University of Westminster | fABE | Faculty of Architecture and Built Environment


David Dernie


David is an architect and academic. Previously Head of Manchester and Leicester Schools of Architecture, he became Dean of the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment at the University of Westminster in 2012. Having received widespread international support for the key role that education, skill development and design thinking can play in delivering a sustainable future, David founded Latitudes in 2013.

David Dernie | University of Westminster

Lucy Anne McWeeney

Main point of contact

Lucy is the Latitudes’ Project Manager and has been working on the project for the last five years. Before this Lucy was a Research Assistant for BECi – another Westminster project promoting collaboration, integration and innovation in built environment education and practice.

Lucy has organised the set up of over twenty Smart Rooms around the world including Sao Paulo, Malaysia, India and the Arctic. She works closely with our equipment suppliers to make sure we are using the latest technology and applications and that the equipment being used by partners is as user friendly as possible. For Lucy, one of the most important aspects of the Latitudes Project is the environment and engagement of the next generation. 

If you have any questions about the Latitudes Network, please contact Lucy.

Mehrdad Borna

Team member

Mehrdad strives to create design that aid society, advance modern technology, sustain the environment and inspire the next generations of design professionals to improve our world. He has over 15 years of architecture, sustainability and urban design experience in professional practice and higher education.

Mehrdad’s understanding of sustainable architecture developed in the rich region of Persia and residing in London for many years where he worked extensively in current sustainable development. These experiences enabled his comprehensive understanding of contemporary issues and their potential resolutions.

In addition to teaching at a variety of levels and subjects within the architecture, sustainability and environmental design fields, Mehrdad offers consultation and advice to a range of air quality and environmental design related projects, both in the private and public sector. He is a member of IAQM, IES, and Scientific Committee Member of PLEA (Passive Low Energy Architecture). Hiswork is regularly presented at conferences and symposia, including international organisations such as UNESCO’s International Scientific Conference on Technologies. Other include “Forgotten Space” organised by the Royal Institute of British Architects and published by The Architects’ Journal. In 2012 his work at the Architecture Foundation was awarded Winner of the Public Vote.

Mehrdad’s doctoral studies at the University of Westminster focuses on the impact of dense urban form on microclimate and concentration of air pollution at pedestrian level. The results of his studies will suggest the most favourable urban form capable of mitigating air pollution concentration in urban areas and further reduce its adverse impacts on human health.

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Rabih El Fadel - Chairman of the Latitudes Advisory Group

Team member

Rabih El Fadel has a unique understanding of sustainability - with over 15 years experience in low energy buildings and master plan designs, low carbon emission initiatives, including energy buildings passive design, efficient systems, renewable energy, building management system calculation methodology. Rabih's 28-year experience encompasses project design, project management and development, technical implementation and management of Environmental Design, and sustainability framework (Energy, Water, Waste, Internal environmental quality, renewable energy, solar passive design) for projects in Europe, Middle-East, USA and Africa.

Rosa Schiano-Phan

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Principal Lecturer in Architecture and Environmental Design in the Department of Architecture, Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment of the University of Westminster. Rosa has 15 years experience in the field of environmental design devoting most of her career to consultancy and research, working for global organisations and with international partners. She was formerly Senior Lecturer at the Architectural Association teaching in the MSc and MArch in Sustainable Environmental Design and contributing to the PhD Programme in Environment and Energy. She is co-director of Natural Cooling Limited and co-author of The Architecture & Engineering of Downdraught Cooling, published in 2010 and recipient of a commendation by the RIBA President’s Awards for Research in December 2011.

Rosa Schiano-Phan, University of Westminster | fABE | Faculty of Architecture and Built Environment, Adaptation Design / Resilience Design / Green Design.

Chinese University of Hong Kong


Isabel Wong

Main point of contact

Isabel Wong manages the Latitudes Smart Room at the School of Architecture, CUHK. She works closely with the School’s IT team and faculty members to organise live broadcasts of our lecture series to the other Latitudes partners.

