Keynote Speakers


The keynote speakers for ICCAUA2024 will be announced soon.



Our ICCAUA2022 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.