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CHANG, Gary Keynote Speaker - CHANG, Gary

Gary Chang has become the foremost creative force within the architectural, interior and product design industry, by challenging traditional boundaries and rethinking the possibilities with and dynamism of spatial flexibility. He has built a reputation for his multi-disciplinary designs that combine modernism with tradition, innovation with familiarity, urbanity with nature, and art with practicality.

Born in Hong Kong, Gary did not view the 32 m2 apartment in which he lived with his parents and three sisters as a constraint. Instead, the small space sparked a lasting curiosity in redefining the potential of compact spaces. Gary graduated from The University of Hong Kong in 1987 and founded his company EDGE in 1994. Since then, Gary has demonstrated his keen artistic visions through his numerous award-winning designs, keynote lectures and literary works. These include such notable works as the Suitcase House in Beijing, his tea-set for Alessi, his book “Hotel as Home”, and of course, the latest transformation of his 32 m2 apartment. A YouTube video of the latter was a sensation and an inspiration to millions globally.

With a fervent passion for offering transformational designs that exemplify ultimate adaptability, choice and sensibility, Gary Chang is undoubtedly one of the most symbolic and influential figures in the design world today.

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KRUMMECK, Stefan Keynote Speaker - KRUMMECK, Stefan
Director, TFP Farrells

Stefan is the principal director who directs the design and coordination of key projects in the TFP Farrells Hong Kong office. With over 25 years experience in Europe and throughout Asia Pacific, Stefan has an in-depth knowledge of the design, planning and integration of large complex, commercial and high-rise projects through all stages of procurement.

He has led the architectural design on a multitude of commercial related projects in Asia including the 441.8m tower in Shenzhen, KK100, the world’s tallest tower completed in 2011; Vattanac Capital in Cambodia –1st high-rise in Cambodia; and BEA Financial Tower.

He has spoken in various conferences including the 7th Annual Tall Buildings Conference, Hong Kong; The High-rise Summit, Shanghai, Future Building Trends Summit, Shanghai, the Middle East High-Rise Building Conference, Korean CTBUH Conference, Korea, Tall Building Asia, Singapore, and written papers for CTBUH and New Civil Engineer.

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BECK, Stefan BECK, Stefan

Managing partner and technical director Baumschlager Eberle born 1969, studied architecture at the University of Applied Science and Art at Hildesheim (Germany).

Since 1999 he joined as a freelance architect Baumschlager Eberle Lochau (Austria) and Vaduz (Liechtenstein).

2003-2006 he organized the opening of our Beijing office (China) und worked there as CTO.

2007-2010 he works as a freelance project manager at Baumschlager Eberle Lochau.

From 2010 he was managing partner and technical director at Baumschlager Eberle Hong Kong.

Since 2012 he works at be Berlin (Germany).

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BERGER, Pascal BERGER, Pascal
M.Arch ETH

Pascal Berger is the academic director of the University of Hong Kong, Shanghai Study Centre. He teaches architectural design and urbanism with a special focus on research in the regions of Shanghai and Hong Kong. He is a founding partner of playze, an architecture practice with studios in Berlin and Shanghai. Their work includes one of the biggest organic farms in China, pavilions for the EXPO 2010 in Shanghai, as well as several other built architectural and urban projects in Asia and Europe. Before starting his own practice he used to work with Mada s.p.a.m. in Shanghai, Diener & Diener Architekten in Basel and Franz Oswald in Berne.

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CODY, Brian CODY, Brian
Univ.-Prof. Brian Cody BSc(Hons) CEng MCIBSE

Brian Cody is professor and director of the Institute for Buildings and Energy at Graz University of Technology. His focus in research, teaching and practice is on maximizing the energy efficiency of buildings and cities. Before his appointment in Graz he was associate director of the international engineering consultancy Arup and design leader and business development leader of Arup Germany. He is founder and principal of the consulting firm ENERGY DESIGN CODY.

Professor Cody serves as member on many advisory boards and juries and is visiting professor and head of the energy design unit at the University for Applied Arts in Vienna.

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DERIX, Christian DERIX, Christian
Director | Computational Design and Research [CDR]

Christian Derix is director of the Computational Design Research group [CDR] of Aedas architects, which he founded in 2004 in London, UK. CDR develops computational simulations for generative and analytical design processes with an emphasis on spatial configurations and human occupation. Derix studied architecture and computation in Italy and the UK and has researched and taught the subject at various European universities since 2001, including University College London (UCL), Milan Polytechnic, Technical University Vienna and Technical University Munich, where he just finished a visiting professorship. He set up the Centre for Evolutionary Computing in Architecture (CECA) with Paul Coates at the University of East London in 2002. The work of CDR has recently won award commendations for their Spatial Simulation framework at awards such as the 2010 Presidents Medal for Research in Practice of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), the 2011 Italian Compasso d’Oro for algorithmic design and user participation in industrial design for the VITA Shelving System or the Centre for Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat’s (CTBUH) 2012 Innovation award for the computer-activated responsive façade of the Al Bahar towers.

