional Forest Communicators Networks
Marie Stender
Anthropologist, Senior Researcher, Department of the Built Environment, Aalborg University
Marina Ramos
International Water & Climate Resilience, Ramboll
Marta Vall-Llossera
President of the Higher Council of the Colleges of Architects of Spain (CSCAE)
Marthijn Pool
Co-Founder & Partner, Space&Matter and Common City
Martin Sobota
Founding Partner CITYFÖRSTER architecture + urbanism; Netherlands
Masashi Keino
Architect/President, ATELIER KEINO SHOJI Architect & Associates
Mathis Rager
Architect, General foreman, Hempcrete expert, Teacher, Writer
Mauro Lucardi
Architect & Strategic Consultant, Médecins Sans Frontières
Mette Mechlenborg
Ph.D. in Literature and Modern Culture, Senior Researcher at BUILD, Aalborg University, Denmark
Mette Mogensen
Architect & Head of Development of Sustainable Housing and Urban Development, Domea.dk
Michele Di Marco
WHO Téchne coordinator, Architect & Disaster Risk Reduction specialist
Mohammad Arar
Associate Professor, Ajman University, United Arab Emirates
Mona Rady
Architect, Chair of UN Habitat Professionals Forum - HPF
My Lunsjö
Associate, Behavioural Design Specialist, MArch, MSc. Environmental Psychology, GXN
Nabil Mohareb
Associate Professor, The American University in Cairo (AUC)
Naja Md. Alwi
Senior Lecturer and researcher in architecture at Universiti Malaysia Kelantan
Niels Lund
Vice President, Novo Nordisk, Global Prevention and Health Promotion
Oana Stănescu
Architect & Founder, Oana Stanescu Studio + Critic @ Harvard Graduate School of Design
Olena Oliynyk
Architect, Vice President, National Union of Architects of Ukraine
Oliver Martin
Head of the Baukultur Section, Swiss Federal Office of Culture & Chair of the Davos Baukultur Alliance
Olivia Dahl
PhD student, Department of Sociology, University of Copenhagen
Olivier Censetti
Manager of "l'écho-Habitant", member of Habitat Participatif France
Paola Zerilli
Associate Professor in Finance, University of York
Pelle Munch-Petersen
Associate Professor, Royal Danish Academy, CINARK – Center for Industrial Architecture
Pernille Kernel
Chief Consultant, Circular Construction, Capital Region of Denmark
Ramiro Correa Jaramillo
Dean of Architects of the University of Loja, Ecuador / PCG Research & Academia, Steering Committee of WUC, UN Habitat
Rasmus Lauridsen
Head of EIB Group Office Denmark, European Investment Bank (EIB)
Rita Terbe
Golden Cubes Awards Winner, Written media, GYIK Mühely Foundation, Hungary
Rob Heuschkel
Clinical Director for Cambridge Children’s Hospital Project, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CUH)
Robert Grace
Co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer for M&C Saatchi Group South Africa
Ruffina Thilakaratne
Associate Professor, Department of Architecture, Chu Hai College of Higher Education, Hong Kong
Ruth Reichstein
I.D.E.A., Advisory Board of the President of the European Commission
Saad Ben Mostafa
Assistant Architect, Department of Architecture, Ministry of housing and Public Works, Government of Bangladesh
Saija Hollmén
Architect & Professor, Aalto School of Arts, Design and Architecture
Salum Mshamu
Director of CSK Research Organization, PhD student at University of Oxford
Sany Jamal
Architect & CEO, JAMAL Architects & Engineers
Sarah Herda
Director, Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts
Sarah O’Dwyer
Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader, Welsh School of Architecture Cardiff University; Vice-Chair of the RIAI Sustainability Task Force; Ireland
Sean Mahon
Managing Director, O’Connell Mahon Architects
Sebastian von Hofacker
MD, Academic Director, Consultant in Palliative Medicine, The Norwegian Dignity Centre
Shannon Battison
Director of architecture at The Mill: Architecture + Design; National President, Australian Institute of Architects (2022-2023)
Sharon Haar
ACSA President, Professor, University of Michigan
Sif Holst
Vice Chair, Disabled People's Organizations Denmark
So Young Kim
Professor of Practice at Hanyang University ERICA, Department of Architecture
Soha Macktoom
Associate Director, Karachi Urban Lab (KUL) / Adjunct Faculty, Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture (IVSAA)
Song Yehao
Professor, School of Architecture, Tsinghua University
Srinivas Murthy G.
Architect and Founding President of Architecture and Design Foundation [India]
Stepan Bärtl
Director, CAMP – Center for Architecture and Metropolitan Planning
Stephen Kin Wai Ho
Registered Architect, Fellow of The Hong Kong Institute of Architects (HKIA)
Stig Gothelf
Architect, Senior Partner, 3XN – "Børneriget" at Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen
Susanne Pedersen
Director for Science and Data, The International Union for Conservation of Nature
Tao Zhihong
Deputy Director of Beijing Municipal Commission for Planning and Natural Resources / Deputy Director of Bid Committee for UIA 2029 Congress
Thomas Bo Jensen
Professor of Architecture & Head of Research, Aarhus School of Architecture
Thomas Chung
Architect, Associate Professor, School of Architecture, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Tine Hegli
Professor, The Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO)
Tomoko Fukuguchi
Golden Cubes Awards Winner, School, Architectural studio WORKS, Japan
Valter Caldana
Professor, Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie of São Paulo; Brazil
Vicente Guallart
Founder of Guallart Architects and Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia, Former Chief Architect of Barcelona
William Korte
Deputy Chairman, The Danish association of Youth With Disabilities (SUMH)
William Ti jr.
Principal Architect, WTA Architecture and Design Studio
Yu Fu
Deputy Secretary-General, China Association of Building Energy Efficiency (CABEE)
Yurii Vaskov
Deputy Minister for Communities, Territories and Infrastructure Development of Ukraine
Zack Aders
VP, New York City Economic Development Corporation
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