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The conference will feature a number of stimulating keynote lectures by prominent experts.

Keynote Speakers (as of July 2017):

Anne Beim

Professor, School of Architecture, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen, Denmark - Head of Research Centre, CINARK - Centre for Industrialized Architecture

Anne Beim is Full Professor in Architecture at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts School of Architecture (KADK). She holds an M.Arch. and a PhD in Architecture from KADK, and has studied under Professor Marco Frascari and Professor David Leatherbarrow at University of Pennsylvania as part of her PhD.

She is Head of CINARK - Centre for Industrialized Architecture, which serves to bridge the gap between the architectural education, construction industry, and the architectural profession.

Since 2014 she has Co-chaired the Graduate Program; Settlement, Ecology and Tectonics.

From 2008-2010 she chaired the Architecture Committee of the Danish Arts Foundation and since 2013 she has chaired the Admission Board of the Architects Association in Denmark.

Research focus: how architectural ideas transform into constructions; defined as building culture and tectonics. The topics are: the ecological dimension, architectural challenges of the construction industry, and the architectural qualities found in materials, construction principles and detailing.

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

Antón García-Abril

Full Professor, School of Architecture and Planning, MIT, Cambridge, USA

Ensamble Studi, Madrid, Spain & Boston, USA

Antón García-Abril,(Madrid, 1969) is a European PhD Architect, full-professor at the School of Architecture and Planning of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology(M.I.T.), and he is currently developing a second doctoral thesis about “Stressed Mass” at the School of Civil Engineering of the Polytechnic University of Barcelona.

He received the Spanish Academy Research Prize in Rome in 1996. He has been associate professor at the School of Architecture of the Polytechnic University of Madrid (E.T.S.A.M.-U.P.M.) for a decade, invited professor at the Graduate School of Design of Harvard University in 2010 and Cornell University in 2008, and visiting critic and lecturer in different universities and institutions in America and Europe, being the most recent ones the Akademie der Bildenden Künste Stuttgart, Kunstakademie of Düsseldorf, AA London, Instituto Cervantes Chicago, Bienne Forum de l’Architecture, University of Texas at San Antonio, Bauhaus University Weimar, the ETH Zürich, Princeton University, Harbin Institute of Technology China, ZA 2010 Congress, Johannesburgo, Accademia d’Architettura of Mendrisio, or the College of Architects of Ecuadorin Quito.

In 2000 he establishes ENSAMBLE STUDIO leading, together with his partner Débora Mesa, across-functional team with a solid research background on the lookout for new approaches to architectonical space, building technologies and urban strategies. Their built projects are exposed structures that explore the essence of materials to create space. The Music Studies Center and the SGAE Central Office in Santiago de Compostela, the Martemar House in Malaga, the Hemeroscopium House in Madrid, the Truffle in Costa da Morte (Spain) and more recently the Reader’s House in Madrid and the Telcel Theater in Mexico City have been internationally published.

Their office has been awarded with important prizes like The Rice Design Alliance Prize to emerging architects in 2009 or the Architectural Record Design Vanguard Prize in 2005, and was selected by SANAA to participate in the Venice Biennale of Architecture 2010. In 2012 has been curator of the Spanish Pavilion at the Venice Biennale presenting “Spainlab” and in 2013 Antón has been elected an International Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) for his services to international architecture and received the Iakov Chernikhov International Prize for young Architects around the World. Beside his professional career, he keeps a strong involvement with the academic community through teaching and research. He co-founded with Débora Mesa the Positive City Foundation in 2009, with the aim of forwarding their views on urban development, and they are in the process of setting up a research laboratory at MIT, the POPLab (Prototypes of Prefabrication Laboratory).

Fernando Branco

Professor, Civil Engineering Department, IST - University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal - President of IABSE

Fernando A. Branco is full professor of Civil Engineering at IST-Lisbon University and Past President of the Civil Engineering Department. He is President of the International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering (IABSE), Honorary Senator of the European Economic Forum (EWIF), Past-President of the European Council of Civil Engineers (ECCE) and Past-President of Portuguese Association of Structural Engineers (APEE). He has co-authored 14 books and over 300 scientific papers. He has been consultant for major Public Works in Portugal like the S. João Bridge (world longest railway span in cantilever construction), Macau-Taipa Bridge (in China) and Vasco da Gama Bridge (the longest in Europa).

Hugo Corres

Professor, School of Civil Engineering, Polytechnic University of Madrid, Madrid, Spain - President of fib

Hugo Corres Peiretti graduated as a Civil Engineer in 1977, and in 1981 obtained his PhD, both from the Polytechnic University of Madrid. He is also a Doctor Honnoris Causa from the Technical University of Bratislava in 2002. Hugo is a Full Professor of Structural Concrete and Conceptual Design at the School of Civil Engineering at the Polytechnic University of Madrid, since 1993. He is fib President, and a former President of ACHE, Spanish Structural Concrete Scientific Association.

Professor Corres was a member of the Project team of Eurocode 2; Concrete Structures; a member of fib Special Activity Group 5, for Model Code for Concrete Structures 2010; member of several Spanish Codes Committees; author of several articles and books.

Founder and President of FHECOR Ingenieros Consultores, S.A, since 1979; and designer of many concrete and steel bridges and of a large number of major building.

Lisha Ren

Associate Professor, College of Design and Innovation, Tongji University, Shanghai, China

Lisha Ren is Associate Professor in College of Design and Innovation, Tongji University, Shanghai. She holds a Ph.D in History and Theory of Architecture from College of Architecture and Urban Planning (CAUP), Tongji University in 2010. Since then, she has co-chaired the industrial design program for undergraduate students at the College of Design and Innovation in Tongji. Her research interests are mainly on Design History, Bridge Aesthetics and Bridge Landscape. She was a visiting scholar in several universities, such as IUAV, VIU in Italy and Lehigh University in U.S.A., UBC in Canada. She authored "Footbridge as Art" in 2015. She also published many papers in a variety of international and national design journals and conferences, such as IASDR, DRS, Cumulus, International Footbridge Conference, etc. In 2015 she established the Research Lab of Genealogy of Design History in Tongji University to explore the status of design history and development of material culture, which play an important role in genealogy of design history and dynamics research based on data mining and information visualization.

Olivier Grossetête

Olivier Grossetête, Marseille, France

Born in Paris in 1973 and lives and works in Marseille, France.

Whether with monumental cardboard buildings or with flying bridges and structures he tries to reverse the balance of forces. In his ephemeral projects he changes the meaning of materials and situations producing utopian architectures, childhood dreams and collective performances.

His artistic work tries to live the dream and poetry in our daily lives. Using the game with a false naivety, he confronts a given query for future laws (both physical and social).One way to grab the image of power with materials considered derisory and rejected in industrial quantities.

Famous for building huge cardboard structures - from Marseille to Sydney – using thousands of cardboard boxes and kilometres of masking tape and inviting the public to assemble them using only human power without using any crane or machine. 

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