Keynote Speakers | 7th International conference of Contemporary Affairs on Architecture and Urbanism

Keynote Speakers


The keynote speakers for ICCAUA2024 will be announced soon.

Professor Dr. Susanne Charlesworth, Institute for Sustainability, Equity and Resilience, Coventry University, UK

Susanne Charlesworth is a Professor in Urban Physical Geography at Coventry University in the Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience. She is the author of more than 70 peer-reviewed journal articles on urban pollution and Sustainable drainage (SuDS), many book chapters, and has co-edited books on Sustainable Drainage, urban pollution, aquatic sedimentology and water resources. She collaborates with groups internationally and has given papers at international conferences worldwide SuDS seemed like the logical move from my earlier interest in urban sedimentology and geochemistry associated with rivers, streams, soil and street dusts. These materials can be highly polluted and in developed countries 85% of people live in urban areas, worldwide >50% live in cities, thus the impacts can be far-reaching. With climate change and the problems associated with greenhouse gases, there needs to be a means of tackling these issues with a multiple benefit, flexible approach, and SuDS can offer such a management strategy. The role of Green Infrastructure and Ecosystem Services provision led to an interest in Natural Flood Management (NFM) by Working with Natural processes at the catchment scale. Latterly, Sue has become particularly interested in the design and installation of SuDS and NFM alongside Water, Sanitation and Health in informal settlements, favelas and refugee camps. There is the potential to address disease vecors such as mosquitos by managing greywater disposal and stormwater management using SuDS approaches and thus reducing the incidence of viruses causing zika, dengue or chikungunya. Its uptake in England and Wales is less than would be hoped, so through my research I would like to be able to be instrumental in providing the information necessary to encourage its uptake by practitioners and stakeholders.


Associate Professor Dr. WANG Ke, Tongji University, China

WangKe is an Architect and urban researcher whose research focuses on the evolution of urban form and living environment, and sustainable development of urban built-up areas. Wang is currently pursuing two extended studies. One is the simulating of Self-organized Community Commercial Space, the other is the relationship between urban form and urban microclimate. 

Dr. Senem Zeybekoglu Sadri, Birmingham School of Architecture and Design, Birmingham City University, UK

Dr. Senem Zeybekoglu Sadri is the course director of the Design for Future Living, and module leader of the Co-Lab at Birmingham School of Architecture and Design, Birmingham City University, UK. She studied architecture at Yildiz Technical University in Istanbul, Turkey. She completed her PhD in “Urban Regeneration and the Right to the City” in 2008. Her post-doctoral research at the City College of New York, USA, focused on urban housing organisations and community-based planning and design. Since 2000, she has been teaching various modules and leading design studios in architecture and interior architecture courses at different universities in Turkey, Cyprus, and the UK. During this period, she co-initiated several live and collaborative projects in partnership with universities, communities, NGOs, and local authorities in Turkey, Cyprus, and Italy. Her teaching focuses on ecological design, inclusive design, community-based planning, and participatory design.

Prof. Kulbhushan Jain, CEPT University, India

keynote title: Articulating Intangible In Architecture

Kulbhushan Jain, architect-urbanist and conservation consultant studied and worked with Louis Kahn. He taught at CEPT University, Ahmedabad, for more than four decades and held various positions including Director, School of Architecture, and Chairman, Doctoral Programme. He has been visiting professor at MIT, Cambridge, USA; UBC, Vancouver, Canada and POLEMI, Milano. He has worked as consultant to NID, Ahmedabad; INTACH, New Delhi and MMT, Jodhpur. Jain has published several books, articles and conference papers.He has been a member of several juries for national and international design competitions. Jain’s major conservation projects include Mehrangarh Fort (1990- 2023) with Museum design, Jodhpur; Fort of Nagaur (1990-2023) including rehabilitation of Ranvas; Jaisalmer Fort (1985-2005) including restoration of Rani ka Mahal and Amber Fort (2005-2010) including comprehensive planning, Jaipur.



Professor Dr. Snehal Nagarsheth

Dean, School of Architecture, Anant National University, India

Snehal Nagarsheth is an architect and academician with over twenty-five years of experience in teaching and practice. She is currently Professor and Dean, School of Architecture, Anant National University, Ahmedabad, India. She is also an urban designer. Prior to this engagement, she was a core faculty at the Faculty of Design, CEPT University. Her architecture and interior design projects have featured in various publications. She has also presented her work at numerous national and international conferences. Her current research interests lie in water and architecture and the genesis of modern Indian architecture. Her work has largely drawn from the everyday and the ordinary to define her language of architecture.


