Keynote speakers

Roger Diener

After his studies, Roger Diener joined the office run by his father, Marcus Diener, in Basel, which he then took over in 1980. Diener was Professor of Design at the EPFL, and at ETH Zürich and co-founded the ETH Studio Basel Contemporary City Institute. Diener has been an active member of the Federal Commission for Monument Preservation and of the Commission of the Protection of local Landmarks in Zürich. He has received the French Grande Médaille d’Or, the Prix Meret Oppenheim, the Heinrich Tessenow Gold Medal, and the Kulturpreis of the City of Basel. In 2019, the Bauhaus University of Weimar awarded him an honorary doctorate.

Nan Ellin

Nan Ellin has spearheaded the creation of vital and vibrant places including Canalscape for Phoenix, the 9 Line for Salt Lake City, the Trinity Innovation Corridor for North Texas, and eDEN for Denver. Ellin is Dean of the College of Architecture and Planning at the University of Colorado Denver and holds a PhD in Urban Design from Columbia University. Her writings – including Postmodern UrbanismIntegral Urbanism, and Good Urbanism – have been translated into 13 languages.

Jennifer Mack

Jennifer Mack is Docent and Associate Professor at KTH Royal Institute of Technology. Broadly, Mack’s work links theories and methods from architectural history and anthropology to investigate questions of equality, power, ecology, and social change in the built environment. Her current research focuses on the green, open, and public spaces of the Swedish modernist suburbs designed during the 1960s and 1970s. She is author of The Construction of Equality (University of Minnesota Press, 2017) and co-editor of two recent anthologies.​

Rahul Mehrotra

Rahul Mehrotra is the founder principal of RMA Architects. He divides his time between working in Mumbai and Boston and teaching at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University where he is Professor of Urban Design and Planning and the John T. Dunlop Professor in Housing and Urbanization. His most recent book is titled Working in Mumbai (2020) and is a reflection on his practice evolved through its association with the city of Bombay/Mumbai.