At CUHK, Isabel serves as Secretary for the Student Affairs Committee that oversees the administration of Awards, Internships and Scholarships; Academic Advising; Students and Alumni Liaison, including the student-run Architectural Society; and Student Exchange Programmes with several leading universities.  Isabel received her BSc degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Reading in 2006, and subsequently worked at a London-based charity law firm focusing on helping disadvantaged communities and people in need, before returning to Hong Kong and joining CUHK in 2015.

Prof Nelson Chen

Team member

Nelson Chen FHKIA FAIA RIBA is Professor of Practice in Architecture and Director of the School of Architecture, CUHK. Previously, he served at CUHK for over 20 years in several teaching and advisory positions, including as adjunct professor, honorary professor and external examiner.

Educated at Harvard and Cambridge, Prof. Chen has practiced architecture for nearly 40 years, originally in the US and, since 1987, as Principal Architect of Nelson Chen Architects Ltd. in Hong Kong. His professional work has been recognized by over 35 major design awards, including AIA Honor and Merit Awards, HKIA President’s Prize, IFRAA Religious Architecture Award, UNESCO Heritage Conservation Award, and Artist of the Year Award in Architecture from Hong Kong Artists Guild, among others.

Under his leadership, Nelson Chen Architects Ltd. received the AIA HK Architecture Firm Award in recognition of its “overall design achievement that exemplifies the highest standards of the architectural profession.” His design work was published in a monograph, Nelson Chen Architects – Context and Community (Watermark Publications, UK).

Patrick Hwang

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Patrick Hwang is a faculty member at the School of Architecture, CUHK, where he serves as Thesis Coordinator and teaches design studios as well as architectural theory and criticism at both graduate and undergraduate levels.

Patrick received his BArch and MsAAD degrees from Rhode Island School of Design and Columbia University respectively. He has over a decade of experience in practice and has engaged in project types ranging from civic, cultural and commercial architecture to housing and planning. His professional experience includes providing architectural services to numerous award-winning firms in New York and Los Angeles. After years of practice, Patrick has acquired broad empirical knowledge in concept development through design and construction with an emphasis on the integration of technology in architectural implementation.

His current preoccupation involves developing a pedagogical framework that combines analytical thinking and transformative making. He has been experimenting with this method in some of his recent courses and academic exchanges with partner universities.

Adam Fingrut

Team member

Adam Fingrut is Assistant Professor at the School of Architecture, CUHK, where he teaches design studios and a variety of courses specifically pertaining to computational design and architectural technology. His research interests include digitally driven design, the relationship between digital and physical modelling techniques, performative surfaces for wayfinding, and acoustics.

Adam received his MArch degree from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and his BArch degree from Carleton University in Ottawa, and has worked as a designer at Zaha Hadid Architects. Often developed with a regional and cultural sensitivity, his recent projects include the ZCB Bamboo Pavilion (Hong Kong), Changsha Meixihu International Culture & Arts Centre, and the award-winning Golden Moon pavilion (Hong Kong). Using an iterative approach to design, these cultural projects hinged on their ability to incorporate digital technology, while paying special attention to their public interface, in terms of scale, inhabitation and semiotics.

Kristof Crolla

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Kristof Crolla is Assistant Professor at the School of Architecture, CUHK, where he teaches MArch design studios and electives on computational design, digital fabrication, robotics, prototyping and architectural innovation. He studied and taught at the Architectural Association School of Architecture, London (AA), and worked for several years at Zaha Hadid Architects before moving to Hong Kong, where he set up the award-winning architectural practice Laboratory for Explorative Architecture & Design Ltd. (LEAD).

Kristof’s research focuses on the strategic integration of computation in project implementation and the resulting impact on conceptual architectural design. He is best known for designing the temporary architectural structure Golden Moon, which won the Lantern Wonderland design competition organised by the Hong Kong Tourism Board in 2012. His latest built research project, ZCB Bamboo Pavilion, is a large public event space investigating how computation design tools can be strategically applied to traditional building materials.

