Sanda is an Associate Professor at Wageningen University and Principal Investigator at the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions (AMS). She studied landscape architecture at the Leibniz University Hannover and Housing and Urbanism at the Architectural Association School in London. Subsequently, she worked as a designer at landscape architecture and architecture offices in the Netherlands and Germany and was a part-time lecturer at the Anhalt University of Applied Sciences in Germany. Since 2004 she has been tenured at Wageningen University and specialized in the relationship between research and design and climate-oriented urban design. Within her research, she integrates urban climate science with urban planning and design practice. She publishes widely in refereed academic journals and her book on urban climate adaptation "Weather in the city" (nai010 publishers) is acclaimed internationally. Through her research projects (e.g. Climate Proof Cities, Climadaptool, Realcool) she contributes to improving the knowledge basis of climate-responsive urban design. Her distinctive expertise on the interface of urban climate science, urban design and research through design makes her a frequently invited guest to give keynote talks, guest lectures and master classes in many countries and to act as an advisor for municipalities and companies.
Ivana is a researcher and a project coordinator at the Landscape Architecture and Spatial Planning department of Wageningen University. By profession, she is an architect and urban planner specialised in Urban Environment and Climate Change from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam. Since 2011 she worked internationally in fields of architecture, urban planning and urban policy while her research focuses on urban morphology, smart cities as well as sustainability and climate change challenges in urban settings. At Wageningen University, Ivana is managing SOLOCLIM - the EU Research and Innovation programme Horizon 2020 project, and pursuing a postgraduate doctoral degree. Her ongoing research focuses on the effect of different communication methods on urban climate adaptation efforts.
Marialena is Professor of Sustainable Architecture and Deputy Head of School at the Kent School of Architecture & Planning, University of Kent. She has extensive experience in managing large collaborative research projects on sustainability, urban microclimate, energy in the urban environment and environmental quality across different operational contexts. Her work on outdoor comfort has received awards from diverse bodies (RIBA, International Society of Biometeorology) and best paper prizes, and has influenced the understanding of the topic across the world. She is on the Steering Committee of the CIBSE Guide A on Environmental Design, and is Principal Investigator of the EPSRC-funded project ‘Urban Albedo Computation in high latitude locations: An experimental approach’.
Valentina has a PhD degree in architecture and she is an associate professor at the Politecnico di Milano, department DAStU - Architecture and Urban Studies. She teaches environmental design at the School of Architecture, Urban Planning, Construction, Engineering of the Politecnico di Milano. It carries out research activities mainly oriented towards the enhancement of urban spaces as systems for mitigating and adapting climate change and defining strategies to improve, and evaluate (with simulation tools in a dynamic regime and field survey), the conditions of thermal comfort of open spaces (urban spaces, schoolyards, spaces for play etc.). She has participated in important national and international research, regularly attends international conferences and publishes her work in books and academic journals.
Verali is the Program Manager of Global Cities in Europe. As a curious and passionate program manager, she strives at Arcadis every day to create a better and sustainable future for a world to come. While engaging colleagues, clients, and friends to prepare for the future of cities, she works in projects to take the wraps off the abstractness of sustainability and find specific solutions for the task at hand. With a background in Architecture and Urban Planning, Verali her perspective on sustainability is both integrated and visual. Shifting between levels of scale, content, detail, and organization creates a more profound understanding of sustainability and the way it is perceived and valued by people around us. With these insights, Verali aspires to keep making a difference in the transition towards an ever-changing tomorrow. The Global Cities program is ARCADIS' answer to the rapid global pace of urbanization. The program is directed at making cities more livable by providing sustainable urban solutions for challenges in transportation, environment, water supply, urban planning and building design. It seeks to help cities in becoming more competitive when attracting investors and developers, when attracting people or when adding cultural attractions.
Juan Carlos is an architect by training, specialised in Management in the Built Environment at TU Delft, where he graduated with a thesis on collaborative planning for urban regeneration projects in Latin America. He has developed, throughout his career, a strong interest on the way that people interact with each other and with the built environment, with explorations on different scales from interior design to urban planning. Having worked with a number of design firms in Latin America and Europe, Juan Carlos leads the efforts of the Strategy+Innovation team at CRA-Carlo Ratti Associati for Europe, Middle East and Asia.
Ralf is a horticultural engineer with an in-depth knowledge of plants and soil sciences. He works in the green roof industry for almost 20 years. Today, as Head of R&D he leads the ZinCo-owned R&D workshop which includes e.g. rain-simulation, substrate analysis, growing chambers, research green roofs, and a research green facade. Apart from that, he is currently involved in more than 10 external R&D-projects, mainly in cooperation with universities. Besides the work at ZinCo, Ralf Walker leads the Competence Center for Green Building and Urban Climate e.V., as one of the managing directors. One of his main works in the past includes the development of evaporation-maximized vegetation for roofs to actively improve the urban climate. This is a totally new approach to green roofs with a revolutionary different design. Read more about the Competence Center.
Samuel is an associate within the Foster + Partners' Specialist Modelling Group, the architecture practice's multi-disciplinary research and development group. Since 2014, he has worked on various research projects in collaboration with universities or other companies, such as developing large-scale 3D printing with concrete, plastic, and metal, drone mapping for construction sites, and NASA's Mars habitat challenge.
Irene joined Foster + Partners in 2006 and is head of the Specialist Modelling Group. Her role involves assessing the impact of buildings and public spaces on the environment, leading on-site research and analysis, as well as working closely with design teams to integrate environmental research at all stages in the design process. She has been involved in a wide range of projects, including the Masdar City masterplan in Abu Dhabi.