Prof. Dr. Olaf Gerhard Schroth

Geodesign and Landscape Informatics, Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Science, Germany.

keynote title: Digital Visualization in Contemporary Landscape Architecture, Urban Design, and Climate Change Management

Prof. Dr. Olaf Schroth is professor in geodesign and landscape informatics at the Faculty of Landscape Architecture at the Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences, Germany. There, he is teaching GIS, CAD, BIM and other digital tools in the Landscape Architecture and Climate Change Management programs. In his research, Prof. Dr. Schroth has been working at the interface of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), remote sensing, visualization, land science, and climate change for the last 15 years. He has led or was a partner in three previous Erasmus+ projects, a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) grant, and two grants by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF). Currently, he is partner in the Erasmus+ project GeoCLIC, which is producing Open Educational Resources OER on GIS and Remote Sensing tools in the context of climate change.


Professor Dr. Wesam Al Madhoun
Founder and CEO at Global Ambassadors of Sustainability

keynote title: The Current Challenges and The Urgency of Transforming Cities and Communities Towards Sustainability

Dr. Al Madhoun is the Founder of a Global Non Profit Network “Global Ambassadors of Sustainability '' which has more than 13300 members from 130 countries. Dr Al Madhoun holds A fellowship on Sustainable Cities at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Malaysia Japan International Institute of Technology (MJIIT)  and a PhD of Environmental Engineering from Universiti Sains Malaysia.
He has 20 years of working experience (teaching, training, research and consultancy), where he had assignments in Brunei, Canada, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Palestine, South Korea and USA. He also was a Research Professor at University of Seoul, a visiting scholar at the University of Windsor and he was a guest speaker at Harvard University, MIT and IIT.  
Dr Al Madhoun conducted several international training programs on Sustainable Development, Climate Change, Air Pollution and Environmental Assessment. He also was appointed as a consultant for projects funded by USAID and UNICEF. In terms of publications, he has more than 60 papers published at international peer-reviewed journals and international conferences.



Professor Dr. Ali Najah Ahmed, Universiti Tenaga Nasional (UNITEN), Kajang, Malaysia

Dr. Ali Najah Ahmed received a B.Sc. degree in civil engineering from the University of Technology, Baghdad, Iraq, in 2003 and an M.Eng and Ph.D in civil engineering from the National University of Malaysia(UKM) in 2009 and 2012, respectively. During the period between 2012 and 2015, he worked as a faculty member and senior lecturer in the School of Ocean Engineering, University Malaysia Terengganu (UMT), Malaysia. Dr. Ali currently working as a senior lecturer in the department of Civil Engineering, college of Engineering, National Energy University (Universiti Tenaga Nasional - UNITEN) in Malaysia since 2015. UNITEN is the top 10 university in Malaysia according to Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings and among the top 150 universities in Asia (QS Asia University Ranking). Dr. Ali is the author of more than 200 scientific articles published in prestigious journals and his Scopus H-index is 34. He is a reviewer in many journals and guest editor in one special issue under MDPI publisher.   



Keynote Title: Smart Cities as a driver for a sustainable construction industry in developing countries

Professor Dr. Wellington Didibhuku Thwala,  Walter Sisulu University, South Africa

 Wellington Didibhuku Thwala is currently Professor and Executive Dean: Faculty of Engineering Built Engineering and Information Technology (FEBEIT), Walter Sisulu University, East London, South Africa. He is the immediate past Distinguished Professor and Director School of Engineering, College of Science, Engineering and Technology (CSET), UNISA. He is the past Head of the Department of Construction Management and Quantity Surveying, University of Johannesburg, South Africa and Director of the South African Research Chairs Initiative in Sustainable Construction Management and Leadership in the Built Environment. He is a National Research Foundation (NRF) rated researcher. He offers research support and advice on construction related issues to the Construction Industry in South Africa and the government.  He is a Sustainable construction and digitalisation researcher who confronts the problems of design errors containment and improve the performance in infrastructure projects to minimise project cost overruns. Professor Thwala has varied research interests, which include project management, engineering design management, economic and social infrastructure delivery, operations and production management and business competitive intelligence.  Prof. Thwala was recognised by the National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF) in 2022 for the much-coveted Engineering Research Capacity Development Award for his impressive work in sustainable construction management, digitalisation, smart cities, design error containment, and leadership within the built environment. Professor Didibhuku Thwala was also presented with a Sustainable Education and Development Research Conference (SEDRC) excellence award for Leadership in Sustainable Construction in Africa and Mentor of the Decade at the 11th Sustainable Education and Development Research Conference (SEDRC), Ghana in recognition of Prof. Thwala’s outstanding contributions and achievements that exemplify and support-built environment research in Africa through successfully supervising over 70 PhD and over 100 Masters’ students across Africa, twenty-two (22) PhDs of whom are from Ghana. This demonstrates remarkable commitment to the industry and skill development in Africa. Professor Thwala has more than 700 publications in peer-reviewed journals, books (Taylor and Francis and Springer Publishers), chapters in books, and conference proceedings, both locally and internationally.