Istanbul Technical University | Faculty of Architecture


Begum Sertyesilisik

Main point of contact

Begum Sertyesilisik is an Assoc. Prof. and deputy head in the department of Architecture at the Istanbul Technical University. She has worked in the construction Management division in the department of Civil Engineering at the Yildiz Technical University. She has been awarded a PhD in the field of construction contracts at the Middle East Technical University. She obtained a MSc in the field of Project Management at the Istanbul Technical University and a MBA at the Istanbul Technical University. She received a BSc in Architecture at the Istanbul Technical University. She has specialised in the areas of project management, sustainability, sustainable built environment, contract and dispute management. She is a member of the Chamber of Architects in Istanbul and of the CIB. She has written books, articles, and proceedings in the project management field. She is in the editorial board of various journals. She acts as scientific board member in international scientific conferences. She is the Latitudes point of contact at the Istanbul Technical University.

Makerere University | DAPP | Department of Architecture and Physical Planning


Stephen Mukiibi

Main point of contact

Is a Senior Lecturer and Head of Department of Architecture and Physical Planning at Makerere University in Uganda. He is an architect, a policy and urban development specialist with 25 years of experience. Stephen holds a PhD in housing policy from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne (UK), Master of Philosophy in housing finance issues from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne (UK), and a Master of Science degree in architecture (Ukraine). He has served in various capacities including being a Council member of the Architects Registration Board (Uganda), Council member of Uganda Society of architects, Member of the Human Settlements Steering committee in Uganda, Hon. Secretary of Uganda Society of Architects, and a member of the Steering committee of the Association of African Planning Schools, contributing to the formulation of the Uganda Housing Policy, Slum Upgrading Strategies, and Building Control Guidelines. He has served on various government committees Stephen has carried out research and published widely in the area of human settlements and urban development and management. He has worked with Cities Alliances and the World Bank on the development of Cities Development Strategies and Municipal Development Strategies in Uganda. He has supervised students at Masters and PhD level. As a practicing architect, Stephen has worked on several projects in Uganda as a lead architect and project coordinator.

Maldives National University | MNU | Department of Architecture


Ghaanim Mohamed

Main point of contact

Ghaanim is from the Maldives Islands. He has attained a Masters of Architecture Degree from Curtin University, Australia. Since then he has been working as a Lecturer in the Maldives National University (MNU). He teaches second year Design and Professional Practice subjects in the Faculty of Engineering Technology (FET).  In addition, he has been under taking the responsibility of heading the Architectural Department. Ghaanims interests include architectural design, urbanization of island communities, influences of politics in urban planning and management. Prior to working in MNU Ghaanim has wmoreorked as a part-time associate with Technical Assistance Group (T.A.G, a design firm in the Maldives). He has also worked in the Government and with NGO’s. He has worked with German Red Cross, Ministry of Health and UNDP Maldives, in the post Tsunami rehabilitation efforts to manage the Tsunami damaged health facilities, oversee reconstruction and renovation of the housings in some of the Tsunami effected islands.  He further worked with Ministry of Environment Energy and Water as project manager in the pilot project for Renewable Energy Technology Development Application Project (RETDAP) in the Maldives.

Ghaanim Mohamed, Maldives National University | MNU | Department of Architecture.

Ibrahim Nadheem

Team member

Nadheem is an Associate Lecturer at Faculty of Engineering Technology (FET) in Maldives National University. He is also the coordinator for year one students in Bachelor of Architecture program at the university. In addition he has teaching experience from Maldives Polytechnic where he teaches Architectural Communications and Design Studio for first year students at Diploma in Architecture Program. With over four years of professional experience in the design field he has worked on numerous residential and commercial projects of various scales.

Ibrahim Nadheem, Maldives National University | MNU | Department of Architecture, Resilience Design.

