Carlos Arroyo is the founder and director of Carlos Arroyo Architects, a Madrid-based firm with works in Spain, Belgium, France, Germany, UK and Rwanda, exploring a varied range of fields with a special emphasis on sustainable development and research into new forms of housing. His benchmarks include the first C2C certified building in France, the first six star certified green building in tropical Africa, or a building already labeled as heritage (patrimonium voor de toekomst) in Belgium.His work is published worldwide as well as featured in major exhibitions like the Venice Biennale, Paris’s Centre Pompidou, or Seul’s Dongdaemun Design Plaza.
He has been a guest professor and lecturer at many universities and institutes all over the world including Princeton, MIT, BerlinTU, Bauhaus, Politecnico di Milano and Tokyo University.
He currently teaches at the Universidad Europea de Madrid (ES), where he is Academic Curator of the Master in Architecture.
Director at ERIGES. She holds a master degree in Romance philology from the University of Liège and she is trained in marketing and socio-economic management. She has been leading the implementation of the Master Plan of Seraing (an industrial city of 65 000 inhabitant) since the creation of the autonomous local authority ERIGES in 2007. Prior to that, she collaborated with and directed the economic development agency AREBS. Before these 11 years of collaboration, she was professor of French language in various establishments in Liège.
She is passionate — among other things — about urban planning, “living in the city” and brownfield reconversion. Since 2017 she is part of Expertalia, a network of experts founded by the AJP (Association des Journalistes Professionnels francophones et germanophones) to diversify by gender and origin the access to expertise.
Since 2020, she’s involved in a university certificate on degraded land.
Hardwin De Wever(BE)
Director of the Urban Renewal Projects division at AG VESPA (City of Antwerp) and Professor of Design Studio at the University of Antwerp. Former president of the Flemish Association of Spatial Planners (2006−2008). He holds a Master in Architecture at UGent, a Master in Human Settlements at KULeuven and a Master in Urban Planning at UAntwerp, followed by a vast expertise in Urban Planning with focus in urban policy making, complex planning processes and concrete project management. He specializes in Urban planning policies, urbanistic supervision, capacity building, team management and participation with a particular regard and knowledge of the Antwerp Region. Here, his experience ranges from the coordination of the Spoor Noord project (2000−2008) to the direction and process management of urban strategic projects and programmes for AG Vespa and the City of Antwerp (2009−2021).
Internationally he has been involved in urban projects and policy making in Vinh City (Vietnam), Paramaribo (Suriname), Shantou (China) and Fort Portal (Uganda).
Anna Ramos – Barcelona, 1974
Director of Fundació Mies van der Rohe since 2016 and secretary of the jury of the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Awards.
She is also adjunct professor for Architectural Technology at ETSAB-UPC, external member of the Bauhaus Earth Fellowship Program, lecturer at MSA-FH Münster and guest lecturer and advisor to a number of international institutions and universities.
She was Assistant Dean at ETSAB-UPC (2014−16) and President of Young Architects’ Association of Catalonia, AJAC (2005−08). She was principal of her own architecture studio in Barcelona from 2000 to 2016.
She studied architecture at ETSAB-UPC and TUDelft and holds a Diploma of Advanced Studies — doctoral programme in Architectural Building, Restoration and Renovation UPC.
Bas Smets has a background in landscape architecture, civil engineering and architecture. He founded his firm in Brussels in 2007 and has since completed more than 50 projects in more than 12 countries with his team of 25 architects and landscape architects.
His realised projects include the Parc des Ateliers in Arles, the park of Thurn & Taxis in Brussels, the Mandrake Hotel in London, and the Himara Waterfront in Albania. In 2022 he won the international competition for Les Abords de Notre-Dame in Paris.
Each of these projects is part of an interrelated research into the possible role and ambition of landscape projects. The aim is to invent ‘Augmented Landscapes’ by using the logics of nature. These augmented landscapes produce a new microclimate while providing new atmospheres. The collaboration with artists and scientists takes a central role in this research. He has received many awards for his unique approach, among which the Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 2018.
Bas Smets was appointed Professor in Practice at the GSD of Harvard University in 2023. With his design studio he explores new ways to transform the city into a urban ecology, capable of producing cooling microclimates to counter climate change.
