Sunday, 22 May 2005: Opening Session
Executive Director, Global Communities Initiative
Montpelier, VT, USA
Gwendolyn Hallsmith is the author of "The Key to Sustainable Cities: Meeting Human Needs, Transforming Community Systems", and a workbook titled "Taking Action For Sustainability". She has worked as a city manager, a regional planning director, and an international consultant on sustainable community development. As the founder and director of Global Community Initiatives, she helps communities achieve their vision for a healthy environment, a vibrant local economy, good governance, and a deep sense of connection to their neighbors and the world.
Monday, 23 May 2005: First Plenary Session
Professor Jon T. Lang
University of New South Wales
Sydney, NSW, Australia
Jon T. Lang has been helping students to learn about urban design since 1970 and was director of Urban Design for the ERG (Environmental Research Group) in Philadelphia from 1974 until 1993. He taught in the Joint M.Arch./MCP Urban Design Program at Pennsylvania from 1970 to 1973 and has been Professor of Architecture at UNSW since then. He is the author of books on urban design, on architecture, and on the relationship between the built environment and human behavior and values.
Professor Pi de Bruijn
Partner, De Architecten Cie
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Pi de Bruijn has repeatedly demonstrated his interest and skill as an architect in complex and delicate processes. The government building Jakob-Kalser-Haus Berlin, the renovation and new construction of the Dutch Lower House of Parliament in The Hague, and the Concertgebouw venue in Amsterdam are among his most significant projects. He plays a major role as urban planner in the Zuldas area development in Amsterdam and in the rebuilding of the Roombeek district in Enachede after a major fireworks disaster.
Professor Howard Frumkin
Atlanta, GA, USA
Howard Frumkin is Professor and Chair of the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at the Rollins School of Public Health of Emory University, and Professor of Medicine at Emory Medical School, in Atlanta. He is an internist, environmental and occupational medicine specialist, and epidemiologist. He started and previously directed the Environmental and Occupational Medicine Consultation Clinic and Occupational Medicine Residency training program at Emory, and currently directs the Southeast Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit, based at Emory. He is the author or co-author of over 100 scientific journal articles and chapters, and his books include "Urban Sprawl and Public Health" (co-authored with Larry Frank and Dick Jackson), "Emerging Illness and Society" (co-edited with Randall Packard, Peter Brown, and Ruth Berkelman), "Environmental Health: From Local to Global", and "Safe and Healthy School Environments" (co-edited with Leslie Rubin and Robert Geller).
Head of Strategic Projects & Partnership, Scottish Enterprise Glasgow
Responsible for all strategy matters at Scottish Enterprise Glasgow, Kevin project-managed the OECD ‘Glasgow Urban Renaissance’ and co-authored the Berlin Urban Renaissance studies. A former Head of Creative Industries at Scottish Enterprise, he was founding Chair of the Glasgow Film Fund and for 5 years a Board Member of the Centre for Contemporary Arts. He holds an MA (Hons) in Geography & Political Economy from the University of Glasgow, and MS (by Research) from University of Tennessee, Knoxville and an MBA from Strathclyde University Graduate Business School.
Wednesday, May 25 2005: Second Plenary Session
Professor Clara Irazábal
Assistant Professor, University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA, USA
Clara Irazábal is Assistant Professor of Urban Design and Planning in the School of Policy, Planning, and Development at the University of Southern California. She received a Ph.D. in Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley. Irazábal is also an architect, urban designer, and planner. She is the author of "Urban Governance and City Making: Curitiba and Portland" (London: Ashgate, 2005).
Vice Secretary General of Suzhou Municipal Government and
Director of Suzhou Planning Bureau
From June 2001 to the present, Shao Jianlin has worked as Vice Secretary General of Suzhou Municipality and the director of Suzhou City Planning Bureau in charge of the macro planning of the municipality. He is responsible for the application of Suzhou World Culture Heritage sites and was much involved in preparation for the 28th Session of the World Heritage Committee of UNESCO hosted by Suzhou in June 2004. Mr. Shao received a B.S. Degree of Industrial & Civic Architecture in 1988 and a Master Degree of Structural Engineering in 1991, both from Hehai University.
Professor Paolo Ceccarelli
University of Ferrara, School of Architecture and Planning
Paolo Ceccarelli is a planner who has worked to create Urban Master Plans
for cities in Italy (Lucca, Vicenza, and Perugia) and abroad, as well as the Strategic Plan of Perugia, the Physical Plan of the Province of Milano, and the physical Regional Plan of the Lombardy Region. He has designed Rehabilitation plans in historic cities of Italy and Latin America and has served as the Rector of IUAV, Venice. Mr. Ceccarelli is the Dean of the School of Architecture, Ferrara and a Professor of Urban and Regional Planning.
Larry Beasley, C.M.
Co-Director of Planning, City of Vancouver
Vancouver, B.C., Canada
Larry Beasley is Co-Director of Planning for Vancouver. Among his recent initiatives are new land use and transportation plans that are dramatically reshaping Vancouver’s inner city. He has studied architecture and has degrees in geography, political science and planning. He chairs the ‘National Advisory Committee on Planning, Design and Realty’ for Ottawa’s National Capital Commission and regularly advise cities worldwide. He was recently appointed a Member of the Order of Canada, Canada’s highest honour for lifetime achievement.
David M. Siegel, AICP
President, American Planning Association and
Director of Planning and Communications, Parametrix, Inc.
Portland, OR, USA
David M. Siegel, AICP, is President of the American Planning Association, and is a resident of Portland, Oregon. He has served APA and the planning profession in a voluntary leadership role at the state and national level for the last 16 years. Mr. Siegel is Director of Planning and Communications for Parametrix, Inc., in Portland, Oregon, where he manages community visioning, long-range planning, and growth management projects. In a 28-year career, he has worked in a variety of planning and public works agencies in both the public and private sectors. Mr. Siegel has his master's degree in City and Regional Planning from Ohio State University.