MEASI Academy of Architecture


Joseph N. Thomas

Main point of contact

B.Arch, Kerala university, PG diploma, Env. planning, CEPT, Ahmedabad. Capacity building Workshop Resource person for Gujarat State Level Officers on Environment at CEE, Nehru Foundation, Ahmedabad. Visiting Faculty for Green Cities Programme for M.Arch, M.Urp, CEPT Winter School. Worked on City Plans as Group Senior Architect Planner with U.S based Wilbursmith Associates. Also worked with Eco-Sensitive and Sustainable Development Center ESDC/JCJR, Cochin, Trivandrum at Kerala. Part of Measi Academy team to win a Habitat National Prize at National Level Housing Competition for Urban Poor from The Ministry of Urban Poverty Alleviation New Delhi-UNHabitat. Commendation for, Letter of Appreciation, Madras Crafts Foundation, Adaptive Reuse-Studio.

With 16 years work experience in practice/research/teaching. Presently working as faculty in MEASI Academy of Architecture. Research area encompasses Climate Change, Sustainable Development, Green Materials and Construction. Published Refereed International Journal Papers in USA, Australia, India. Invited to speak at National Conferences on Tsunami, Green Materials and Architecture, Earthquake etc. Currently Working on Eco-projects like Schools/ Houses/Sustainable Housing/Rehabilitation Centres.

Joseph N. Thomas, MEASI Academy of Architecture, Green Design / Adaptation Design.

Professor S. Kesavalu

Team member

He obtained Masters in Structural Engineering from University of Madras as a senior fellow of Government of India, Ministry of Education and undergone specialized training on “Computer Aided Planning and Design” at the University of Nottingham, U.K under Colombo Plan.

He has conducted number of workshops at the national level on “Introduction of Earthquake Resistant Architecture in Architecture Curriculum”, “Green Buildings” etc. He has participated in international workshop on “Low Costing Housing”, “Modernisation of Concrete Construction” etc.

He has been teaching building materials and construction, structural systems, construction technology and management and published several papers.

His interests are in energy efficiency in the built environment, green building, project and construction management, earthquake resistant architecture.

He is currently member of Board of Studies in Architecture and Planning, Anna University, Chennai.

Professor S. Kesavalu, MEASI Academy of Architecture, Green Design / Adaptation Design.

Priya Sasidharan

Team member

As an enthusiastic professional with a strong background in Architectural Design, Planning, Urban Design & Renewal spanning 15 years of experience in consultancy and academics the innate conviction has been the pursuit of excellence.

I have been passionately involved in teaching urban design, retrofitting, planning strategies and traditional practices both at graduate and postgraduate level. Mentoring architectural and urban design thesis works, structuring curriculum for Architectural courses, advanced studies, examiner at graduate level studios at various South Indian Universities and a consultant for large scale master planning/urban design projects has pruned my professional career on a holistic approach.

Being a recipient of the best thesis award at post graduate level in planning and a university rank holder at graduate and advanced academics in Architecture, my avid interest at research found me pursuing doctoral programme on urban identity and public realm studies at CEPT University. I have been an active member of the urban renewal project of UNDP-MATURE, later selected by ISOCARP to work on Sustainable Energy and Spatial Planning Workshop, Douro UNESCO Region, Portugal, the nuances of contemporary urban best practices has become my forte. Having presented and published several papers on sustainability, vernacular practices, smart cities at National and International forums and being a recipient of the International fellowship – Young Planning Professional, ISOCARP- 2009 has given ample exposure at working across borders and cultures.

Further to having received a post graduate diploma on Green cities for Eco efficiency at Erasmus University, Netherlands through IHS Partial fellowship, pursuing domain expertise on urban design encompassing urban issues, place making, public realm and envisioning future cities the bridge between theory and design application has become the prime mover. Collaborating the Indian experience on the International podium as in paper publications/workshop for EUSS & ISOCARP, and delving into the ethnic Indian process of urbanism at academics has given me a comprehensive and holistic standing in the profession.

Priya Sasidharan, MEASI Academy of Architecture, Green Design / Adaptation Design.

