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Keynote Forum




  • Day1. Future
  • Monday, September 4, 2017
    Urban Futures: “Living in the Inner City”

    Regenerating Urban Architecture for Cohesion and Sustainability


  • Panelists
  • Alvaro PUNTONI

    Alvaro PUNTONI was born in São Paulo, Spain in 1965. Architect (1987), master (1999) and a Ph.d. (2005) by FAU-USP. Project professor since 1990, currently teaches at FAU-USP (since 2001) and at the Escola da Cidade (since 2002), of which he is a founding partner and coordinator of the Graduate Council and specialization course "America“. Guest professor at the post-graduate course of FAU-Mackenzie. Guest Professor of Taller Sudamerica of FADU, Buenos Aires. Worked with Angelo Bucci from 1987 until 1996 and after 2002 until 2004 when they founded the SPBR architects. Participated in various national and international competitions of which stand out: 1st prize in the national competition for the Brazil Pavilion at Expo ' 92 in Seville (1991);1st prize of the national competition of ideas of the Memorial to the Republic in Piracicaba (2002), both associated with the architect Angelo Bucci;1st prize of the national competition for the new headquarter SEBRAE in Brasilia, associated with the architect Luciano Margotto (2008). Finalist of the competition House in Luanda Triennial of Lisbon (2010). Participated as exhibitor in various exhibitions and Architecture Biennale among which stand out the exhibitions "Encore Modern? 1928-2005 brésiliennes Architectures" (Paris, 2005) and "COLETIVO - Contemporary Architecture Paulista" (São Paulo, 2006; Rio de Janeiro and Zürich, 2007, Braunschweig, St. Louis and Lisbon, 2008 and 2009 Santiago). Participated as a lecturer in several meetings and seminars of which if notable 16th Biennial of architecture of Chile (2008), the 19th Brazilian Congress of architects in 2010, V Congresso Internacional de Arquitectura Blanca in Valence (Spain) in 2012 and 6th Seminar Del Territorio al Detalle in Talca (Chile) in 2012. Has participated in several workshops among which stand out the “Topography della Forma della Cittá” in Favara (Italy) in 2003, “X Seminar” in Montevideo(Uruguay) in 2008, “Tre Scenari per il fiume Madaglena”, in Pescara (Italy) and “Architecture, Territory and Forces of Nature” in Santiago(Chile) both in 2010, and “Workshop Architecture Venezia - W.A.Ve. 2013” in Venezia (Italy). Received the Premio young architects in 2004 hosted by IAB/SP with the project to the Annex of the Museum of gold in Sabará, APCA Awards 2011(Association of artistic critics of Sao Paulo – Best Architecture work with SEBRAE Headquarters), Latin America New Generation Awards in XIII Bienal de Arquitectura de Buenos Aires 2012 and Panorama Work Awards at 8th Ibero-American Architecture and Urbanism Biennial (VIII BIAU). Currently keeps the gruposp office in São Paulo.
    Alvaro Puntoni
    Gruposp Arquitetos Partner, São Paulo
    “CONSTRUCTION OF EMPTY AS AN ANSWER TO EMPTY CITY” Gruposp Arquitetos Partner, São Paulo

    Wilfried WANG

    With Barbara Hoidn, founder of Hoidn Wang Partner in Berlin. Since 2002, O’Neil Ford Centennial Professor in Architecture at the University of Texas at Austin. Born in Hamburg, studied architecture in London; partner with John Southall in SW Architects. Founding co-editor with Nadir Tharani of 9H Magazine; co-director with Ricky Burdett of the 9H Gallery. Director of the German Architecture Museum. Taught at the Polytechnic of North London, University College London, ETH Zürich, Städelschule, Harvard University, and the Universidad de Navarra. Author and editor of various architectural mono- and topographs. Co-editor of the O’Neil Ford Mono- and Duograph Series. Chairman of the Erich Schelling Architecture Foundation; adjunct member of the Federation of German Architects; foreign member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Fine Arts, Stockholm; member and deputy director of the architecture section of the Akademie der Künste, Berlin; honorary doctorate from the Royal Technical University Stockholm; honorary member of the Portuguese Chamber of Architects.
    Wilfried WANG
    Architect Hoidn Wang Partner,
    O'Neil Ford Centennial Chair in Architecture at the University of Texas at Austin Berlin Deputy Director of the Architecture Section at the Akademie der Künste, Berlin
    “Envisioning Growth”

