Founder and principal architect of Maisam architects & engineers, with offices in Amman and Abu Dhabi, is engaged actively in social initiatives that are catalysts for architecture and urban design. In 2015, she was recognized as the Leading Arab Woman Architect. Over her long and distinguished career, Ms. Batayneh has led multi-disciplinary teams on large-scale international and regional projects in USA, Pakistan, Cyprus, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, UAE and Jordan, and won many regional and international awards.
Established David Chipperfeld Architects in London in 1985, a practice that has built over 100 projects for both the private and public sectors, as well as civic projects and urban masterplans. Among the practice’s major completed works are the rebuilding of Neues Museum in Berlin; an MBA building for the HEC Paris School of Management; the Saint Louis Art Museum in Missouri, USA; the Museo Jumex in Mexico City; the Amore Pacific Headquarters in Seoul; and a major redevelopment of the Royal Academy of Arts in London
Founding partner of Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R), a design studio whose practice spans the fields of architecture, urban design, installation art, multi-media performance, digital media, and print. Ms. Diller is also Professor of Architecture at Princeton University. Ms. Diller has been twice distinguished with Time magazine’s “100 Most Influential People”. She also received the first MacArthur Foundation fellowship awarded in the field of architecture. She is currently working in New York on The Shed and the expansion of MoMA (both opening in 2019)
Professor of History at Boğaziçi University (Istanbul) and holds the International Chair of Turkish and Ottoman History at the Collège de France. He has also taught at Berkeley, Harvard, Columbia, EHESS, EPHE, ENS, and was a fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg, Berlin. He has worked and published on topics such as the Levant trade, funerary epigraphy, the Imperial Ottoman Bank, Orientalism and Westernization, Istanbul at the turn of the twentieth century, and the history of archaeology, museology, and photography in the Ottoman Empire.
Professor in Urban Studies and Planning, the Coordinator of the Master in Urban Planning, Policy and Design, and the director of the Social Justice and the City research programme at the Issam Fares Institute of Public Policy at the American University of Beirut. Her scholarly interests include methods to make cities more inclusive. Her research spans across urban history and historiography, social and spatial justice, informality and the law, property and space, as well as planning practice, theory and pedagogy.
Egyptian architect and urban researcher who worked on UNDP’s Historic Cairo Rehabilitation Project and on the Darb al-Ahmar project, one of Cairo’s most ambitious urban revitalisation programmes. Between 2010 and 2017, he worked as Senior Development Manager for one of Cairo’s largest real estate development projects. Currently, he is the CEO of Takween Integrated Community Development and the Director of the “Rediscovering Esna’s Cultural Heritage Assets” project, which is aimed at the revitalisation of the city centre of one of Upper Egypt’s historic cities.
Ali M. Malkawi
Professor at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, is founding director of the Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cities and Co-Area Head Master of Design for Energy and Environments. His projects and efforts are focused on building simulation, energy conservation and sustainability. He has consulted on large projects, including airports, “super” towers, industrial factories, and commercial and residential projects. Professor Malkawi is the recipient of several grants and awards, including the Jordan Star of Science from the King of Jordan.
Nondita Correa Mehrotra
Architect working in India and the United States. As principal of RMA Architects, she has been involved in the design of major international projects, such as the Lab of the Future at Novartis’ Basel campus. She has also worked with Charles Correa Associates on several projects, including the Brain and Cognitive Sciences building at MIT. As Director of the Charles Correa Foundation, she is involved in research, publications and projects focused on the improvement of the built habitat.
Kwame Anthony Akroma-Ampim Kusi Appiah
Anglo-Ghanaian American philosopher, cultural theorist, and novelist whose interests include political and moral theory, the philosophy of language and mind, literary studies, and African and African-American intellectual history. He is the author of three novels and more than a dozen works of philosophy, including Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in a World of Strangers, Experiments in Ethics and The Honor Code: How Moral Revolutions Happen. In 2012, President Obama presented him with a National Humanities Medal.