Keynote speakers:

Richard Hayward has been a housing student for 45 years. He completed a PhD at Liverpool University on Housing by Committee. He combines teaching, research and working as an urban designer & expert client, in the public, private & voluntary sectors, leading him to periods of working abroad, however he only works in partnership with locally based partners who understand the people and places of intervention. At Oxford Polytechnic/Brookes University roles included Co-Chair of the Joint Centre for Urban Design & Deputy Head (Academic), School of Architecture. He was co-founder of Urban Design International, and of the Urban Renaissance Institute at Greenwich, where he was Head of the School of Architecture & Construction and Professor of Architecture & Urban Design. Publications include: Architecture: An Invitation (with Paul Oliver) and Making Better Places: Urban Design Now with Sue McGlynn (and other contributors).

Aseem Inam Ph.D. is Director of TRULAB: Laboratory for Designing Urban Transformation and the John Bousfield Distinguished Visitor at the University of Toronto. Previously, he was the founding Director of the highly innovative MA Theories of Urban Practice program and Associate Professor of Urbanism at Parsons School of Design in New York City. He has been an award-winning professor at MIT, UCLA, and the University of Southern California. He is also Fellow at the Center for Ethics and Transformative Values at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Affiliate of the Civitas Atheneum Laboratory at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. He is the author of two books, Designing Urban Transformation and Planning for the Unplanned: Recovering from Crises in Megacities, as well as of several journal articles and book chapters, including in the recent book Companion to Urban Design. He has also practiced as an architect, urban designer and planner in Brazil, Canada, France, Greece, Haiti, India and the United States. His teaching, research and practice have received awards from the American Planning Association, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the SOM Foundation, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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