    John PEPONIS

    John Peponis was born in Athens, Greece, in 1955. He is a professor of architecture at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA. He has contributed to the development of theories, methods and measures for the analysis of built space and its human functions at the scale of buildings and urban areas, to assist the formulation and evaluation of designs.  He is one of the founding leaders of the field of space syntax. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the General Services Administration, the Ministry of Research in Greece, the Georgia Tech Foundation, Steelcase, Perkins+Will and Dar Al-Handasah. As a registered architect in Greece he collaborates with Kokkinou and Kourkoulas Architects. His papers address the geometric and computational foundations of space syntax; the cognitive and organizational performance of museums, work environments, healthcare environments and environments for learning; design formulation and design languages; urban layout and its functions; spatial cognition.
    John PEPONIS
    Architect & Professor,
    School of Architecture, Georgia Tech

    Sung Hong KIM

    KIM Sung Hong is a professor of architecture and urbanism at the University of Seoul. Studied architecture at Georgia Tech, the University of California at Berkeley and Hanyang University in Seoul; Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the University of Washington in 2006; Provost of Planning and Research Office, University of Seoul from 2007-2008; Organizer of the exhibition, “Megacity Network: Contemporary Korean Architecture” in Frankfurt, Berlin, Tallinn, Barcelona and Seoul from 2007-2010; Author of research papers, essays and books about contemporary Korean architecture and urbanism including ‘Future Asian Space: Projecting the Urban Space of New East Asia’ (2012), ‘Street Corner Architecture’ (2011), ‘On Asian Streets and Public Space’ (2010), ‘New Imagination of Urban Architecture’ (2009), ‘Megacity Network: Contemporary Korean Architecture’ (2007); Field Editor for the Journal of Asian Architecture and Building Engineering from 2010-2012, and currently a Chief Editor for SPACE Academia; Columnist for the Korea JoongAng Daily from 2011-2013; Juror for the several international competitions for architecture, urban and landscape design. Curated “The FAR Game: Constraints Sparking Creativity,” for the Korean Pavilion, Venice Biennale in 2016.
    Moderator & Speaker
    Sung Hong KIM
    Professor of Architecture and Urbanism
    University of Seoul
    “to be updated”
    “Urban Futures: Living in the Inter City,” the kick-off keynote forum of ‘UIA 2017

    Seoul, Soul of City’, will discuss the experiences, lessons, ideas, and endeavours from different cities and regions. At a time when managing and reversing man-induced climate change is imperative, how can the architecture of cities contribute to environmental quality? How can urban morphologies and building typologies related to ‘open-ness’ and ‘inclusiveness’ of different people and lifestyles? How is the urbanism of pluralism attainable by regenerating urban architecture? How can individual building design influence the formation of public space in the face of gentrification and commercialization? To what extent can architects turn the motivation of short-term private profits into the realization of long-term public benefits? How can buildings be inserted into urban infrastructures to upgrade informal sectors of megacities, and keep neighborhood networks working?

    Four speakers - John Peponis, Wilfried Wang, Alvaro Puntoni, and Sung Hong KIM - will present specific cases and examples from West Europe, North America, Latin America, and Asia, and open up a discussion on the role and leadership of architects in a globally connected world in which we face interrelated local and global problems - the key agenda of UIA world congress.