Professor Thwala is an active participant in many national and international scientific conferences. His worked had been recognised internationally and has been appointed to serves as an editorial board member and editor to various reputable international journals. He enjoys considerable international recognition and collaborates with internationally renowned academics from UK, USA, Australia, Hong Kong, Zambia, Ghana, Botswana, and Nigeria. He is also part of the conference scientific editorial board and a reviewer of both local and international conferences. Professor Thwala’ research work has been published in DHET accredited journals, high quality international journals, chapters in books, peer-reviewed conference proceedings and books.  He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Construction Project Management and Innovation. He also serves as an editorial board member to various reputable international journals. ORCID ID:



Professor Dr. Shahin Keynoush, Girne American University

Prof. Dr. Shahin Keynoush was born in 1970 and completed his education as an architect and urban designer at I.A. University. Since then he has taught Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Urban Design at various universities and colleges. His research activities include Chaos Theory and Urbanism, Fluid-Planning and Social Sustainability, in line with his philosophical approach in Constructive Realism. He also served as CEO, Chief Designer and Planner in professional firms. In recent years he is more focused on his academic life in addition to his responsibilities as the Vice Dean of the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Fine Arts at Girne American University.

keynote title: From Architecture to Urban Space; Obedience or Disobedience?

Nowadays all around the globe we are witnessing a constant growth of cities and we all participate in it either as architects, planners, designers, developers, policymakers and decision-takers or as other stakeholders; who at the end of the day are more or less one of the end users. We all observe the rapid growth and (every now and then) comment on these urban developments as well as its economical and social injustice on one hand and the environmental catastrophic pollution on the other hand. And yet not many really want to talk once it comes to the subject of responsibility; as it sounds to be  the elephant in the room. Many behave as if it is a giant system of different variable forces and urban factors behind the scene like a monster, that no one has the power to stop it. But very few truly ask: do we really have to obey this giant system that produces the recent monstrous cities within our built environment? Is it our obedience that generates the current monstrous cities or is it our cities that leads us to become monstrous and obedient? But whatever the case is, We have accepted the Unacceptable, as Fredieic  Gros says, and he later  refers to Primo Levi (in his book named Disobey):

Monsters exist, but they are too few in number to be truly dangerous. More dangerous are the common men, the functionaries ready to believe and to act without asking questions. Maybe it is time for us to raise some questions!!!!


Associate Professor Dr. Ivan Sanchez-Diaz, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden

Ivan Sanchez-Diaz is a civil engineer from the Universidad del Norte (Colombia) with a Ph.D. in Transportation Engineering from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (USA). His are of expertise is on travel demand modeling and on the design of urban freight transportation policies, with a special interest for sustainable urban freight systems. He has also a significant experience in the development of econometric analysis, behavioral models and analytical models for transportation planning projects. Dr. Sanchez-Diaz is the recipient of multiple academic and leadership distinctions.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Bernard L H Saw,

Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, Kajang, Selangor, Malaysia

Keynote title: Indoor Air Quality and Ventilation: Key to Creating infection-resilient Buildings

Dr. Bernard Saw currently serves as the Associate Professor and Chairperson of the Centre for Sustainable Mobility Technologies at Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR). In 2015, he earned his Ph.D. from the National University of Singapore (NUS). He is also a registered Professional Engineer, Chartered Engineer, Professional Technologist, and an associate fellow of the Asean Academy of Engineering and Technology. His research interests include ventilation, computational fluid dynamics, thermal management, and renewable energy. Dr. Saw's pioneering research has earned recognition in both academia and industry, placing him among the top 2% of the world's most highly cited scientists, as published by Stanford University, and he won the Top Research Scientist Malaysia 2023 award. He has published more than 100 peer-reviewed papers in prestigious international journals and authored five books and book chapters. His innovative spirit extends to developing patented products and intellectual property. Additionally, he has received more than 30 awards from international and local competitions and has been recognized as an outstanding reviewer for more than 10 international journals. Dr. Saw also serves as an editorial member and guest editor for several international journals and actively contributes as a consultant and principal investigator for renowned international and national projects.

