SPEAKERS / GUESTS
Michiel Van Driessche
Michiel Van Driessche (1986, BE) is a landscape architect and a founding partner of Felixx Landscape Architects & Planners. Michiel received his undergraduate degree in landscape architecture (cum laude) from the University College, Ghent in 2007 and obtained his Master of Arts in Landscape Architecture degree from the Amsterdam Academy of Architecture in 2012. He has a strong focus on the design for the public realm and complex environmental challenges in his work. Michiel is charge of the international portfolio of Felixx. He initiates and participates in spatial research and oversees large-scale planning efforts.
Urban anthropologist and geographer, named by Traits Urbains among the 100 personalities who make the city in 2021, Sónia Lavadinho is the founder of Bfluid, a firm specializing in research and forecasting in sustainable mobility and territorial development, which she has been leading since 2012. A researcher for ten years at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Switzerland), the University of Geneva and the ENS de Lyon, Sonia Lavadinho builds bridges between the academic world and the professional side of urban planning. Sónia is currently co-authoring with Pascal Lebrun-Cordier and Yves Winkin a book entitled "La Ville relationnelle", to be published at the end of 2022.
Rute Nieto Ferreira
Rute Nieto Ferreira is an architect and urban designer with a background spanning urban strategies, public realm design, housing and community buildings. She has practiced in the UK, Sweden, the US and Portugal, and since 2018 collaborates with Gehl, leading research, urban strategies and public realm projects. In parallel, Rute has taught design at UK universities and published picture books about places. She is particularly interested in neighbourhoods, everyday urban quality of life, the city at eye-level and child-friendly urbanism.
Sílvia Casorrán Martos (Barcelona, 1979) is Deputy to Chief Architect Office in Barcelona City Council. She is graduated in Environmental Sciences, and part of her studies took place in The Netherlands and in Mexico. She has got 20 years of professional career in the fields of sustainable mobility and transformation of public space, working for both private and public sector. She has been an activist for more than 15 years among sustainable mobility social movements. Since 2019 she's the Mobility Councillor for Sant Martí District in Barcelona.
João Quintão (Porto, 1968), graduated as an architect in 1995, he gets after a Specialization Degree in Planning and Urban Environmental Project, he studied Public Managment on Local Administration, and in 2021 gets a degree for Mobility Managment. He worked in the Municipality of Crato, and in 1999 starts at Matosinhos as an Architect. Currently is the Director for Planning and Mobility in the Municipality of Matosinhos.
Francisca Magalhães, (born 1970) has a bachelor’s degree in Architecture (FAUP, Porto) and a master in Urban Project and Planning (FEUP, Porto). She has been working, mostly in the Municipality of Vila Nova de Famalicão, as architect and main advisor, but also developed some functions to the North Administration of Association of Architects in Portugal (OASRN). Since 2013 she is the Director of Planning and Urban Management Department at the Municipality of Vila Nova de Famalicão.
José Carlos Mota
José Carlos Mota is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Social, Political and Territorial Sciences at the University of Aveiro and researcher at GOVCOPP. He was the Director of the MSc in Urban and Regional Planning (2016 -2020) and the coordinator of the Bicycle Technology Platform (2016-2018). He has been involved in several national and international research projects on territorial based participatory planning and cycling mobility. He coordinated, within the scope of the Planning and Public Policies Laboratory, the collaborative processes developed within the scope of the Protected Landscape Management Plans of Parque das Serras do Porto and Sousa Superior, the Municipal Master Plans of Maia, Valongo and Vila Nova de Gaia and the Civic Laboratory of Santiago. At the same time, in the field of bicycle mobility, he participated in the BOOST Starter Cycling Cities and UAUBIKE projects.
Abel Coentrão, 48, is a portuguese journalist. In the last 20 years he developed a strong interest and a vast work in mobility, urban planning and sustainable development issues at Público, one of the best portuguese daily newspapers. This summer, one of his reports, "60 Years after Jane Jacobs, we are still trying to save our streets", won a prize on Journalism for Sustainability, created by two Portuguese institutions Fundação Mestre Casais and CEIIA. Starting from June 2022, he is now working as an independent journalist. Since 2020 he is attending a master degree course on Regional and Urban Planning at the University of Aveiro. He has a background in language and communication studies and often shares his personal experience as a citizen with a physical disability, and father of two young girls, trying to ride their life slower and safely, on a bike, in the car-centric environment of a medium-sized portuguese town.
