• ACA18Speakers

Keynote ISep 13, 2018 Thursday [ 10:00-11:00 ]

Kai-Uwe Bergmann

Bjarke Ingels Group [BIG] (Architect - Denmark)

Kai-Uwe Bergmann is a Partner at BIG who brings his expertise to proposals around the globe, including work in North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Kai-Uwe heads up BIG’s business development which currently has the office working in 20 different countries as well as overseeing BIG’s Communications. Registered as an architect in the USA (eight states), and Canada (one province), Kai-Uwe most recently contributed to the resiliency plan BIG U to protect 10 miles of Manhattan’s coastline. He compliments his professional work through previous teaching assignments at University of Pennsylvania, University of Florida, IE University in Madrid, and his alma mater the University of Virginia. Kai-Uwe also sits on the Board of the Van Alen Institute, participates on numerous international juries and lectures globally on the works of BIG.


Keynote IISep 13, 2018 Thursday [ 13:30-14:30 ]

Fumihiko Maki

Maki and Associates (Architect - Japan)

Born in Tokyo. Studied and taught at the University of Tokyo and the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University. Principal of Maki and Associates. Work includes Hillside Terrace, Spiral, Tokyo Gymnasium, 4 WTC, New York, The Sea World Culture and Arts Center, Shenzhen, The Bihar Museum in Patna, India and Singapore Mediacorp. Recipient of Pritzker Prize 1993 and AIA Gold Medal 2011.


Keynote IIISep 14, 2018 Friday [ 09:00-10:00 ]

Yasmeen Lari

Co-Founder and CEO, Heritage Foundation of Pakistan

Founder Chair, INTBAU Pakistan
Architect, Architectural Historian, Heritage Conservationist, Humanitarian Worker.

Yasmeen Lari is Pakistan’sfirst woman architectand among the best known architectsof the country. She graduated from Oxford School of Architecture (now Oxford Brookes University) and was elected to Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)in 1969. She has builtseveral landmarks buildingsin Pakistane.g. FTC, PSO House and ABN Amro Bank, Karachi. She is considered among pioneers of Brutalistic Architecture and her architectural work is included in Phaidon Books UK publication (2013) devoted tothe best examples of 20thcentury architecture. She retired from architectural practice in 2000. She is a UNESCO consultant and has beenpublished among 60 Women who have contributed the most towards UNESCO’s objectives.

She co-founded Heritage Foundation of Pakistan in 1980 with her husband, noted historian Suhail Zaheer Lari,for undertaking research and safeguarding Pakistan’s cultural heritage.She has conserved several historic monuments in World Heritage Sites of Makli and Lahore Fort as well as important heritage sites in other parts of Pakistan. The conservation projects have been supported by UNESCO, US Ambassador’s Fund, German Government funds, Prince Cluas Fund of the Netherlands, and Spiritual Chords (South Africa). In 2016, with support from UNESCO/Republic of Korea Funds-in-Trust, she took up the ‘Revitalization of Ancient Glazed Tiles in Sindh’ which helped to complete the d16thc.tomb of Sultan Ibrahimalong with imparting the ceramic making skills to poor communities, especially women,for income generation.

Lari was elected president of the Institute of Architects Pakistan in 1978 and was the first chairperson of Pakistan Council of Architects and Town Planners(PCATP)in 1983.In recognition of her services PCATP has established ‘Yasmeen Lari Award for Ethical Architecture and Eco Development’ which will be awarded from late 2018.

Since Earthquake 2005, Larihas devised several programs for post–disaster communities: Heritage and Tradition for Rehabilitation and Development, Build Back Safer with Vernacular Methodologies(BBSVM), and Women-centric Community Based Disaster Risk Management(Wc-CBDRM). The strategies developed by her haveresulted in 40,000 green shelters (using bamboo, lime and mud), built from Hazara and Azad Kashmir to Swat and Sindh, placing Pakistan in the lead as World’s largest zero carbon shelter program, herself being acknowledged as the largest providerof shelter. These programs have led tolarge-scale economic empowerment of women and economic regeneration within communities. Her latest endeavor is 10,000 Green Shelters program, that provides gifts of prefab bamboo shelters (Lari OctaGreen) and eco-toilets, along with water pumps to marginalized communities. Inreturn the grantees provide 18 days/unit of voluntary service for community benefit, thus transforming villageenvironmentsand placing the communitieson the path of self reliance.

In recognition of her services towards architectural profession, heritage safeguarding and humanitarian assistance, President of Pakistan has awarded her Sitara-i-Imtiaz (The Star of Distinction), 2006 and Hilal-i-Imtiaz (The Crescent of Distinction), 2014. In 2016, from Japan she received the highly acclaimed Fukuoka Prize for Asian Art and Culture.