Our ICCAUA2023 keynote speakers:


Prof. Dr.  Aykut Karaman, MSGSU , Altınbaş University, Istanbul, Turkey

  Keynote: Living in 2030: Smart and Empathic Cities

Prof. Dr. Masi Mohammadi, Eindhoven University of Technology & HAN University, Netherlands

Masi Mohammadi is an experienced scientist with a demonstrated history of working in higher education and collaborating with industry. Skilled in health architecture, smart living, and public and academic (keynote) lectures, she heads two chairs, Smart Architectural Technologies (Eindhoven University of Technology) and Architecture in Health (HAN University), in the Netherlands. Her research program, Empathic Environments, explores the basic and applied mechanisms of how socio-technological developments influence our living environment and how those are shaped by architecture. Her research has been carried out in various real-life projects throughout the Netherlands. As such, she is the Scientific Director of the DEEL Academy, a national joint venture between several universities, citizen initiatives, housing associations and care organisations in the Netherlands. She also performs as a member/chair of several (editorial) boards and research networks.


Dr. Paolo De Martino, University IUAV, Venice, Italy / Delft University of Technology, Netherlands                           

"Understanding, reconceptualizing and redesigning port cities at the time of transition"

Paolo De Martino is a researcher at Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) and PostDoc at Venice University IUAV. He moved to the Netherlands in 2015 where he started as a PhD candidate at the Department of Architecture at TU Delft under the supervision of prof. dr-ing. Carola Hein. He received is PhD diploma in May 2021 within a joint PhD program between the Department of Architecture of Delft University of Technology and the University of Naples Federico II. His research interest – which touches upon the complex relationship between ports, cities and regions – deals with port cities from a spatial and institutional perspective. He has investigated the port city of Naples in comparison to port city territories along the Hamburg-Le Havre range, with particular reference to the cities of Rotterdam, Antwerp and Le Havre. Since August 2021 he has teaching position at the Department of Architecture of TU Delft. In April 2022 he started as PostDoc at Venice University IUAV supporting the development of Maritime Spatial Plan for the Campania Region.


Professor Dr. José Manuel Pagés Madrigal, German University in Cairo, Egypt.


Greenery in houses;  sustainable approach for controlling Urban Heat Island phenomena

Prof. Dr. Islam El Ghonaimy, Department Of Architecture and interior design, College of Engineering, University of Bahrain, Bahrain.

Islam Elghonaimy did the honors of setting forth the consultation services in City Urban Planner for TEAM International office, Iraq - Kurdistan Region, 2012-2016. And as urban consultant for World Institute for Development Economics Research of the UNU-WIDER, Helsinki, Finland on 2007 & 2012 and as City Development Strategy Consultant, for World Bank projects with Arab Urban Developing Institute(AUDI), Arab Towns Organization, Riyadh, SA Academically, in 2000 he has been accredited the Doctoral of philosophy degree. Formerly, in 1995 he has been approved the M.Sc. and B.Sc. of Architect on 1988 In 2014, he was assigned to hold down a professor rank by High commission of Universities in Egypt. has been affiliated as moderator for the academic program for many universities. Since 2012, he has been affiliated with the University of Bahrain, College of Engineering, Department of Architecture and Interior Design and External reviewer in Higher Education for many universities in Gulf Region.


 Keynote: Sustainable Development Goals and The Business Schools

Prof. Dr. Muhammad Zahid, 
Dean Faculty of Management Sciences,
Director City University Center for Sustainability Studies (CUCSS)  
HEC Approved Supervisor, 
City University of Science and IT, 
Peshawar, Pakistan 

Muhammad Zahid, Ph.D., is currently working as a Professor, Dean Faculty of Management Sciences, and Director of the Center for Sustainability Studies City University of Science & Information Technology, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), Pakistan. He obtained his Ph.D. in Management from Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (#361 QS World University Rankings), Malaysia. He received his MS in Management and Master of Commerce degrees from Pakistan earlier. After completing a master's degree, he served the banking industry for 08 years as a branch and customer services manager. His area of concentration is corporate sustainability and financial performance. He has published two books in the area of sustainability and numerous research papers in indexed journals. For his outstanding research work, he has been awarded "The award for Excellence- 2016 Outstanding Journal Papers from Emerald Group Publishing" and Best Paper Award (2014) in International Symposium on Research in Innovation and Sustainability 2014 (ISoRIS' 14) 15-16 October 2014, Malacca, Malaysia.

