KEYNOTES

ARCC-EAAE 2022 is pleased announce the following Keynote Speakers.


Toni Griffin

Toni L. Griffin is Professor in Practice of Urban Planning at Harvard University and founder of urbanAC, a planning and design management practice that works with public, private and nonprofit partnerships to reimagine, reshape and rebuild just cities and communities. urbanAC uses data-driven methods and a disruptive framework of policies and practices that produce outcomes designed to break down historic structures and systems of oppression, inequality and access. In Just City Lab, her team of research assistants have produced The Just City Index, Just City Indicators for the Public Realm, tools for civic engagement, design case studies and masterclasses and workshops on designing for justice. Her role as Project Director of the long range planning initiative Detroit Work Project led to Detroit Future City, a comprehensive citywide framework plan for urban transformation. More recent clients include the cities of Memphis, Milwaukee and Pittsburgh. Ms. Griffin previously served as Professor of Architecture and founding Director of the J. Max Bond Center on Design for the Just City at the Spitzer School of Architecture at the City College of New York; Director of Community Development for the City of Newark; Vice President and Director of Design for the Anacostia Waterfront Corporation in Washington, DC, leading the planning for the Washington Nationals Ballpark District; and Deputy Director for Revitalization Planning and Neighborhood Planning in the D.C. Office of Planning. For more info, click here.


Jeremy Till

Architect Jeremy Till is Head of Central Saint Martins and Pro-Vice Chancellor of the University of the Arts. He previously served as Dean of Architecture and the Built Environment at the University of Westminster and Head of Architecture at the University of Sheffield. He is co-recipient of the RIBA Sustainability Prize for 9 Stock Orchard Street and co-author of The Everyday and Architecture (Academy Press, 1997), both with Sarah Wigglesworth. He is also author of numerous subsequent books, including Flexible Housing(Architectural Press, 2007), co-authored with Tatjana Schneider, Architecture Depends (MIT Press, 2009), and Spatial Agency (Routledge Press, 2011), co-authored with Nishat Awan and Tatjana Schneider. All three of these books won the RIBA President’s Award for Outstanding Research. More recently, he worked on a major EU-funded research project on scarcity and creativity, resulting in the book, The Design of Scarcity (Strelka Press, 2015), co-authored with Jon Goodbun, Michael Klein and Andreas Rumpfhuber. He curated the British Pavilion at the 2006 Venice Architecture Biennale, co-curated (with a team from CSM) the UK Pavilion at the 2013 Shenzhen Biennale and participated in the 2013 Lisbon Triennale.  He also serves as a trustee of the New Economics Foundation, a leading think tank devoted to research and promoting new forms of economics. For more info, click here.


Susannah Drake

Susannah Drake is a principal and founder of DLANDstudio, a leading multidisciplinary design firm. With qualifications in both architecture and landscape architecture, Susannah specializes in complex projects that require a synthesized, analytical, and research-based approach. All of her designs engage diverse systems to create ecologically and socially progressive projects that are equally well-crafted and beautiful. Susannah is a leader in resilient urban design and has dedicated much of her practice to developing and implementing design strategies to confront the impacts of climate change. The Gowanus Canal Sponge Park is a working landscape that improves the environment of the EPA Superfund site over time and Rising Currents, a collaboration with ARO Architects in MoMA’s 2010 “A New Urban Ground” exhibition, set a design precedent in urban waterfront resiliency. Susannah’s research has been at the forefront of innovation on urban ecological infrastructure. She is the recipient of the inaugural 2020 Climate Action Design Award by the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian. Her exploration of campus landscape design and large-scale urban infrastructure has received funding through grants from the Graham Foundation, the Environmental Protection Agency, the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, and the New York State Council on the Arts. For more info, click here.


Philippe Block

Philippe Block is Professor at the Institute of Technology in Architecture at ETH Zurich, where he co-directs the Block Research Group (BRG) together with Dr. Tom Van Mele. He is director of the Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) in Digital Fabrication, and founding partner of Ochsendorf DeJong & Block (ODB Engineering). Block studied architecture and structural engineering at the VUB, Belgium, and at MIT, USA, where he earned his PhD in 2009. Research at the BRG focuses on computational form finding, optimisation and construction of curved surface structures, specialising in unreinforced masonry vaults and concrete shells. Within the NCCR, BRG researchers develop innovative structurally informed bespoke prefabrication strategies and novel construction paradigms employing digital fabrication. With the BRG and ODB Engineering, Block applies his research into practice on the structural assessment of historic monuments in unreinforced masonry and the design and engineering of novel shell structures. For more info, click here.