Heritage Foundation of Pakistan is the recipient of UN Recognition Award for the promotion of culture and peace, 2002, declared Islamic Development Bank Laureate in 2014, and is among recipients of Curry Stone Design Prize for Social Design Circle 2017.

Lari’s works have been exhibited in the First Chicago Architectural Biennial 2015 and in RIBA’s ‘Creation from Catastrophe’ exhibition 2016 in London, as well as being displayed in RIBA’s permanent collection.

She is the author and co-author of several books and has lectured extensively at home and abroad. She has three children Raeena, Mihail and Humayun and one grandchild Shahryar Lari-Hosain.

Sep 13, 2018 Thursday [ 10:00-11:00 ]

Theme Session I (Theme: Simplicity | Design) - Theme Presentation I - Design


Takaharu Tezuka (Architect - Japan)

Architect / President of TEZUKA ARCHITECTS / Professor of Tokyo City University

Earned B. Arch., Musashi Institute of Technology (1987) and M. Arch., University of Pennsylvania (1990). After worked in London for Richard Rogers Partnership Ltd., Takaharu Tezuka established TEZUKA ARCHITECTS in Tokyo with his partner, Yui Tezuka, in 1994.

After worked in London for Richard Rogers Partnership Ltd., Takaharu Tezuka established TEZUKA ARCHITECTS in Tokyo with his partner, Yui Tezuka, in 1994. With spatial designs skillfully integrated with the outside environment, their designs range from private houses to community buildings. Tezuka Architects’ most important works are Roof House, Echigo Matsunoyama Museum of Natural Science, Fuji Kindergarten, Woods of Net, Sora no Mori Clinic, Muku Nursery and Tomioka Chamber of Commerce.

Their awards include The Best of All OECD/CELE 4th Compendium of Exemplary Educational Facilities (2011, Fuji Kindergarten), AR Award 2004 the Architectural Review (Echigo-matsunoyama Museum of Natural Science), Prize of Architectural Institute of Japan for Design (2008, Fuji Kindergarten), Japan Institute of Architects Award (2008, Fuji Kindergarten) (2015, Sora no Mori Clinic), Global Award for Sustainable Architecture 2017 and Moriyama RAIC International Prize 2017 (Fuji Kindergarten).

Their work was exhibited at the Carnegie International (2013) and the Venice Biennale of Architectre "Freespace" (2018). The publications include Takaharu + Yui Tezuka Architecture Catalogue 1-3. TOTO Publishing, and Tezuka Architects: The Yellow Book, Edited by Thomas Sherman & Greg Logan, Jovis, 2016.

His TED talk (2014), which presented Fuji Kindergarten, has more than 4.6 million views from all over the world (as of July 2018).



Rafiq Azam(Architect - Bangladesh)

Md. Rafiq Azam is one of the internationally acclaimed architects from Bangladesh practicing for the last 27 years and developed a remarkable style of his own. His architecture is a fusion of tradition, nature and mysticism with significant harmony. The use of plants and roof gardens, blending of various materials with simplicity in expression, reviving traditional elements from old Dhaka, for example elimination of boundary walls that segregates human from buildings are distinctive features of his designs. Tiny elements of nature are adorned in his building with poetic beauty and HOUSE to him is not just an abode for human but a nest for butterflies and birds too. Rafiq’s mastery in using light and shadow, water and air inside and outside the building is influenced by such mysticism cited by Lalon and Tagore. His green architecture is not a mere mechanism of energy saving rather it seems like an inspiring process of energy gaining.

Rafiq Azam is a 1989 graduate from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) His practice name is “SHATOTTO architecture for green living” since May 1995. In 2004, Rafiq Azam participated in “Glenn Murcutt Master Class” and selected as one of the ten emerging designers of the world by “Urban Land”, USA in 2008.

As a visiting faculty he taught at the National University of Singapore, NED Karachi, Jadavpur University India, BRAC University, University of Asia Pacific, North South University Dhaka, and Ahsanullah University of Science and Technology, Dhaka.

He won a line of national and international awards for his architectural contribution such as ARCASIA Gold Medal, World Architecture Festival Award, Cityscape global Award , Berger Excellence Award, Leading European Architecture Award (LEAF), Malaysia Property Award, The Edge PAM Green Excellence Award 2015 to, World Architectural Community Award, A R Emerging Award, Berger Excellence Award, Finalists AGA Khan Award, IAB Award and The South Asian Architecture Award to name a few.

He served as international juror and attracted media all around the world.