Moreover, he is also serving as editor of the City University Research Journal (CURJ) and invited reviewer of well-reputed journals such as Business Strategy and the Environment, Journal of Cleaner Production, Sustainability, Corporate Social Responsibility, International Journal of Social Ecology and Sustainable Development, Journal of Management and Organization, World Journal of Science, Technology and Sustainable Development, Gender in Management an International Journal, Current Issues in Tourism, Economic Change, and Restructuring, and Environment, Development, and Sustainability. He also has expertise in designing sustainability reports in the business and academic domains. He can be contacted at and   


 keynote Title: Act of the 96 UN Habitat programme - Istanbul, Turkey

Prof. Dr. Arch. Lorenzo Capobianco,

President at Ordine Architetti Pianificatori Paesaggisti Conservatori di Napoli e Provincia; Phd in Urban Design; Associate Professor of Architectural Design at the Department of Architecture and industrial Design of University of Campania “Luigi Vanvitelli”; ICAR/14, Member of the Academic Board of the PhD in Architectural and Urban Design of University of Campania “Luigi Vanvitelli”; he carries out researches on contemporary city and sustainable architecture themes. He leads project research taking part in planning competitions in which he has earned acknowledgements and prizes. In 2006 he was between the 20 guests of the Italian Pavilion of the X Architecture Biennial of Venice; in 2007 he is between the twenty guests at the exhibition “20.07 Neapolis in forum versus”, promoted Architecture and City Annals Foundation in the Royal Palace in Naples, in 2009 he’s part of the section “Manifesti per una metropoli che cambia” within the exhibition Dreaming Milano (april 2009) and among the protagonists of “12xMILANO. Visioni della nuova architettura italiana per una metropoli che cambia” promoted by Urban Center of Milan. Besides many articles and essays, he published: Sven Markelius – Architecture and City (Electa, Naples, 2006), Lo Spazio della Città (Il Melangolo, 2012), Correzioni, esercizi di riprogettazione della città (letteraventidue edizioni, 2022). Lorenzo Capobianco, Prof. Dr. Arch., currently holds the leading position as President c/o “Ordine Architetti Pianificatori Paesaggisti Conservatori di Napoli e Provincia”, in the higher charge of executive in the jurisdiction of Napoli for this profession, by the Ministry of Justice of Italy.

Antonio Coppola

Keynote Title: Internationalization of urban studies c/o Ordine Architetti di Napoli, Italy: “Annali dell'architettura e delle città in Napoli, 2007” and geospatial analysis for the industrial district of Sitakunda, Bangladesh, by the Act 96 for UN Habitat program - Istanbul, Turkey.

Antonio Coppola has been involved in teaching and tutoring activities (1998-2002), in the Regional Training Program called "Environmental Technicians for Protected Areas". Within the framework of the “Gioia Tauro Area” Contract he managed the “Course of Demanial Concession Managers”. Since 1998, he has been a technical consultant in the Public Prosecutor's Office of Naples (Italy) Penal Section and the Torre Annunziata Civil Court. In 1999 he was authorised to practice the profession of Architect and specialized in Bioarchitecture at the University of Bologna, Faculty of Engineering. In 2001, he became an expert in Occupational Safety and, in 2017, he took a refresher course in Occupational Safety in the Design and Execution of Works, obtaining the qualification of Coordinator in the Design and Execution of Works. For the “Torre Annunziata” Court he carried out activities as Property Valuation Expert. Furthermore, he was Senior Consultant for IT AUDIT Consortium, providing technical assistance to Audit Authorities for EU-funded Operative Programs (Structural and Investment Funds). He was also Senior Consultant for Invitalia S.p.A., Rome (Italy) and Invitalia S.p.A., for technical assistance in the Management of Administrative Monitoring Services according to Law 44/86 De Vito, 95/95, Project S.T.A.R.T., Legislative Decree 185/00 Title 1 and 2, Law 181/89, Area Contracts, Industry Law 2015, Smart & Start. In addition, he was Project Designer, within the scope of a financing agreement of the Sorrentine Peninsula, and Project Designer, responsible for the Touristic and Environmental Renewal of 5 areas, identified by the Government Commissioner for Castelvolturno, Costa Domitia. He was also the Project Designer and Site Manager of a Real Estate Unit with high historical value, and Construction Site Manager of the Renovation and Safety Improvement of Road Infrastructures on behalf of “Autostrade per l'Italia S.p.A.” and School Buildings. Moreover, he was Safety Coordinator in the Renovation and Safety Improvement of Road Infrastructures, Project Designer, Site Manager and Safety Coordinator for the Construction of Industrial Buildings, and Technical Member for the Industry Law 2015 – Bill for Competitiveness and Relaunch of Industrial Politics approved on September 22, 2005. Additionally, he contributed on the P.O.R. Campania 2000/2006 for Integrated Projects of Axis II - Cultural Resources, as a Member for the Tender Commission for the “Comune of Portici” for Funeral Buildings, also elected (2010-2012) as Culture Councillor for the Works at the “Comune of Castellammare di Stabia” and as Board Member (2012-2017) c/o “Fondazione Ordine Architetti di Napoli e Provincia”. Furthermore, he was Technical Expert in the Technical Assessment (2005-2007) and Monitoring Control of Beneficiary Companies of the 2001/2002 Areas East and North of Naples - Law 266/07. He also provided Technical Assistance in the Management of Monitoring and Control Services of Beneficiary Companies of the Caserta Territorial Agreement, and Project Designer, Site Manager and Safety Coordinator in the Construction of Touristic and Environmental Renewal of a Bathing Resort in Naples. Currently, since 2018, Antonio Coppola is Counsellor c/o “Ordine Architetti Pianificatori Paesaggisti Conservatori di Napoli e Provincia” and is committed to the establishment of training programs with the inclusion of the professional Order in international practices. His scope is to fulfil the primary responsibilities, such as to provide training advice, and professional guidance, and support to members of the professional order through forensic frameworks, by including the professional Order at institutional conferences, and to represent the views of members in any relevant debates. He is also responsible for providing paralegal-information and methodological support to members in relation to their legal professional development and preparing technical data to disclose ethical management practices.


