Keynote Speakers at DLA 2024
in alphabetical order
Professor and Chair of Landscape Architecture
University of Virginia School of Architecture USA
Bradley Cantrell is a landscape architect and scholar whose work focuses on the role of computation and media in environmental and ecological design. He is currently Professor and Chair of Landscape Architecture at the University of Virginia and has held academic appointments at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, The Rhode Island School of Design, and the Louisiana State University Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture. His work in Louisiana over the past decade points to a series of methodologies that develop modes of modeling, simulation, and embedded computation that express and engage the complexity of overlapping physical, cultural, and economic systems. He is the author of four books that explore digital media and computation in landscape architecture and is the author of multiple book chapters. Cantrell’s work has been presented and published in a range of peer-reviewed venues internationally including DLA, ACSA, ACADIA, CELA, EDRA, ASAH, and ARCC.
Pia Fricker, PhD
Professor of Computational Methodologies in Landscape Architecture and Urbanism
Vice Head of the Department of Architecture | Head of Urban Studies and Planning
Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture Finland
Pia Fricker serves as Professor and Vice Head of the Department of Architecture at Aalto University, Finland. She holds the Professorship of Computational Methodologies in Landscape Architecture and Urbanism and directs the interdisciplinary Major in Urban Studies and Planning Programme. Pia Fricker’s research and teaching link urban design and landscape architecture with the principles of computational design culture, envisioning future-oriented solutions for complex environmental challenges. This approach places a strong emphasis on the creative integration of cutting-edge technologies, particularly at the forefront of AI-driven methodologies. Her current research projects explore immersive, data-driven design methods for dynamic urban landscapes and collaborative design environments the realm of Mixed Reality. Pia Fricker holds a PhD in Architecture and a postgraduate degree in Computer Aided Architectural Design from ETH Zurich. Her work has been exhibited at the Venice Biennale, the National Design Centre Singapore, the National Library of Singapore, the Museum of Modern Art (Finland), as well as a part of Helsinki Design Week.
Invited Guests for Special Event
in alphabetical order
Gerhard Schmitt, PhD
Professor Emeritus of Information Architecture at ETH Zurich
Founding Director of the Singapore-ETH Centre
Gerhard Schmitt is Professor Emeritus of Information Architecture at ETH Zurich and Founding Director of the Singapore-ETH Centre, established by ETH and the Singapore National Research Foundation. He initiated interdisciplinary teams in urban sustainability, liveability, resilience, and health, through the research programs Future Cities Laboratory, Future Resilient Systems, Future Health Technology, and Cooling Singapore. He was the Lead Principal Investigator of Cooling Singapore, mitigating the urban heat island effect; and of the Big Data Informed Urban Design and Governance project. He and his team developed and taught the first Massive Open Online Course series on future cities, smart cities, liveable cities, and responsive cities for more than 180’000 inscribed students in 180 countries. He focused on AI supported Architectural Design, and now develops Citizen Design Science and Generative Cities with citizens of Porto Alegre in Brazil and Einsiedeln in Switzerland.
Defne Sunguroğlu Hensel, PhD
Associate Professor, Southeast University, Nanjing, China
SEU Architecture Internationalization Demonstration School
Urban Ecology and Landscape Architecture
Defne Sunguroğlu Hensel is a partner in the practice OCEAN Architecture | Environment and Associate Professor for Landscape Architecture and Urban Ecology at the Architecture Internationalization Demonstration School at Southeast University in Nanjing, China. She is also coordinating manager and board member of the LamoLab Research Centre in Tuscany, Italy. Previously she taught at the Architectural Association in London, Oslo School of Architecture and Design, Technical University Munich, Vienna University of Technology, and Sydney University of Technology, where she served as innovation fellow. She focuses on Green Construction and Data-Driven Design and social-ecological urban systems involving decision-support for designing architecture-landscape hybrids.