Eleena Jamil(Architect - Malaysia)

Eleena Jamil Architect

Eleena Jamil is the principal of Eleena Jamil Architect, an architectural practice based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Eleena trained at the Welsh School of Architecture in Cardiff, United Kingdom where she obtained her architectural degrees. She later joined the teaching faculty at the Welsh School as a teaching assistant while completing her MPhil and PhD postgraduate research. Eleena Jamil Architect was set up in 2005 and has since been growing steadily with an expanding portfolio of work that has won international accolades. Working within the context of South-east Asia, her work has been founded on research into specific social and climatic imperatives of each brief within a broader cultural framework. Projects developed within Eleena Jamil Architect have been widely published in international press and have been shortlisted for awards such as the World Architecture Festival Award, the Italian Plan Award, the LEAF Award and the American Architecture Prize.

Sep 13, 2018 Thursday [ 14:30-15:30 ]

Theme Session II (Theme: Multiplicity | City) - Theme Presentation II - City


Masami Kobayashi (Architect - Japan)


Heng Chye Kiang(Urban planner/designer - Singapore)

Heng Chye Kiang is the Lum Chang Chair Professor at the School of Design and Environment, National University of Singapore. He teaches at its Departments of Architecture and Real Estate and his research covers sustainable urban planning and design and the history of Chinese cities. He serves as a member of several editorial boards of international journals and as a jury member of many international design competitions in Asia. He is currently Board member of the Housing & Development Board, Singapore Institute of Technology and the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts. He is also senior fellow of the URA Academy and Centre for Liveable Cities.

Prof Heng consults on urban planning internationally and is the conceptual designer of several international urban design/planning competition winning entries in China. Internationally, he is a reviewer for the Global Power City Index (Japan) and Visiting Professor to several universities including Tokyo and Keio Universities (Japan), Southeast and Xiamen Universities (China) and Hanyang University (Korea). He had also served on the accreditation board of several universities including ETH Zurich, National Taiwan University and Chinese University of Hong Kong. He publishes widely and lectures often in universities in Asia and Europe. His books include Singapore Chronicles: Urban Planning (2018), 50 Years of Urban Planning in Singapore (2016), Re-Framing Urban Space (2015), On Asian Streets and Public Space (2010), A Digital Reconstruction of Tang Chang’an (2006), and Cities of Aristocrats and Bureaucrats (1999).


Caroline Bos(Architect - The Netherlands)

BA, MSc, Int (F)RIBA
Co-Founder / Principal Urban Planner UNStudio
Honorary Professor at the University of Melbourne's Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning

Caroline Bos studied History of Art at Birkbeck College of the University of London and Urban and Regional Planning at the Faculty of Geosciences, University of Utrecht. In 1988 she co- founded Van Berkel & Bos Architectuurbureau with the architect Ben van Berkel, extending her theoretical and writing projects to the practice of architecture.

In 1998 Caroline Bos co-founded UNStudio (United Net). UNStudio presents itself as a network of specialists in architecture, urban development and infrastructure. Realized projects include the Erasmus Bridge in Rotterdam, the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart and Arnhem Central Station in the Netherlands.

Caroline Bos has taught as a guest lecturer at Princeton University, the Berlage Institute in Rotterdam, the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna and the Academy of Architecture in Arnhem. In 2012 she was awarded an Honorary Professorship at the University of Melbourne's Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning.

Sep 13, 2018 Thursday [ 15:50-16:30 ]

Theme Session III (Theme: Multiplicity | Technology) - Theme Presentation III - Technology


Shin Sakurai (Architect - Japan)

General Manager / Kume Sekkei Co.,Ltd.
Development Management Department, Urban Development Solution Division

1965 Born in Tokyo, 1993 Graduated from Cornell University in Master of Architecture. 1993 Joined Kume Sekkei Co., Ltd. Currently involving large scale multi-function projects and hotel projects. Representative works are Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto, Pullman Saigon Center, M Gallery Hoi An, Science Hall of Tamagawa University, University Hall of Tamagawa University, Tamagawa Academy facilities.


Kohei Shintani(Structural Engineer - Japan)

General Manager - Nikken Sekkei

Kohei Shintani has experiences in building structural engineering and construction field in construction companies, Taisei Corporation in Japan for 16 years and Samsung C&T in South Korea for 4 years. Joined Nikken Sekkei Ltd in 2016. Experiences are based on wide variety of building occupancies such as, office, commercial, hotel, airport, factory, and nuclear power plant, not only in domestic projects but international projects. Most of these projects were design-build project, and his design skill is well-versed in cost and constructability.