Our ICCAUA2022 keynote speakers:


Professor Dr. Ahmed Faggal, department of architecture, Faculty of Engineering , Ain shams University (ASU), Cairo, Egypt.

keynote Title:

Education to professional practice within sustainable requirements - The Architect Role

Professor Ahmed Faggal is a professor in the Architectural Department, Faculty of  Engineering, Ain shams University (ASU), Cairo, Egypt, a visited Professor in The German University in Cairo (GUC) & The Britsh University in Egypt (BUE) and recently he is the Dean of Canadian International College – (CIC). Professor Ahmed Faggal had his PH. D in Architecture Eng. “2002” Ain Shams University, and his M.Sc Degree in Architecture Eng. “1998” Ain Shams University, Bachelor of Engineering “Sept. 87, - June 91” Ain Shams University, Faculty of Engineering. He teaches building technology, environmental control systems, and thermal comfort courses at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He has supervised thesis in M.Sc. Degree & PH. D for more than 19 years. He has published papers in the area of environmental control and thermal comfort in buildings.


Professor Dr. Jianfa Shen, Department of Geography and Resource Management, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China 

keynote Title:

Urbanization and sustainable urban development in China

Prof. Jianfa SHEN is Professor of the Department of Geography and Resource Management, and Director of Research Centre for Urban and Regional Development of Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. His research interests focus on urbanization, migration, urban and regional development, urban governance and urban competitiveness. He has undertaken substantial research in these areas contributing to theoretical and methodological advancements, as well as empirical analysis and applications including the development of a dual-track urbanisation framework and the causes of changing migration patterns in China. He is one of the top two percent of the world's scientists according to the list released by Stanford University in December 2020. He received RGC Senior Research Fellowship 2020/2021. He serves in the Editorial Boards of The China Review, Population, Space and Place, Applied Spatial Analysis and Policy, Asian Population Studies, Asian Geographer and Geographical Research. He has published 197 papers and 28 books including “Urbanization, Regional Development and Governance in China” (2018, Routledge) and “Development and Planning in Seven Major Coastal Cities in Southern and Eastern China ” (2017, Springer).

Professor Dr. Yasser Mahgoub Faculty of Architecture, Galala University

keynote Title:

From the Contemporary to the Post-Contemporary: Theory and Practice at a Crossroad

Dr. Yasser Mahgoub is an architect, academic and scholar. Currently, Program Director, Faculty of Architecture, Galala University. Received his Doctorate in Architecture degree from The University of Michigan in 1990. Held several academic positions at Ain Shams University (Egypt), United Arab Emirates University, Kuwait University, Qatar University, Dar Al Hekma University (Saudi Arabia) and Galala University (Egypt). Practised as a professional architect and consultant.. Teaches design studios, research methods, environment and behaviour, creativity and innovation, professional practice, graduation/senior projects and graduate courses. His research interests include social and cultural aspects of architecture, sustainable architecture, architectural education and the impact of globalization on architecture. Published several refereed research papers in internationally refereed journals and book chapters. Attended and presented papers in several international and regional conferences. Served as a scientific referee for many scientific conferences and journals. Was a member of the Agha Khan for Architecture Award reviewers for the 2010 cycle and currently country nominator.


