THE RESEARCH-DESIGN INTERFACE
April 12-15, 2023 I DALLAS I Hosted by Texas Tech University
Conference Co-Chairs: Saif Haq and Zahra Safaverdi
ARCC 2023 is pleased to announce the distinguished Keynote Speakers for the Conference
Marina Tabassum is a Bangladeshi architect and scholar. She is the principal architect of Marina Tabassum Architects. Marina Tabassum Architects (MTA) is an internationally recognized, leading architecture practice based in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The firm was founded in 2005 after her ten-year partnership with URBANA. MTA’s work is well regarded in the world as environmentally conscious, socially responsible, and historically and culturally appropriate. Besides building design, MTA invests in extensive research works on the impacts of climate change in Bangladesh, working closely with geographers, landscape architects, planners, and other allied professionals. The focus of work also extends to the marginalized low to ultra-tra-income population of the country with a goal to elevate the environmental and living conditions of people. Marina Tabassum has been the Director of the Academic Program at Bengal Institute for Architecture, Landscapes, and Settlements since 2015. The list of awards includes Lifetime Achievement Award, Soane Medal, Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize, and the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, among others.
V. Mitch McEwen
V. Mitch McEwen is an American architect and, urban planner, cultural activist. She is a professor at the Princeton University School of Architecture, where she directs the architecture and technology research group Black Box, exploring mixed human-robotic processes in design and construction. She is the Principal of McEwen Studio and co-founder of Atelier Office, a design and cultural practice working within the fields of urbanism, technology, and the arts. McEwen is a co-founder and member of the Black Reconstruction Collective and a board member of the Van Alen Institute in New York. M. McEwen’s design work has been awarded grants from the Graham Foundation, Knight Foundation, and New York State Council on the Arts. Atelier Office projects have been commissioned by the US Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale, Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, and the Istanbul Design Biennial. Prior to founding Atelier Office, McEwen earned experience on complex large-scale projects at the New York City Department of City Planning and Bernard Tschumi Architects, as well as independent collaborations. Hands-on experience includes waterfront development, media zones, museum design, mixed-use neighborhood frameworks, and non-profit community space.
E. Sung Yi
Eui-Sung Yi is a Partner at Morphosis and Director of the NOW Institute. The NOW Institute is dedicated to understanding and improving urban environments. They work with cities, communities, and institutions around the world including Port-au-Prince, Cap Haitiën, New Orleans, Madrid, and Los Angeles. The institute currently works on growing sustainability through regenerative and urban agriculture in Los Angeles, and on the connection of water, sanitary, and health infrastructures with cultural resilience in Haiti. They are committed to partnering with entities that have limited resources for strategy development and envisioning. They have worked with local and national governments, social and cultural institutions, assisted in community outreach, and tested both trends and hypotheses to find the right way to go ahead. Yi’s position as the Director of The Now Institute is a 10-year culmination of research initiatives and speculations with Thom Mayne on emerging urban issues confronting major metropolises and disaster-stricken cities. Collaborating with Mayne, Yi has led graduate research studios in Los Angeles, Madrid, and most recently, Haiti and Cap-Haïtien. Significantly, his team received a PA Award for LA Now: Vol. 3, the first academic publication to be awarded the recognition. The NOW Institute has partnered with many universities, most prominently with UCLA’s School of the Arts and Architecture. Other academic partners include UPenn’s Weitzman School of Design, MIT, Rice, Syracuse University, Pratt Institute, and Harvard GSD. Since 2019, they run the postgraduate MS Design of Cities at SCI-Arc.
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