Middle East Technical University


Ministry of Environment, Nigeria


Hon. Amina J. Mohammed

Main point of contact

Hon. Amina J. Mohammed is the Minister of Environment of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. A development practioner she spent the first 20 years of her career in Project Management and Engineering, managing Health & Education projects in Nigeria. From 2001 she coordinated the Task Force on Gender and Education for the UN Millennium Project, and served as Special Adviser on Post-2015 Development Planning to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. She also served as the Senior Special Assistant to the President of Nigeria on MDGs, coordinating debt relief gains of $1bn pa to Nigeria. Hon. Mohammed is an Adjunct Professor at SIPA Columbia University and served on numerous advisory panels and boards, including the Global Development Program of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the UN Secretary-General’s Global Sustainability Panel, the Hewlett Foundation on Education, the African Women’s Millennium Initiative, and the ActionAid International Right to Education Project. She is currently VP Africa for UNEA and Co Chair Ministers Environment globally.  Hon. Mohammed received the National Honours Award of the Order of the Federal Republic in 2006 and was inducted in the Nigerian Women’s Hall of Fame in 2007. She was listed in Forbes Top 50 leaders 2015.

Tromsø Academy of Landscape and Territorial Studies


Janike Kampevold Larsen

Main point of contact

Janike Kampevold Larsen is Associate Professor at the Institute of Urbanism and Landscape at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design. She is project leader for Future North, a research project observing and mapping changes in settlements and territories in the Arctic and Subarctic region. She is also project leader for the newly established Tromsø Academy of Landscape and Territorial Studies.

Janike’s research includes work on the Norwegian Tourist Routes as part of the research project Routes, Roads and Landscapes, aesthetic practices en route 1750-2015. The 2012 project Landscape Journeys invited an interdisciplinary group of researcher to perform collaborative and investigative travels on Iceland and the Kola Peninsula, investigating the journey as a method for observations of landscapes of energy and entropy.

Janike Kampevold Larsen, Tromsø Academy of Landscape and Territorial Studies, Artic Design.

Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano - Seccional del Caribe | Department of Architecture


Joel Samper López

Main point of contact

He has a bachelor degree on architecture by the University of Los Andes at Bogotá, and obtained his Master of Sustainability at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia – BarcelonaTech. Currently teaching at the 4th term Architectural Studio, Structure for beginners, Visual Representation, and Special Installations (habitability) at UJTL. Prior to teaching at UJTL his experience has been taking place primarily at the design field, working for several architectural firms in Bogotá and Cartagena as member of the designing staff.

His current interests include architectural design, urbanization, and the influences of politics in urban planning and management and their consequences on the social tissues.

Universiti Teknologi MARA | UiTM | Faculty of Architecture, Planning and Surveying


Norhati Ibrahim

Main point of contact

Assoc. Prof. Ar. Dr. Norhati currently heads the Communities of Research, Green Technology and Sustainable Development at the Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) as the GTSD CoRe Director. Research groups under the GTSD wing includes topical subjects that are multidisciplinary in nature that tackle pertinent sustainability issues at micro, meso and macro levels.

Dr. Ar. Norhati has been with the University since 1992 and is attached at the Department of Architecture, Faculty of Architecture, Planning and Surveying. She headed the Department of Architecture from 2008-2010 and during her tenure she was instrumental in the formulation of the Master of Architecture programme, integration of sustainability components in the architectural curriculum and strategic planning for architectural education for Malaysia.

Ar. Dr. Norhati commenced her career as an architect before entering academia. Her professional practice experiences include residential and commercial design projects, overseeing projects from schematic to implementation stage. Awarded with a HRD scholarship from Ministry of Science and Technology Innovation for her PhD research, Dr. Norhati completed her doctoral thesis in the area of design strategies for energy efficient building design. The research produced Design Toolkit to support Energy Efficient building design.

Norhati Ibrahim, Universiti Teknologi MARA | UiTM | Faculty of Architecture, Planning and Surveying, Green Design / Adaptation Design.

University of Bologna | UNIBO | Department of Architecture | DA


Jacopo Gaspari

Main point of contact

Researcher and Senior Scientist. He obtained his PhD in Technology for Architecture at University of Ferrara and IUAV University of Venice, Master at University of Padua. He currently teaches Materials and Construction Systems as well as Technologies for Energy Efficiency at UNIBO|DA. He is also delegate for international mobility of Combined Bachelor and Master Degree in Architecture. He was visiting researcher at University of Westminster and visiting lecturer at Venice International University. He is member of the Italian Society of Technology, member of the Ph.D. Committee, member of the Scientific Committee of GBC Italy.