Dr. Joseph Adeniran ADEDEJI,Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria

keynote Title:

African indigenous urbanism and urban design: A centennial requiem

Dr. Joseph Adeniran Adedeji has his core research interest in landscape hermeneutics. He joins the Rachel Carson Center from The Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA), Nigeria where he is a senior lecturer in the Department of Architecture. He obtained Bachelor (Hons.) and Master of Technology degrees in Architecture from Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso, and Doctor of Philosophy degree in Architecture from FUTA. He lectured briefly at Osun State College of Technology, Esa-Oke (2004-2007), and LAUTECH (2007-2011) before his appointment in FUTA in 2011. A full member of the Nigerian Institute of Architects (NIA) and chartered by the Architects’ Registration Council of Nigeria (ARCON), he has over two decades of practical experience. His teaching, research works, and publications are situated at the intersection of spatial considerations for the comfortable use of urban open spaces, environment and behaviour, cultural morphology of cityscapes, and more intensely, landscape hermeneutics of the urban grain in an African context. Specifically, he has a passion for researching the socio-cultural aspects of ecosystem services and biocultural identity of the Yoruba nation of south-west Nigeria. His most recent project titled Bioculturalism of Yorubas: Intersection of mythology and nature for wellbeing at Osun Sacred Grove UNESCO Site, Osogbo, Nigeria is part of a bigger picture of the project Urban realities and urban nature: Facilitating processes of wellbeing and belonging within urban biocultural environments (Earthscan, forthcoming). He is a reviewer with several academic journals, including Emerald’s Management of Environmental Quality and Health Environment Research & DesignUrban Design InternationalJournal of Conservation Planning of the University of Florida (including an editorial board membership from 2014 to 2017), and Elsevier’s Social Science and Humanities Open, among others. He is an external examiner and Ph.D thesis assessor. He has published widely and presented research at learned conferences in Nigeria and abroad. These include IFLA (International Federation of Landscape Architects) World Congress 2012 and 2016, and the 2nd International Workshop on Civil Engineering and Architecture, among many others. He is a research methodologist with emphasis on the mixed-method paradigm, which he teaches at a postgraduate level. His Survey research designs incorporating data dummying: The what and how of a strategy for studying environment security is a wealth of resources on research methods praxis.


Professor Dr. Sahar Attia, Department of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering, Cairo University, Egypt

Planning the Post-Covid City: The Time for a Big Rethink

Dr. Sahar Attia, is an Emeritus Professor of urban design at the Faculty of Engineering, Cairo University. She has been the Head of the Department of Architecture in the same institution from 2013-2017. She has 40 years of experience practising and teaching urban planning, urban design, and architecture. She is currently a member of the Supreme Council of Urban Development in Egypt, a member of the Stakeholders Advisory Group Enterprise (SAGE) UN-Habitat, She is also the co-chair of the University Network Initiative -UN-Habitat (UNI),  and a board member in Ecocity Builders, a non-profit public benefit corporation in SF California-USA.

She is the Co-Editor of: “Dynamics And Resilience Of Informal Areas: International Perspectives” (2016), “New Cities and Community Extensions in Egypt and the Middle East” (2018), “Cultural Sustainable Tourism” (2019), and “Ecocities Now” (2020), all four published by Springer. In January 2021, she has been appointed a member of the Egyptian Parliament, and a member of the Science & technology working group in the International Parliamentary Union (IPU).


Dr. Laura P. Spinadel, BUSarchitektur & BOA GmbH, Competence Center URBAN MENUS for Smart Urban Development, Austria

keynote Title:

URBAN MENUS: Parametric consensus-based 3D future planning

Laura P. Spinadel (1958 Buenos Aires, Argentina) is an Argentine-Austrian architect, urban planner, writer, educator and principal of the companies BUSarchitektur and BOA office for advanced randomness in Vienna. She is particularly reknown for her works Compact City and Campus WU, both considered pioneers of the holistic architecture ideology. She is Doctor Honoris Causa at the Civic Parliament of the Humanity, Transacademy Universal Institute of Nations. Currently, she is working on URBAN MENUS**, an Interactive Society Future Planning Serious Game to create our cities in 3D using an impact-oriented consensual approach.

** Granting Promotion XL Innovation AWS Austrian economy services of the Creative Industries (2017) & Impact Innovation funding Austrian Research Promotion Agency FFG (2020) & aws technology internationalization 2021-2022 support for URBAN MENUS India market study for a Smart Area Development solution.


