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Raza Ali Dada is a managing partner at Nayyar Ali Dada & Associates, a leading Architectural firm in Pakistan that has received numerous awards, including the Aga Khan Award for Architecture and the Arcasia Gold Medal. After extensive design experience in New York, he now practices in Pakistan.. Raza is also a shadow-industrial designer and has authored custom objects such as award-winning furniture and lighting. He is a visiting faculty at the Beaconhouse National University and a member of the Lahore Conservation Society.. Raza Ali Dada is a founding board member of the Lahore Biennale Foundation, which held its first Biennale in March 2018. He was responsible for exhibit design throughout the Biennale.
Tomà Berlanda is an architect and scholar with extensive international academic and professional experience. Since April 2015, he has been Professor of Architecture at the School of Architecture, Planning and Geomatics at the University of Cape Town (UCT), the institution where he was Director until the end of 2018. His research interests focus on the implications that can be drawn from a non-stereotypical reading of the African city and the practice of architecture in non-Western urban settings and landscapes. These interests follow his position as co-founder of asa studio in Kigali (2012-2014), where he led a socially engaged practice in an extensive design and build campaign that provided community-based early childhood and health facilities across Rwanda. He holds a Diploma in architecture from the Accademia di architettura in Mendrisio, Switzerland (2002) and a Ph.D in Architecture and Building design from the Politecnico di Torino, Italy (2009).
Aziza Chaouni is the principal of Aziza Chaouni Projects (ACP), based in Fez, Morocco and Toronto, Canada. Aziza Chaouni was born and raised in Fez, Morocco. She is trained both as a structural engineer and as an architect, with 15 years working experience in Morocco, France, and USA. Aziza Chaouni graduated Cum Laude from Columbia University and with Distinction from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Her work has won several top design awards and commendations, including the Holcim Gold Award for Sustainable Construction in 2009. Aziza Chaouni is also an Associate Professor at the Daniels School of Architecture Landscape and Design, where she leads the Designing Ecological Tourism lab. Aziza Chaouni has rehabilitated several heritage buildings, including the Qarawiyine library, the oldest library in the Middle East.
Anna Grichting Solder is an architect, urbanist and musician. She graduated with a Doctor of Design in Urbanism from Harvard University, and obtained a Diploma of Architecture and a Diploma of Advanced Studies in Urbanism and Territorial Planning from the University of Geneva. Her academic experience includes teaching and research as a Professor and fellow at the Universities of Geneva, Harvard, MIT and Qatar. Anna Grichting is currently a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Vermont, Institute of Environmental Diplomacy and Security, as well as a Lead Research Consultant for Qatar University in an international consortium on a Belmont Forum Grant for the Sustainable Urbanisation Global Initiative on the Food-Water-Energy nexus. She previously worked on an education initiative for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture.
Sarah Mineko Ichioka is an urbanist, curator and writer. Raised in California, Sarah Ichioka holds degrees from Yale University and the London School of Economics and Political Science. She currently leads Desire Lines, a strategic consultancy for environmental, cultural, and social-impact organisations and initiatives. Before relocating to Singapore in 2014, Sarah Ichioka served as Director of The Architecture Foundation (UK) and Co-Director of the London Festival of Architecture. She led the significant expansion of the Foundation’s international profile, earning acclaim for a lively programme of public space activations, exhibitions, and international exchanges for new architects, design competitions, lectures, symposia, films, and youth education. Sarah Ichioka’s critical writing has been published by the Serpentine Gallery (Koenig), the Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism (Actar), Barbican (Prestel), Mies van der Rohe Award (Actar), and the Urban Age (Phaidon).
Bekim Ramku is an Architect and Urban Designer based in Kosovo. He received his Architecture Engineering Diploma from Prishtina University and his Masters in Housing and Urbanism from the Architectural Association in London. He also recently served as a Research Fellow at MIT’s Department of Urban & Spatial Planning in Cambridge, USA. Bekim Ramku is the head of the Kosovo Architecture Foundation & Festival, founding chair of the DoCoMoMo National Chapter in Kosovo, founding member of the Future Architecture Platform. Previously, he served as the Curatorial Advisor to Martino Stierli, the Philip Johnson Head Curator of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and as the Commissioner to the Kosovo Pavilion at the Venice Biennale Architecture Exhibition in 2012 and 2014.
Seif El Rashidi is an architectural historian whose work involves the preservation and regeneration of historic cities, as well as the development and management of heritage engagement projects. He is currently the director of the Barakat Trust and the Project Manager for the Institute of Historical Research’s Layers of London Project. He also is on the advisory board of the British Council’s Cultural Protection Fund and a member of the Fabric Advisory Committee of Chichester Cathedral. He was previously the Magna Carta Programme Manager for Salisbury Cathedral (2015-2016), the coordinator of Durham World Heritage Site (2008-2014) and a historian and planner for the Aga Khan Trust for Culture’s Darb al-Ahmar Revitalisation Project in Cairo (1997-2008). He also previously worked for Ahmad Hamid Architects (1995-1997).
Hossein Rezai is an engineer, a design visionary and an educator. He is very passionate about the process of advanced computational design, and a holistic approach to architecture + structure + environment. Hossein Rezai’s high-profile contributions to industry discourse include his recent involvement on the Aga Khan Award for Architecture’s Master Jury and as a jury member for the Singapore President’s Design Award (2017-2018). Hossein Rezai is founding Director of Web Structures and Web Earth. His latest initiative, Milan Research Lab, aims to redefine the collaborative nature of designers working with machines to overcome the compound challenges faced by the building industries and the environments within which they are deployed. Hossein Rezai is a proponent of high-rise and dense urban development, with an emphasis on innovative structural systems for tall, supertall and mega-tall structures.
Rahel Shawl was born and educated in Ethiopia. She co-founded Abba Architects in 1992 and founded Raas Architects in 2004. Her list of projects in local contexts, as well as international collaborative work, is extensive. She has designed and executed using both traditional and contemporary architectural approaches that are true to the environment and its users. Rahel Shawl received the Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 2007 for her work as architect of record on the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Addis Ababa; the AEA best Architecture Piece Award in 2017 for her collaborative works on the South African Embassy in Addis Ababa; the Abyssinia Award for Social Engagement in the fields of Architecture and Engineering in 2017; the Loeb Fellowship at the Harvard Graduate School of Design in 2017; and various commendations of her work from the Association of Ethiopian Architects.
Danny Wicaksono is an architect from Indonesia. He graduated from Trisakti University, Jakarta, Indonesia. In 2014, he founded studiodasar, an architecture design studio, which tries to offer a different perspective by looking at architecture in the Indonesian context. He co-founded jongArsitek!, a free architecture publication. He also actively writes for local and international publication. Aside from designing, he has curated several architectural/design exhibitions in Indonesia and abroad. He was co-curator for the Indonesian pavilion at the London Design Biennale in 2016. As a member of the Indonesian Institute of Architects, he received an award for his contribution to Indonesia’s architecture scene. He is a member of the International Committee for Architectural Critics (CICA).