Maude is a Landscape Architect at Foster + Partners with experience in all design stages from competition to construction on site. Since 2006 she has worked on various landscape projects in the UK and overseas from gardens to large scale masterplans. She developed her passion for landscape design at a young age, gaining a thorough agronomic and botanical knowledge. Maude enables an integrated design approach with ecological and sustainable principles implemented into each project she works on. She is a registered landscape architect both in the UK and France. She is engaged in the landscape profession, being an elected member of the Landscape Institute Council. She has been invited to Design Crits at the Cambridge University, Oxford Brookes University and at the University of Greenwich in London.
An urban designer, landscape architect, artist for regenerative water sensitive cities. A founder of Atelier Dreiseitl and Ramboll’s Liveable Cities Lab. Today, independent at “DREISEITL consulting” and professor in Praxis, Herbert focuses on creating liveable cities around the world. He is an internationally highly respected expert with a special hallmark on the inspiring and innovative use of water to solve urban environmental challenges, connecting technology with aesthetics and encouraging people to establish a sense of ownership for place. He has realized ground-breaking contemporary projects in the fields of climate resiliency, stormwater management, urban planning and landscape architecture like berlin Potsdamer Platz with Renzo Piano, Tanner Spring Park Portland Oregon, USA, and Bishan – Ang Mo Kio Park in Singapore. Hebert lectures worldwide and is also a regular visiting professor at the National University of Singapore. Today, he runs DREISEITLconsulting alongside his wife, Bettina as an independent consultant for many initiatives and cities around the world.
Maricruz is a researcher for the European Industrial doctorate project SOLOCLIM and a PhD candidate at Wageningen University. Previously, she obtained an MSc in Sustainable Building Performance and Design from Oxford Brookes University where she received the Hodgkinson award scholarship. Maricruz has worked in architecture on a wide range of projects from housing developments, commercial, educational, healthcare, and mixed buildings in London and Costa Rica. She has developed throughout her career, a strong interest in sustainability and exploring the potential of green walls systems and its effect on the urban climate.
Yehan is a PhD candidate at the landscape architecture group of Wageningen University. With a master’s degree in Sustainability Science from the University of Tokyo, Yehan has research experience about public perceptions of green infrastructure from a sustainability perspective. Yehan has also joined international projects on urban liveability and urban equitable mobility. Her current research focuses on the effect of parks on urban climate by combining design and research methods.
Marika graduated in Architectural Engineering at the University of Trento, where she attended a five-year program on architecture, urban planning, and engineering. This multidisciplinary formation permitted her to acquire the technical creativity that she tested on the occasion of some design and build projects, in collaboration with other students. In her Master Thesis, she proposed a climate adaptation plan developed by coupling the urban planning practice with the meteorological modelling potential. She also spent an exchange period at the Technical University of Munich, where she gathered different perspectives about her research. With her work, she aims to promote urban adaptation and improve outdoor climate conditions with a multi-scale approach. She has developed a great interest in analysis and modelling instruments, which can support the design process and contribute to the evaluation of the proposal’s effectiveness. After a brief working experience in landscape planning, she has decided to go further with her research on the integration of climate adaptation strategies in master planning.
Sinéad graduated from a MSc in Advanced Ecological Building through the Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalonia in 2019 focusing on metabolic systems within the built environment. This masters brought together both her interest in environmental sciences and design and strengthened her interest in technology as a tool for resilient design. The 2019 class's collective final project - a self-sufficient tiny house - has since been awarded bronze in The Design That Educates Awards. Her previous study has included a Bachelor of Environments (Urban Design) and Diploma in Global Issues with the University of Melbourne. In between study she has spent many years exploring the world and experiencing up close the effect of climate change particularly in South Asia where she worked in disaster response projects in the Philippines and Nepal. Her approach to design comes from a problem-solving mindset and an interdisciplinary background. Interests include bio-mimicry, resilience and the inclusion of indigenous knowledge in sustainable design. She is passionate about creating more sustainable and livable cities in the face of climate change, with her current focus on climate responsive systems in an urban setting.
Mariana is an associate researcher for the SOLOCLIM programme and a PhD candidate at the Politecnico di Milano. In 2019, she graduated from a Joint-Master’s Degree in Urban Planning and Public Health from Harvard University, where she pursued the new track in Sustainability, Human Health, and Global Environmental Change. From 2017 to 2019, Mariana was a fellow at the Harvard University Center for the Environment and obtained a certificate in Energy & Environment. Before attending Harvard University, Mariana was an International Fox-Zucker Fellow at Yale University, where she took courses at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies on water resources management, environmental policy, biogeochemistry, and urban ecology. Mariana has a double bachelor’s in Architecture and Urbanism and Civil Engineering from the University of São Paulo, Brazil. Enthusiastic about the topic of water and green infrastructure, Mariana is eager to gain new skills in thermal comfort and urban climate simulation. Her research currently focuses on how water-based solutions can better be used in cities to counter the urban heat island effect and the deadly consequences of heatwaves in the urban environment. Her mission is to promote cities that are healthier, sustainable, and more inclusive.
Adrián is an architect and urbanist with a balanced mix between practical and theoretical experiences. He has several years researching, managing projects, and promoting innovative, multidisciplinary, and tailor-made solutions-oriented to achieve sustainable development. During his carrier, he has worked with international organizations, academic institutions, foundations, and the public and private sectors. He has an MSc degree in urban management and development, specialized in the urban environment, sustainability and climate change; and holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture. He has authored and co-author publications in the sectors of adequate housing and sustainable development goals, water-energy nexus and climate change mitigation/adaptation. As an architect he has worked in the built environment, using low impact and innovative construction materials, technologies, and techniques to achieve low-carbon and sustainable practices. Meanwhile, in the urban and territorial context, promoting the integration of public spaces, ecosystem services and climate adaptation schemes.