IV Congresso Internazionale dell`Abitare Collectivo Sostenible Alghero 2020 - ISBN  978-84-09-20369-7

Campus WU: A Holistic History – Editor BOA büro für offensive aleatorik – 2013 ISBN 978-3950366600

Urban unconscious – BUSarchitektur & Friends– Libria Editrice – 2003 ISBN 88-87202-44-3;

Perceptions by BUSarchitektur – Projects and Buildings 1986/1999 Libria Editrice 2001 ISBN 88-87202-15-X

Blogs & platforms

A holistic look at artificial intelligence by Laura P. Spinadel – Issue 5 – AGENCIA – Mexico - 2021

Podcast Städtebau im Dialog - Start Ups University of Dotmund - Germany - 10/2020

Urbanet Spotlight on Smart Cities : Me, Them and URBAN MENUS - 10/2020

Urban Menus - Lebensqualität durch konsensbasierte Stadtplanung - urban digital - Germany - 07/2020

Main awards and milestones

Award Top 3 female Innovation Minerva Award 2021

Award Top 3 female entrepreneurs Award 21 at the topic Innovation 2021

Architecture Award City of Vienna 2015

International CICA Award Urban Planning 2015

Award International Architecture Biennial Buenos Aires BA15 2015

Golden Ring of Honor from the Business and Economics University Vienna – 2014

Recent Competition Successes (Selection)

1st Prize Invest Housing Koloniestraße in Vienna – 2020 - Austria.

1st Prize Remodeling Forschungszentrum Jülich in Nordrhein-Westfalen – 2019 - Germany

1st Prize Masterplan Sports Mile Krems at the Danube River – 2018 - Austria

Current appearances as keynote speaker in world stages

Moscow Urban Forum MUF 21, Russia

Malaysia Urban Forum MUF 2020, Malaysia

Raumwelten Conference 2020, Germany

Congresso Internazionale dell`Abitare Collectivo Sostenible, Barcelona/Alghero 2020

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Professor Dr. Carlo ALBERINI, Mohammed VI Polytechnic University, Morocco.

keynote Title:

Toward 2030: The role of resilient & sustainable urban planning to foster a greener decade in coastal areas

After his master’s in Architecture at the School of Architecture – University of Genoa (in 1998), with a thesis on Teaching of Urban Planning in the European Schools of Architecture, he began his research and teaching activities. In 2005, he got his PhD in Urban Planning at the School of Engineering – University of Genoa, with a thesis on Ports planning, urban governance and waterfronts regeneration projects.

Since he graduated, he has been Researcher and Adjunct Professor at the School of Architecture in Genoa for several years, taking courses on Town Planning and Town Planning History. Adjunct Professor at the Schools of Architecture in Florence, where he taught courses on Urban PlanningUrban ManagementInfrastructures and Urban Development. He also taught at the Master’ on Waterfront regeneration projects in Mediterranean cities. Its areas of research investigation covered the topics of urban analysis and urban regeneration projects management, with specific focus on the quality of public space and the impact on real estate value; internationally he was involved in research projects funded the EU, in the fields of urban mobilitycities-infrastructures design & managementinfrastructure & environment.

Since august 2018 he’s Professor and Researcher at the School of Architecture Planning and Design - Mohammed VI Polytechnic University (Morocco), where he has held courses in the Master on “Resilient, Sustainable and Smart Buildings & Cities” as well as for the bachelor’s degree in Architecture. In the Master RSSBC he’s in charge for teaching the modules related to: Analysis of urban contexts in African citiesFunding resilient and sustainable buildings & citiesIntroduction to real estate finance for sustainable and resilient urban transformation projects. On the bachelor’s in architecture, he’s in charge for the Design Studio #1, Design Studio #2, Introduction to Environment Ecology and Sustainability. At the EMINES – School of Industrial Management (UM6P) he in charge for teaching the module Finance and Urbanization. He’s author of three monographies on infrastructure development and urban development process, waterfront regeneration project and port planning, urban planning & real estate finance. He’s also correspondent for the International Architecture Review AREA. Recently he presented the paper “How to teach Urban Big Data for tomorrow’ town planners” at the 2022 International Conference of the Association of Collegiate School of Planning.

He is Co-Coordinator of the research project: “Urban structure and COVID19 spread. Defining and monitoring Urban Health & Hygiene Performance Index” as well as Coordinator of a 3-year research project “Dakhla Region 2030 Action Plan. Fostering SDGs trough integrated coastal zones management and sustainable urban planning”.

As a professional, during last 20 years, he has gained an extensive experience in hospitals and healthcare infrastructures programming & design, as well as in regeneration's projects of public and private large real estate assets.