  • Day2. Culture
  • Tuesday, September 5, 2017
    Culture: “Design with History”


  • Panelists
  • Kengo Kuma

    Kengo Kuma was born in 1954 in Yokohama (Japan). He completed his master’s degree in architecture at the University of Tokyo in 1979. From 1985 to 1986 he studied at Columbia University as Visiting Scholar. He established Kengo Kuma & Associates in 1990. He taught at Keio University from 2001 to 2008 as professor, and in 2009 he was installed as Professor at the Graduate School of Architecture, University of Tokyo. Among Kuma’s major early works are Kiro-san Observatory (1994), the guest house Water/Glass (1995, received AIA Benedictus Award), the Noh Stage in Forest at the Toyoma Center for Performance Arts (received in 1997 Architectural Institute of Japan Annual Award), the Nakagawa-machi Bato Hiroshige Museum of Art (2000, received The Murano Prize), Great Bamboo Wall in China (2002).
    Recent works include Suntory Museum (2007), Nezu Museum (2009, Tokyo), Yusuhara Wooden Bridge Museum (2010, Yusuhara), Asakusa Culture Tourism Information Center (2012, Tokyo), the Nagaoka City Hall (2012, Nagaoka), The 5th Kabukiza (2013, Tokyo), Kyushu Geibunkan (2013), Tokyo Central Post Office KITTE (2013), Toshima City Hall (Tokyo, 2015), Toyama Kirari – Toyama Glass Art Museum and City Library (2015) and Komatsu Seiren Fabo (2015). Completed projects outside Japan include: Besançon Art Center and Cité de la Musique (2012) , FRAC (Fond Regional d’Art Contemporaine) Marseille (2013), Darius Milhaud Coservatory of Music (2013), Entrepot Macdonald (Education and Sport Complex, 2014), Lyon Confluence HIKARI (2015), China Academy of Art’s Folk Art Museum (2015). A number of large projects are also in progress internationally, such as the Victoria & Albert Museum building in Dundee (Scotland), University Multifunction Center at EPFL in Lausanne (Switzerland), Saint Denis station (France), Albert Kahn Museum (France), Padova Convention Center (Italy).
    Kengo Kuma was awarded with the International Spirit of Nature Wood Architecture Award in 2002 (Finland), International Architecture Awards for the Best New Global Design for Chokkura Plaza and Shelter in 2007 and Energy Performance + Architecture Award in 2008 (France). He is an International Fellow of RIBA in UK and Honorary Fellow of AIA of the US.
    He has also written numerous books and most of the titles have been translated into Chinese and Korean. His major writings, Anti-Object, Natural Architecture, Small Architecture have been published in English from AA Publications, the book department of AA School, UK’s prestigious architecture institution.
    Kengo KUMA
    Professor, University of Tokyo
    “Memory of Places”

    Seung, H-Sang

    Born in 1952, graduated Seoul National University and studied at Technische Universitaet in Wien. Worked for Kim Swoo Geun from 1974 to 1989 and established his office "IROJE architects & planners' in 1989. He was a core member of “4.3 Group” which strongly influenced Korean architectural society, and participated in founding “Seoul School of Architecture” for a new educational system. He is the author of 'Beauty of Poverty(1996 Mikunsa)', 'Architecture, Signs of Thoughts(2004 Dolbegae)', ‘Landscript(2009 Yoelhwadang)’ and 'Graveyard of Roh Muhyun(2010 Nulwa)', and was an Visiting Professor of North London University and taught at Seoul National University and at Korea National University of Art. His works are based on his own critical concerns on Western culture of the 20th century whose subject is 'beauty of poverty'. He won various prizes with his practice and works, and was the coordinator for 'Paju Book City'. The America Institute of Architects invested him with Honorary Fellow of AIA in 2002, and Korea National Museum of Contemporary of Art selected him as 'the artist of year 2002', first time for an architect and had a grand solo architecture exhibition. He, gained world-wide fame as architect with his architectural achievements and through various international exhibitions, has spread out his architectural field over Asia, Europe and America. In 2007, Korean government honored him with ‘Korea Award for Art and Culture’, and he was commissioned as director for Gwangju Design Biennale 2011 after for Korean Pavilion of Venice Biennale 2008. He was commissioned as the first City Architect of Seoul Metropolitan Government in 2014 and finished his term in 2016.
    H-Sang SEUNG
    Architect, IROJE
    “지문 / 地文 / landscript”