His research activity focuses on the fields of building renovation, climate change and energy efficiency in the built environment, indoor and outdoor comfort, service life and durability. He cooperates in several national and international research proposals. He also collaborates with the RIC Emilia Romagna Region in the Climate Kic framework. The outcomes of his work are included in several national and international publications.

Jacopo Gaspari, University of Bologna | UNIBO | Department of Architecture | DA, Green Design / Adaptation Design.

Andrea Boeri

Team member

Full Professor, Head of Department and member of UNIBO Academic Senate. Coordinator of the “Sustainable Architecture” graduation laboratory, he currently teaches Laboratory of Architecture Construction at Combined Bachelor and Master Degree in Architecture. Member of the Ph.D. Committee of UNIBO-DA, Scientific director of the "OFF_line laboratory". He is also Member of the coordination group on “Smart City” of University of Bologna. Member of the Italian Society of Technology and of the Scientific Committee of GBC (Green Building Council) Italy. His scientific activity is mainly oriented towards innovation in technology for architecture; his field of expertise are focused on: environmental sustainability and quality of buildings and urban systems with a particular focus on social housing and educational building sector, strategies for energy savings at building and district scale, smart buildings and smart cities. On these topics he is local and international coordinator of several research initiatives and proposals. His research work is widely published in national and international books and journals. He operates as reviewer and member of scientific board of several journals.

Andrea Boeri, University of Bologna | UNIBO | Department of Architecture | DA, Green Design / Adaptation Design.

Ernesto Antonini

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Associate Professor, Coordinator of Degree Program Building Process. He obtained his Ph.D. in Technology for Architecture at University "La Sapienza" in Rome. He was Professor of Building Technologies at IUAV University of Venice. As Professional Consultant, he was Project Leader of several research Projects for private building firms and Evaluator of Research Projects for Italian Ministry for Industry and Veneto Region.

Until 2001, Head of R&D Dept. of Qua.S.Co., Bologna, Project Manager and Senior Scientist of Research Project on building materials and technologies, funded by CE and Italian National Ministries and Agencies. He is member of the Italian Society of Technology and of the editorial board of Techne journal, member of the Ph.D. Committee. His research activity focuses on the fields of Building process, innovation in building techniques, materials and components, refurbishment and recycling processes. 

The findings of his research activities are published in several books, conference proceedings and national and international journals.

Ernesto Antonini, University of Bologna | UNIBO | Department of Architecture | DA, Green Design / Adaptation Design.

Danila Longo

Team member

Associate Professor, delegate for international researches and relations for the Department of Architecture, member of Department Council. She obtained her Ph.D. in Technology for Architecture at University of Ferrara. She currently teaches Laboratory of Architecture Construction at Combined Bachelor and Master Degree in Architecture. She is member of the Italian Society of Technology, member of the Ph.D. Committee, member of the Scientific Committee of GBC Italy. She is in the Scientific Board and reviewer for the International Journal of Sustainable Development and Planning (WIT press - Southampton, UK) and for Energy and Buildings (Elsevier). 

Her research activity focuses on the fields of management of construction and demolition waste, retrofitting with a specific interest in social housing, influence of end user awareness on energy savings, refurbishment of the building stock. She cooperates in several national and international research proposals. She also collaborates with the RIC Emilia Romagna Region in the Climate Kic framework. The outcomes of her work are included in several national and international publications.

Danila Longo, University of Bologna | UNIBO | Department of Architecture | DA, Green Design / Adaptation Design.

