Professors

HOK

London (UK)

Managing Principal

Daniel Hajjar is managing principal for HOK’s London and Dubai practices, he leads the firm’s services for projects across Europe, Middle East and North Africa. Member of HOK’s board of directors, he is an architect with more than 30 years of experience covering all aspects of planning, design, architecture and project management. In 2000, he established HOK’s Dubai office and served as vice chairman of the Emirates Green Building Council.

Peters Research Ltd.

Great Missenden (UK)

Founder and Director

Richard Peters has a degree in Electrical Engineering, a PhD in Vertical Transportation, and is a Visiting Professor at the University of Northampton. He has been awarded Fellowship of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, and of the Chartered Institution of Building Services. He developed the Elevate lift traffic analysis and simulation software, he also provides advice on a range of vertical transportation issues and traffic analysis.

Skyscraper Museum

New York (USA)

Founder, Director, Curator

Carol Willis is the founder, director, and curator of the Skyscraper Museum (NY), an architectural museum focused on high-rise buildings. She is also adjunct associate professor of architectural history and urban studies at Columbia University. She is the author of "Form Follows Finance: Skyscrapers and Skylines in New York and Chicago" which received an AIA book award and the "Best Book on North American Urbanism" by the Urban History Association.

The Bartlett School of Planning

London (UK)

Full Professor

Peter Rees is Professor of Places and City Planning at the Bartlett School of Planning, Faculty of the Built Environment. As City Planning Officer for the City of London, Peter led the planning and regeneration of this world business and financial centre from 1985 to 2014. Four decades spent in urban planning and regeneration, ranging from the conservation of historic towns across England to the rejuvenation of the City of London.

Lombardini22, DEGW

Milan (Italy)

Partner, Director

In 1999, Alessandro became manager of the DEGW Consultancy Area for Italy and, in 2009, director. In 2015, at the end of the process designed to integrate DEGW into the Lombardini22 Group, he became a partner of the Group, taking the helm of the Business Unit dedicated to the workplace. Today Alessandro is one of the top experts in the field of international consultancy specialised in the integrated design of working environments.

UNStudio

Amsterdam (NL)

Business Development Officer

Giulia Carravieri is a Strategic Business Developer and Architect with more than 10 years of experience in award winning international design practices such as UNStudio, FUKSAS, Renzo Piano Building Workshop (RPBW) and OBR. She developed leading experience in managing complex projects in Southern Europe, Russia, UK and North America. She gained a MBA with Distinction at Robert Gordon University, Scotland.

Redesco

Milan (Italy)

Founding Partner and Director

Mauro Giuliani graduated in Civil Engineering at the Politecnico of Milan in 1991. Chartered consulting Engineer in Milan, Madrid, Geneva. Non-Tenured professor at the PoliMi. His activity focuses on the design and supervision of special concrete structures, prestressed concrete and composite steel-concrete. He started in the Bridge design field, then focusing on Structures for Architecture enhancing cooperation with worldwide known architects

Zaha Hadid Architects

London (UK)

Associate Director

Paolo Zilli, once architect with his own office, joined Zaha Hadid Architects in 2001, working mainly on Italian projects (Salerno Ferry Terminal 2001, MAXXI 2003, Afragola Station 2004, CityLife Tower and Retail from 2006). In 1997, he was certified as an Autodesk Software Technician for Autocad, 3D Studio and ADT (Autodesk BIM). He has been teaching AutoCAD and design, until 2006. He is now Project Manager for the New Airport in Sydney.

Max Fordham

London (UK)

Senior Partner, Workspaces Leader

Neil Smith, with expertise in cultural, sports, education and workspace projects, is skilled at delivering high quality results for the client. His professional experience includes team-leading on award-winning international and domestic projects, dealing with differing regulatory issues and conditionings whilst forging partnerships across the team, improving the generation of ideas and integrating designs to adjust to the architect and the client.

Werner Sobek, University of Stuttgart

Stuttgart (Germany)

Founder, Professor

Werner Sobek is an architect and engineering consultant. His company provides support to architects, contractors and developers at every stage of the construction process, from the first conceptual deliberations through to execution planning and on-site quality assurance. Werner Sobek is also founder of ILEK (Institute for Lightweight Structures and Conceptual Design) at the University of Stuttgart, focusing on how to build more using less material.

GAe Engineering

Milan (Italy)

Founder and Director

Giuseppe G. Amaro, graduated in Civil and Hydraulic Engineering in 1982, started his career in the National Fire Department as Deputy Commander of the Turin Command, holding that role until 1995. He teaches Environmental Safety Technique at the Polytechnic of Turin, focusing on fire prevention techniques in buildings and fire safety. Founder and Director of GAe Engineering Srl, leading company in the field of Fire Safety Design.

Politecnico di Milano, ABeC

Milan (Italy)

Associate Professor, Facade Engineer

Paolo Rigone, graduated in Civil Engineering at the University of Pavia in 1989, gained his PhD in Ergotechnical Construction Engineering at the Politecnico of Milan, in 1995. Since 2007, he is an Associate Professor in Design of the Building Envelope at Faculty of Building engineering of the Politecnico of Milan. He is also a consultant in building envelope, with regards to windows, doors and curtain walling design and development.

Sapienza Università di Roma

Rome (Italy)

Associate Professor

Eugenio Arbizzani graduated in Architecture in Florence, and gained a PhD in Architectural Technology in Rome (1988). Since 1998 he teaches Building Technology at Sapienza University of Rome. He deals with research and development of issues related to refurbishment for social housing, integrated design and project management services, aimed at the construction of complex building structures such as hospitals and health-cares.

Università Iuav di Venezia

Venice (Italy)

Full Professor

Marko Pogacnik teaches at the Iuav University of Venice. He also taught courses at: Fachhochschule Potsdam (1998), University of Trieste (1999-2003), Technische Universität Graz (2000), Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Universität Aachen (2000), Universität Dortmund (2005-2006), Universität Innsbruck (2009-2011). He has lectured at TU Berlin, TU München, ILEK Stuttgart, Universität angewandte Kunst Wien, Université Geneve, Mendrisio Academy.

Werner Sobek, University of Stuttgart

Stuttgart (Germany)

Managing Director and Partner, Professor

Lucio Blandini, engineer and architect, obtained his PhD in 2005 at Stuttgart University. Since 2006 he has worked as a structural and façade engineer at Werner Sobek, where he is now managing director and partner. He is licensed engineer for high-rise buildings in Dubai and responsible for digital processes and innovation. Since 2020 he has also been Head of the Institute for Lightweight Structures and Conceptual Design (ILEK) at Stuttgart University.

Università Iuav di Venezia

Venice (Italy)

Associate Professor

Dario Trabucco, architect and PhD, is an associate professor at the Iuav University of Venice (Italy), where he teaches Building Technology. Since 2012 holds the position of Research Manager within the CTBUH research office, where he is involved in teaching and research activities related to tall buildings, including the Life Cycle Assessment analysis, service core design, vertical transportation, and issues regarding renovation and refurbishment.