Sara Sucena is an architect (1994, FAUP, Porto), holds a Master degree in Project and Planning of the Urban Environment (FEUP, 1998, Porto) and a PhD in Urbanism (2011, ETSAB, Barcelona). She is Associate Professor at Universidade Fernando Pessoa (Porto), Research Associate at CEAU-FAUP, within the research group “Territory Dynamics and Morphologies”, and a regular editor of the journal “A Obra Nasce” (UFP). Sara has practiced architecture/planning until 2005, particularly within the Municipal Planning context. Her interests focus mainly on Urbanism, i.e., on the evolution and morphology(s) of the contemporary city, as well as on urban design, public space and landscape structure.
António Miguel Castro
António Miguel Castro (Vila Nova de Gaia). He holds a degree in Engineering from the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto, a postgraduate degree in Renewable Energies, Auditor of Energy Management Systems ISO 50001 and executive training from the Nova School of Business and Eco-nomics. He worked mainly in the private sector, having founded a Start-Up as a CEO, in Energy and Energy Efficiency area. Technology, the Environment, sustainability and Smart-cities were topics which he dedicated more than 12 years, having accumulated several specializations, both technical and also management. Currently he chairs the Administration Council for Gaiurb, EM, since November of 2019 and the Presi-dent of the Board of Inovgaia - Centro de Incubação de Base Tecnológica, since October of 2020. He was the Chairman for Régie Cooperativa GaiaFuturo, between 2020 and 2021. He held office as Municipal Deputy for Vila Nova de Gaia, and currently is the chairman of parish council of Oliveira do Douro since 2017.
Paul is a Senior Urbanist for the Paris Region Planning Agency, advising metropolitan & city governments on strategic planning and large transformative projects. Paul leads the Metropolitan Avenues programme on highway transformation in the Grand Paris drawing on experience from New York, Seoul and other cities. He chairs the METREX ‘From Roads to Streets’ Expert Group working with Eurocities City Fringe Regeneration and Urbact RiConnect. Paul also steers the Metropolitan Nature Pilot-Projects programme in the Paris Region. He’s been involved in city design and planning expertise in Europe, North and South America, North Africa, the Middle East and China. He was a member of the International Advisory Board for the 4th New York Regional Plan (2014-2016), and a Coordinator for Metropolis, the global network of cities (1999-2002). He teaches strategic and tactical planning at Sciences Po Urban School, Paris. Paul has contributed to books, films and research publications, including ‘Large-Scale Urban Development in Europe’ (2007) and ‘Cities Change the Word’ published in December 2019.
Daniel Casas Valle
Daniel is an urbanist - urban designer and planner - with a broad experience based on urban planning practices and academic activities. He is for more than two decades connected to urbanism, as a designer and researcher. Currently, he is working on various urban design projects and planning studies at his office Urban Dynamics in Porto/Amsterdam, at the MDT/CEAU/FAUP as a researcher, and as invited assistant professor at the Portucalense university in Porto. Daniel holds a master on urbanism (Amsterdam, NL), and completed his PhD at the Faculty of Architecture, Porto University, in 2018 (cum laude). As responsible team leader he also won several urban design and planning competitions, as: Willemspoort (´s-Hertogenbosch, NL), Marinhas (Esposende, PT) and Eixo Imaginarius CC - Cineteatro AL (Santa Maria da Feira, PT).
David Pontes was born in Porto, in 1966. He has a degree in Social Communication and a master's degree in Contemporary History form the Universidade do Porto. Since high school, he has been hooked on journalism and after several semiprofessional projects, he was part of the first editorial team of the newspaper Público. Since then, he has directed the editorial office of the Edipress group in Porto, was the director of Comércio do Porto newspaper and was part of the editorial board of Público, Jornal de Notícias and Lusa news agency. He presented and produced a program on Porto Canal and was part of to the local information project Porto24. At Global Media he set up the internal video production company and founded the V Digital project. Along the way, he wrote for television, did radio, was the organizer for a poetry festival, musician, owner of a store about the North, speaker on several conferences and regular commentator on television. Not long ago, he returned to Público where he is Deputy Director.