Valentina Gianfrate

Team member

Research Fellow, she obtained her Ph.D. in Technology for Architecture at University of Firenze. Member of the Scientific Board for the definition of Regional Guidelines for Ecologically Equipped Industrial Settlement instituted by the Regional Sustainability Department of Tuscany. She is Climate Kic Lean Professor, she attended the Creative Sustainable City Course, she currently collaborates with the RIC Emilia Romagna Region in the Climate Kic framework and she was invited lecturer during the Innovator Catalyst Program- Climate Kic Education in Birmingham. Her research work is addressed to adaptation of the built environment with a specific interest on the impacts of climate changes on quality of living, end-users behaviour and socio-economic implications. Furthermore, she is engaged in developing research proposals about energy retrofitting and building renovation with a focus on educational buildings. The outcomes of her activities were presented in national and international conferences as well as published in many articles and essays.

Valentina Gianfrate, University of Bologna | UNIBO | Department of Architecture | DA, Green Design / Adaptation Design.

University of KwaZulu-Natal


Viloshin Govender

Main point of contact

Viloshin Govender is an architect and lecturer at UKZN, school of Architecture and Planning. He specialises in a number of courses, specifically architectural design and architectural theory. His research interests include resilient cities, building adaptability and the effect of insurgency on city planning. His current research interests are developing methodologies for capturing and identifying lost space.

Viloshin received his M.arch and B.arch degrees from ukzn, Howard College. He has worked in a number of practices in Durban. He still maintains a strong passion for teaching by tutoring part time. He is also a design consultant for a number of Durban practices.

University of Lapland


Professor Satu Miettinen

Main point of contact

Satu Miettinen works as a professor at the University of Lapland. For several years she has been working with service design research and authored number of books and research publications in this area. Her research interests are in the areas of service design including the areas of social and public service development, citizen engagement and digital service development. She is running several national and international service design research projects coordinated by the University of Lapland.

In addition to service design she works in the area of arctic design. Arctic Design produces solutions to the needs of extreme and marginal contexts. These solutions are scalable and applicable in other contexts as well. Arctic Design is about producing extreme wellbeing and competitive edge for circumpolar areas.

Satu Miettinen works actively in the area of social design in Namibia, South Africa and China. She is active artist and designer in the area socially engaged art. In the past she has worked as a project manager and specialist in the areas of crafts development, cultural and creative tourism in several international and European Union funded projects during the period 1997–2006.

University of Sao Paulo | FAUUSP | Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism


Joana Carla Soares Gonçalves

Main point of contact

Joana Carla Soares Gonçalves graduated as an Architect and Urbanist from the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro in 1993. She practiced in Ana Maria Niemeyer SA, Rio de Janeiro, between 1992 and 1995. In 1997 obtained her Master´s degree in the Environment and Energy Programme of the Architectural Association Graduate School, in London. In 1998 she engaged in teaching and research in the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism from the University of Sao Paulo (FAUUSP), Brazil, where she got the PhD degree in 2003 and became Associate Professor in 2014.  Since May 2015, she is Head of the Technology Department of FAUUSP. Since 2009 she has collaborated with educational and research institutions in the UK. The main job as an environmental consultancy is the environmental design of the Petrobras Research Centre, in Rio de Janeiro, in 2005. Joana is author of ‘Edificio Ambiental’ (Oficina de Textos, 2015), ‘The environmental performance of tall buildings’, published by Earthscan in 2010, and coordinator and coauthor of the technical report Energy Efficiency in Buildings of the Green Economy Report, published by UNEP, 2011.

Joana Carla Soares Gonçalves, University of Sao Paulo | FAUUSP | Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism.

Burnham Grammar School


Tom Banin

Main point of contact

I trained as a Teacher of Geography in 2011, having studied for a BA in Geography at the University of Southampton (2010). I have taught geography at Burnham Grammar School for five years.

I have been working with the Latitudes network for almost one year now (June 2016). I became involved through a request which Lucy sent out to schools in the London region to get students to work collaboratively on projects related to the challenges posed by climate change. Since then, I have primarily been in partnership with Nicola Vedovati and his students at Scuola Pontifica Pio IX in Rome. We are using Smart Room technology and a blog to share our students’ research on how their fellow pupils perceive climate change, as well as the impacts it is having in our different localities. Both schools are looking forward to continuing to work together in 2016/17.

Tom Banin | Burnham Grammar School
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