    Li Xiaodong

    Li, Xiaodong, graduated from School of Architecture at Tsinghua University in 1984 and did his PhD at the School of Architecture, Delft University of Technology between 1989-1993, is a practicing architect, educator and researcher on architecture. Li Xiaodong’s design ranges from interior, architecture to urban spaces, he has won both national and international, among which: his design for Bridge School in Fujian Province was the winner of 2009 AR(review) emerging Architecture award and winner of 2010 Aga Khan Award for Architecture; he was awarded the Honorary Felloship by AIA in 2012; his Liyuan Library was the winner of inaugural Moriyama RAIC International Prize of Architecture (2014) and winner of Culture category of WAF in Singapore(2012) and winner of Architecture of Necessity in Sweeden(2013) ;his Yuhu elementary school won UESCO Jury Award for Innovation, EDRA/Places annual design Awards (US),AR+D Awards (UK) highly commended,ARASIA Gold Medal, and Business Week/Architectural Records China Awards best Public Building. He also teaches architecture, he has won prestige international awards: RIBA tutor’s prize (2000) and SARA tutor’s prize (2001) for his inspirational teaching at the Department of Architecture, National University of Singapore. Currently, he is now professor of architecture at the school of Architecture, Tsinghua University, in Beijing.
    Xiaodong LI
    Architect & Professor,
    Tsinghua University
    “Towards a Reflexive Regional Architecture”

    Bonghee JEON

    to be updated...
    Bonghee JEON
    Professor, Seoul National University
    This Keynote Forum deals with how East Asian contemporary architects would perceive their long-standing history and overwhelming vestiges of tradition. Invited speakers who have shown distinctive perspectives on history during the age of globalization in the 21st century will be challenged to answer the question of “Where is history in your design practice?”

    They are the frontiers voicing up their opinions in the international architectural field, rather than showing a reserved attitude settling in the shadow of tradition. In their works, what are the different interpretations on the past and how do they project future of their own? This forum will be an excellent platform to open up the discourse of “similarities in differences.”

  • Day3. Culture
  • Wednesday, September 6, 2017
    Nature: “Humane Green Architecture: Whispering with the Green”


  • Panelists

    Hani Rashid, with Lise Anne Couture, is the co-founder of Asymptote Architecture, the highly acclaimed New York City based practice. Through its award winning design for buildings, interiors, installations and masterplans, Asymptote has gained an international reputation for design excellence. Current and recent projects include a commission for the new Hermitage Museum of Contemporary Art, residential towers in the cities of Moscow and Miami, the Yas Viceroy Marina Hotel in Abu Dhabi, UAE, an ING Bank Headquarters in Ghent, Belgium, and the ARC, a multi-media exhibition building in Daegu, South Korea.
    Hani Rashid also has an ongoing distinguished academic career that includes visiting professorships at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts School of Architecture in Copenhagen, SCI-Arc, the Berlage Institute in Amsterdam, and the ETH in Zurich. He held the Kenzo Tange Chair for Architecture at Harvard’s GSD as well as a multi-year appointment at Princeton. For over ten years, he was an Associate Professor of Architecture at Columbia’s GSAPP where he co-developed the school’s Advanced Digital Design Program. He is currently the Director of a Graduate Design Studio at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna.
    The work of Asymptote is included in several important museum collections including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Netherlands Institute of Architecture (NAI), the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Frac Centre in Orléans, France and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York. The practice’s work has been the subject of three monographs and is widely published internationally in professional journals as well as the general press.
    Hani Rashid co-represented the United States at the 7th Venice Architecture Biennale, has been a New York Foundation of the Arts Fellow, served on the Aga Khan steering committee for the international Architecture Prize, and was awarded the Luis Barragán Chair in Mexico. Hani Rashid and his partner Lise Anne Couture were awarded the prestigious Frederick Kiesler Prize for Architecture and the Arts in recognition of exceptional contributions to the merging of art and architecture. Asymptote was named by TIME magazine as Leaders in Innovation for the 21st Century.
    Hani RASHID
    Co-Founder and Design partner, Asymptote
    “Architecture is Technology”