Henk Bouwman is Secretary General of METREX, the Network of European Metropolitan Regions and Areas, with 52 member city-regions from across Europe. Since his appointment in 2016, he has been building the network and developing a research subnet focused on metropolitan issues. He graduated as an architect and urban planner in Delft, the Netherlands, and has since specialized in urban change impacted by the railway infrastructure nodes in Europe and Asia. Henk created his own urban planning studio UiP in 1998, specializing in the design of long-term urban change in Places of Connection: where urban change meets infrastructural interventions. Over the years he has specialized in how cities can maximize the socio-economic benefits of rail infrastructure.
Architect (FAUP, Porto, 2000) with a Master in Architecture Territory and Memory (FCTUC, Coimbra, 2007) and PHD (EAUM, Guimarães, 2015). Professor at the EAUM since 2004, and since 2015 researcher of LAB2PT at Minho University. Is researcher on topics as road infrastructure and public space in widely urbanized territory. Ivo contributed to different research work as “NO Void - Ruins and vacant land in Portuguese cities: exploring the dark life of abandoned urban spaces and alternative planning proposals for the perforated city” (2015-19) and “The Sea and the Shore, Architecture and Marine Biology: The Impact of Sea Life on the Built Environment” (2018-20). He is director of the Integrated Master in Architecture program and member of UM-Cities board from 2017, a platform that seeks to promote and value exemplary practices in the city and territory, namely how they can contribute to a more sustainable and fair society.
Catarina Breia Dias
Catarina Breia Dias, Cacém (1994). Master’s in architecture at the Lisbon School of Architecture (2018). Catarina has been working as an architect between Lisbon, Ghent and Porto. Currently she holds a fellowship from Lab2PT, at Minho's University, where she is working at The Future Design of Streets Platform. Catarina advocates for a social, multicultural and age inclusive city, a cohesive territory on the city center, but also the outskirts, and, for new paradigms that bring out the community involve-ment within the design process.
Since February of 2020, Sandra works as senior technician at the Landscape, Heritage and Territory Laboratory. Between 2015 and 2020, she held a fellowship in Science and Technology Management at the same Laboratory, and worked at the Archaeological Office at Braga’s Municipality (2013-2014). Graduated in Archaeology, she holds a master in Marketing. Currently is following a master on Public Administration at Minho University.
Teresa is a Communication Designer, with extensive experience in the field of higher education, currently working in the Marketing and Communication Department at Universidade Portucalense, in Porto. Graduated in 2004 as a Communication Designer at ESAD, Porto; she obtained a Masters in Design, in 2009, at the University of Aveiro, Department of Communication and Art. In 2012, she attended the 1st year of the PhD in Design, at UA. In 2017, she obtained the title of Specialist in Design at Escola Superior Gallaecia. For 15 years, Teresa was a teacher in the degrees of Design, and Multimedia and Arts, at Escola Superior Gallaecia. She also integrated Ci-ESG Research Center at Escola Superior Gallaecia, where she participated in several projects, such as the development of an App for Accessible Tourism; the Graphic component and the Communication and dissemination of the European Projects 3DPAST and VerSus, SEISMIC-V and VERSUS+: Heritage for Tomorrow, but also, the Graphic creation of CIAV 2013 International Conference. Since 2017, she has been nominated President of the Convento da Orada Foundation.
Bruno Moreira is graduated and master in Architecture by FAUP, with experience in all stages of architectural design and communication, and also PhD in Urbanism by the same institution. He’s a researcher in the Center of Studies for Architecture and Urbanism (CEAU-FAUP) since 2010, member of its research groups Urban Dynamics and Morphologies and Center for Spacial Communication and Representation, focusing his research in territorial management instruments and in communication and representation of architecture. He was assistant of Computer Aided Architectural Design and of Communication, Photography and Multimedia and invited teacher of Computer Aided Architectural Design and Computer Aided Design in FAUP, and is currently an invited teacher of its REVIT Training Course and BIM Specialist. He's a certified instructor with practical, research and teaching experience in interdisciplinary fields such as architecture, photography, geographic information systems, BIM technologies, 3d modeling, archviz and webdevelopment.