Masahito Shimizu(Architect - Japan)

1989 to present, JR East Design Corporation (A subsidiary of East Japan Railway Company)

Project related to this presentation
1996-2012, Preservation and Restoration of the Tokyo Station (Historical building of Marunouchi area)

P1987 to 1989, East Japan Railway Company
1980 to 1987, Japanese National Railways

Sep 14, 2018 Friday [ 10:15-12:00 ]

Theme Session IV (Theme: SDGs - Short Talk Session


Ai Ohara(Japan)

Director, Japan Innovation Network (JIN)

Joined JIN in 2016, Ai leads the “SDGs Holistic Innovation Platform (SHIP)”, jointly managed with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The platform aims at accelerating Japan’s private sector’s engagement towards achieving the SDGs. Prior to joining JIN, Ai was the UNDP Tokyo’s Private Sector Partnership Consultant after nearly 20 years of experience as researcher, as well as the Manager of Corporate Communications and the General Manager of CSR of Nomura Research Institute.


Izumi Sakata(Architect - Japan)

President of OSA Japan

Holds Master of Arts in Architecture from Kyoto University Graduate School of Technology. As an architect, Sakata has an extensive 30 years’ experience working under Mayekawa Kunio, one of the most prominent modern architects in Japan. He has also worked as a JICA Expert in Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture &Technology in Kenya where he taught architectural design and theory. In 2011, Sakata established OSA Japan as President to link Japan and Kenya through sharing and exchange of technologies based on his experience and networks to promote community development.

He is a member of International Communication Committee of Japan Institute of Architects (JIA), a visiting lecturer of Hosei University Graduate School of Design Technology, Director of Japan Culture Design Laboratory, Researcher of the Africa Society of Japan and Advisor of OSA Kenya.

Sudhir Balakrishnan Pillai(Architect - India)

ARCASIA ACSR Committee/Chairman


Tamae Utsuno(Japan)

Chief, Overseas Business Division, IPP Business Group, Looop Inc

Holds Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from Tokyo University of Foreign Studies. Aiming at promoting Japanese products, technology and service with high sustainability in the global market, Utsuno has worked in more than 15 countries during her career. In Looop, she is one of startup members of international business. She is currently working on establishing solar projects in mainly developing countries such as Kenya, Mongolia, Peru, etc, cooperating with local partners.


Vipavee Kunavichayanont(Architect - Thailand)

Design for Disasters (D4D)

Vipavee Kunavichayanont is the co-founder of Design for Disasters (D4D). With her background in Education, Art and Design, Architecture, and Disaster Management, since 2010, She has been running D4D as a non-profit network that is dedicated to raising awareness about disaster preparedness and planning through creativity, multi-lateral and multidisciplinary collaborations. D4D’s approaches are based on a pyramid paradigm of a “sustainable innovations in response to fundamental human’s needs” at the bottom, an “edutainment distributing knowledge and skills to promote self-reliance actions” at the middle layer, and at the top of the pyramid, the “moral and social conscience.”

D4D’s works range from “Disaster Risk Reduction Toolkits project”, which is a Multi-stakeholder Approach to Royal Thai Government (RTG) – World Health Organization (WHO), to “Earthquake Recovery Project: Reconstruction of Schools Affected by Earthquake in Chiang Rai”, which is a collaboration of experts in architecture, engineering, and construction, to help design, raise funds, and construct new school buildings for nine schools that had been severely damaged by 6.3-magnitude earthquake in 2014. D4D's latest project is "9 Amphibious Sufficiency-Agricultural Farms for 9 Schools in Flood-prone areas of Southern Thailand."

Today D4D has been recognized by the public through media such as newspaper, magazine, tv program, and especially social network as on facebook with approximate 25K fans. Despite an ambitious goal, to create a safe, resilient, and sustainable Thai community and eventually global community, D4D remains a casual and flexible platform that always cordially welcomes everyone to join.


Kazuo Iwamura(Architect - Japan)

Professor Emeritus, Tokyo City University
CEO, IWAMURA Atelier Inc., Yokohama
Visiting Professor, Chu Hai College, Hong Kong

IWAMURA, right after having graduated from Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan, began his professional career at “Agence Candilis” in Paris (1973) as a French Government Scholarship Intern, and co-founded his own architectural and urban design office “AG5” in Darmstadt, Germany (1977) together with other four German architects.

Then, soon after returning home, he founded “IWAMURA Atelier Inc.” in Tokyo (1980), being specialized in the holistic sustainability of architectural and urban design, and has been practicing urban and architectural research, design, implementation and consulting, through networking related experts or organizations according to project features to date.

He received many awards in-between such as UN World Habitat Award 2001, AIJ Prize 2003 and JIA Environmental Architecture Prize in 2003 and 2014. Also he wrote 17 books as well as a variety of essays on related themes in both Japanese and English.

He has been also serving as Professor at Tokyo City University since 1998, and became Professor Emeritus in 2014, executing educational and professional contribution at numerous other institutions and organizations world-wide including UIA, ARCASIA, WGBC, JIA, AIJ and etc., as vice-president, councilor or director. For more details, please visit: www.iwamura-at.com