    Thomas Terayama

    Thomas Terayama received M Arch from Princeton University, and gained professional experience in New Jersey, New York, and Los Angeles before returning to Japan. As a an architect and a project manager at Nikken Sekkei, he has lead teams of architects, planners, and engineers to deliver 90 hectare university master planning, and design for academic buildings grossing over 350,000 sq.m in Makkah, KSA. Informed by practice and academic research, Terayama has explored applications of sustainability and wellness in planning and architectural design.
    Past academic appointments include teaching assistant at Princeton University for graduate level studios, and visiting design jury at New Jersey Institute of Technology. Terayama served as an adjunct professor at Temple University in Philadelphia. His personal projects have been published in New York Times, Japan Architect, etc, and has been awarded by Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction Award amongst others.
    Thomas TERAYAMA
    Nikken Sekkei
    “Cultivating Culture from Nature: Integrated Planning and Design Concepts for Academic Environment”


    Prof. Ir. Ing. BNA HAIA FRIBA (Schijndel, Netherlands, 1959)
    Principle Architect / Urban Planner
    Merits, received from respective national governments for his contributions to the field of architecture and urbanism:
    2011 Chevalier de la Légion D'honneur, awarded by the French Government
    2015 Order of the Dutch Lion, awarded by the Dutch Government
    1984/1990 Master in Architecture, Delft University of Technology, NL (with honors)
    1984/1990 Master in Urban Planning, Delft University of Technology, NL (with honors)
    1980/1984 Master in Landscape Architecture, RHSTL, Boskoop, NL
    Professional Experience
    2008/- Director and Founder The Why Factory, Delft, NL
    1993/- Co-director and Co-founder MVRDV, Rotterdam, NL
    1990/1993 Office for Metropolitan Architecture, Rotterdam, NL
    1987/1989 DHV, Amersfoort, NL/ UNESCO, Nairobi, KE
    1984/1987 Municipality of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, NL
    1983/1984 Bureau Bakker and Bleeker, Amsterdam, NL
    Academic Experience
    2016/- Visiting Professor GSAPP Columbia, New York, USA
    2015/- Visiting Professor IIT Chicago, USA
    2015 Visiting Professor Catholic University of Louvain, Tournai Campus, BE
    2014/2015 Academic Curator, Strelka Institute, Moscow, RU
    2013/2015 Visiting Professor University of Hong Kong
    2012 Visiting Professor of Architectural Design, ETH Zurich, CH
    2007/- Professor in architecture and urban design, Delft University of Technology, NL
    2006/2007 Visiting professor of architectural design, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Department of Architecture in Cambridge, Mas., US
    2006/2007 Herbert Baumer Distinguished Visiting professor, Austin E. Knowlton School of Architecture, Ohio State University, Columbus, US
    2006 Visiting professor of architectural design, Markus Prize Chair, School of Architecture & Urban Planning, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, US
    2005/- Researcher, Delft School of Design, Delft University of Technology, NL
    2003/2004 Visiting professor of architectural design, Eero Saarinen chair, Yale University, School of Architecture, New Haven, US
    2000/2012 Staff member, researcher and thesis tutor Berlage Institute, Rotterdam, NL
    1998 Visiting professor Technical University, Vienna, AU
    1997/1999 Design tutor Architectural Association, London, UK
    1996/1999 Design tutor Berlage Institute, Amsterdam, NL
    1991/1995 Design tutor Delft University of Technology, NL
    1990/1997 Design tutor Akademie voor Bouwkunst, Rotterdam, NL
    Advisory Functions
    2013/- Member of Economic Development Board Rotterdam (EDBR), NL
    2012/- Urban Planning Supervisor for the City of Almere, NL
    2012/- Member of Advisory Board ‘Conversion Military sites’ for the City of Mannheim, DE
    2012 Advisor to Kosovo entry, Venice Biennale, IT
    2010/- Editorial Board, Architecture d’Aujourd’hui, Paris, FR
    2009/2012 Curator of The Vertical Village©, museum of the future, JUT Foundation for Arts and Architecture, Taipei, TW