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FUNG, Ada FUNG, Ada
JP, Deputy Director of Housing (Development & Construction)
Hong Kong Housing Authority, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region

Ms. Ada FUNG, JP is a Deputy Director of Housing. She supervises the Development & Construction Division of the Housing Department, overseeing all facets of work covering project management, planning, design and contract management, as well as establishing operational policies on procurement, design, construction, quality, performance assessment, dispute resolution, research and development, safety and the environment for public housing development in Hong Kong.

Being an Architect by profession, she is an active member in the Architectural field as well as in the construction industry in Hong Kong.

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HENG, Chye Kiang HENG, Chye Kiang
Professor, Dean, School of Design and Environment National University of Singapore

Professor Heng Chye Kiang is Dean of the School of Design and Environment at the National University of Singapore. He teaches architecture and urban design at the Department of Architecture and has lectured widely in universities in Europe and Asia. He is member of several editorial boards of international journals and has been invited to serve as jury member of many international design competitions in Asia. He is also Board member of Singapore’s Urban Redevelopment Authority.

Prof Heng’s research covers the areas of urban design, heritage and history of Chinese cities. He consults internationally on urban design and planning and is the conceptual designer of several international urban design competition winning entries in China. He publishes widely on urban history and design and won the NUS Outstanding Researcher Award in 1997. His books include Cities of Aristocrats and Bureaucrats (University of Hawaii, 1999) and A Digital Reconstruction of Tang Chang’an (China Architecture & Building Press, 2006).

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HOLST, Stefan HOLST, Stefan
Director of Transsolar Klima Engineering

Transsolar was founded in 1992 in Stuttgart as a climate engineering consulting company. Today the firm is represented in Stuttgart, Munich and New York. The most important projects are the Mercedes-Benz-Museum in Stuttgart, the Bangkok International Airport and the headquarters for the Manitoba Hydro Company in Winnipeg/Canada. One of the most well-known joint projects completed by Transsolar and Behnisch Architekten is the Norddeutsche Landesbank in Hannover/Germany (2002).

High comfort – Low impact

Transsolar is a climate engineering firm whose scope is to ensure the highest possible comfort in the built environment with the lowest possible impact on the environment. This is accomplished by developing and validating climate and energy concepts through the recognition that environmental conditions are influenced by all aspects and stages of design.

The firm works collaboratively with clients, architects, mechanical engineers and other consultants from the start of the design process, considering each step from the standpoint of fundamental thermodynamics and physics. Potential strategies are considered and evaluated for each project, intended to create a strong identity and individual expression for every unique situation. Through this process, a sustainable climate concept is then generated in which local conditions, form, material and mechanical systems are synergistic components of a well-orchestrated and overall holistic design.

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KISHNANI, Nirmal KISHNANI, Nirmal
Senior Lecturer + Programme Director | Department of Architecture, School of Design and Environment, National University of Singapore, Singapore

Editor-in-Chief | FuturArc Journal

Jury Chair | FuturArc Prize + FuturArc Green Leadership Award

Dr. Kishnani’s interests and expertise centre on the question of sustainable buildings in Asia. He is a design consultant to industry and an advocate on matters of policy and education. His research examines the performance of various building typologies in Southeast Asia. As Editor-in-Chief of the FuturArc journal he has created several platforms for the reporting of forward-thinking architectural solutions in Asia. As the first appointed Programme Director of the Master of Science, Integrated Sustainable Design, he helped formulate a content structure that specifically targets Asia. In 2012, Dr. Kishnani released the publication – Greening Asia; Emerging Principles for Sustainable Architecture – which is widely regarded as the first to critically examine the Green movement in Asia’s building sector.

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STANKOVIC, Marina Moderation - STANKOVIC, Marina
Prof. Dipl. Ing. B.Arch. HTWK Leipzig

Marina Stankovic was trained as an architect at the University of Toronto. She is professor at the University of Applied Sciences Leipzig and is practicing architect based in Berlin. She is principal of Marina Stankovic Architekten BDA which she founded in 1986, and since then has been involved in a wide range of architectural and urban planning. The work of the firm includes projects in Germany, South Korea and China – in particular the Nam June Paik Arts Center in Seoul and the refurbishment of the Parliament House of the City of Berlin. Both in her research and practice, her focus lies in public buildings and sustainability.

She initiated and teaches a joint design workshop in Green Architecture in Nanjing since 2007 and is a member of the Green Building Institute at the Nanjing University of Technology.

Marina Stankovic was a Loeb Fellow of the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Currently she is serving on the Board of BDA´s Commission of Foreign Affairs, previously on the advisory boards of the Aedes Network Campus and the Verein Architekturpreis both in Berlin. She regularly serves as an expert and jury member in architecture and urban planning competitions in Germany and abroad.

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