Architect-urban planner by the ETSAV-UPC, born in Terrassa in 1975. Chief Architect of the Barcelona City Council. His professional and academic career has focused on urban planning and is characterized by his commitment to move towards healthier and fairer cities and territories. He has developed his professional career in different prestigious law firms. In 2013 he founded with the architect Mónica Beguer the office «Territorios XLM», dedicated to strategic territorial planning, urban projects and public space projects. He is an associate professor in the Department of Urbanism and Spatial Planning (DUOT) of the Polytechnic University of Catalonia UPC_BarcelonaTECH and professor of the “Metropolis Master in Metropolitan and Urban Studies of the IERMB and UAB. He is the author of various publications on urban planning and public space design. Between 2010 and 2015 he was secretary of the Association of Urban Architects of Catalonia and councillor of the Terrassa City Council from 2015 to 2019.
Lecturer 2 and 11
Ramon Torra is an architect from the ETSAB (1980). He is manager of the Barcelona Metropolitan Area since July 2011 (between 2008 and 2011 called the Association of Municipalities of the AMB). CEO of IMPSOL since October 2008. He has been a municipal architect and Director of Territorial Services at the Granollers City Council (1982-1992).
As Director of Technical Services of the Association of Municipalities of the Metropolitan Area of Barcelona, the projects developed under his direction that have received different professional recognitions: FAD Awards in different editions, Catalonia Construction Award 2007, ATEG 2002 Awards, International Prize Barbara Cappochin 2005 (Padova), Prize AIA Continental Europe 2000, Construmat Prize 2007, II Rosa Barba Landscape Prize 2000 and 2002, among others.
He drafted different planning figures, such as the General Plan for Granollers, Partial and Special Plans among others, as well as various public space and architectural projects.
Lecturer 2, 5 and 11
Gills Clement is a Horticultural engineer, landscape architect, author, gardener, and teacher at the « Ecole Nationale Supérieure du Paysage » in Versailles (ENSP). In additional to his activity as a creator of parks, gardens , public and private areas, he pursues his theoretical and practical investigations in three directions : The Garden in Motion, a concept derived from experiments in his own garden in the Creuse, and applied to public areas in France and abroad beginning in 1983. The initial description of this work was published in 1991 with four successive reprints by Sens and Tonka in Paris. The idea was put into practice for the first time in a public space in 1986 at the André Citroën Park in Paris, inaugurated in 1999. Numerous projects based on this principle of management have since been carried out, in particular at the “Lycée Agriculturel Jules Rieffel” in Saint Herblain (Loire Atlantique) between 2004 and 2009. The Planetary Garden, a political project, based on ecological humanism, first brought to public attention by a novel/essay Thomas et le Voyageur, published by Albin Michel in 1996, and by a major exhibit in the “Grande Halle de la Villette” in Paris (1999/2000) as well as by a certain number of studies: -the Planetary Garden of Shanghai -the Landscape Charter of Vassivière (Limousin) and other work in progress. The Third -Landscape -a concept developed in the course of a landscape appraisal in the Limousin, defined as a « hesitant fragment of the Planetary Garden », applied to all neglected (friche) or left behind spaces (délaissés) which he considers as the principal breeding area for biological diversity.
She has been announced as the recipient of the 2019 International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) President’s Award at the World Congress in Oslo, Norway. Colleen's work on planning and design for a changing world has a special focus on adaptive planning in coastal communities. Colleen has over 30 years’ experience in the private sector as a senior environmental manager working on a wide array of initiatives throughout Eastern and Atlantic Canada and internationally. Trained as both a marine ecologist (B.Sc, M.Sc., Memorial 1976) and landscape architect (M.L.A., Guelph 1987), her early work focused on environmental planning, assessment and management, including coastal, watershed and municipal planning, site design and conservation of special places. Colleen has contributed to regional national and international development of coastal policies, programs and institutions that advance the principles of precaution, stewardship and sustainability. She is an experienced team leader, skilled in the facilitation of complex meetings. Colleen left consulting in 2005, completing aDoctorate in interdisciplinary studies (Dalhousie 2010) as well as Post Doctoral studies (Memorial 2011) in coastal governance, coastal health and impending climate change. Since 2009, she has participated in research-community-government teams working across Canada and in the Caribbean on coastal preparedness for environmental changes associated with shifting climate and extreme weather events. Colleen leads the CSLA Task Force on Adaptation and Chairs the IFLA Working Group on Climate Change, continuing her commitment to the sustainability of nearshore environments and communities.
Head of the Regional Planning and Landscape Division at the Council of Europe. She has been a lawyer and lecturer at the University of Law (Montpellier) and at the Institute of Political Sciences (Strasbourg). Since 1987 she has worked at the Council of Europe as an administrator at the European Court of Human Rights; Administrator of the Environment and Local Authorities Department; Secretariat of the Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats; Senior Administrator and Head of the Environment and Sustainable Development Division; Secretariat of the Pan-European Biological and Landscape Diversity Strategy; Responsible for the European Diploma of Protected Areas; Editor of Futuropa magazine: for a new vision of landscape and territory; Executive Secretary of the Council of Europe Conference of Ministers responsible for Regional and Regional Planning; then Secretary of the Steering Committee for Culture, Heritage and Landscape of the Council of Europe. She has published various articles and books on territorial development, the protection of coastal and marine areas.
Lecturer 9 and 11
Li Xiong, Vice-President of Beijing Forestry University, Professor, PhD tutor, who is the Member of the China Committee of Experts on Landscape Architecture of the Ministry of Housing and Construction; Convenor of the China Landscape Architecture Discipline Review Group of the Degree Committee of the State Council; Secretary-General of the China Steering Committee for Postgraduate Education Degree of the National Landscape Architecture. He guided students to won important competitions at home and abroad, such as IFLA Asia-Pacific University Student Landscape Design Award, Japan Garden Society Award. He also has won the first prize of China Landscape Architecture And Landscape Society scientific and technological progress, the Asia Pacific Gold Award of the International Federation of Landscape Architecture, published 3 books, published more than 200 academic papers.
Landscape architect and artist with a major interest in urban projects, creating public realm spaces that engage with people, and build community through intelligent, focused, yet unexpected ideas-based design. Her background is in both fine arts and landscape architecture and is a Professor In Practice at The Harvard Graduate School of Design where she has taught since 1992. Her mission is to explore the relationship between landscape, art and culture and challenge traditional concepts of landscape design; find opportunities where landscape design solutions can enhance the social, environmental, and economic sustainability of a place and raise them to a level of fine art; and make landscape design critical to the sustainability of our surroundings. Martha has over 29 years of experience as a landscape architect and artist collaborating with a variety of world-renowned architects on a diverse portfolio of projects. She holds a Doctor of Science (DSc) from the University of Ulster, and is the recipient of numerous awards and prizes including the Cooper- Hewitt Museum National Design Award for her body of work in Landscape Architecture, an honorary fellowship from the Royal Institute of British Architects, several design awards from the American Society of Landscape Architects, and visiting residencies at Radcliffe College and the American Academy in Rome of which she is a Fellow. She has lectured both nationally and internationally about the landscape with her work featuring widely in publications as well as gallery exhibitions.