    2008/- Supervisor Structure Vision of Almere, Municipality of Almere, NL
    2007 Curator of Indesem 2007: The Legacy. Faculty of Architecture, Delft University of Technology, NL
    2007/- Member of Research Board, Berlage Institute Rotterdam, NL
    2007/2011President of Spatial Quality Board, Municipality of Rotterdam, NL
    2002/2005 Member of the Research Board of the National Planning, RPB, The Hague, NL
    2003/- Supervisor of the Barcode Urban development Bjørvika, Oslo, NO
    2000/2002 Member of the Quality Committee, City of Barcelona, ES
    2000/- Supervisor of Flight Forum, Eindhoven, NL
    1998/2004 Member of the Program Board of the National Design Group, RPD, The Hague, NL
    1995/1997 Board member of Items magazine, Amsterdam, NL
    1994/1997 Member of the editorial staff of Forum magazine, Arnhem, NL
    The work of Winy Maas and MVRDV has received numerous awards and distinctions. In 2015 alone, various aspects of the Rotterdam Markthal received awards – the parking garage, the cable net façade, the retail concept, the artwork, the archaeological museum, its urban regeneration impact – and the entire building itself received the Rotterdam Architecture Award for its innovation and iconic value.
    Lectures, juries, stage sets and exhibitions
    Since 1987 Winy Maas lectures in numerous places and occasions all over the world and participates in competition and award juries. He designs stage sets and curates exhibition, as most recently the ’Vertical Village’ which has been exhibited in various locations all around the world.
    Over the last two decades, the work of Winy Maas/MVRDV, their projects, research, exhibitions and lectures have been published and reviewed in many nationally and internationally acclaimed magazines, newspapers, and websites, including the New York Times, The Guardian, l’Architecture d’Aujourd’hui, Domus, Blueprint, and many more.
    Think Tank ‘The Why Factory’
    Winy Maas is professor at and director of The Why Factory, a research institute for the future city, he founded in 2008 at TU Delft and is run in collaboration with MVRDV. It explores possibilities for the development of our cities by focusing on the production of models and visualisations for cities of the future.
    Together with The Why Factory, Winy Maas has published a series of research projects, titled ‘The Future City Series’ on subjects such as ‘The Green Dream’, ‘Vertical Village’, ‘City Shock’, ‘We Want World Wonders’, and most recently ‘Barba’, which discussed the potentials of applying nanotechnology in architecture.
    Winy MAAS
    Co-Founding Director, MVRDV
    “What’s next”

    Young Kyoon JEONG

    to be updated...
    Young Kyoon JEONG
    CEO, Heerim Architects & Planners
    The last day of the keynote forum of UIA 2017 Seoul Congress will be closed by the title ‘Humane Green Architecture: Whisper with the Green’ - where the selected speakers will come to share their dialogues, ideas and experiences towards the realization of Green Architecture. We shall discover their holistic endeavors and experimental approaches in seeking a more fulfilling relationship with nature, respecting the vernacular architecture, and engaging the distinctive regional characteristics of particular places translated into the modern vocabulary of architectural practice and technology.

    Can a city and nature coexist in harmony? How can the indigenous culture of a region bond with Green Architecture? How can the balance between the energy performance and sustainability agenda be achieved in a holistic point of view? What issues of Green Architecture should be addressed at both the macro and micro scales? What does the long forgotten knowledge of vernacular architecture mean in contemporary buildings? To what extent can the new smart design techniques embody the past wisdom in the modern architecture of today?

    Four architects from the America, Europe and Asia - Hani RASHID, Thomas TERAYAMA, Winy MAAS and Young Kyoon JEONG – are invited to present, share and debate their thoughts and ideas on how a city communes, interacts and balances with nature and the role of architects in building that relationship.