Georgios Mailis graduated from ISACF-LA CAMBRE Architecture in Brussels in 2000. He has built up his professional experience in internationally renowned architectural practices: Zaha Hadid architects, Foster and Partners, Elia Zenghelis architects, Brisac-Gonzalez and Aris Zambicos. In 2007, in association with Julien Dailly and François Delfosse, he founded the architectural practice RESERVOIR A, based in Charleroi and Brussels. The practice develops public and private projects of all scales: masterplans, public spaces, cultural centres, industrial buildings, hospital complexes, offices, public housing, private homes and furniture. Since 2013, it has managed the Charleroi Bouwmeester office. A bouwmeester (master architect) is an independent architect who, with his team, oversees the initiation and implementation of major urban architectural projects. In 2018, he was reappointed for a second term and a third in 2022.
Orla Murphy MRIAI is an architect and Assistant Professor in UCD School of Architecture Planning and Environmental Policy (APEP). She is Co-Director of UCD Centre for Irish Towns (CfIT), a trans-disciplinary academic centre established with Dr Philip Crowe in 2021, that connects research, practice and teaching related to towns. She is also owner of Custom Architecture, based in the west of Ireland.
In 2012 Orla was awarded the Irish Arts Council’s Kevin Kieran Award, which supported her initial research on towns, subsequently published asTown: Origins, Morphology & Future, and accompanied by a short animated film, TOWN, co-directed with Orla McHardy. This research received an RIAI Award. Orla co-curated the Irish Pavilion, Free Market, at the Biennale Architettura 2018, which explored the past, present and future of public space in Irish rural towns1. Free Market toured to four towns with a bespoke public engagement programme as part of its national tour in 2019 and was awarded by both the AAI and the RIAI. A passionate advocate of public engagement with architecture, she has co-presented the RTÉ documentary series Building Ireland since 2014.
In UCD Orla has lectured in Design Studio for over twenty years across undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, and was awarded UCD’s Teaching and Learning Excellence Award in 2022. She is currently part of the UCD team working with all schools of architecture in Ireland, transforming architecture curricula to address the climate emergency. In 2022, she was Principal Investigator on Ripple: Making Connections between water and Climate Change in our Towns, supported by Creative Ireland’s Climate Action fund.
Orla has been a member of the New European Bauhaus High-Level Roundtable since 2021, and is an advisor to several government bodies in Ireland on the subject of rural towns, housing and climate resilience.
Pia Maier Schriever(DE)
Pia Maier Schriever
Architect, High-level Roundtable member “New European Bauhaus”
Pia Maier Schriever is founder and director of Rustler Schriever Architects a Berlin-based office with the main emphasis on museums and cultural projects with focus on contemporary transformation of historical buildings, cultural buildings and industrial urban quarters. She studied architecture and design at the State Academy of Fine Arts Stuttgart and the Bartlett School of Architecture London. In 2004 she opened her own Atelier for Architecture and Set- Design and creates beside the architecture projects abstract large format sets for theatre, opera and dance among others at the Scala Milan, Opera de Paris. In 2013 Pia Maier Schriever received an architect’s scholarship from the German Academy Rome Villa Massimo. With her office she currently realised the conversion and new conception of the Medical History Museum for the Charité in Berlin and is developing the master plan for the new productive urban quarter for the “Neckar Spinning Mill Quarter” in Wendlingen Germany (1st prize urban planning competition). Pia Maier Schriever is a member of the BDA Association of German Architects, a member of ICOMOS International Council on Monuments and Sites and since 2021 she advises the European Commission as a member of the High-level Roundtable of the “New European Bauhaus” and is acting as a NEB ambassador.
Chris Younes is a philosopher, professor emeritus of architecture schools
Silver Medal of the Academy of Architecture 2005
Knight of the Legion of Honour 2014
Psychosociologist, PhD and HDR in philosophy, professor at the Ecole Spéciale d’Architecture
Member of the Board of Directors of ESA and ENSA Saint-Etienne
President of the Orientation Council of the Ecole des Territoires (Grenoble),
Co-founder and member of ARENA (Architectural Research Network) and of the magazine L’esprit des villes
Member of the scientific council of Europan.
Founder of the Gerphau laboratory (UMR Lavue) and of the PhilAU (Philosophy, architecture, urban) thematic scientific network of the Ministry of Culture, as well as of its review Le Philotope.
She is also a member of several architecture and urban planning competitions, and author of several book prefaces.
She gives numerous conferences in France and abroad (Europe, Middle East, China, Canada, South America…)
Her publications and research develop an interface between architecture and philosophy on the question of the places of living, at the meeting point between ethics and aesthetics, as well as between nature and artefact.